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2017 Book Challenge Book by Its Cover

2017 Book Challenge

A book you pick solely because of the cover

Fit Trilogy by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sated (Book 3)

Synopsis: Keira Kenney knows she’s an odd duck. While she teaches kickboxing during the day, she geeks out at night and that can be something of a turn off in the romance department. All Keira wants is to find someone who loves her for her. When her friend sets her up with Daniel Song during a science fiction conference, she’s not expecting anything but a fun day geeking out. So she’s surprised when she’s not only attracted to the sexy Korean-American pyrotechnics expert, but he seems interested back. But Daniel has a life behind closed doors and Keira’s not sure she can keep up, or keep Daniel interested when all she knows and likes is vanilla.

I actually was gifted this book from the Ripped Bodice Bookstore on Twitter. I can’t believe I won it! What happened was they tweeted a picture of some books they were giving away and all I had to do was reply with the title of the book I wanted. Obviously I picked Rebekah Weatherspoon’s book because of the cover. And I am really glad I did. Rebekah was so sweet, she even signed it!! I enjoyed this book so much! It made me laugh and giggle and swoon. I also really love that Keira has mocha skin and Daniel is Korean. It is erotica, so be forewarned about that, but it was some of the lightest and sweetest erotica I’ve ever read.

Fallon’s Book

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

By Aimee Bender
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Rosie was able to uncover her mom’s secret, her brother’s dispassion for everything, and a one-sided friendship all by taking a few bites of food. Pre-pubescent Rosie discovers she can taste the feelings and emotions of whoever makes or prepares the food she eats. She finds this, well, distasteful and is caught praying to the vending machine and its heavily processed, unsentimental, machine made meals. She never eats anything she makes herself.

I love lemon cake, though I’ve never tried it with chocolate frosting. This cover was very appetizing and that is the simple truth on why I chose Bender’s novel. (Hey, did you notice that the shadow looks like a person’s, because I didn’t until right now.) The narrative took me to a very different place than where I expected Rosie’s special talents would go. I was about 75% of the way through the novel (thank you Kindle app) before the Rosie I wanted to read about finally appeared. Then at around 90% complete, the timeline jumped and literally left me saying, “Huh?” Not two pages after that, the story ended because I wasn’t taking into consideration the eight pages of book club questions. In-depth discussion about character relationships would probably improve my opinion of the book (no, please just explain Joseph!), but as it was just me and my thoughts, I’m left with a sour taste, tinged with my own thoughtlessness.

Did you join us in our challenge? What book did you pick based on the cover? Did you enjoy it?

Our next book challenge is a book with a great first line… we’ll be revealing our picks on April 28. You should read along with us!

Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology

Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology

Short Stories/Anthology

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)

Quick & Dirty Summary: Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day you can spend some time reading 18 steamy stories by 18 different authors spanning a variety of genres.

Since there are 18 stories, I will write my thoughts after each summary in bold. The stories are not linked in any way other than the theme of Valentine’s Day. Of course, the thing to remember about anthologies and short stories is there is only so much an author can do with them. This makes the plot lines rather simple and the characters one-dimensional. Lastly, all of these stories have sex in them, so if that’s not your thing, then you should probably skip this one.

“Unexpected” — Annika Steele
As one relationship ends, Maya finds a gorgeous hunk willing to give her a place to stay when she ends up wrecked on a old country road. Is Valentine’s Day about endings or is this a new beginning? This is one of my favorite short stories of the bunch. It is sweet, sexy, and realistic in its pursuit of happily-ever-after. The “gorgeous hunk” is a single dad and is the perfect guy if you like them sweet.

“The Sea Chest” — Margot Wren
When a mysterious sea chest washes up to the foot of Caroline’s lighthouse, she writes it off as a fluke. But chests carry secrets, and this chest could give a happily-ever-after to a lonely keeper. This is one of the oddest stories and while I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, it definitely threw me for a loop. I’m not sure it really ended in a “happily-ever-after” as the summary describes, but it is a unique take on romance.

“Power Outage” — Caitlyn Lynch
An unexpected power outage on Valentine’s Day throws Raquel’s plans for a romantic evening with her husband into disarray. The arrival of a sexy electrician sparks an erotic game she won’t quickly forget. This story has an element of surprise and is really, really sexy. This is one of my favorites, as it has a really sweet ending.

“Real” — Ariel Bishop
Jess is expecting the traditional Valentine’s Day date with her boyfriend; candlelit dinner out on the town. She doesn’t get what she expected, but she does get exactly what she needed. I am lukewarm on this story.

“The Best Worst Valentine’s Day Ever” — Christina Rose Andrews
Getting dumped on Valentine’s Day sucks. Just ask Lexi. Enter Nate, her hunky neighbor, who has just what Lexi needs to make the holiday suck less. I have reservations about this story, not because of the writing, but because Lexi’s roommate is weird. Not answering texts when your roommate is sitting in front of your door locked out is mean.

“Moonlight and Roses” — Vanessa Sweet
Melody spends Valentine’s Day alone— by choice. But when a mysterious garden and its tempting guardian offer her more, what will she choose? Melody is a smart, sharp, career driven woman. She’s a different heroine than most of the other women in the novel. I enjoyed the creativity in this short story.

“Just Desserts” — Gwen Marshall
After getting in trouble with their girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, Connor and Sully are prepared to make sure she gets her just desserts. This is mostly just a story about having sex.

“Gift With Purchase” — Tally Bane
Gail had worn her good panties on a whim. It’s not like a certain detective would know they were for him. But one ‘Gift with Purchase’ might change that and make Gail glad that she’d chosen the lace. This is a cute story where the hero is a guy from Hawaii who relocated a few years ago to the mainland. Of course since I’m from Hawaii too I love that this little tidbit of information is included! It’s a friends turned to lovers theme, with a hint of magic.

“Roses and Tails” — Barbara Be
Even on a Space Station, the Humans bring their weird customs on board. Valentine’s Day is an alien concept for Jillnell, though she plays along as best as she can. But sex in Zero G poses unique challenges for aliens and humans. This is the only story I couldn’t finish and it’s because the alien thing is too much for me. It is well written so if that aspect doesn’t bother you then you’ll probably enjoy it.

“Sweet On You” — Ava Bari
After her heartbreak, all Molly wanted was to spend Valentine’s Day alone in a fancy hotel. A double-booking has her rooming with an attractive businessman, but maybe Jack is just what Molly needs. This is a fun read. Not sure the happily-ever-after is going to be the forever kind, since the story doesn’t hint at it, but the dialogue is pretty great.

“Under Me, Over Me, Inside Me” — Briar McKenna
With tension building and pressing against barriers of self-control and doubt, what happens when what we want wins against what we think we shouldn’t have? This has a hint of paranormal, but it’s so slight that it’s not a main part of the plot line. Instead, it’s mostly about an established couple welcoming a third member to their relationship.

“His Promise” — R.A. Stone
Melanie has been in love with Chris since college, but they’re not exactly a couple. When she discovers she’s pregnant with his child what is she to do on the most romantic night of the year? This one seems odd to me because Melanie believes they have one kind of relationship while Chris believes they have another. Normally this isn’t unusual, except they’ve been together for years and years.

“A Match Made In Olympus” — Livvy Ward
Join Kaitlin and Eros this Valentine’s Day as they ride out a storm and try to mend broken hearts while dealing with a meddling mother. Turns out not even Cupid can escape Aphrodite’s matchmaking! I enjoyed the mythological elements to this story. It’s cute.

“Burning Love” — Annalee Locke
Maggie just wanted to spend a quiet Valentine’s Day at home, commiserating over being single with her two favorite firemen. A work related emergency changes those plans, and gives the three of them a night they’ll never forget. Another ménage story where friends become lovers.

“A Perfect Storm” — Sera Taíno
An argument between Adam and his fiancée, Julia, leads to some soul searching as he realizes that life can change in the blink of an eye. He’s determined to show her just how important she is to him. I love this story because Adam isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong. That’s really all a girl can ask for on Valentine’s Day.

“Peaches” — Abbigail Clark
In the war-torn American south, Eulie Buchanan meets Jay Curtis, a man who offers her a choice sure to be the talk of the county. This is a really sweet story and is another one of my favorites. I like the added elements of history and race in this short story.

“First Date Gone Right” — Líadáin Douglas
When Sarah gets dumped right before her Valentine’s Date, two guys come to her rescue and give her a first date she won’t quickly forget! Hot Hot HOT!

“Over A Barrel” — V.T. Charbonneau
When Madison agreed to cater her cousin’s wedding she didn’t expect the groom’s gorgeous brother to be such an asshole. Locked in the wine cellar together, will she throttle him… or jump him? If you like the love-hate relationship side of romance, then this is the story for you. Personally I’m not a big fan, but it’s well written and interesting.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! It’s less than a dollar and there are 18 different stories to chose from. Even if you don’t care for one or two of them, you are bound to like enough to make the dollar worth spending. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free!

Sexy Sci-Fi Romance Series

So to apologize for being gone for so long, I’ve started with a monster of a review. It’s actually not very long, but it is a 7 book series with more on the way! If you decide to read this series you’ll at least have A LOT of books to add to your TBR (to be read) list.

Also, I hope you like the new header. The photo credit goes to Linda Ross, a friend of mine who loves to take nature photos. In fact, her car has a bumper sticker that reads “I stop for horticultural oddities.” In any case, I’m glad to be back!


Ice Planet Barbarian Series by Ruby Dixon

Romance/Science Fiction

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Ice Planet Barbarians (Georgie)

Barbarian Alien (Liz)

Barbarian Lover (Kira)

Barbarian Mine (Harlow)

Barbarian’s Prize (Tiffany)

Barbarian’s Mate (Josie)

Barbarian’s Touch (Lila)

Note: There are two additional books that have been published since I’ve read this series a couple of months ago. I have downloaded them to my Kindle and will update the review as soon as I can!

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)

Quick & Dirty summary: For all of the women who wake up on an alien spaceship, their worst nightmares have nothing on the creepy creatures who have stored them all in a cargo hold in unsanitary conditions. To make it worse, their guards have no problems with violence and rape. When their spaceship crashes, the women’s safety is uncertain since it’s bitterly cold outside and they have only a limited supply of food. As the women explore the planet they’ve landed on, they meet the local barbarians, almost all of whom are male and in need of mates. As one by one they fall in love with and mate with these alien barbarians, they realize that their new lives may be better than the ones they’ve left on earth.

After a brief scan of other reviews on Amazon, I should point out that the first book, Ice Planet Barbarians, has rape in it. If that is the kind of thing you’d like to avoid in your romance novels, then please avoid this series. The ice planet barbarians with whom the women fall in love with are not the perpetrators of the rape, but it is a topic that reappears throughout the series, as the women must deal with the ramifications of the violence.

Each of the storylines is relatively unique, which I enjoyed. It is hard for me to conceive of how to make what is essentially the same situation all the women find themselves in, into unique love stories, but Ruby Dixon somehow manages to do this. Partly this is because the women are all substantially different characters. Georgie is perhaps the most sassy and traditional as a romance heroine, but all of the other women have their own quirks and foibles. Likewise, the barbarians are not written as flat characters. They have their own histories and places within their society so each reacts differently to the human women. This makes for great individual stories as well as a fun series to read.

Of the series, I think my favorites are Barbarian Lover, because I like Kira and Aehako, and Barbarian’s Prize because I was caught up in Tiffany’s emotional state. Surprisingly, while I liked the first book, which is traditionally the best book of any series, it wasn’t my favorite. I know Georgie is suppose to be spunky and sassy, but she fell kind of flat for me—same with Liz in the second book. You don’t have to read the books in order, but I highly recommend it. All of the other women show up in each of the books, so it’s nice to follow them as they mate and have children.

Another warning here: if you didn’t notice the sex rating at the top of the review, I am reminding you again here that this is an intensely sexual series. It’s basically erotica and the aliens have similar enough body parts to make the sex familiar, with a few tweaks that make the sex scenes even hotter. However, if you’re not into aliens who don’t look EXACTLY like humans, then you may not enjoy these books. Some reviewers on Amazon thought it was bestiality, which I want to point out it’s not since the two races can procreate which means they are not separate species, but whatever, I can understand feeling that way. So if your imagination doesn’t go in that direction, then you might want to skip this series.

Is it worth buying? ($0.99-$3.99 Kindle)

I really had fun with these books, so yes I think they are worth buying. That being said, I didn’t buy them—I read them all for free with Kindle Unlimited. You could also buy them as an 8 book set, which includes Ice Planet Holiday, a novella chronologically set in the middle of the series, for $25.92. I’m not sure if I’ll read them all again, but I couldn’t wait to read each book and read through the whole series in a matter of days.

Something else you might enjoy:

I haven’t read very many science fiction series with as much romance and sex in them as this one. That being said, one of my favorite science fiction series is the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. This is a classic science fiction series and it has a bit of romance and sex in it. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it.

Too Expensive to be In Flight

Up in the Air by R. K. Lilley

Contemporary Romance/Erotica

 

This series is a serial, meaning you must read all three books in order to finish the storyline. They are not stand-alone novels, although the fourth book in the series is from the male point of view and does not need to be read in order to complete the plot.

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In Flight

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Bianca doesn’t usually let men like James Cavendish tempt her. After all, she’s served many of the rich and famous as a first class flight attendant. But there’s something about James that draws her and she can’t seem to say no. As James and Bianca test the waters of a dominant/submissive relationship, trust is a necessary ingredient. With Bianca’s troubled childhood, once that trust is broken, James will find that it’s very difficult to get it back.

The primary backstories for James and Bianca seem to suggest that people who are attracted to the BDSM lifestyle have faced serious trauma at some point in their lives. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I liked R. K. Lilley’s foray into the psychology surrounding this particular sexual preference. While parts of it made me uncomfortable, I thought the sex was pretty tame as far as erotica goes. There isn’t a whole lot of time (or words) spent describing the sex scenes, and while they frequently appeared, not all of them were kinky. That was a good thing and a bad thing for me in that it showed that a preference for BDSM doesn’t mean that a couple must engage in that kind of sex all of the time which was good, but bad in that the sex wasn’t as steamy as I was expecting.

Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was Bianca’s relationship with Stephan. The close friendship was sweet and I loved how full Stephan felt to me as a secondary character. While I can’t say this book kept me enthralled all the way through, I was very disappointed when I got to the end and realized it isn’t a stand-alone novel. I am very curious about how Bianca and James’ story ends, but I won’t be finishing this series. You can read my reasoning behind that below. But Lilley is a strong author and she has another series, Tristan and Danika, I am also interested in reading, but won’t due to the cost. At least this time I was tipped off and knew to look at how many books were in the series before I started it!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Okay, this is where the review gets a little sad. I bought this book and was pretty happy with my purchase until I realized there are two more books and each of them cost $6.99. There is a fourth book from the male point of view that also costs $6.99 putting the total cost of the series at $23.96. That is too much money for what is essentially a single book… or at least it’s too much money to me. But if you don’t mind paying that much money (and over a 1,000 people on Amazon are of that opinion), then you’ll be happy with these books. I enjoyed this one immensely and would read more by this author in a heartbeat.

Something else you might enjoy:

This is the first book I’ve read where the protagonist is unapologetically into BDSM. The exception to that is Hot Ticket from the Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning. You can read my review of the entire series here, if you’d like to see what another BDSM book is like.

 

Review: The Sinners on Tour Boxed Set

The Sinners on Tour Boxed Set
The Sinners on Tour Boxed Set by Olivia Cunning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning
Erotica/Literotica

Backstage Pass (Book 1)
Rock Hard (Book 2)
Hot Ticket (Book 3)
Wicked Beat (Book 4)
Double Time (Book 5)

Overall Rating: 4 (XXX)

Follow the metal band, Sinners, as they tour the country and overcoming career destroying accidents. As they build on their success, they find love and have tons and tons of sex. These novels are erotica at their finest, meaning there are tons of exciting scenes intermixed with a solid storyline and interesting characters. Each of the books takes on some aspect or fetish within the sensual realm, so there are some books you may enjoy more than others depending on your tastes. Almost all of the stories include some component of voyeurism, exhibitionism, and threesomes. To me, the sweetest story was Wicked Beat with Rebekah and Eric, with Brian and Myrna in Backstage Pass coming in a close second. The hardest for me to take was Double Time because the storyline seemed a little rushed and weak compared to the other novels and Hot Ticket because I don’t really understand the whole need to have pain in order have pleasure thing. Despite that, I still enjoyed the entire series.

Each novel is a standalone with a happy ending. There is no cheating and no unexpected pregnancy scares.

Here’s a quick & dirty summary:
Backstage Pass tells the story of Brian Sinclair, guitar legend, and Myrna Evans, psychology professor. Myrna is instantly attracted to Brian, largely because she loves metal music and is an expert on male sexuality as expressed through guitar riffs. Brian likes Myrna because she’s hot, but he’s also hoping she can look past his famous persona, Master Sinclair, to love Brian. (Threesome)

Rock Hard follows lead singer Sid Lionheart as he is reunited with his ex-finance Jessica, who dumped him in order to follow her dreams to law school. Sid has been a dick ever since, taking it out on Brian by stealing all of his girlfriends. But Jessica isn’t interested in reuniting with Sid, she’s just looking for some great sex and is planning on dumping Sid before he can do any more damage to her heart. In the process, Jessica and Sid learn a little more about each other and discover that their love is still as strong as ever. (Exhibitionism)

Hot Ticket reveals the major trauma that bassist Jace Seymour has experienced as he connects with dominatrix Aggie. Aggie quickly realizes that her attraction to Jace is worth fighting for and does everything within her power to help Jace heal from his past. Jace and Aggie follow the BDSM lifestyle, without degradation or blood. (BDSM)

Wicked Beat introduces Rebekah Blake to the bus tour, taking over from her brother who was paralyzed in a bus accident. Rebekah is the new soundboard operator and is excited at not only the professional opportunity, but the personal opportunity to get closer to Trey. However, it isn’t Trey that she experiences red-hot attraction to but drummer Eric Sticks. Eric knows a good thing when he sees it and will do whatever he can to keep Rebekah all to himself. (Role Playing)

Double Time finally settles Trey Mills sexuality once and for all. Trey seems to attract and pleasure people of all types, men included. But when he swears off men, Reagan Elliot is the perfect woman to keep him on the straight and narrow. The only problem is Reagan’s smoking hot ex-boyfriend and bodyguard Eric. Once Trey and Reagan both come to the realization Trey is truly bisexual, they invite Eric to complete their triad of love. (Threesome & m/m sex)

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $8.49 for the box set)
Yes, I think it is absolutely worth buying, especially if you like variety in erotica.

Something else you might enjoy:
Rock Chick Reckoning is the sixth book in the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley and I’m recommending it because it turns the rock star trope on its head. The rock star in this book is Stella, the lead singer for the band The Blue Moon Gypsies. While it’s not erotica, it is still hot and music is at the heart of the novel.
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Naughty Novels by Alexa Riley

Naughty Novels by Alexa Riley

 

The Virgin Duet

My New Step-Dad

Owning Her Innocence

Snow and Mistletoe

Owning the Beast

Riding Red

Coach

Mechanic

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Overall Rating: 3 (XXX)

 

These novels are short, steamy erotica. They have strong storylines, but they are porn in word form, more so than any other erotica I’ve read. Some are follow porn storylines a little more closely than others, but a common theme among all of them is “breeding” the women.

I have mixed feelings about these novels, primarily because they are so hot, but I’m a little uncomfortable as to why. For me, the most disturbing of them was Owning Her Innocence, which has two additional books following these main characters. I’m not into the daddy/child play and since I’m not a psychologist, I don’t really understand it. I’m not going to disrespect it just because I don’t understand it, but it seems to grant the man in the relationship a lot of power.

Of course, none of this would really bother me if it didn’t turn me on, which is sort of the crux of this review. If you are interested in reading this kind of stuff, then it’s great. I don’t watch porn, but I think that people who do (both men and women) would love this author. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it totally got to me. For whatever reason, the whole “breeding” thing works, probably because I have two kids that were planned for and purposefully made.

In the end, the bottom line is they were fun to read. They are all short reads, so they were easy to read after the kids were in bed before it was time to hit the sack myself (was that a pun?). Of the books I listed above, the ones I would recommend most are Snow and Mistletoe and Riding Red. They were a little heavier on romance and the storyline, so I enjoyed them a lot more than the others.

Is it worth buying? (varies)

Full disclosure: I didn’t actually buy any of them. I read them for free on Kindle Unlimited and am very happy about that. I think they are fun books to read, but I’m not sure I’d actually pay for them. It’s kind of like porn. Why pay for porn when you can get it for free? The answer you give will also answer the question of whether these stories are worth buying.

Something else you might enjoy:

I love the Tales of the Shareem series by Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James. They are super sexy, but with a futuristic twist. Very creative in terms of storyline, with the added benefit of being heavy on the sex.

Warning Hot, HOt, HOT

BANG or Heat by Joanna Blake

Also Bro’ and A Bad Boy for Summer

Literotica

Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)

Book Cover of HeatQuick & Dirty summary: Trent Davis is the best male porn actor since Ron Jeremy but when he gets into a motorcycle accident he’s forced to chill out and dry out. When he meets Alexandra, his nurse, being wheeled out of the ambulance, he thinks he’s found an angel. And as Trent gets to know Lexi, he discovers he’s right. She’s everything he’s ever wanted. But after a youth spent in foster care, Trent has a hard time forgiving Lexi when she unintentionally hurts him.

According to Joanna Blake’s tumbler account, she renamed BANG Heat because the book was so hot. I think this is pretty true. The book is HOT! And it’s not porn hot, which makes it even more awesome. While the book is literotica and unapologetically so, there is a strong storyline and character development that it’s a satisfying read in more than just one way.

And although there is conflict in the novel, it isn’t silly drama. The misunderstandings and problems that happen are discussed and then the characters move on. I didn’t think it was possible to make a porn star the hero of a romance novel, but I think Blake does a great job of it.

I only gave it 3.5 stars because while the storyline and characters were strong, they both could have been better developed. The conflicts in the novel are a little superficial and mundane, so they didn’t really add depth to the characters or emotional depth of the book. I enjoyed the story, but it won’t stay with me in the back of my mind like other novels. That being said, Blake is a strong writer. The dialogue flowed throughout the novel, as did the alternating viewpoints.

Bro’ and A Bad Boy for Summer are shorter books and they interlocked in that they are about two friends. Of the two, I enjoyed A Bad Boy for Summer more because it was sweeter. I enjoyed the hero and heroine more and it was a sweeter book overall. The main characters are both younger than BANG and Blake writes it that way. The characters seem a little silly, but that’s because I’m over 30 and not in college anymore. I enjoyed them just the same and was glad to read them.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes yes yes!! This book is a steal at $0.99. Also because it comes with two additional books, Bro’ and A Bad Boy for Summer, at least for a while. These are all standalone books with a happily ever after (not flings) but they do intersect so it’s nice to get them together. BONUS: it’s an Amazon Prime book, so it’s an even better deal if you are a subscriber.

Something else you might enjoy:

The best literotica I’ve ever read was Broken by Megan Hart. The characters are so compelling and the love is deep and divine. There is tons of explicit sex in it, but it’s psychologically compelling. To me it’s literotica at its very best.