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An arsonist is burning their way through the cathedral city of Salisbury. Can Lewis and Devon overcome their mutual dislike to fight for Laurels and their lives? 
 Betrayal and grief have left Master Chef Lewis Mandineau a broken man. As the primary carer for his sister, injured in the crash that killed their parents, she is his priority, and nothing will stop him from creat An arsonist is burning their way through the cathedral city of Salisbury. Can Lewis and Devon overcome their mutual dislike to fight for Laurels and their lives? 
 Betrayal and grief have left Master Chef Lewis Mandineau a broken man. As the primary carer for his sister, injured in the crash that killed their parents, she is his priority, and nothing will stop him from creating a safe place for her to call home. But, when an ex-lover embezzles from the company accounts, his fragile hold on life disintegrates. However hard he works, he can't balance the books and his only solution is to sell the family restaurant to an American hotel chain.  
 Hard-headed businessman, Devon, heir to the Trelawney Hotel empire, is sent from the US to assess the viability of Laurels. Debts swamp the restaurant, and his first reaction is to sell the real estate and call it a financial win for his family. He understands tradition, but sentiment has no place in his business plans. Until he meets innocent Rachel with her love of beautifully simple things, and Lewis, who shows him that anything is possible with enough love. 


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An arsonist is burning their way through the cathedral city of Salisbury. Can Lewis and Devon overcome their mutual dislike to fight for Laurels and their lives? 
 Betrayal and grief have left Master Chef Lewis Mandineau a broken man. As the primary carer for his sister, injured in the crash that killed their parents, she is his priority, and nothing will stop him from creat An arsonist is burning their way through the cathedral city of Salisbury. Can Lewis and Devon overcome their mutual dislike to fight for Laurels and their lives? 
 Betrayal and grief have left Master Chef Lewis Mandineau a broken man. As the primary carer for his sister, injured in the crash that killed their parents, she is his priority, and nothing will stop him from creating a safe place for her to call home. But, when an ex-lover embezzles from the company accounts, his fragile hold on life disintegrates. However hard he works, he can't balance the books and his only solution is to sell the family restaurant to an American hotel chain.  
 Hard-headed businessman, Devon, heir to the Trelawney Hotel empire, is sent from the US to assess the viability of Laurels. Debts swamp the restaurant, and his first reaction is to sell the real estate and call it a financial win for his family. He understands tradition, but sentiment has no place in his business plans. Until he meets innocent Rachel with her love of beautifully simple things, and Lewis, who shows him that anything is possible with enough love. 

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    First of all I owe a HUGE apology to RJ Scott and Chris Quinton. I read this book waaaaaaaaay back in October of last year and had fully convinced myself I had already reviewed it here. Then I realised i hadn't. And I loved it. LOVED it. It is one of those books that had me grinning from beginning to end. Now I've read...bear with me while I have a quick count up on Goodreads....whoa, I need an intervention...100 books since I read this one. That's right ONE HUNDRED. And yet I can still remember First of all I owe a HUGE apology to RJ Scott and Chris Quinton. I read this book waaaaaaaaay back in October of last year and had fully convinced myself I had already reviewed it here. Then I realised i hadn't. And I loved it. LOVED it. It is one of those books that had me grinning from beginning to end. Now I've read...bear with me while I have a quick count up on Goodreads....whoa, I need an intervention...100 books since I read this one. That's right ONE HUNDRED. And yet I can still remember it - and remember it with a smile because I really enjoyed it. Lewis - the man who has lost everything, pretty much, is giving over control of his business. Except it's more than a business, it's his heart and soul. Devon, the arrogant American who has just bought the restaurant couldn't really care less about the heart of it, if the numbers don't add up then it needs to change. I have to admit, from the start I was prepared to love Lewis and hate Devon. Was my alliance with the Brit because of his nationality (no, I promise) but because I'm a sad sap who love those who don't give up in the face of adversity. There was very little Lewis had left but he still held his head high and tried his best. Where many would say fuck it, he didn't. Not even when Devon came in throwing his weight about. Nasty individual. Except he wasn't. Not really. He was just trying to prove himself as much as Lewis was. It made for an interesting partnership. It worked. It made my heart beat a bit faster. Because you know what - Lewis may not have been a damsel in distress, but it turned out Devon was a knight in shining armour. I feel all squishy inside thinking about them. Salisbury is a beautiful place for this book to be set and I love how the city is a part of this story. The timeless cathedral city adds an atmosphere to this book, it sets a tone, a backdrop that gave this story more... ...just more. I have to mention Rachel, Lewis's younger sister. I love the positivity portrayed in this disabled character. She is a strong person in her own right, not just there for a sympathy vote and I really enjoyed her role in the story. An excellent story I would recommend to all. A copy of this book was received for an honest (but thank god not timed) review. Reviewed previously at BMBR

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    Chef Lewis Mandineau has lost everything has parents were killed in a car accident that left his little sister severely injured. He also lost the family restaurant that had been in his family for generations after his ex ripped him off. The American corporation that bought the restaurant is sent Devon Trelawney to look over things he is a sharp business man but he knows that it is something about Lewis and go sister. Lewis also has another situation an arsonist is burning down restaurants all ov Chef Lewis Mandineau has lost everything has parents were killed in a car accident that left his little sister severely injured. He also lost the family restaurant that had been in his family for generations after his ex ripped him off. The American corporation that bought the restaurant is sent Devon Trelawney to look over things he is a sharp business man but he knows that it is something about Lewis and go sister. Lewis also has another situation an arsonist is burning down restaurants all over the city and Lewis hopes his will not fall victim to the same crime. Devon walks in on the arsonist and is almost killed by smoke inhalation. Lewis is cornered by the arsonist, and the resulting fall from a third floor window kills the arsonist as he lands between the pavement and Lewis. This was a good read this book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars Well, let me start with the ‘positives’, or things I liked from this book. LEWIS. Yes, Lewis Mandineau … what a sweet character he is!! I loved him straight from the beginning. Despite being down on his luck because his ex-lover betrayed him, which forces Lewis to sell his restaurant, Lewis makes sure that he does the right thing for the people who depended on him. Even if that means he must practically sell everything else and live at the restaurant. Lewis is also very caring towards hi 3.5 stars Well, let me start with the ‘positives’, or things I liked from this book. LEWIS. Yes, Lewis Mandineau … what a sweet character he is!! I loved him straight from the beginning. Despite being down on his luck because his ex-lover betrayed him, which forces Lewis to sell his restaurant, Lewis makes sure that he does the right thing for the people who depended on him. Even if that means he must practically sell everything else and live at the restaurant. Lewis is also very caring towards his sister. He is responsible and fighting through it all. He’s a trooper, that Lewis! I absolutely loved reading about him. His love interest, Devon Trelawney, on the other hand, did not charm me right off the bat. What could I say, he was a rigid ass-hole in the beginning. Man, I wanted to give him MY two cents about his view of doing professional business without calculating heart and passion. Which of course, shows everyone how I would not be suitable for the cutthroat world of business *laugh*. It took me a long time to warm up to Devon. Heck, even until the very end, I still loved Lewis and his sister way more than I did Devon. However, characters aside, I thought my issue would be on the relationship front. The thing is, I did not quite believe in Devon’s change of heart. I knew that he was supposed to feel sympathetic about Lewis and realized what a great staff the restaurant had, and that he learned about it by connecting with them, including through Lewis’s sister Rachel … but to me it just happened a bit too fast for my liking. Like suddenly Devon kissed Lewis and he got a personality transplant, one that wanted to become Lewis’s knight in shining armor. I would prefer a gradual change of heart so I could see how Devon reanalyzes his way of thinking. I want to read more of his connecting with the staff, maybe learn more about the ins and outs of the restaurant through the eyes of the passionate people working there. This story also introduced a little mystery, someone targeting restaurants and setting them on fire. So the authors were trying to balance the romance and the mystery. Unfortunately, I thought the mystery was also weak. I could see the perpetrator from million miles away. I just knew right away, it was so predictable. All in all, Lewis won the ratings from me and sometimes my liking a character can influence the whole perception of the story, even if I am not impressed with the storyline. It’s nice story and I’m glad Lewis got his happy ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Salisbury, just northwest of Southampton, is smack-dab in the middle of the English countryside, the only city in Wiltshire, and has been around since Neolithic times (think Stonehenge). It is also the charming setting for ‘Heat’, a character-driven story about two men who start out pretty much despising each other, but both end up realizing there is much to admire, even love, in the man they had first thought unworthy of even common courtesy. There is a lot of initial conflict between Lewis Man Salisbury, just northwest of Southampton, is smack-dab in the middle of the English countryside, the only city in Wiltshire, and has been around since Neolithic times (think Stonehenge). It is also the charming setting for ‘Heat’, a character-driven story about two men who start out pretty much despising each other, but both end up realizing there is much to admire, even love, in the man they had first thought unworthy of even common courtesy. There is a lot of initial conflict between Lewis Mandineau, a British master chef and heir to centuries-old restaurant Laurels, and Devon Trelawney III, an American businessman sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff after his father’s company bought Laurels and all the debt attached to it. With this sort of a set-up, ‘Heat’ was bound to be exciting, and RJ Scott and Chris Quinton certainly managed to serve up a deliciously intense, action-packed, and suspenseful novel. Lewis knows about loss. His parents died in a car accident six years ago that left his sister, Rachel with brain damage, and his ex defrauded Lewis’s restaurant for hundreds of thousands of pounds, with the result that Lewis had to sell his house to at least keep it running. But it wasn’t enough, so an American Hotel and restaurant chain bought them lock, stock, and barrel, and are now sending over one of their managers to evaluate the situation. Lewis has held it together so far, but Devon rubs him the wrong way from the second they set eyes on each other. Devon is rude, inconsiderate, and he scares Rachel to the point of tears. Lewis is a patient guy, but harming his sister is a no-go. I admired Lewis for the tenacity with which he holds on, the strength he shows in the face of continued adversity, and the sheer stubbornness that finally makes Devon realize there is more to the situation than he first suspected. Devon is a hard-nosed, calculating, cold businessman when he arrives. He has tension headaches that border migraine-level, but he ignores them because he is too young to have health issues and he has a job to do. His decisions are based on facts and numbers; human emotions and considerations have no place in his world. Devon has some experience in the hospitality industry, so he decides all kinds of changes are in order barely five minutes after he has entered the restaurant – and is surprised when his orders are met with resistance. He is not used to people standing up to him, and he has no idea what to do – other than to push harder. Of course this doesn’t work and Devon is forced to reconsider. His slow “defrosting” and discovery of his own human side took a while, but that was awesome to watch. He ends up realizing there is more to this business than the spreadsheets he’s been staring at, and from that moment on he becomes a formidable ally for Lewis. With everything else that is going on, and with an arsonist specializing in burning down restaurants on the prowl in the city, there is much more to this novel than the slow-burning hatred-that-turns-into-a-romance between Lewis and Devon. The wonderful secondary characters, especially Rachel, Gran-Em, the elderly neighbor who takes care of her, Lewis’s best friend and sous chef, Daniel, and Devon’s father, also deserve a mention. And the history behind the restaurant as well as the details about the building itself added great atmosphere to the goings-on. Oh, and the food descriptions made me salivate! If you like enemies-to-lovers stories in a modern-day setting, if you want to see how two men who are on opposite sides of a restaurant-rescue operation begin to see eye-to-eye, and if you’re looking for a read full of passion, dedication, stubbornness, and suspense, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I, for one, can’t wait for the sequel to be released on July 1! NOTE: This book was provided by Love Lane Books for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    I really liked Lewis, but I thought Devon's personality change was a little much too fast. I really liked Lewis, but I thought Devon's personality change was a little much too fast.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    3.5 Stars ~ Lewis was absolutely wonderful. Having lost nearly everything in the span of a couple of years (his parents, his lover, his house, his belongings, ownership of his family restaurant) and being the guardian of his sister, Rachel (who has mental disabilities due to a car accident), he is the epitome of strength. Yes, he gets snappish and withdraws a bit. He is under a lot of stress—rightfully so—and he is holding on to everything by a thin thread and trying to make it all work, even if 3.5 Stars ~ Lewis was absolutely wonderful. Having lost nearly everything in the span of a couple of years (his parents, his lover, his house, his belongings, ownership of his family restaurant) and being the guardian of his sister, Rachel (who has mental disabilities due to a car accident), he is the epitome of strength. Yes, he gets snappish and withdraws a bit. He is under a lot of stress—rightfully so—and he is holding on to everything by a thin thread and trying to make it all work, even if the cards keep stacking against him. Having been forced to make tough decisions and selling the family’s restaurant, yet holding on to a hope that even if he isn’t the owner, he may still be able to keep his family’s business running. I admired his commitment to all those he cared for as he continued to try to make the best out of the horrible situation he was in. He wasn’t sunshine and flowers and happy endings. He wasn’t under some delusion that he couldn’t lose the restaurant and was very aware that it was the most likely outcome. But, he still pushed forward. Gave his all in trying to save the Laurels. And then there is Devon Trelawney III—not wonderful. I wanted to punch him right along with Lewis. He is all business and no heart. He comes in pretty much knowing the Laurels will not make it, and essentially putting everyone’s back up from the beginning. He makes sure he comes off as top dog and lets the Laurels’ staff know he is not there to make friends. It is all about where a profit can be made for Trelawney Enterprises. Which, in his world, how profit is made is often at the expense of people’s livelihoods. Always his mind was calculating and on the numbers. How to make money. What corners could be cut. He didn’t care about morale of the staff, or even understand sometimes little things like nice coffee make a difference. Obviously he was extremely well written since I couldn’t stand him, and was hoping Lewis may knock him on his behind. Rachel is really the key that unlocks Devon, and she was truly a delight to read. Although she has disabilities, she is valued as a staff member for what she contributes. They didn’t force her into something she was unable to do, and worked with her on expanding the skills she did have, and she excelled at them. She, too, was a picture of strength, and that was due to the wonderful characters, and her brother’s way of communicating, and his patience with her—wanting her to be as independent as she could be and giving her the tools to do so. Although Lewis was her guardian, and at times her situation needed special attention, I didn’t feel like she was placed in the story as an afterthought and a burden to be carried by Lewis. In fact, at times she carried him with her surprising insight and the directness of her thoughts. Her childlike mind helped those around her to see things more clearly, because she didn’t have the emotional walls that adults tend to build around themselves, inhibiting their thoughts and feelings. From the first meeting, the tension between the two MCs is palpable and I was excited to see how the hard-ass Devon was going to grow. I had hoped I would find a way to like Devon more. To see his development as a character on page. But while there was a little bit, his change of heart and personality seemed very quick. So even though he did ultimately undergo a revelation that life isn’t all about business, I still never really got to the point I loved him as a character. Liked? Yes. Loved? No. And that really is the one issue I had with the story. The plot was a great idea, and I enjoyed the mystery aspect (there is a firebug burning restaurants around town), and our two protagonists going from enemies to lovers, but it was all a little too quick of a change for me. Maybe a little more on page with Devon as he learned how the restaurant operated and spent time with Rachel would have helped, because I understood the reasons why Devon had a change of heart and the circumstances that lead him there, but I didn’t feel I got to really see much of it happening. This story is on the quicker side, and I did spot some minor editing issues that were barely a blip on my personal radar and didn’t take away from the story at all for me. However, I know for some people it is one of their pet peeves (which, those same people probably have trouble reading my reviews since I am well aware how far from perfect on the grammar front I am!) Overall, though, a nice read and I would love to see how Lewis, Devon & Rachel are doing now! Reviewed by Lindsey for The Novel Approach Reviews http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    What a lovely story this was, a truly lovely and well paced romance that sucked me in and made me so comfortable among the time, place and characters, I didn’t want to leave. Lewis is a man of honor, he is a man of noble intentions and he is man drowning under responsibility. He has been betrayed financially by an ex-boyfriend, left orphaned and has become the care taker of his now disabled sister. When an American company buys his family’s restaurant and sends over an employee to assess the fate What a lovely story this was, a truly lovely and well paced romance that sucked me in and made me so comfortable among the time, place and characters, I didn’t want to leave. Lewis is a man of honor, he is a man of noble intentions and he is man drowning under responsibility. He has been betrayed financially by an ex-boyfriend, left orphaned and has become the care taker of his now disabled sister. When an American company buys his family’s restaurant and sends over an employee to assess the fate of the restaurant, things get hot in and out of the kitchen. I fell hard for Lewis right away. He is this soft man at heart and only wants the best for those he cares about. The reputation of Laurels, the restaurant that has been in his family for generations only comes in second to his devotion to his sister Rachel. Lewis wants to right the wrongs caused by Peter, his ex-boyfriend, save the restaurant and live a decent life. But when Devon Trelawney shows up with his arrogance and attitude, emotions collide and arguments happen. We know that when folks find each other attractive and argue, it’s all really foreplay. Am I right? I am a true sucker for redeemable assholes and that is how I classify Devon. From the first meeting his is rude and all he looks at is the profits that Laurels is no longer bringing in because the establishment is so far in debt. He wants to turn the place around in a weeks time or shut it down and move on. He doesn’t have time for feelings or relationships but what we think and what we want aren’t always on the same page. Are they, Devon? This was a slow paced and light type of romance and just what I was looking for. There are sparks and a decent amount of UST between the men and their chemistry was believable. I like how Devon went from this jerk to his true self with the help of Rachel. Rachel herself was a wonderful addition to the story as Lewis’ sister who suffered trauma from the accident that killed their parents and left with her with the emotional capability of a child. Her love for the Aristocats movie melted my heart and her telling Devon he was doing things wrong made me smile every time. She truly was a piece that brought out the man from the business with Devon and allowed him to be open to possibilities. The romance was oh so romantic. First kisses are my favorite and I loved the first kiss with Devon and Lewis. I loved how Lewis made Devon apologize for it and how Devon promised to apologize for each kiss. *sigh* It was sweet and adorable and yes, sexy but you felt that these men were always going to be more than just a one off. There was too much between them before anything physical happened to deny the attraction would eventually lead to more. The deal with Stan was creepy and though I figured out what he wanted before Lewis did, the revelation of the letters was pure ick for me and I can’t say I am sorry how that all turned out. It was a rough patch for the men to get over but how they get over it was pretty worth it because these two together makes me smile. Heat was more than I planned for. I thought I would read a book and just like it but I fell in love with this. I knew there was another book in the series but it wasn’t until I finished this that I took a peek at the blurb and really hope that Jon’s story gives us a bit of Devon, Lewis, Charlie, Rachel, Em and GA to let us know how they all are doing. ***Review copy provided by Signal Boost Promotions for an honest review***

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    There’s more heat than you can imagine in R.J. Scott & Chris Quinton’s Heat. It’s set in a restaurant, so there’s that. There’s a firebug on the loose. And of course, there’s Lewis and Devon burning up the sheets and the office and any other flat surface they can find. The Laurels is a restaurant that has been in the Mandineau family for generations. The current chef/owner Lewis, has been conned and robbed by a lover and is forced to sell his generations old family business to an evil American co There’s more heat than you can imagine in R.J. Scott & Chris Quinton’s Heat. It’s set in a restaurant, so there’s that. There’s a firebug on the loose. And of course, there’s Lewis and Devon burning up the sheets and the office and any other flat surface they can find. The Laurels is a restaurant that has been in the Mandineau family for generations. The current chef/owner Lewis, has been conned and robbed by a lover and is forced to sell his generations old family business to an evil American company. He and his staff are to be given one week to prove to the new owner, Trelawney Enterprises’ rep Devon Trelawney III whether the business is worth saving, or if it should be sold or possibly developed into a hotel. Devon of course comes off like an ogre initially and is tamed by the sweetness of Lewis’ younger, handicapped sister. Devon’s father seems to have ulterior motives in sending him to this particular location as he tells him to give the staff three weeks instead of the customary one to prove itself. Meanwhile things are warming up between Devon and Lewis. They both realize the other is gay and hot. Lewis has had so much bad heaped on him in his life. His parents’ death in an auto accident which also leaves his sister disabled, the no good dirty rotten scoundrel of an ex boyfriend to name a couple. Trusting is not something that comes easily to him. Especially when he has his sister’s needs, the family business, and the livelihood of all his employees weighing heavily on his shoulders. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but Lewis needs to realize that he isn’t in this thing alone. He has friends and co-workers who care about him and Sarah both. Among those who care is Devon. He slowly but surely wins over Lewis after clearing the first hurdle: Sarah. He is a put up or shut up kind of guy and he proves through his actions that he is a man of his word. And he has a heroic turn as well. How is a man to resist someone who charms his sister and friends and then goes all Captain Courageous on him? Heat isn’t the greatest book I’ve read lately. Some might find it a bit cliché. For me it was just a really pleasant read with all the ingredients to make it just what I needed. There was a dash of anger, a heaping tablespoon of betrayal, a package of jelly babies, a light dusting of mistrust, a bushel of love, and a cup of sexual chemistry all roasted until well done over an open flame. The perfectly fulfilling one sitting read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carra

    I was already a fan of RJ Scott when I picked up Heat to read, and now after read this excellent story by her and Chris Quinton, I have to say I'm now a fan of the duo writing together as well. For me, this story was very character driven. It does have a good, strong storyline and some mystery to expand the reader's intrigue...but the characters are really the ones who make this story what it is. Lewis is easily the heart of the whole story, he is dedicated and very hard working, protective of h I was already a fan of RJ Scott when I picked up Heat to read, and now after read this excellent story by her and Chris Quinton, I have to say I'm now a fan of the duo writing together as well. For me, this story was very character driven. It does have a good, strong storyline and some mystery to expand the reader's intrigue...but the characters are really the ones who make this story what it is. Lewis is easily the heart of the whole story, he is dedicated and very hard working, protective of his sister as well as his staff-who are really more like extended family, and shows strength and a brave face even when he feels like falling apart. Devon was hard for me to like at first, and even after he started to warm up I still had my doubts, but in the end he won me over...especially when he became personally and emotionally invested in not just the restaurant, but Lewis and the rest of the Laurels family. The rest of the cast of characters compromising the staff of the restaurant as well as Rachel, Lewis' sister, and Em, their family friend and sometime extra staff, they all are incredibly supportive of Lewis and make that fact clearly known to Devon. Rachel's character with her unique personal situation really helps to add depth to the story and also to bring out Devon's compassion. The story flows quite smoothly and with the tension between Lewis and Devon, the mystery of the arsons happening around town, and the uncertainty of the future of Laurels, there was plenty to keep my attention through every page. There's is a bit of surprise with the actions of one of the characters, adding some extra drama to an already intriguing tale. I did feel like things between Devon and Lewis progressed rather quickly, which made the rapid connection between them feel a bit rushed and just a hair away from truly genuine, but overall it still worked for me and I came away from this story satisfied with how everything worked out. Heat was a 4.5-star read for me, and I would recommend this to M/M romance fans 18+ as a good way to escape for a few hours of entertaining reading. (18+ for adult language/situations and some M/M sexual content).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mari Cardenas

    *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. *** Lewis Mandineau has had a few rough years. After his parents died in an accident, which left his sister traumatized, and having to deal with the betrayal of his then boyfriend, he had to sell his family's restaurant to an American company. When he meets Devon Trelawney sparks fly, and not the good kind, as Devon isn't too keen on giving Lewis the chance to show that he can restore Laurels, his restaurant, to its *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. *** Lewis Mandineau has had a few rough years. After his parents died in an accident, which left his sister traumatized, and having to deal with the betrayal of his then boyfriend, he had to sell his family's restaurant to an American company. When he meets Devon Trelawney sparks fly, and not the good kind, as Devon isn't too keen on giving Lewis the chance to show that he can restore Laurels, his restaurant, to its former glory. Devon is all work and no play, and it isn't until his father forces him to give Lewis more than the week he'd planned at first to prove himself, that he starts seeing there might be more to the handsome Master Chef than he saw at first. As they get closer, Devon must decide if he's ready to risk it all for love. Lewis and Devon are stubborn, tenacious, hardworking men, and it was very entertaining to see them engage in a battle of wills at first and then, when they start getting to know each other, become tentative friends and more, as they give in to their obvious attraction. Their chemistry was electric and I just loved how well they fit together as soon as they gave their relationship a chance. I also adored seeing them interact with Rachel, Lewis's sister, who was just adorable. The secondary plotline with the arsonist was suspenseful and intriguing. I kept waiting for my suspicions to be confirmed and once they were, to see how it would all unfold. This was definitely a must-read book, a riveting blending of romance, friendship, and suspense. It was a flawless collaboration by Chris Quinton and RJ Scott, really well-written, fast-paced and that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    multitaskingmomma

    Who really knows you? For that matter, do you really know who your friends or family are? The answer is: no. You may have a love of your life living and loving with you but when all are revealed, the very ones whom you thought to trust may be the very ones who may turn on you. Lewis Mandineau's family has been a part of Salisbury scene since the seventeenth century, when their family had fled France. Their restaurant, Laurels, had been a part of that scene for a long time as well and the name of Who really knows you? For that matter, do you really know who your friends or family are? The answer is: no. You may have a love of your life living and loving with you but when all are revealed, the very ones whom you thought to trust may be the very ones who may turn on you. Lewis Mandineau's family has been a part of Salisbury scene since the seventeenth century, when their family had fled France. Their restaurant, Laurels, had been a part of that scene for a long time as well and the name of both family and restaurant were highly respected. When his parents were killed in an accident, his younger sister barely surviving, he had trusted his life and businesses to his partner. When he next turned around, he had lost all. That was two years ago and now, the representative of the new owners of Laurels is coming to town and the future of his family, his remaining friends, and the restaurant he still ran, was up in the air. Check out the rest of the review and enjoy what the Original Blog Post has to offer: Happy Happy Release Day!! eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Heat by RJ Scott & Chris Quinton

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adrianamae

    Everything in this story was light. The characterization was a bit light. The mystery was light. And the resolution to the story was light which made for a disappointing read because I needed more. As it was, I didn't buy the relationship between Lewis and Devon which from behaving like an ass, suddenly became a lover -and quickly to that, wedding bells. Unbelievable... But I did like the characters. Lewis was a sweetheart who was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has lost so Everything in this story was light. The characterization was a bit light. The mystery was light. And the resolution to the story was light which made for a disappointing read because I needed more. As it was, I didn't buy the relationship between Lewis and Devon which from behaving like an ass, suddenly became a lover -and quickly to that, wedding bells. Unbelievable... But I did like the characters. Lewis was a sweetheart who was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has lost so much, but he still carried through, fighting to regain what he had lost. I do like that type of heroic character. And Devon was a rigid, no-nonsense businessman that saw everything through a calculator without any pity or concessions. That sweet, disabled Rachel brought him to his knees, humanizing him to the point of making him likable was encouraging to see--but yeah--I still needed more from Devon than an impulsive avowal of love. And so, this is one of those stories that the short length worked against it. It needed to be longer to fulfill the promise of what could have been an exceptional, good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    booklover

    WOW.........Just WOW !! This absolutely beautiful story tells us about Lewis and Devon. Lewis, due to being duped by an ex boyfriend has had to sell the family business to make sure himself and his sister, Rachel, can survive, especially after going through so much tragedy already. Devon, when he first meets Lewis doesn't come across very well, and nor does he do himself any favours with his attitude or how he talks to Rachel, but he soon realises what a strong bond their is within the staff towa WOW.........Just WOW !! This absolutely beautiful story tells us about Lewis and Devon. Lewis, due to being duped by an ex boyfriend has had to sell the family business to make sure himself and his sister, Rachel, can survive, especially after going through so much tragedy already. Devon, when he first meets Lewis doesn't come across very well, and nor does he do himself any favours with his attitude or how he talks to Rachel, but he soon realises what a strong bond their is within the staff towards the "Laurels" family and business. They all look out for and care deeply for Lewis and Rachel, and their warnings and fears are all aired with good reason, well all except one that is.......... What an emotional intense and angsty read this was !! There were a few twists which i never saw coming but i think what i loved the most was the way meeting Lewis and Rachel changed Devon. When he first turned up he came across as an arrogant, bullying, temperamental douche !! But Lewis' strength as well as his love for his sister (who i totally loved) changed Devon. This really was a HOT story and i will definitely be adding more of RJ Scott's books to my reading list !! LOVED IT !!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    3.5 stars I was quite happy when I saw that there was a new book by this author and just had to get it when it was released and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed Lewis, he had been through so much, but he was determined that no matter what was thrown his way, he would make the best of it and make it work. Even with his parents being killed, caring for an injured sister and having an ex who pretty much took everything from him, he continued to survive. I didn't have the same feelings for De 3.5 stars I was quite happy when I saw that there was a new book by this author and just had to get it when it was released and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed Lewis, he had been through so much, but he was determined that no matter what was thrown his way, he would make the best of it and make it work. Even with his parents being killed, caring for an injured sister and having an ex who pretty much took everything from him, he continued to survive. I didn't have the same feelings for Devon and while I understood that business is business and that is what he was there for, he was just too calious and unfeeling at first. Yes he changes, but I also think that it was too fast and would have liked to see him evolve more before all of a sudden the Devon we met in the beginning just disappeared and this nice person who would do anything for Lewis was there. Overall, the story had a little mystery, good secondary characters and was an enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

    2.5 stars This was a first read for me by this author. I didn't feel the chemistry between both mc's it was kinda enemies to lovers to insta-love real quick. I actually could't relate to either one. One was guilt ridden for what his past boyfriend did, and the other one never talked about his past relationship. I honestly think the book had an beginning and ending. It was no middle. It went from rudeness, bitchniess, to kissing? I was slightly confused. Then the arsonist, I didn't see that coming 2.5 stars This was a first read for me by this author. I didn't feel the chemistry between both mc's it was kinda enemies to lovers to insta-love real quick. I actually could't relate to either one. One was guilt ridden for what his past boyfriend did, and the other one never talked about his past relationship. I honestly think the book had an beginning and ending. It was no middle. It went from rudeness, bitchniess, to kissing? I was slightly confused. Then the arsonist, I didn't see that coming a mile away, I mean c'mon the fifty something Uncle Type? Non believable to me, I guess I liked Lewis enough, and his vulnerability and his utter love and devotion of his sister. Devon was mean the first three days and then compassionate out of no where. What changed? Why did Lewis automatically give in? How in the hell did they get to I love you's already? *Scratching my head at this amazement*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Ciorciari-marinich

    I love all of RJ's stories and this one was great as well. It was a quick read for me but they packed a lot into this one.. Lewis lost everything he loved and had to sell his beloved restaurant to someone else. When Devon shows up to take over and see if the restaurant can be saved or sold. Lewis doesn't know what to do. Over the course of some weeks sparks fly between these 2 men. Devon is a workaholic and his father wanted him to slow down so he sent him on this assignment. Lewis takes care of I love all of RJ's stories and this one was great as well. It was a quick read for me but they packed a lot into this one.. Lewis lost everything he loved and had to sell his beloved restaurant to someone else. When Devon shows up to take over and see if the restaurant can be saved or sold. Lewis doesn't know what to do. Over the course of some weeks sparks fly between these 2 men. Devon is a workaholic and his father wanted him to slow down so he sent him on this assignment. Lewis takes care of his sister and I loved the way Devon bonds with her over jelly babies. They have their problems at first but this was a really good story and I was hoping these guys get the HEA, they deserved. Received an ARC from publisher from a review. Reviewed by Jodi Marinich for Alpha Book Club

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arzu

    3,5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela Goodrich

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I absolutely loved this book. I’ve read several of RJ Scott’s books before, but this is my first by Chris Quinton and I’m so glad I got the chance to read Heat. As much as I loved Lewis and Devon, my favorite character is actually Rachel. Not only is Rachel a delightful character who demonstrates that with the right accommodations, she’s perfectly capable of being a very productive member of society despite her injury and th I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I absolutely loved this book. I’ve read several of RJ Scott’s books before, but this is my first by Chris Quinton and I’m so glad I got the chance to read Heat. As much as I loved Lewis and Devon, my favorite character is actually Rachel. Not only is Rachel a delightful character who demonstrates that with the right accommodations, she’s perfectly capable of being a very productive member of society despite her injury and the doctors’ prognoses. But she also gives the reader a chance to see just who Lewis and Devon really are at heart through their interactions with her, rather than the personas they tend to show the public. While not the most auspicious of beginnings for potential business partners, the opening of Heat provides quite an introduction to Rachel, Lewis, Devon, and several members of the Laurels staff. As the authors reveal why Lewis no longer owns Laurels, it’s heartbreaking. But it gets worse when we encounter the arrogant American attitude that Devon sweeps into Laurels with. As an American and a migraine sufferer, I still wanted to smack Devon upside the back of the head on several occasions for the way he spoke to Lewis. Fortunately, Lewis was more than capable of dishing the attitude right back up to him (no pun intended), so I was able to sit back and enjoy watching the sparks fly. And boy did they fly!!! It was nice to see that as Devon took the time to learn more about the restaurant, the staff, and Lewis and all that he had endured, battled, and overcame after his parents’ death, he developed a respect for Lewis and his accomplishments. At the same time, I enjoyed watching Lewis being forced to reassess Devon and his actions, while trying to keep his heart safe because he understandably couldn’t see a future for him and the American. The dance between the two was quite entertaining to watch, especially when those around them tried to help play matchmaker. Yet the authors weren’t satisfied by the angsty romance between Lewis and Devon and threw one heck of a twist in towards the end that had me nodding my head and thinking “Yep, I knew something was up.” While at the same time, I was shaking my head and thinking “I can’t believe I didn’t see THAT coming.” Although I’m not surprised I enjoyed the book, I still cannot get over how much I enjoyed Heat. I loved seeing how the different relationships played out and the dynamics between the various characters. As I said before, it was Rachel’s character who truly humanized Lewis and Devon, both for me and for one another. Lewis’s dedication to his sister was inspiring and it allowed Devon to realize just how dedicated and loyal Lewis was to those people who meant something to him. And Lewis seeing how open Devon was to Rachel, especially when Devon was working as her assistant, forced Lewis to realize that a good deal of Devon’s attitude was just bravado. I was devastated for Lewis when the events at the end regarding the restaurant played out as they did, but I loved the ending that the authors wrote for Devon and Lewis. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Ice, soon to see what’s in store for Salisbury.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    4 – 4.5 Stars I absolutely love the enemies to lovers stories, I’m a total sucker for them and Heat is a perfect example of that enemies to lovers dynamic! I was very excited about this book just from the blurb and I definitely was not disappointed! This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down once I started reading. I adored Lewis instantly, he’s working so hard to keep his restaurant open, having been in the family for generations; he’s taking care of his sister who suffered a traumatic 4 – 4.5 Stars I absolutely love the enemies to lovers stories, I’m a total sucker for them and Heat is a perfect example of that enemies to lovers dynamic! I was very excited about this book just from the blurb and I definitely was not disappointed! This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down once I started reading. I adored Lewis instantly, he’s working so hard to keep his restaurant open, having been in the family for generations; he’s taking care of his sister who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that killed their parents and he’s just an all-around good guy with a beautiful heart. He’s also dealing with financial ramifications of his ex who stole money from the business. A new American company may own the Laurels but in his heart that restaurant is still his. Devon was a little harder to love initially, he’s all business, no-nonsense and all about the bottom line. It’s his job to evaluate the newly acquired Laurels to see if it is a viable business or if it should be closed and developed. He’s a hard character at first, not involving his heart in any decision. But, when he meets the group at the Laurels, Lewis in particular Devon learns that it doesn’t always have to be about the bottom line. One of my favorite things about this story is the chemistry between Devon and Lewis, even when they are fighting and yelling in the beginning, you can just feel the passion between these two. As the story goes on and they both start learning about each other, it’s wonderful to watch their relationship, friendship at first, develop and progress. Seeing Devon with Rachel truly stole my heart! I think it finally slows his business brain down and brings his heart in to play. The relationship that builds between Devon and Lewis felt natural to me, it wasn’t insta-love at all, more earned and developed. But once they find that love there, watch out! There’s a bit of a mystery element to this story as well, fires are being set at restaurants around town and when it strikes at the Laurels secrets and true feelings are revealed. I really did enjoy this element of the book and loved seeing Devon and Lewis come together in the aftermath. Heat was a very enjoyable story filled with heart and passion. The setting for this story was fantastic and I loved the descriptions of the areas. I loved Lewis and Devon and their journey together! I really want to just start over from the beginning and get lost in their story again and again. I received a complimentary copy to review for The Geekery Book Review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ingram

    Title: Heat Author: RJ Scott & Chris Quinton Series: Salisbury Stories #1 Publisher: Love Lane Books Reviewer: Barb Release Date: October 23, 2014 Genre(s): M/M Romance, Arson, Unrequited Love Page Count: 141 Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Review: ****4 Jelly Babies Stars**** Heat is a predictable read until you get to the last ⅓ of the book, then the reader is taken on a wild, intriguing, heartwrenchingly out of the blue ride that will leave you breathless! Lewis is the head Title: Heat Author: RJ Scott & Chris Quinton Series: Salisbury Stories #1 Publisher: Love Lane Books Reviewer: Barb Release Date: October 23, 2014 Genre(s): M/M Romance, Arson, Unrequited Love Page Count: 141 Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Review: ****4 Jelly Babies Stars**** Heat is a predictable read until you get to the last ⅓ of the book, then the reader is taken on a wild, intriguing, heartwrenchingly out of the blue ride that will leave you breathless! Lewis is the head chef in his family’s hundred year old restaurant, struggling to keep it going as a memory to his parents and the fierce loyalty of his employees. He is also trying to help his younger sister with special needs overcome the challenges she faces from the horrific car accident that killed their parents. Enter Devon, the cranky, always scowling son of the owner of an American conglomerate that wants to take over the restaurant and close it down to build a hotel. Devon is sent to evaluate the restaurant, giving them 1 week to convince him not to dismantle Lewis’ family legacy. Lewis and Devon clash from moment one and I just wanted to strangle them both until they woke up and finally acted on their intense chemistry. Slowly Devon worms his way into Lewis’ heart and his sister, Rachel, becomes attached to him with the help of Jelly Babies. You will have to read the story to find out about these delightful sweet candies. As Devon extends his evaluation and realizes that Lewis is sacrificing a lot to keep his family legacy alive, he begins to see Lewis’ vision and wants to fight to keep the restaurant open. But someone, one of Lewis’ loyal, longtime employees, sees Devon as a threat and hatches an extreme solution to take him out and “save” Lewis so that he will finally see after all of these years that he is the only one for Lewis. 1-click this exciting novel by the talented author duo RJ Scott and Chris Quinton. ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Barb from Alpha Book Club

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan65

    Once gain I find myself reading, reviewing, and loving another RJ Scott book. I am a huge fan of this lady and know that I will never be disappointed. So why did it take me so long to read this book? Because for some reason I didn’t even realize it was out there until I saw the marketing materials for book two, Ice. Some fan, huh? I think I might end up losing my RJ Scott fan club membership over that unforgivable faux pas. But, we are here to talk about the book, so let’s talk about “Heat”. Lewi Once gain I find myself reading, reviewing, and loving another RJ Scott book. I am a huge fan of this lady and know that I will never be disappointed. So why did it take me so long to read this book? Because for some reason I didn’t even realize it was out there until I saw the marketing materials for book two, Ice. Some fan, huh? I think I might end up losing my RJ Scott fan club membership over that unforgivable faux pas. But, we are here to talk about the book, so let’s talk about “Heat”. Lewis is a surprisingly upbeat guy for someone who has basically had everything thrown at him, except the kitchen sink. He lost his parents, his boyfriend, takes care of his disabled sister, and nearly lost his family business. This is a man who is much loved and respected by his employees and has put other's needs ahead of his own. That philanthropy gained him respect but lost him his home in the process. Being an honorable person doesn’t seem to get him much, especially once Devon shows up in the picture. Devon is a wealthy man sent by his father to look over their newest acquisition…Lewis’s family restaurant, The Laurels. Devon is a complete horse’s behind. His arrogance, shallowness, and uncaring ways made it almost impossible for me to accept him. It was going to take a complete miracle for these authors to redeem this guy because he was just awful. Lewis and Devon…two of the most unlikely love bugs ever. It turns out that Devon wasn’t so heartless after all. Yes, it took awhile for me, Lewis, and his staff to warm up to the yank, but once we did it was all good. Now we have to deal with an arsonist. Lewis can’t catch a break, but he did catch a lover…and one that is really pretty spectacular once he turns on the charm. Devon really needed Lewis more than Lewis needed Devon. Money isn’t everything and it can’t buy happiness. This was a great story and a fine beginning to the Salisbury Tales series. I am looking forward to seeing how these authors follow it up with “Ice”. If this book is any indication then I think it will be pretty fine, as well. The Blogger Girls

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mandie Foxylutely

    This was a quick light and engaging m/m romance set in the beautiful city of Salisbury. Lewis Mandineau is a man who has nearly lost everything and is clinging on to his family restaurant due to massive debts brought on by his cheating and swindling ex-boyfriend. The business is now in the hands of American Devon Trelawney who is over to check on the viability of the business and if it is worth rescuing or selling on. Lewis lost both his adored parents in an accident and he is now left caring for This was a quick light and engaging m/m romance set in the beautiful city of Salisbury. Lewis Mandineau is a man who has nearly lost everything and is clinging on to his family restaurant due to massive debts brought on by his cheating and swindling ex-boyfriend. The business is now in the hands of American Devon Trelawney who is over to check on the viability of the business and if it is worth rescuing or selling on. Lewis lost both his adored parents in an accident and he is now left caring for his sister who was left mentally disabled as a result of the same accident. To say he is a man on the edge is putting it mildly so to come face to face with the antagonistic and downright rude American is all set for him to explode. But is there something else that is fizzling underneath all this animosity? Devon gives off the wrong impression to Lewis and his staff when he firsts arrives, suffering from jet lag and a nightmare migraine. He just wants to get in and out of this overseeing within the week. But then he scares Rachel, Lewis sister and when Lewis sees how Devon makes amends, it eases the path for a new turning in how these men proceed to get to know one another. There was added mystery in that an arson is on the loose, setting alight other restaurants in the near vicinity. However, it was easy to guess who the arsonist was and why they were doing it, hence this being a light read, it didn’t take much effort to take in the story. I also didn’t really feel the connection between Lewis and Devon as most interaction and relationship seemed to appear off page. There were some sexy times but very little and the revelations of love seemed to appear out of the blue. However I did enjoy reading this and I completed it in one sitting so overall I would give this three and a half stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I like that when Lewis and Devon meet they don't like each other and clash several times. Devon's family has purchased Laurels restaurant. Lewis owed the restaurant and it was owned by his family as far back as the 17th Century. The decision of whether or not Lewis gets to keep running the restaurant lies in Devon's hands. So the sexual attraction between Lewis and Devon takes time to develop. Another thing I liked about this I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I like that when Lewis and Devon meet they don't like each other and clash several times. Devon's family has purchased Laurels restaurant. Lewis owed the restaurant and it was owned by his family as far back as the 17th Century. The decision of whether or not Lewis gets to keep running the restaurant lies in Devon's hands. So the sexual attraction between Lewis and Devon takes time to develop. Another thing I liked about this book was seeing little bits of contrast between the culture of England and the United States. Who knew the Americans don't have Jelly Babies? The romance between Lewis and Devon lovely and not overdone. The erotic scenes are beautiful and sexy without being particularly explicit. Heat is a nice, cosy m/m romance and I really enjoyed reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette Hartwig

    4.5 Stars I really love when authors I love team up together, it makes for a really good book. Lewis was sweet and amazing in everything he did. The love he had for his sister Rachel was inspiring. It took me a little while to warm up to Devon because he was a total jerk in the beginning. I loved the conflict between Lewis and Devon as it made for a really interesting story. It also has a little mystery in the book as the fire department is looking for an arsonist. Lewis did not hesitate to take 4.5 Stars I really love when authors I love team up together, it makes for a really good book. Lewis was sweet and amazing in everything he did. The love he had for his sister Rachel was inspiring. It took me a little while to warm up to Devon because he was a total jerk in the beginning. I loved the conflict between Lewis and Devon as it made for a really interesting story. It also has a little mystery in the book as the fire department is looking for an arsonist. Lewis did not hesitate to take on Devon when he felt he was screwing up. I loved the reaction Devon had when Rachel was teaching how to load the dishwasher. The secondary characters were also amazing and I loved Gran-Em, who looked after Rachel. Overall, this was an excellent book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ***I received this ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are my own.*** This was not the first book by RJ Scott that I have read, so I had high expectations for this book even though I was unsure who the other author was at the time. After having read this book I have to say I love the collaboration of both authors. There was so much emotion that you could almost feel it while you're reading it, there never was a time where I was bored or had to force myself to cont ***I received this ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are my own.*** This was not the first book by RJ Scott that I have read, so I had high expectations for this book even though I was unsure who the other author was at the time. After having read this book I have to say I love the collaboration of both authors. There was so much emotion that you could almost feel it while you're reading it, there never was a time where I was bored or had to force myself to continue to read. I found myself lost in the story and didn't want it to end. The characters were very well thought out and the plot was amazing. Overall another excellent book by RJ Scott and I am happy to say that I know will be reading books by Chris Quentin as well in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janie

    As any book by this author, the characters are so strongly written and the storyline is great. I truly enjoyed the back and forth bickering between the main characters. I loved how Lewis took care of Rachel. When Devon found where Lewis had been sleeping I cried like a Baby. R.J can easily make me feel so many emotions. Great book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    review to come with blog post

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    Great comfort read. Maybe the relationship moved a little too fast but I don't care, it was what I needed right now. And I now have a craving for Jelly Babies. Great comfort read. Maybe the relationship moved a little too fast but I don't care, it was what I needed right now. And I now have a craving for Jelly Babies.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anke

    Nice short read in between, albeit predictable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Read it in one sitting This was a captivating story, so much so that I couldn't put it down! So much tragedy and sorrow for Lewis and Rachel, and so much stress for Devon. Lewis, and Rachel, were exactly what Devon needed in his life, and vice versa. I love that you put epilogues in your your stories. I am reading ICE next, but is there any possibility that you could possibly do a continuation of Lewis and Devon, maybe a couple of years down the line? Or at their marriage and the reopening of Lau Read it in one sitting This was a captivating story, so much so that I couldn't put it down! So much tragedy and sorrow for Lewis and Rachel, and so much stress for Devon. Lewis, and Rachel, were exactly what Devon needed in his life, and vice versa. I love that you put epilogues in your your stories. I am reading ICE next, but is there any possibility that you could possibly do a continuation of Lewis and Devon, maybe a couple of years down the line? Or at their marriage and the reopening of Laurels and just maybe a baby on the way? Just asking. 😌 One of the reasons I like your series books is that I REALLY like long involved storylines that keep me involved. Thanks so much for your books and for the fact that they take me away for a bit!

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