Playing For Keeps
Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired BYU's star quarterback from afar. This semester, she's determined to step away from the sidelines and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony Rocket Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Anthony, away from the lights of the stadium, Ty realizes that this is no game; she's falling in love . . .Anthony takes full advantage of his all-star status, holding girls at arm's length for one reason: it keeps him from repeating the same mistakes that once led to a devastating heartbreak. When he meets Ty, his assumption that she's just another pretty face is quickly proven wrong. Though he's completely drawn in by this sweet young woman, her intriguing mix of amusing football know-how, and her quiet selflessness, he will not let himself fall in love. But when faced with the reality of losing the woman he's come to care for despite himself, Anthony's resolve is tested. It's getting harder to keep his head in the game when his heart's on the line.

Playing For Keeps Details

TitlePlaying For Keeps
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 1st, 2015
PublisherCovenant Communications
Rating
GenreRomance, Lds, Lds Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Clean Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Playing For Keeps Review

  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    Having a game plan really helps with a football game and it can't hurt to make one for a potential romance. Just ask TyAnne. She really knows her stuff where football is concerned and when she learns there's an empty seat in a football coaching class at BYU that the star quarterback, Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, is taking, she can't resist signing up and taking a shot at getting to know him.Ty is completely herself, which is refreshing to Anthony. Her football knowledge catches his attention and her Having a game plan really helps with a football game and it can't hurt to make one for a potential romance. Just ask TyAnne. She really knows her stuff where football is concerned and when she learns there's an empty seat in a football coaching class at BYU that the star quarterback, Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, is taking, she can't resist signing up and taking a shot at getting to know him.Ty is completely herself, which is refreshing to Anthony. Her football knowledge catches his attention and her sweet, spunky, selfless personality keeps it, which scares him, as he's not looking for a relationship. Her motives start out a little fan girl, but they quickly change. Ty is loyal to her family, friendly to all, and constantly thinks about being kind, even to her stalker. The whole creepy stalker element added a lot to the story, as well giving the reader a deeper glance into the characters relationships.Rocket is a star and has the attitude that he can love 'em and leave 'em. The growth that he goes through throughout the story is natural and one can't help but fall for him, right alongside Ty. He's just the right amount of possessive and is very protective, especially to those he really cares about. I love his relationship with his sister and with his football buddies, who were also great men. I would LOVE a story about some of those guys.I really can't say enough good about this book--it has all the elements that I love and isn't cheesy or cliche. The clean romance really had me swooning--so many romantic moments--and the struggles the characters fought to overcome really drove the story. Everything was propelled and tied up in such a way that I couldn't put it down!Content: mild romance (kissing); no language; very mild violence (stalking, threats of beating up, etc); mild religious elements (mentioned church and BYU, but no preaching). Clean!*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jenny Proctor
    January 1, 1970
    Read this all in one night and really enjoyed it. Great characters, fun sporty humor. So fun!
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book to read. It is cleverly written. The conversations between Ty and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing. In the beginning of the book the focus is on Ty trying to get Anthony's attention. She "meets" him when she purposely enrolls in a football coaching class he is in. Her spunky personality and knowledge of football at first intrigue him. It doesn't take long before the interest becomes a little more personal.She has a game plan to get to know him, but it doesn't take long to This was a fun book to read. It is cleverly written. The conversations between Ty and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing. In the beginning of the book the focus is on Ty trying to get Anthony's attention. She "meets" him when she purposely enrolls in a football coaching class he is in. Her spunky personality and knowledge of football at first intrigue him. It doesn't take long before the interest becomes a little more personal.She has a game plan to get to know him, but it doesn't take long to learn that sometimes game plans need to be thrown out and spontaneity is the best course of action.There were some very positive messages laid out in this fun book. The first is the importance of being yourself. Don't try to be someone you think everyone else wants you to beThe book also looks at stalking. It's pretty scary how much information is out there on the internet. Ty has to deal with the situation of a football groupy targeting her when she becomes close to the team. She also does a little bit of stalking of her own. It's a great lesson to think about what you put out there and what you look up about other people.Often we put people in a box and label them without knowing them first. We assume that they will react in a certain way. We assume that they don't have interests and talents outside of what we know. This book also looked at that situation and how people can surprise us. Don't judge, don't assume.This book is targeted towards the LDS reading market. The book is set on the BYU campus and does have religious elements. The story is cute and clean.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time in the beginning of this book since it started out with Ty's determination to get the guy and Anthony's arrogance and playboy attitude... but the cute banter and chemistry they shared kept me reading and soon the deeper layers of the characters began to be revealed, making me invested in them and their story. The BYU college setting was a perfect backdrop to the euphoria and pleasure of a new relationship as well as the insecurity and fears. Ty struggles with confidence in the I had a hard time in the beginning of this book since it started out with Ty's determination to get the guy and Anthony's arrogance and playboy attitude... but the cute banter and chemistry they shared kept me reading and soon the deeper layers of the characters began to be revealed, making me invested in them and their story. The BYU college setting was a perfect backdrop to the euphoria and pleasure of a new relationship as well as the insecurity and fears. Ty struggles with confidence in the dating arena and Anthony has major trust issues. Sprinkled in to round things out are some roommate drama, a creepy stalker, and loveable family members. I especially appreciated the scenes with Anthony's adult sister Nikki who struggled with severe OCD. It showed that even those with seemingly perfect lives have heartache and trials, and Anthony's love and protectiveness for her helped him not seem so shallow and self-centered.The characters in this book are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and there are some references specific to Mormons (not preaching) but it can definitely be enjoyed by anyone who loves contemporary romance!(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun! It is the BYU college scene in full force with classes, friends and athletics. It is also an LDS fiction book and there are religious elements and church events and activities mentioned but nothing overbearing.Ty and Anthony are both fantastic characters. Their personalities really shine through in this book. I love how they both start off playing a sort of game- with themselves and with each other but then things shift and progress and evolve. Ty is so well rounded an This book was so much fun! It is the BYU college scene in full force with classes, friends and athletics. It is also an LDS fiction book and there are religious elements and church events and activities mentioned but nothing overbearing.Ty and Anthony are both fantastic characters. Their personalities really shine through in this book. I love how they both start off playing a sort of game- with themselves and with each other but then things shift and progress and evolve. Ty is so well rounded and kind. Not only does she know football as well as any of the team players, she can play like one of them too. She impresses everyone with her football knowledge and with her quick mind and soft heart. I really liked Ty. And so did Anthony! Except that Anthony tries to play the game a bit longer because he is a bit broken and a bit afraid.I loved how the author brought in some meatier topics with the OCD of Anthony's sister and the stalker. It helped give weight and texture to the story.I enjoyed my time in this book. My older teenage daughter read it too and loved it. It was right up her alley.My thanks to the publisher, Covenant, for allowing me to read and review this title for them.
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    Playing for Keeps is such a great read! Ranee Clark has a way of writing characters that you connect with right away. I absolutely loved Ty and Anthony, and had a hard time putting this one down. I got to read this one for Ranee a while ago, and I kept forgetting to critique because I was getting so drawn into the story! This is the perfect summer read for my friends who love lds romance and well-written stories. Here's what it's about:Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired the handsome co Playing for Keeps is such a great read! Ranee Clark has a way of writing characters that you connect with right away. I absolutely loved Ty and Anthony, and had a hard time putting this one down. I got to read this one for Ranee a while ago, and I kept forgetting to critique because I was getting so drawn into the story! This is the perfect summer read for my friends who love lds romance and well-written stories. Here's what it's about:Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired the handsome college quarterback from afar. This semester, she’s determined to step away from the sidelines—and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony “Rocket” Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Anthony, away from the lights of the stadium, Ty realizes that this is no game—she’s falling in love . . . Anthony takes full advantage of his all-star status, holding girls at arm’s length for one reason: it keeps him from repeating the same mistakes that once led to a devastating heartbreak. When he meets Ty, his assumption that she’s just another pretty face is quickly proven wrong. Though he’s completely drawn in by this kind young woman, her intriguing mix of amusing football know-how, and her quiet selflessness, he will not let himself fall in love. But when faced with the reality of losing the woman he’s come to care for despite himself, Anthony’s resolve is tested—it’s getting harder to keep his head in the game when his heart’s on the line.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a bit different than what I was expecting and I liked that! TyAnne Daws is excited to meet Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, the BYU quarterback. She is a true fan who has been watching him for many years. When they meet, they become friends quickly and the flirting begins. She enlists the help of her roommate, Rosie, who had gone on two dates with Anthony, to help her get his attention and quickly learns that she might be better off on her own. Ty was easy to like right away. I also did like An This was a bit different than what I was expecting and I liked that! TyAnne Daws is excited to meet Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, the BYU quarterback. She is a true fan who has been watching him for many years. When they meet, they become friends quickly and the flirting begins. She enlists the help of her roommate, Rosie, who had gone on two dates with Anthony, to help her get his attention and quickly learns that she might be better off on her own. Ty was easy to like right away. I also did like Anthony, even though he was a bit cocky. As the story progressed, I liked him more and more. It was fun to watch their relationship evolve from fun and flirty to something more serious. They had some great conversations and the romance was perfect! It was hard for Anthony to get too serious because he had been burned in the past so he protected his heart by dating lots of different girls. There were also some great side characters: Ty's family, other football players, Anthony's OCD sister and a stalker who created some problems for Ty. The story is set at BYU and there were a few religious elements, like talk of going to church, but nothing preachy. This is a fun, clean romance that anyone will enjoy! I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.Mel's Shelves
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - Great book that made me laugh. Lots of fun, great characters and fun storyline. Starting the author's next book ASAP.Set at BYU but not really religious and not at all preachy.Content: Clean
  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little conflicted about this book to be honest. I think the author writes really well and it was easy for me to get caught up in the story and really visualize everything well, the story was just lacking somewhat. Also I read Double Play first and I wish I hadn't. I really liked the growth of Sophie in double play and unfortunately here she's portrayed really negative. Ty bothered me somewhat...I liked her at times but other times I wanted her to be stronger and the obsession with Anthony I'm a little conflicted about this book to be honest. I think the author writes really well and it was easy for me to get caught up in the story and really visualize everything well, the story was just lacking somewhat. Also I read Double Play first and I wish I hadn't. I really liked the growth of Sophie in double play and unfortunately here she's portrayed really negative. Ty bothered me somewhat...I liked her at times but other times I wanted her to be stronger and the obsession with Anthony worked some of the time but was awkward also. I also did not like Rosie in this book and was hoping they would have a better heart to heart and not just smooth things over in the end. I understood that Ty didn't like confrontation but I was hopeful when she started to grow a back bone in the end that she would express herself better and communicate better. I did like reading from both Ty and Anthony's perspectives and the insight it gave into their thoughts I just wanted them to communicate better and deeper. David was definitely my favorite character (in both books!!) and I'm glad I got to read more about him in Double Play! Lastly the situation with Dylan was unfinished and unresolved... why, when, where, how... explain him!!! ugh that needed a better closing for sure! it was a good conflict in the story but could have been explained a little more. (he did creep me out though!) Over all reads more of a HS/YA romantic drama 3.5-4* liked the writing style and I'll try another by this author.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable LDS contemporary romance. I loved this book. I'm a huge BYU football fan so the fact that the whole story is focused around Cougar Nation was such a blast for me. Tyanne Daws is the daughter of a former BYU football player and along with her three brothers, she loves and lives football. Her favorite player being quarterback Anthony (the Rocket) Rogers. Her dream of someday meeting him finally comes true when she finagles her way into one of his classes at the Y. This is her only shot an Adorable LDS contemporary romance. I loved this book. I'm a huge BYU football fan so the fact that the whole story is focused around Cougar Nation was such a blast for me. Tyanne Daws is the daughter of a former BYU football player and along with her three brothers, she loves and lives football. Her favorite player being quarterback Anthony (the Rocket) Rogers. Her dream of someday meeting him finally comes true when she finagles her way into one of his classes at the Y. This is her only shot and she has a game plan. :) Full of laughter, endearing football players, and sweet romance. I enjoyed every page. Such a fun read.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, clean story with a lot of football references. I admit, I'm not a huge sports fan, so at first I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stick with the story. But the in-depth football info slowed down a bit, so I had an idea of what was happening. I liked our MC's and they seemed pretty realistic. As always, one honest convo would sure clear up a lot of things. But then I guess that would decrease the size of the book. Still, fun and a little more complexity than your standard LDS romanc Cute, clean story with a lot of football references. I admit, I'm not a huge sports fan, so at first I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stick with the story. But the in-depth football info slowed down a bit, so I had an idea of what was happening. I liked our MC's and they seemed pretty realistic. As always, one honest convo would sure clear up a lot of things. But then I guess that would decrease the size of the book. Still, fun and a little more complexity than your standard LDS romance. I enjoyed the author's writing style and would definitely read more by her!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Hot quarterback, check. Confident woman, check. Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry. Check, check and check. This was a sweet fun story that also had a touch of seriousness. I was so drawn into this story that I couldn't put it down. This book is a Deseret Book bestseller for both romance and general fiction and it's easy to see why. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, well written college romance!
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  • Gina Denny
    January 1, 1970
    I had the immense pleasure of reading this one during the editing stages and I promise you, it is a delight. If you like Melanie Jacobson, this is right up the same alley. A clean romance that isn't cheesy or doofy. Instead it's funny and charming, and utterly adorable. I really can't say enough nice things without sounding like a raving fangirl.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one! Review posting tomorrow.
  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    Growing up my dad refereed college football, and now he does the instant replay for the Big 12, so football has always been a huge part of my life. I honestly think that is why I liked this book so much, I already had an appreciation for the game, but of course the book itself that had me eagerly turning pages. Playing for Keeps is highly enjoyable. Ty is an amazing girl who I liked from the first page. I loved how she was herself from the start, and even though she took friendly advice from her Growing up my dad refereed college football, and now he does the instant replay for the Big 12, so football has always been a huge part of my life. I honestly think that is why I liked this book so much, I already had an appreciation for the game, but of course the book itself that had me eagerly turning pages. Playing for Keeps is highly enjoyable. Ty is an amazing girl who I liked from the first page. I loved how she was herself from the start, and even though she took friendly advice from her friend, she still kept her head. Ty is the type of girl that shines kindness and radiance, and I loved her relationship with her brothers. Anthony was a mystery to me at first, don't get me wrong, I loved when he was around and how he reacted to Ty. Especially how he would react to how other guys reacted to Ty. I really enjoyed the point of view switches with Anthony and Ty. It was the perfect way to get to know Anthony and his friends (who I loved too.) I loved how Anthony was with them, and especially his sister and family. There were so many fun moments in this book. It is full of amazing kisses, humor, and kindness. GO TEAM!5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for more from this author! I hear she is working on follow up stories for the other guys in this book. Yay!Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    (Genre:LDS fiction/romance) 3.5 stars. Cute story about a BYU coed who has grown up in a family that lives and breathes football. In fact, she was even named after a famous BYU quarterback, Ty Detmer. Her 2 younger brothers were also named after other former BYU football stars and they all love the game. In her senior year at BYU, Ty manages to get a class with the current quarterback Anthony "Rocket" Roberts. She is so excited to finally meet the football star that she has followed since high s (Genre:LDS fiction/romance) 3.5 stars. Cute story about a BYU coed who has grown up in a family that lives and breathes football. In fact, she was even named after a famous BYU quarterback, Ty Detmer. Her 2 younger brothers were also named after other former BYU football stars and they all love the game. In her senior year at BYU, Ty manages to get a class with the current quarterback Anthony "Rocket" Roberts. She is so excited to finally meet the football star that she has followed since high school. Anthony is super talented, hot, and is known in the media as being a very good role model for his younger fans. But he is also known for dating around and not getting serious. Except for one previous girlfriend that he got pretty serious with, it appears that he just likes to play the field. But Ty has had a crush on Anthony for years and she is not about to let this opportunity slip past her. She is determined to do all she can to catch the star quarterback's eye.I didn't go into this book with high expectations, but I liked it better than I thought I would. Cute, fluffy read to fill up an afternoon or two.
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  • Charissa
    January 1, 1970
    This contemporary romance was adorable. Ty is a cute college coed who’s been in love with the star quarterback for ages it seems. Since she knows football better than most men, she feels she’s the perfect fit for Anthony ‘Rocket’ Rogers. Making a game plan to win his attention, she tells herself she’ll be happy with just a few dates with the man of her dreams—since he has a record of dating and dumping girls pretty fast. But when her heart gets involved, she wants to play for keeps; but does he? This contemporary romance was adorable. Ty is a cute college coed who’s been in love with the star quarterback for ages it seems. Since she knows football better than most men, she feels she’s the perfect fit for Anthony ‘Rocket’ Rogers. Making a game plan to win his attention, she tells herself she’ll be happy with just a few dates with the man of her dreams—since he has a record of dating and dumping girls pretty fast. But when her heart gets involved, she wants to play for keeps; but does he? Ty’s unique personality made this story hard to put down. I didn’t think I’d like it so much because it was about football, but even if you’re a football flunkie like me, it still clicks like a seatbelt and is a fun read. The dialogue was witty and I couldn’t help but cheer for Ty as she tries to win Anthony’s heart. There’s a creeper in this story—Dylan—who is absolutely Bleck! Ick! Nasty! He added great tension and drama to the tale. Read this book! It’s awesome! ***I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Shauna
    January 1, 1970
    What a perfectly delightful book!I love how Ty makes a "game playbook" for how to get her man :)You will find fun story lines as you read about Ty's roommate who is trying to help her, the other man who is stalking her and how Anthony tries to keep her at arms length but can't help falling in love with her.There are also some fun head-pondering questions as Ty tries to figure out what type of girl she is and if she is different enough from the other girls that Ty has dated so that he will keep h What a perfectly delightful book!I love how Ty makes a "game playbook" for how to get her man :)You will find fun story lines as you read about Ty's roommate who is trying to help her, the other man who is stalking her and how Anthony tries to keep her at arms length but can't help falling in love with her.There are also some fun head-pondering questions as Ty tries to figure out what type of girl she is and if she is different enough from the other girls that Ty has dated so that he will keep her instead of throwing her on the sidelines like all the others. There is also the question of: is she stalking Anthony the same way Dylan stalks her...looks on Facebook, follow her to class, etc.?This game has more at stake than just a winning touchdown~Hearts are on the line♥See how it all plays out in this very fun read!Will definitely read more from this author!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book, but it sucked me in. I didn't want to put it down! I loved Ty's character. She was so well written! I love that she is such a football geek & can talk shop with the entire team. Her family members are fantastic. They are sarcastic when called for--I especially loved Walsh. Ty manages to get into the same class as Anthony "Rocket" Rogers. She has had a crush on him for years! (Join the club!) She just wants to get a chance to make an impres I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book, but it sucked me in. I didn't want to put it down! I loved Ty's character. She was so well written! I love that she is such a football geek & can talk shop with the entire team. Her family members are fantastic. They are sarcastic when called for--I especially loved Walsh. Ty manages to get into the same class as Anthony "Rocket" Rogers. She has had a crush on him for years! (Join the club!) She just wants to get a chance to make an impression on him. Does she ever!I really enjoyed the camaraderie between the team members. They just treated Ty like one of their own-with or without Rocket. The nicknames were great! Everyone had at least one nick name. Absolutely a fun dessert book for anyone who loves sports and a great romance!
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a good read. I devoured it and it keep me smiling for days. It's a cute football romance that even taught me a bit about football. All the characters were fun and easy to love from Ty and the Rocket to the more minor characters, like Rocket's mom. Their motivations were believable and the story seemed to weave itself. The only thing that felt a little forced was the creepy guy. He seemed to show up and I felt like the motivation there needed to be a little bit stronger. I would hig This was such a good read. I devoured it and it keep me smiling for days. It's a cute football romance that even taught me a bit about football. All the characters were fun and easy to love from Ty and the Rocket to the more minor characters, like Rocket's mom. Their motivations were believable and the story seemed to weave itself. The only thing that felt a little forced was the creepy guy. He seemed to show up and I felt like the motivation there needed to be a little bit stronger. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean, fun romance.
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    BYU football + romance...how could you go wrong?
  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    DARLING book! This one goes in my re-read bookshelf!
  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute and funny. Ty's love for football and the knowledge of it made her the perfect girl for Rocket...err... Anthony. He just didn't know it yet. Lots of teasing, and joking. Ty is a sucker and can't say no to anyone, but luckily someone is always there to save her
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  • Melissa Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    Best Book Ever!If you love romance and football this is the perfect book for you...it will also help if you are a BYU Fan!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Cute
  • Lorie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun, quick read! Loved it!
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    reads like 1 st draft, needs serious editing to clean up the plot. cute premise.
  • Maleah
    January 1, 1970
    Great book
  • Ellie Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Read it over christmas break.. distracted me from all else haha
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    fun cute quick read. not much more than a love story.
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