Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Release Day Review: Love At Last by Claudia Connor


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Synopsis:

All new romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Connor…

How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

With her ex-groom's words, I’m in love with someone else, still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian.

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.


Review:

Love at Last was the first full-length book I have read by this author. I had read a novella by her prior to this and even though it was super sweet romantic, something I normally don't read, I still enjoyed it. When I saw she had a new book coming out I thought why not give it a try? I am not usually one for super romantic super sweet like candy stories, but why not give it a go? Well, I will say I did enjoy this story, but it was right on the line of being too romantic for me. I know that might sound odd since most of my reviews are for romance books, but they are not normally super romantic romances. This is one of those stories where everything is so super sweet and magical and cute and fun.

Clare was supposed to get married but found out her fiance was in love with someone else. So she heads off on their honeymoon by herself to lick her wounds and move on. Now Clare was an odd one for me. She wasn't super upset about being left by her fiance, he wasn't the love of her life or anything. He was a safe choice, a comfortable choice, someone she cared for well enough and she wanted the house and family and all of that so he was a good, stable pick. I'll be honest, I didn't really understand why Clare was okay with settling and not being super in love with her partner. She is kind of afraid of opening up to people and really taking a chance and after her safe choice left her she decides she is going to give up on men.

Deacon has not had the best luck with women, but he does have some pretty amazing daughters to show for his failed love life. And he loves every minute of being a father. He was so sweet and kind and caring and wonderful. Plus he is a vet and helps pups and cats. Who wouldn't love him? Well he is at the same resort as Clare on a business trip and he expects to get his talks over with and then go home as soon as possible. He doesn't count on meeting Clare and falling for her. To meet someone like her and see that maybe he could find love with someone. To not want to leave her and spend a few extra days there getting to know her.

These two were both super into the other and neither expected it. Clare's single honeymoon turned into something that could be so much more. But of course we have a bit of drama, things happen that were not expected and someone had to rush off in a hurry. Now the second half of the book I really didn't care for Clare that much. She is a super coward and Deacon deserves to know what happens. I will say when Deacon finds out everything he handles the whole situation a billion times better than I would have. He is still so sweet and kind and wonderful and Clare is still such a scaredy pants. She bugged me. Maybe if I would have seen more why she was so afraid to open up it would have been better, but oh well. I don't know what else Deacon could have done to show Clare how he felt. That he was there for her. That he was all in. I really loved him and how great he was with his daughters, his family, and Clare. If not for him I may not have enjoyed the book as much as I did.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2



Excerpt:

His wide, warm palm grazed her lower back as they wove their way through the tables to the exit. They crossed over the water garden in silence, slowing as they reached a fork in the path.

“Which way?” Deacon asked. “I’ll walk you back.”

“That’s sweet, but you really don’t have to. It’s a five-star resort, not downtown Los Angeles.”

Deacon kept walking. “True. But you know, I took you to dinner and all.”

She arched a brow at him. “It’s also an all-inclusive resort. Maybe I took you.”

“Maybe you did.”

He flashed her that slightly lopsided grin that hit her right in the chest. She conceded to the walk, and together, they followed the brick path. The resort was dark, but lights along the sidewalk lit the path and shined up the skinny gray trunks of the swaying palms. It was quiet, and when they didn’t pass even one other person, she was glad he was walking her back.

She slowed as they came to the breezeway leading to her building and pointed up the steps to the second floor. “I’m up there, so…”

Deacon started up the steps. “I’ll walk you to the door. I’m funny like that.”

She probably should have said no, insisted that she could make it to her door on her own. Because of course she could. But she didn’t insist, just followed enormously glad she’d removed the HONEYMOON banner from her door.

They reached her room, and she turned to face him. Just the two of them now, up here, alone at her door. She felt a slight buzzing in her head that had nothing to do with alcohol.

“Well, Clare of the here and now.”

She rolled her eyes at the reminder of her earlier word-vomit ramble. “It was nice to meet you.” She stuck out her hand, hoping it wasn’t sweaty.

“It was nice to meet you, too.”

It didn’t feel like a simple handshake as he wrapped his fingers around hers. “I had fun tonight. You turned what might have been a horrible night into something surprisingly nice.”

“I’m glad.”

“Thank you for catching me and saving my top and for dinner and talking and…” And maybe she could stoptalking.

“You’re welcome.”

A frog gave a low croak, and another answered, but she figured the pounding of her heart was louder.

The buzzing in her head grew louder, and she felt dizzy from looking into his eyes and staring at his lips because she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to feel those smooth, firm lips on hers, to taste him and feel his arms around her.I'm losing my mind.

“You’re beautiful,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to say that all night.” He lifted his hand and lightly brushed his thumb over her cheek.

Then he leaned in, and she moved. Just…moved. In and up, her fingers twisting in the front of his shirt. She was just falling into the taste of him, just getting that warm, tingling flood of a first kiss when her brain fully registered that he’d been leaning in to kiss her cheek.

“I’m sorry.” She swallowed hard, felt a stinging heat flooding into her cheeks, and wished desperately to disappear. Deacon was staring at her in complete confusion. That made two of them. “I’m… really sorry.”

She spun to her door. A stiff wind sang through the open-air hallway, slapping her hair across her eyes. How she got her key in the lock, she had no idea. Mumbling one more apology over her shoulder, she opened the door and closed it behind her. She stood, heart pounding in mortification, her lips buzzing.

The champagne glasses and fruit and cheese tray had been cleared. The bed had been turned back, and the damn swans were back, nestled in the center of the bed and kissing right on their terrycloth lips.

About the Author:


Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pre-Order Blitz: Love At Last by Claudia Connor


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Synopsis:

All new romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Connor…

How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

With her ex-groom's words, I’m in love with someone else, still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian.

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.



Excerpt:

His wide, warm palm grazed her lower back as they wove their way through the tables to the exit. They crossed over the water garden in silence, slowing as they reached a fork in the path.

“Which way?” Deacon asked. “I’ll walk you back.”

“That’s sweet, but you really don’t have to. It’s a five-star resort, not downtown Los Angeles.”

Deacon kept walking. “True. But you know, I took you to dinner and all.”

She arched a brow at him. “It’s also an all-inclusive resort. Maybe I took you.”

“Maybe you did.”

He flashed her that slightly lopsided grin that hit her right in the chest. She conceded to the walk, and together, they followed the brick path. The resort was dark, but lights along the sidewalk lit the path and shined up the skinny gray trunks of the swaying palms. It was quiet, and when they didn’t pass even one other person, she was glad he was walking her back.

She slowed as they came to the breezeway leading to her building and pointed up the steps to the second floor. “I’m up there, so…”

Deacon started up the steps. “I’ll walk you to the door. I’m funny like that.”

She probably should have said no, insisted that she could make it to her door on her own. Because of course she could. But she didn’t insist, just followed enormously glad she’d removed the HONEYMOON banner from her door.

They reached her room, and she turned to face him. Just the two of them now, up here, alone at her door. She felt a slight buzzing in her head that had nothing to do with alcohol.

“Well, Clare of the here and now.”

She rolled her eyes at the reminder of her earlier word-vomit ramble. “It was nice to meet you.” She stuck out her hand, hoping it wasn’t sweaty.

“It was nice to meet you, too.”

It didn’t feel like a simple handshake as he wrapped his fingers around hers. “I had fun tonight. You turned what might have been a horrible night into something surprisingly nice.”

“I’m glad.”

“Thank you for catching me and saving my top and for dinner and talking and…” And maybe she could stoptalking.

“You’re welcome.”

A frog gave a low croak, and another answered, but she figured the pounding of her heart was louder.

The buzzing in her head grew louder, and she felt dizzy from looking into his eyes and staring at his lips because she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to feel those smooth, firm lips on hers, to taste him and feel his arms around her.I'm losing my mind.

“You’re beautiful,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to say that all night.” He lifted his hand and lightly brushed his thumb over her cheek.

Then he leaned in, and she moved. Just…moved. In and up, her fingers twisting in the front of his shirt. She was just falling into the taste of him, just getting that warm, tingling flood of a first kiss when her brain fully registered that he’d been leaning in to kiss her cheek.

“I’m sorry.” She swallowed hard, felt a stinging heat flooding into her cheeks, and wished desperately to disappear. Deacon was staring at her in complete confusion. That made two of them. “I’m… really sorry.”

She spun to her door. A stiff wind sang through the open-air hallway, slapping her hair across her eyes. How she got her key in the lock, she had no idea. Mumbling one more apology over her shoulder, she opened the door and closed it behind her. She stood, heart pounding in mortification, her lips buzzing.

The champagne glasses and fruit and cheese tray had been cleared. The bed had been turned back, and the damn swans were back, nestled in the center of the bed and kissing right on their terrycloth lips.

About the Author:


Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

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Synopsis:

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.


Review:

I'm really glad I found Tessa Dare. This is my second from her and it was just as much fun as the first one.

Maddie is really shy and doesn't do well in crowds. Like she has a panic attack and freezes if there are a lot of people around. So with the start of her season in London coming soon she panics and does what anyone in her situation would do, invents a guy. A Scottish guy who is her love. A Scottish guy who is a soldier and so not around. She writes him letters and sends them off assuming they will never go anywhere. Afterall she made the whole thing up and she didn't even address them to a real military post. After a few years she knows what she has to do. She can't keep up the charade forever so she kills him off in battle and pretends to be devastated. Now she can work on her drawings in peace and not worry about having to marry and all of that. She is much better by herself and happy living with her aunt.

Maddie was not expecting her lies to come back to her like they did. One day Logan MacKenzie actually shows up on her door! Something she never thought would happen. Apparently her letters were delivered to him and when he and his men get back to Scottland and need a place to live he shows up on her doorstep. And blackmails her into marrying him or he will reveal her lies. Oh these two were fun. Logan is big and gruff and a giant teddy bear. He likes to act like he doesn't care, but you can see he does. Beneath his bluster is a heart of gold. He is only doing what he is doing to help his men. To help the other guys he is in charge of that came home to nothing. I so love big tough teddy bear guys!

And Maddie was so much fun. She is attracted to Logan for sure, but she doesn't really want to be married. At least at first. If she can just find her letters then Logan can't blackmail her and she can continue living as she has been living. Only spending time with Logan starts making things get a bit fuzzy. She doesn't want to marry him right?

I really enjoyed this story. Logan and Maddie are so cute together and I love their back and forth. They were both wonderful characters and I loved watching them fall for each other. What started off as a lie and blackmail turns into so much more. This was a really fun read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry


Disgrace, an all-new emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming April 26th and we have the gorgeous new cover!

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Coming April 26th, 2018

Synopsis: 



Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After seventeen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too young for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me. 

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch… 

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

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Synopsis:

In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?

Abducted by handsome highwayman?

Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.


Review:

Romancing the Duke was such a fun read! Why haven't I read Tessa Dare before now? Well, probably because I don't like the covers. Really I don't like the covers of most old-timey books even though I love old-timey books in general. I am glad I gave Tessa Dare a chance. This definitely definitely won't be my last (I may or may not have already put every other book of hers on my hold list at the library...)

Izzy has been struggling to get by. She is almost completely out of money, she has nothing since her father's sudden passing, and no one to really help her out. She has been trying to survive, but it is hard. So when she receives a letter stating that she received an inheritance from someone she is hoping for a few hundred pounds to help her get by. She doesn't expect to show up at a decrepit castle with a grumbly, handsome man living in it having no idea what she is talking about. She definitely didn't expect to inherit the castle itself and have to fight the grumbly man for it.

Ransom is a Duke, but he has been holed up in his castle almost completely by himself for the past 7 months. Ever since the accident. Or whatever happened to him. He is rough around the edges, but you can see he cares, he just doesn't want to show it. With his past and upbringing it is no wonder he is not the kind, caring person that he could be. That he is in secret. Oh, I loved Ransom so much! I love the big, tough, grumbly teddy bears. Oh, he was fun.

Ramson and Izzy were awesome together. He keeps trying to run her off with threats of ruining her, but he doesn't realize that Izzy wants that. She has dreamed of love and kisses and everything like that her whole life, but everyone treats her as a little girl because of the fairy tales her father wrote. The fairy tales that are incredibly popular, that everyone loved. She is so kind to the fans of her father's stories. So kind to all the people who ask her the same questions since the stories were cut off mid-scene when he died unexpectedly! They all want to know what happens next, but there is no next now. So when Ransom actually treats her like a woman and not a little girl as everyone else does she loves it. She wants more of it.

With the two of them stuck in the castle together and drawn together it was only a matter of time because dratted feelings start getting involved. Neither of them expected it, both think the other couldn't possibly care for them, but they were so sweet together. Ransom has a great deal of pride and doesn't want anyone's help, but he is so kind with Izzy. So...everything. They both were. Not that it is easy. They are both stubborn and want what they want and they were so much fun to watch. I loved this story and can't wait to read more from this new to me author!

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, April 9, 2018

Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick

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Synopsis:

She's been playing it close...

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he's not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he's never letting go.

Review:

Played was a cute read. I love friends to lovers story and this was a great one. 

Ara and Ty have been bff since freshman year when they literally ran into each other. Ara may have a crush on Ty, may love him, but nothing will ever come of it. Friendships last forever, but romances don't and she doesn't want to loose him. So she will be his friend forever and only that. 

Ty has like Ara from the first moment he ran into her. But she has placed him firmly in the friend zone so that is where he is trying to stay. Only he keeps imagining more with her and he can't get it out of his mind. Especially now that the rest of his life is in a bit of turmoil. He has never been a particularly good boyfriend, but maybe that is because he has never dated the right girl. And he is not one to give up, so once he decides Ara will be his there is nothing stopping him when he knows she wants it too. 

I really loved Ty in this story. Sure he is a bit dense at times, he is a good guy, but a bad boyfriend. He just kind of coasts through his life outside of football, his one true passion. Football is his life and girlfriends always seem to get tired of coming second. Even so I really liked him. He was so sweet with Ara. Even when things get crazy and he doesn't have much time he always makes time for her. I loved reading his chapters and seeing how he saw her and what was happening between them. I loved him. He knows how to push when need be so they both get what they want. 

Ara was an interesting one for me. I loved her at first, but then she started driving me batty. I know she has seen a lot of not so good examples of relationships, but Ty is so sweet and she is such a coward. She never really goes after what she wants by telling herself she doesn't really want it. She could be annoying at times, but I still enjoyed reading her story. Sure everything gets reasolved a little too quick and easy in the end, but it was a fun read regardless. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Our Forever (Our Forever #1) by Elena Matthews

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Synopsis:

When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever.

Jo Donovan was a true believer of happily ever afters—until her best friend, Christopher, was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that fairy-tale endings existed.

Destroying her. Destroying her world.

Five years later…

Jo finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death.
When she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son, Junior, she’s finally given the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.

What she doesn’t know is that the fresh start comes in the form of her sexy neighbor, Drew Greyson.

Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually, a spark between them ignites. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive, and she finds herself falling for him.

Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will Jo’s pain from losing Christopher stop her from following her heart?


Review:

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed Our Forever. I usually have a difficult time with books where people move on after the death of their partner because it is usually way too quick for me. Or with the best friend. A lot of times I feel like the first relationship is somehow diminished and I don't like that. You can definitely love more than one person in your lifetime, especially if the first person is taken away from you. So I don't usually read this kind of thing, but after reading the synopsis and seeing it has been five years I thought it might be alright and I will give it a try. I started reading and Jo is still so broken from the loss of her Christopher I thought how in the world will the author pull off this story and have me enjoy it? There is just no way she can be this broken and move on with her neighbor and have me be okay with it. But I was wrong. I was more than okay with it, I loved it! I loved Jo and Drew and everything that happens between them. It worked in such a wonderful way. This book was way better than I had hoped and I love when that happens!

Jo is a single mom after the loss of her first love, Christopher. She is still in a bad way, in a dark place, and doesn't know how to move on. Or if she ever will. How can you replace that person who was your everything? Why would you want to? She is strong for her son, but it is hard. When she moves to try and get a fresh start somewhere where everyone doesn't know her things don't go as planned. For one thing her neighbor is super hot, but she is definitely not ready to be thinking of him as anything other than her annoying neighbor. Only there is something there and maybe she can figure her way out of this darkness. 

Drew is Jo's neighbor and they don't meet on the best of terms. But he was incredible. I loved Drew so so much. He is so sweet and kind and funny and everything you could want. He is the best. Especially with how he is with Jo and her son. He doesn't push her or rush her or anything, he tries to just be there for her. He wants to be with her, but only if she is ready to be with him. It can be hard at times to watch the person you are starting to really care for being so upset, but it can be worth it in the end. He was so sweet and I loved how genuinely great he was. If he cares about you he would do anything for you which he more than proved with his past actions. When we find out about his life and how it could have been very different right now if he has been selfish I fell for him even more. He was amazing and I was so happy that he found Jo. I know they have a rocky start, and some things happen along the way that I expected to happy and wasn't looking forward to, but the author handled them so much better than I had hoped. This was a really surprising wonderful read for me. I can't wait to read more from this author. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2