Tyler Stella (Tattoo Thief, #2) By Heidi Joy Tretheway

Stella Ramsey always says bad boys can’t break your heart. They don’t call, don’t cuddle and don’t send flowers—but what do you expect? No strings means no regrets.

When the biggest story of her fledgling music journalism career nearly ruins her relationship with her best friend, Stella has one chance to redeem herself. She promises the bassist for the rock band Tattoo Thief anything in exchange for behind-the-scenes access. But Tyler doesn’t want anything. He wants everything—and that’s more than Stella is prepared to give.

When Tyler’s explosive secret thrusts Stella into the media spotlight, she must choose between selling the story and telling the truth—and exposing the truth about herself.

Tyler & Stella is a sizzling story of lust, lies, and sacrifice, revealing how much love can forgive.
This book is recommended for mature readers—it contains steamy romance and feisty characters who use strong language. Tyler Stella (Tattoo Thief, #2)


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Every year I try and make it a goal of mine to clear some old books off my devices and also readers of my review and blog will know that I am horrendous at reading books in order, so if a series can be read as a stand-alone that suits me better. It's not that I ever mean to read them out of order, it just happens. This is a series that I read the other books years ago and now finally in 2020, I have gotten around to finishing the series. This book starts off with friends Beryl and Stella out partying and celebrating Beryl's birthday when Beryl gets a video from Gavin. Stella needs something great at work as her stories lately have been a bit blaise. So she steals the video, not thinking of the consequences for Beryl. Stella is then invited by Gavin to the band's meeting where she is made to apologize to Beryl. Here she meets Tyler and the pair chat and Tyler invites her over for a story. Turns out he just wanted to get her away from Gavin. This is where we first read the chemistry sizzling between the pair and soon Stella wants to write nothing about the band which results in her job loss and then eventually she has nowhere to go. Tyler offers her a bed and soon she moves in and we see this relationship starting to blossom. We also meet Violet and catch glimpses of Willa's work in this book - they are whom the next two books are about. When Tyler is caught up in a scandal and ends up in the hospital -this part brought back memories of my mother and the way her diabetes worked when her blood sugars got too high or too low. Stella's love for Tyler will be put to the test as will she stands by him despite the accusations and rumors? Find out in Book #2 of the Tattoo Thief Series - one of the best Rockstar musician series I have read. English Gahhh where can I start? I have been super excited for Stella's story since I knew Heidi was going to write it! I couldn't wait to see what she had to say for herself and get inside her head and see if she was a horrible person or not. And I am so glad, because I love her! poor girl has so much going on in her life and has been through hell and back, stuff even her best friend Beryl had no idea about! and she meets bad boy Tyler and they seem to hit it off and he gives her and exclusive. Things don't go smoothly though, both these characters have trust issues and for differen't reasons. Tyler and Stella have a rocky start and many miss understandings. She seems to think Tyler is not interested in her and Tyler is trying to figure out if she is another groupie or something more. These two are epic UGH!! seriously. Tyler is not your typical bad boy rocker he is sweet, caring, charming, he is so much more and I LOVED HIM, I NEED one of him! I loved the first book and Gavin and Beryl, but this time around was even better. The characters were so much better, the story was, Heidi has grown and will continue to grow as a writer and I cannot wait to read Violet and Jayce's story next! if you loved the first Tattoo Thief you will fall in love with this romantic and epic book of awesomeness! let me just tell you Tyler Walsh is my new favorite rock star. And everyone knows how much I love rock stars ;-) he even gives Kellan Kyle a run for his money this story ;-)

Can Stella and Tyler have a life together? or will his and her demons catch up and bite them on the butt?

Screw careful. Life's about being brave,

Life's short. If you don't seize the moment, you could miss it entirely.

You just prove good things come in small packages.

Especially then. Because I'll squeeze the suckiness right out of you.

Nothing. I just want you.

But the difference is, I wasn't going to let you get away. I fought for you, Stella, and I want you to fight for me.

You're everything I never planned.

From the moment I met you, Stella, I wanted you.

I can't promise they'll go away, but I can promise you that no one will question who I'm with. Including you.

The best thing about being here right now is being with you.

It is easy, Stella. No matter how many women scream at Gavin and Tyler, we're the ones they picked.

So Stella's in the club now. The I-rescued-Tyler club. Don't piss her off too much because she's a keeper.

I'm fighting for you, Tyler. I'm going to fight to stay.

Safety check complete, captain? Are we ready for takeoff?

Go, Tyler. Let's fly.

It's not about what we deserve, remember, Tyler?It's grace, forgiveness, and maybe luck.
English 4-1/2 Stars.
Tyler & Stella is the second book in the Tattoo Thief series, but it can be read as a standalone. It starts just a bit before where Tattoo Thief left off, but giving us things from Stella's perspective this time. This was very helpful to not only give readers of Tattoo Thief a reminder of where Stella was at the end (and what she had done), but also brings new readers up to speed. So Tyler & Stella can easily be enjoyed by new and old readers to the Tattoo Thief series. And if you enjoy Tyler & Stella, then perhaps you'll then want to pick up Tattoo Thief and get Gavin and Beryl's story, too.

As for the writing of Tyler & Stella, I can honestly say I enjoyed this one so very much. I liked it more than Tattoo Thief, and could really see the author's growth in her writing, character development, and dialogue. This was one of those books I had a difficult time putting down. Not only do we get an interesting storyline, but the characters are well fleshed-out and make you instantly want to know them. We also get a nice group dynamic, which is one thing I love in a series. The story is centered around Tyler and Stella, but we get more of Gavin and Beryl, along with the other band members and their great camaraderie (there are some wonderful male-bonding moments).

As for main characters, I loved Tyler. Absolutely loved him! It was so refreshing to read about a male character that's not your standard bad boy. The author revealed his character really well, slowly letting us get to know Tyler. There were certain things I figured out about Tyler right away, but that made me appreciate the author's research into him and care with the way she treated him even more. Now for Stella, I didn't really like her in Tattoo Thief, so at the beginning I was really unsure about her. What I appreciated was the way the author revealed who Stella was deep inside. Stella had a rough journey of realization, reflection, trust, and integrity to face. Watching her grow throughout the novel and the way she was eventually able to handle herself was terrific, and she really grew on me. And then watching the relationship between Tyler and Stella play out felt honest and tangible. They were so sweet together, even when they didn't understand each other, and you could feel the deep connection they had to one another. I really liked them.

As for the story, this isn't just a simple boy meets girl romance. This is really the story of two people facing down their pasts. Pasts that hold not only their own mistakes, but the thoughtlessness and cruelty of others, as well as the things in life we have no control over. Yet through it all they must make choices to hide and suffer, or to grow and live. And they must decide what kind of life they want to live, and if the vulnerability in love is worth it. Watching Tyler and Stella grow and change and embrace their lives and love, learning to forgive and be forgiven, learning to trust and hope again, was really a beautiful thing.

Overall, I loved Tyler and Stella's journey of vulnerability, forgiveness, hope, and love. Their story is well-written, with just the right amounts of angst, mystery, friendship, sincerity, heat, love, and the beauty of new beginnings. It is a refreshing addition to the New Adult genre.
English Tyler & Stella just met and the circumstances are not great. Stella was asked to dinner by Gavin to apologize to Beryl for betraying her. Gavin wants Beryl to forgive Stella but Stella is ashamed of releasing the Wilderness video Gavin sent to Beryl as a private moment.

Stella reveals her secret to Beryl in order to win some trust points back in her favor. Beryl is still unsure but decides to still be her friend and work on building the trust back up.

Stella is a mess. Stella hates: her job, her boss, her homeless situation, her meager bank account, and she hates the non-boyfriend situation. Stella thought that no strings attached bad boys were the way to go but after meeting Tyler she is rethinking that way of life. Stella is also needs to be heading towards an AA meeting soon.

Stella will be officially homeless in less than a week when her borrowed room is taken back by Violet. Her boss is demanding another juicy story on Tattoo Thief to follow-up the video and Stella is doing her damnedest to not betray anyone in Tattoo Thief or among their friends and family.

Tyler tells her at dinner that he will give her an interview about their practice space with some conditions. Stella agrees to Tylers demands and they head to the space after dinner. Stella is drinking her feelings away and feeling pretty good when Tyler shows her his place and the practice area. Stella throws herself at Tyler and then feels rejected when he tells her NO.

Tyler is not sure if he can trust Stella and has to make sure before anything more happens between them. Tyler also is a relationship guy. He wants one person and only that person. Tyler does not jump from girl to girl or bed to bed like some of the other guys in the band. Stella does not feel that she deserves anyone to care for her or to love her but Tyler says, We never get what we deserve. Only what we earn. And some grace, and some luck.

Tyler also has a secret and does not tell Stella even after he asks her to be completely honest with him and not to hold back. Tyler asked her to be all in but still will not trust her with his secret. The go to the Spider-Man premier together where Stella is bombarded with questions about Tyler's secret. Now Stella puts the pieces together and tries to cover the best she can and not give the reporters anything good to report about. Tyler asks Stella to forgive him for not telling her sooner but he was hoping that the problem would sort itself out and there would be nothing to tell.

Tyler and Stella show us that no matter what happened in your past, that the future is not set. We can change our path, we can forgive, we are worthy of love, we can trust, we can ask for help, we can grow and we can start fresh with a new beginning.

I admit that I feel that I related better to this book than book #1. I liked Tattoo Thief but I love the chemistry between Stella and Tyler. I love that Tyler wants to go slow and really be sure of the relationship status before they dive in. And Stella being opposite and wanting to just give into her desire without thought. I like that Tyler is not your typically ROCK STAR and wants to be in a relationship and not the BAD BOY but the very sweet, caring, even loving rock star. I like that it is tormenting Stella to take it slow but she does in order to get what she wants and what she wants is TYLER. I also really like how Stella tries to re-start her life with the saying She flies with her own wings. That is a great quote to remember and perfect for Stella's character.

Jayse and Violet's story will be next. No final release date as of yet. But I will snatch it up as soon as it becomes available. It should be a good one with Jayse's man whoring ways and Violet seeming very shy. English Recensione in anteprima sul mio blog:

“Tyler and Stella” è il secondo volume della serie “Tattoo Thief” della meravigliosa Heidi Joy Tretheway e sono molto molto felice di aver potuto leggere questo libro in anteprima proprio grazie all’autrice che me lo ha proposto. Non pensavo che il secondo potesse piacermi più del primo ma invece succede. Una storia bellissima che ci insegna che la fama e il successo arrivano sempre con un prezzo, che non sempre siamo disposti a pagare.

Stella Ramsey ha sempre detto che i cattivi ragazzi non possono spezzarti il cuore. Non chiamano, non ti fanno le coccole e non mandano fiori – ma cosa ti aspetti? Per Stella, nessun legame significa nessun rimpianto. Quando la più grande storia della sua carriera scombinata da giornalista musicale quasi rovina completamente la sua relazione con la sua migliore amica, Stella ha una possibilità di redimersi. Tyler Walsh potrebbe essere quella chance. Stella promette qualsiasi cosa al bassista della rock band Tattoo Thief in cambio di accesso dietro le quinte. Ma Tyler non vuole qualsiasi cosa. Lui vuole tutto – ed è più di quello che Stella è preparata a dare. Quando il segreto esplosivo di Tyler spinge Stella al centro dell’attenzione mediatica, deve scegliere tra il vendere una storia e dire la verità – ed esporre anche la verità su sé stessa.
Tyler & Stella (Tattoo Thief #2) è una storia di attrazione, bugie e sacrificio, che rivela quanto l’amore può perdonare.

Quando leggi mucchi e mucchi di storie d’amore è facile incorrere in flop clamorosi, in storie che ti lasciano sempre con quella sorta di amaro in bocca perché non come te le aspettavi. Anche quando non hai molte aspettative e vuoi solo una storia romantica, pure potresti leggere delle storie fotocopia. Eppure la Tretheway riesce a creare una storia convincente e passionale, che strizza l’occhio ai temi classici della romance e poi la sconvolge con dettagli che non avresti mai immaginato.
Anche in questo caso è la protagonista femminile che racconta la storia con le sue mancanze e frustrazioni e con la sua parte di verità ed è un resoconto parziale, ma allo stesso tempo completo, perché è prima di tutto di Stella, di chi è e cosa vuole, la storia di come si redime e di come capisce che finora ha vissuto a metà. La storia torna un po’ indietro, dagli ultimi capitoli del primo volume, per regalarci proprio la prospettiva di Stella sull’atto che avrebbe dovuto farle fare un avanzamento di carriera e invece l’ha solo portata a dubitare di sé stessa e mandato in frantumi una delle poche relazioni stabili della sua vita. Stella è una ragazza segnata, che cerca in qualunque modo di cancellare il passato. La maggior parte del tempo trascorre nel tentativo di reinventarsi e con il suo lavoro di critica musicale di terz’ordine e il suo modo di fare con l’altro sesso che la porta ad immergersi in storie passeggere e superficiali che la lasciano scossa, incredula e desiderosa di passare alla prossima. Con una naturale predilezione per la vodka che consuma sia per coraggio che per stordirsi, Stella è arrivata ad un punto in cui le cose non possono continuare così. Con una sistemazione provvisoria a casa di un collega e i sensi di colpa per quello che ha combinato a Beryl, la sua migliore amica, Stella deve trovare un modo per rimediare. Quello che non aveva preso in considerazione è l’apparizione di Tyler, il bassista della famosissima band “The Tattoo Thief” che fornisce il pretesto per salvare la sua faccia con il capo, ma allo stesso tempo gli regala molto altro.
Tyler infatti non è il classico bad boy, quelli che Stella è abituata a dare la caccia, Tyler mostra il vero volto di chi nella musica ci crede e ci mette tutto sé stesso. Considerando che è il frontman il membro del gruppo che riceve più attenzioni, Tyler è il pacifista, colui che interviene per sedare gli animi, ma non ha meno bravura degli altri. Sono molti i segreti che si porta dietro, che veniamo a conoscere nel corso della lettura ma in un certo qual modo si mostra subito per quello che è. All’apparenza solo un bell’imbusto tatuato, con un fisico da urlo ma ne viene fuori un ritratto tenerissimo, in cui Tyler è timido e insicuro, con la propensione a prendersi cura di tutti tranne che di sé stesso e quella giusta quantità di sexyness che lo rendono molto molto swoonworthy… insomma un uomo che riesce a conquistare dalla prima apparizione, e a cui non si può dire di no. Dagli slanci generosi improvvisi, gli sguardi di fuoco che farebbero sciogliere qualsiasi cuore, anche il più freddo riesce a guadagnarsi la fiducia di Stella, che pure lo guarda con stupore e indifferenza. Le cose non sono semplici, per nessuno dei due. Entrambi devono scoprire che cosa significa davvero mettersi in gioco e imparare ad amarsi per quello che sono, con pregi e difetti, errori e scelte giuste, perché in fondo è questa la vita vera. Un continuo compromesso con noi stessi, per non soccombere, per non lasciarci vincere dalla disperazione. È normale commettere degli errori, fidarsi delle persone sbagliate, ma è sempre importante credere nelle seconde occasioni, nell’impegnarsi quotidianamente al porre rimedio lì dove si era toppato a cercare sempre di fare la cosa giusta. E a volte ci vuole un po’ di sano egoismo, perché se non stiamo bene noi, non possiamo aiutare neanche gli altri. La cosa bellissima di questo libro, non è tanto la storia d’amore, che pure ha momenti magici ed è veramente molto ben concepita, ma il fatto che si parli degli aspetti negativi della fama, di problemi seri senza scadere nel banale, ma senza essere bacchettoni e riconoscere sempre l’importanza delle parole e delle azioni. I fatti prima delle storie, le affermazioni reali dai racconti dei giornalisti, i fatti vissuti contro le improvvisazioni di qualche scribacchino. E un crescere continuamente. La Trethway poi è straordinaria nel suo stile semplice ma efficace, con una narrazione che non lascia spazio a dubbi e regala sempre tantissimo.
Le vicende si svolgono a New York, in piena estate, con il 4 luglio e i festeggiamenti per l’indipendenza e il ritorno sulle scene dei The Tattoo Thief che non perdono occasione di mostrare il loro vero volto e la loro proverbiale bravura da rock band.

Il particolare da non dimenticare? Delle tende arancioni…

In uscita il 20 febbraio, questa è una serie da non lasciarsi scappare, tra concerti e appuntamenti disastrosi, prove e false partenze, che regala delle storie d’amore passionali e indimenticabili, in piena scena, ma allo stesso tempo con momenti molto intimi e commoventi, che regalano moltissimo al lettore. Una storia che vi sconvolgerà e che apre il cuore, con due protagonisti da ricordare.
Buona lettura guys!

Ringrazio immensamente Heidi Joy Tretheway per avermi concesso la meravigliosa opportunità di leggere in anteprima il suo libro in cambio della mia onesta opinione. Davvero grazie infinite!


Title: Tayler and Stella
Series: Tattoo Thief #2
Author: Heidi Joy Threteway
Release Date: February 20th , 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

I was very much in love with first book in Tattoo Thief series. From the first page to the last, I was captivated by Beryl and Gavin’s story. It's seems to be a long time since I read it, but it's almost impossible to forget characters like them. That made me glad and excited to be able to crack open Tyler and Stella’s story..

Let me start by saying I really liked this book. It sucked me right in from the start. Unfortunately, as likeable as both of characters were, I didn’t love them or cared for them so much as for Beryl and Gavin. I thought they were nice and theirs story was good, but not as epic as first installment of Tattoo Thief.

This story starts with Stella hurting her best friend Beryl by being untrustworthy and frankly quite a bitch. To finally start off her career as a music journalist with a bang, Stella stole a private video Gavin’s sent Beryl. Now, Stella is popular but she also almost lost her friend. To make things worse, Stella needs another great story or she can kiss her job goodbye.

Tyler is a another sexy member of Tattoo Thief. He promised Stella exclusive material for her next article. He can help her proof that she won’t break Beryl’s trust ever again. But what will happen if both of them share more than one or two newspaper’s pages?

Tyler was a great character who was not over the top but just enough for me to like him. Although he was not Gavin I can’t say I wasn’t smitten with him.

In the end, Tyler and Stella’s story was an easy nice read. A story about love, hope, friendship and redemption. This was one of those sweet romantic stories that make you smile. So, if you enjoy reading about sexy, mysterious yet incredibly charming rock star meeting the woman (that’s not perfect) of his life and fighting with obstacles for her, then I think this one will definitely work for you.


*ARC provided by an author in exchange for honest review. This review will be also posted on Smokin' Hot Book Blog during the blog tour. *

English It's not going to be a favorite of mine. After reading it and having some time to process everything I can say that it was not as bad as I thought it was when I finished it. I even changed my original two star rating to a three.

Two things made me dislike the book and if you are fine with them when you will probably like the book. The first is a big NO from me and I am always disappointed when it happens. What is it? A betrayal from a friend. If that friend is your best friend than you are on my blacklist for at least a while. Stella betrays Beryl by making something known to the whole world that was very personal in order to bust up her career. She was lucky Beryl was so forgiving.

The second thing was Stella's drinking problem. I would have liked a warning that Stella was one step from becoming a serious alcoholic. She was downing tequila shots like it was water and while the others had finished one glass of their drink she was already semi-drunk. To get courage you drink one shot, not 5. That girl must need a new liver by now. She should be grateful that Tyler helped her.

As you probably already got I didn't like Stella. Tyler seemed ok most of the time. I wanted to see what was on his mind, but the story is only being told form Stella's point of view. How frustrating was that! English 3.5 stars

Genre: New Adult. Rocker.
Cover: 6/10
Writing: 8/10
Heroine: 5/10
Hero: 9/10
Hotness: 7/10
Romance: 8/10

Stella's journalist career is going nowhere. Attending hundreds of crappy music gigs has done nothing for her.
After her best friends new boyfriend sends her a stunning serenade via text - she finds her big break. But it furthering herself means the cost of betrayal to her friend... and Tattoo Thief. Band member Tyler offers her redemption in the form of furthering TT's career by writing a up-close and personal story on the band.

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I really enjoyed the first book in the series 'Tattoo Thief'. The heroine (Beryl) was very strong and open-minded. Though the hero was hardly in it, I really didn't mind because of Beryl's awesome journey and her outlook on life.

I didn't like the heroine in this second book however, she starts off as a badly straight away and she never really won me over. As a journalist I wanted her to be either ruthless or compassionate. But she never felt very strong to me.

Tyler was sweet, incredibly down to earth, a tad shy - which made him adorable and charming without being cocky. He was a good man in general.

Overall the story was fine, what you usually expect from New Adult reads. It was a nice change of pace to have these incredibly down to earth rockers. English

Tyler & Stella is book two in Heidi Joy Tretheway’s Tattoo Thief series. It works perfectly well as a standalone. Something that happens in the first book plays an important role in this book but it’s fully explained in the early pages of Tyler & Stella.

If you’ve already read Tattoo Thief, like me, you’re probably not very enamoured of Stella. I knew that she was going to be a hard act to sell after the first book – after all she constantly let her best friend down and then completely betrayed her and sold her out and almost destroyed her relationship with Gavin, lead singer of Tattoo Thief. Stella, at first appearances, is NOT one of the good guys!

And, I will say, it did take me a long time to warm up to her. She’s ambitious, fairly sexually aggressive, hard-drinking and has a bit of a tough exterior – it’s hard to find anything warm about her really. But, if you look hard, underneath that brash exterior is a softer centre but it’s well hidden.

In contrast, Tyler at first appearances, seems to be a hard-edged, devil-may-care bad boy rockstar. He’s absolutely gorgeous and flirts fairly outrageously Stella in the early scenes – he appears to be living the rockstar dream. BUT, nothing could be further from the truth. He’s really quite a sensitive soul. Tyler has always been tall but he was skinny and gangly and only started to muscle out that 6 foot two frame just as the band hit the big time. After a lifetime of being shunned by girls, he’s suddenly been inundated with female attention, nearly all of it shallow, feckless and far, FAR too easy. Tyler is looking for something much deeper, much more meaningful and isn’t prepared to go for the casual hookup that Stella offers him up on a plate – he wants much more than that and is prepared to play the long game to get what he wants. He’s prepared to fight for it!

Tyler touches my lips with his index finger to stop my rush of words, the same electric touch I felt in our first cab ride together. “Not like that. I let that get out of hand and that wasn’t fair. This is all kind of new to me. This attention. But I want you to fight all this negative shit that keeps you running away from me. Fight to stay.”

I enjoyed this second outing with the gorgeous men of Tattoo Thief – Heidi Joy Tretheway seems to specialise in peeling back the layers of bad boy rockstars to find the real man beneath and they’re all contrasts between their outward appearances, their tabloid personas and their actual personalities. The real men beneath the bravado. So far Gavin and Tyler have proved to be gentle souls, very deep and with a lot of love to give and it’s great to catch up with Gavin and Beryl and see them so happy now.

Tyler and Stella give them a run for their money in the angst factor in this one as Stella has a lot to learn, a whole lot of behavior patterns and coping mechanisms to unlearn and all the time, Tyler patiently waits for the right time to push their relationship to the next level. He holds out, much to Stella’s frustration, for the longest time. There’s a fair few obstacles for these two to overcome with some shocks and drama to deal with and this turned out to be a real page turner.

We’re introduced to Violet who is to take centre stage in the next book along with Jayce who really does appear to be the epitome of a manwhore rockstar and I can’t wait to see how that one works out.

So, another great new adult rockstar romance from Heidi Joy Tretheway and if you liked Tattoo Thief, I think you’ll also love Tyler & Stella.

4 stars English

Arc provided by Heidi to Slitsread for an honest review

4 Stars

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely do not even read male/female New Adult Romances any more. There are few authors that I will read now. When Heidi messaged me and asked if I could review her book I said yes, to be honest with some trepidation, for both of us. Only because my reading genre has changed and I totally didn’t want to short change Heidi, her book or her characters. It may have taken me a few days to finish it, but I enjoyed it! This book was a refreshing change.

Broken girl and good… (broken)…rocker boy.

Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 leaves off. Heidi’s writing style is refreshing, and with each book it just keeps getting better. To me book 2 was angstier, and I love angst. The pages of this book just flowed and you wanted to know what would happen next. It keeps you engaged. Tyler & Stella’s story is a great one.

This book will teach you that everyone has a past, everyone, but the past doesn’t define you. It is your present and your choices, your decisions of right and wrong that define you. That once you find it, you fight for it. Everyday. Congrats Heidi. Looking forward to more of your work!

*** All picture quotes taken from Heidi’s facebook author page ***


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