This Passionate reader is compassionate about giving back to authors who create incredible stories that help me escape reality. You will find my reviews are honest, genuine and detailed. I review for Indie and Best Selling Authors in the US, Canada, and the UK. On GoodReads, NetGalley, Facebook, Twitter, and this website. *PLEASE NOTE: I only review psychological thrillers, true crime, romance/suspense, medical thrillers, mysteries, medical memoirs, metoo, and romance from the heart

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Review: Sea Squirt Secret A Mystery By Joe P. Attanasio

The year is 1972 and the place is Western New York, in and around Buffalo. A quirk of nature and an unexpected discovery at the research lab spells trouble for a pair of chemists. There is little the local police can do. John, a returning Vietnam veteran and nephew to one of the chemists, tackles the mystery. Sandy, the daughter of the other chemist, joins him. --- This novel does not contain graphic violence or sex. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Review: What If By Mike H. Miller

What If: An Exploration Into the MindWhat If: An Exploration Into the Mind by Michael H. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Michael H. Miller for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

What If An Exploration Into The Mind by Michael H. Miller was a very fascinating read. I was actually surprised as I don’t usually read books like this.

I really liked the cover and how the title What If was jumbled with other color words.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Review: Shift and Shine a memoir by Deborah Richards


 After surviving an early, abusive marriage in her native England, Deb Richards fled with her life and her young daughter for the dream of sunny skies in Los Angeles. It was there that she met the handsome and successful songwriter Jake, who along with Alan Merrill wrote one of the most famous rock and roll anthems of all time, "I Love Rock and Roll." Together, Jake and Deb put that dime in the jukebox of life and had a dream marriage where they balanced Hollywood, famous exes and blending families. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Review: The Fog by Andrew J. Brandt


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From the author of international bestseller The Treehouse and The Abduction of Sarah Phillips, the latest thrilling novel by Andrew J Brandt.

Tucked away in Texas hillcountry, the town of Decker wakes up to find every woman has seemingly vanished in the middle of the night, leaving behind their clothing and rings in their beds.
Except one woman.
When the body of Catherine Harlow is found, the victim of a gruesome murder, the town devolves into a scene of paranoia and panic, with a power-hungry police chief pulling the strings and enforcing his will.

Thus begins this supernatural thriller from "new king of suspense" (Goodreads review) Andrew J Brandt.

Review: The Purity Ring Murders: A Gil Leduc Mystery by Jim Toner #WNYAuthor

The Purity Ring Murders: A Gil Leduc MysteryThe Purity Ring Murders: A Gil Leduc Mystery by Jim Toner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Jim Toner for providing me with this book so I could bring you this review.

The Purity Ring Murders a Gil Ledug Mystery by Jim Toner was a very refreshing young adult mystery with a catholic vibe twist to it.

The black and white cover of the couple and how they were positioned on the cover caught my eye. The title and the way it was placed between the couple was perfect. Kudos to the Graphic Designer for the awesome cover.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Review: Unfinished Suite: Poetry and Prose By Mark C. LLoyd


Mark C. Lloyd

Mark C. LloydMark C. LLoyd is a published Poet and a produced Playwright who resides in Lockport, New York. As a Playwright, Director, board member and production consultant he has worked with many theater companies in the Buffalo, New York area. To date he has directed over two dozen of his own one-act plays.

In 2009 Mark won an award for Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State and in May of 2006he won the award for Writing "Hollywood Dreams-A Monologue”. He has been the featured reader and host at numerous Poetry events and has self-produced several artistic and theater productions.

His self-published Poetry chap book from 2010 “Warm Blooded Mornings” is still available for sale as well as his 2012 miniature book “It’s The Place You’llFind Me” by Destitute Press. In 2013 Mark's book “Unfinished Suite: Poetry & Prose” was released by No FrillsPublishing and was described as “… Lloyd has mastered the art of living in each moment. He captures and brilliantly documents the details of those moments that most take for granted, as if he sees the future and recognizes the fortune in front of him. He breathes life into every day human interactions.”

PresentlyMark is working on editing another book of Poetry, a Novella and two books of Plays as well as the possibility of Writing and Directing a few independent film projects.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Review: Twisted But True By Darren Burch


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Retired Sergeant Darren Burch takes you on a 30-year journey of dark, humorous and depraved cases from his experiences as a patrol officer, sex crimes detectives, and night detective in homicide, starting with his harrowing teenage encounter with a fatal car fire in Twisted Metal, followed by morbidly funny and outrageous stories, each more twisted than the last.



Review: A Hope For Emily By Kate Hewitt #BookonTour #Bookouture #Netgalley


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Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want.

From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review: The Secrets They Left Behind By Lissa Marie Redmond #WNYAuthor


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Three missing girls, no leads, a vault of dark secrets, and a case that's getting chillier by the minute, set the stage for this nail-biting procedural from former cold case homicide detective and acclaimed author Lissa Marie Redmond.

Three college freshmen go missing from their rural hometown of Kelly's Falls while on Christmas break. Their cell phones, coats, and purses are left behind, but the girls have disappeared without a trace. As the days turn into weeks and the investigation grows cold, twenty-three year old Buffalo police officer Shea O'Connor is called on to dig up leads undercover.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review: A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins #BookonTour #Bookouture #USPublication #NetGalley


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The lump in my throat dissolves into tears. “They’re going to take Noah away, Pete."

“No judge will ever rule that a child should be taken away from his parents.” My husband’s voice is defiant.

“Even if it turns out we’re not his parents?”

Izzy’s eight-year-old son Noah is her whole life. With his long eyelashes, mischievous grin and boundless energy, he’s got her husband Pete’s sunny outlook and Izzy’s curious mind. When they receive a surprise phone call from the fertility center that helped them have Noah, it’s surely nothing to worry about.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review: No More Bets By Mitzi Einstein

She came to Las Vegas to get away from her life. He decided to leave and start over.
When dealt a bad hand, they can either bluff or reconcile with the truth.
At the age of twenty, Rosie Bern’s life completely changed – she found out she had cancer, left school and was dumped by her boyfriend. For three years she has been struggling to get her life back on track as well as start a new relationship, after being ghosted by every man who got wind of her illness.
Determined to pull Rosie out of her pity-party, her childhood friend invites her to Las Vegas, where her father owns a luxury hotel.

Review: Sister Dear: A Novel By Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Beauty. Wealth. Success.

She’s got it all.

And it all should’ve been mine.


When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: Operation Subdue By R.J. Castille


Ragan Jensen is in need of help. Her body sounds the alarm, leaving her desperately seeking the attention of the medical professionals at her assigned healthcare organization, Kellogg Premier. Practically ignored at every turn, Ragan is left to wonder if she will ever find someone who will listen long enough to address her obvious needs.

Elaine Cooper is a caring and patient-oriented nurse at Kellogg Premier, her new employer. She meets Ragan at Urgent Care, the department she was assigned to, and it struck her immediately as odd how little everyone else around them seemed to care. As she began to notice more, she becomes acutely aware that something is not quite right there. Unable to let it go, Elaine follows a dangerous path right into the clutches of those who work to protect those secrets.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Review: Want You by Joanne Dannon


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He was my childhood crush. Now he's a movie star.

When Sam Balfer comes back to Australia twelve years later, he asks me to walk the red carpet as his date. I'm an engineer--not exactly date material for Hollywood's hottest star--and I'm skilled at tripping over air.

Review: The Weekend By Suzy England

The WeekendThe Weekend by Suzy England
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Suzy England for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

The Weekend by Suzy England was a quick fun read that had a little bit in it for everything.

This book is for her husband Jeff, whom she has been writing her own true-life romance for twenty-five plus years. Jeff has always believed in her.

Review: Under The Blood By James Toner


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Sixteen year-old Gil Leduc walks to school one day when he stumbles across the dead body of his close friend Paul Connors. Paul, who once had been active in his church youth group, had recently joined the Black Ravens, a Satanic gang.
Gil vows to find the killer, but he's told not to interfere with the investigation by Detective Patricia Daulton, a hard-nosed, by the book cop.
During the course of the investigation, Gil receives numerous threats on his life. For example, someone hangs dead animals on the gutter of his garage. Later someone calls him claiming to be Satan himself.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Review: The Holiday Sweet Spot By Sophia Knightly

The Holiday Sweet Spot (Falcons in Love #2)The Holiday Sweet Spot by Sophia Knightly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Sophia Knightly for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

The Holiday Sweet Spot By Sophia Knightly left me craving lots of chocolate! The food that was described in this book just made your mouth water! I wanted to jump in and taste a bite or three!

It made me smile that the inspiration for Emily in this book was Sophia’s Mom Emilia. May she rest in peace.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: For the Love of Thomas Amore By Charles H. Roberts III

For the Love of Thomas AmoreFor the Love of Thomas Amore by Charles H. Roberts III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Charles H. Roberts 111 for providing me with this book at Buffalo Erie County Library Indie Author Day Event so that I may bring this review to you.

For the Love of Thomas Amore by Buffalo, NY native Charles H. Roberts 111 took me by surprise. When I originally was going to read I was under the impression it was strictly a romance book. However, it was way more in-depth than that. Charles takes you on a journey and make you think about life and love.

Review: For You I Fall By T.N. Nova and Colette Davision

For You I FallFor You I Fall by T.N. Nova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank T.N. Nova and Colette Davison for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

For You I Fall (Angels and Misfits Book 1) by T.N. Nova and Colette Davison really took me by surprise on how much I enjoyed it. The reason I say it surprised me is that I am not a huge fan of paranormal persay. I knew there would be an aspect of this to the story. Knowing that I enjoy reading MM Romance Novels I decided to take a chance. I am glad that I did. The aspect of paranormal and romance was a very sweet story of Seth being human and Dante being his protector angel. Plus there was a hint of mystery to it as well. So, basically something for everyone.

Review: Date and Dash By Susan Hatler

Date and Dash (Better Date than Never #10)Date and Dash by Susan Hatler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank NetGalley, Susan Halter and Hatco Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Date and Dash by Susan Halter pulled on my heart strings, made me tear up at times, and even made me laugh. There were some valuable life lessons thrown into the book as well.

I absolutely loved the relationship that Grammy and Mary Ann shared growing up. I loved how sentimental Grammy’s bracelet was to her. It touched me to what great lengths she would go to protect her Grammy’s memory.

Trevor was my favorite character in Date and Dash. He had a heart of gold, was selfless, patient, kind, attractive, and most of all saw past all of Mary Ann’s flaws.

I would highly suggest this book.


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Review: The Day The Music Died: An Emyln Goode Mystery By Susan Lynn Solomon

The Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode MysteryThe Day the Music Died: An Emlyn Goode Mystery by Susan Lynn Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Susan Lynn Solomon for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

There were many aspects of The Day The Music Died An Emlyn Goode Mystery by Susan Lynn Solomon that I really enjoyed. First off the cover first attracted me to the book. The wording is done in a very unique font that is blood red! I loved the guitar, the hand holding the gun pointing to the guitar, and the adorable little kitty at the end. This cover totally caught my eye so much so I wanted to know what the book was about. Kudos to the graphic artist. Sometimes for me it is the cover that catches my eye. When I read the synopsis on the back I knew I had to read it. 

Review: Kissed By You By Sophia Knightly

Kissed by You (Tropical Heat, #4)Kissed by You by Sophia Knightly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank Sophia Knightly for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

I absolutely loved the dedication of the book! "For all the believers in Christmas miracles and the magic of romance." Plus, the real Mr. Woods that enjoyed many hours of dancing with Grandma Emmy.

This is the first official Christmas book of the season I have read. Now I hope I didn't jinx the Buffalo, NY snow we are famous for!! Definitely, a fun fast read to get you in the spirit!

Review Pointe of Passion By Annalie Walker

Pointe of Passion (Dancer's Desire, #1)Pointe of Passion by Annalie Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank Annie Walker for a providing me with this book so I could bring you this review.

Pointe of Passion by Annalie Walker is the first book in her series Dancing Desires. Rhythm and Rapture is the second book in the series. I plan on reading that one as well.

“What could be more important than spending time with me?” Wow, the prologue clutched my heart. No child at that age should hear their parents fighting period. I just wanted to hold her and tell her it would be ok. 

Review: The Virgin Romance Novelist By Meghan Quinn

The Virgin Romance NovelistThe Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Net galley, Meghan Quinn, and HOT-LANTA Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Rosie, Rosie, Rosie girl what are we going to do with you? Rosie is a sweet 23 year old whom is very innocent when it comes to her body and sexuality. See, she wants to be a romantic novelist but one thing is holding her back-she is a virgin. That’s right a virgin at age 23 years old!! Best friends Henry and Delany make it there mission to help change that status for Rosie.

Review: Poor Little Daddy's Girl By Normandi Alleman

Poor Little Daddy's Girl (Daddy's Girls, #3)Poor Little Daddy's Girl by Normandie Alleman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to NH Kuhn and Normandie Alleman for providing with an advanced copy of this book so I could bring you this review. Poor Little Daddies Girl by Normandine Alleman had me cracking up laughing at some of Charmaine’s and Hunter’s dialog. Who says, “Who peed in your Cheerio’s?” My favorite line was “You know you’re about as much fun as a colonoscopy with no drugs.” Charmaine is your typical wealthy, spoiled brat who gets into trouble and is only famous to be famous. She is lonely, on a destructive path, and dates all the wrong men for her. That is until Hunter a hunky firefighter rescues her from her apartment fire. The apartment is not the only thing that sparks a flame! I love how Normadie describes all the naughty scenes between the two characters. As they say firefighters find them hott and leave them wet! That is exactly what these two characters did! Poor Little Daddies Girl by Normadie Alleman gets 4 out of 5 hot steamy kisses from me.


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Review: Someone I Used To Know By David Bell

Somebody I Used to KnowSomebody I Used to Know by David Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank NetGalley, David Bell, and Penguin Group for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

David Bell does an amazing job grasping the reader’s full attention from the first page to this fantastically written mystery novel. There were so many twist, turns, and draw dropping speechless moments that I was on the edge of my seat for.

I loved the beginning of the book when Nick is at the grocery store and he thinks he sees his long lost late college sweetheart Marissa at the grocery store. We have all done that seen someone’s doppelganger. This was an odd coincidence that he would run into someone that looked exactly like her 20 years later. Odd thing is she seemed scared of him.

Review: Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman

TwistedTwisted by Andrew E. Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First I would like to thank NetGalley, Andrew E. Kaufman, and Amazon Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

WOW!! Twisted grasped my attention and just kept pulling me in! This book was full of suspense, car accidents, mass child killings, mysterious suspect, missing people, suicides, and so many twists and turns.

I was in total shock at the car accident scene. Then my heart totally went out to his wife Jenna!! Who wants to get a call from their husband that they have just been in a terrible accident! I was shocked and dumfounded that he drove himself home after the whole ordeal.

My heart melted during the Daddy and Son moments. Devin was a cute and sweet little boy. You could tell how much he loved his Daddy.


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Review: The Elimination Diet By Jeffrey Bland

The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired--and Feel Better FastThe Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired--and Feel Better Fast by Tom Malterre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First I would like to thank NetGalley, Tom Malterre, Alissa Segersten, and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this honest review.

The Elimination Diet is not your average diet. This is not about calories, fats, carbs or portion control. It is not about depriving yourself of your favorite foods or punishing yourself. It is about creating new awareness how foods you eat make you feel. 

Review: Ever After By Cara Wade

Ever AfterEver After by Cara Wade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Cara Wade for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

Cara Wade went out of her comfort zone in Ever After and boy did it pay off! Out of the many I have read for her this was my favorite. It was different, unique, sexy, had an incredible mystery story line to it as well.

Warning: this book has triggers of rape, kidnapping, sex trafficking. If this bothers you or offends you then I don’t suggest you read it.

I had to laugh when Cara mentions this book is for her. For being brave enough to write something completely different than she is used to.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Review: The Boy in the Barn By Ciana Stone

The Boy in the BarnThe Boy in the Barn by Ciana Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Ciana Stone for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Dang!! Boy in the Barn was the darkest books that Ciana Stone has ever written. I have been a huge fan of hers and knows that she writes in multiple genres (one reason she is one of my favorite authors). However, this one is unlike any of the other ones she has written before. I a very extremely open-minded reader but there were times when she shocked the heck out of me! I had to make sure this was a Ciana book. Yup, no hot cowboys in this one lol!

This book contains triggers so please keep this in mind when deciding to read Ciana’s book. The Boy in the Barn contains physical and sexual abuse, of torture and murder. It also deals with child abuse and sex trafficking. This book is not for the faint of heart.

From the first few pages I was totally shocked out of my mind. Then I thought oh how I wish this could have happened to one of my exes! But wow that must have hurt!!

There was one scene that was very prudish even for Ciana that I had to laugh like crazy! I can’t give it away! Let’s just say it involved anal sex.

I will admit I was not a fan of the cult or what happened in the cult. Some of the scenes were extremely graphic and my heart went out to those who were affected by it. I would definitely read from Ciana if she continues this path-but some scenes were little too much.

What I did love was the amazing love story in this book. Yes, she found away to get a love story in here.

If you have read her books in the past you know that she loves the Navy Seals. There is a storyline about this as well.


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Review: The Cockatoo from Timbuktu By William A.E. Ford and Illustrated By Ramile M. Imac

                                          
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adventures around the world!

Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home?
From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey.

Interview with Mystery Author Gayle Carline in Murder Bites

In Murder Bytes, 50-year-old private investigator, Peri Minneopa has had enough. She’s closing her business, marrying her detective boyfriend, and settling down to a life of ease–until her brother shows up, accused of a murder he swears he didn’t commit. Now she’s back in the thick of things, investigating the death of an engineer who may have been stealing techno-secrets from other companies. Her relationship with her 

RIP Mary Higgins Clark

Review: Thinking About Love Part 2 By Audrey Rich

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Two teens with one life-changing decision.


At almost eighteen, Trina Weber believes she has the perfect life: model looks, great friends, and plenty of college credits right as she enters her senior year at Stonehaven High School.

Even her relationship with Stuart Grant, her amazingly gorgeous, college boyfriend, is back on track.

She believes they will blaze through life and take the world by storm...together.


Review: The Nowhere Girl By Nicole Troupe #BookonTour #Bookouture #NetGalley

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I will not think about it anymore. I won’t think about her. My lost little sister with her beautiful smile, her chestnut-coloured eyes. My sister who I couldn’t protect.

If you passed Alice on the street, you couldn’t help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe.

But if you looked very closely, you’d see how tightly she holds Jack’s hand, afraid to let go. You’d see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. You’d see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes.

She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger – but she didn’t tell him the whole story. Her husband doesn’t know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save.

Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out – but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her?

This utterly heartbreaking, beautifully written and gripping family drama examines just how far we are willing to go for our loved ones, and the desperate decisions we make when we have no other choice. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher and Liane Moriarty will be blown away by this incredibly moving tale.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Review: Apartment 6 By Stuart James #BOTBSPublicity



Be careful what you wish for…
When Meagan was five years old her mother was viciously attacked and murdered.
Now an adult, she herself is the victim of an abusive relationship. Meagan is desperate to escape but doesn’t have the courage to leave.
So, when Meagan meets Oliver, a decent guy who is on the rebound after a failed relationship, the two strike up a connection. But when Meagan confesses that her husband is abusive, it leads Oliver down a dark and dangerous path.
Just how far would you go to protect someone?
Oliver is about to find out and be pushed to his very limits…

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Cover Reveal and Media for Ever After by Cara Wade

                                                            Genre: 
Dark Romance/Suspense Romance
Title: Ever After 
Author: Cara Wade
Release Date: 2/14/2019
Available on: Amazon (ebook and paperback), Kindle Unlimited
Synopsis: Finley Grier is kidnapped and being trained in a sex trafficking ring. The hope of escape is dim, so now she waits for a rescue. Can she stick it out long enough to be saved, or is this going to be her not so happily ever after? 

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