Friday, June 14, 2024

Review - The Next Mrs. Parrish

Title:    The Next Mrs. Parrish
Author Liv Constantine
Series:   Mrs. Parrish #2
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers    
Format:  Kindle 
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:   June 14, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars

Daphne and Amber Parrish are thrust back into each other’s lives upon the resurgence of a long-forgotten threat, forcing a vicious game of cat and mouse where everything is on the line, in this thrilling sequel to the million-copy-bestselling Reese’s Book Club pick

Amber Patterson Parrish has come a long way from being an invisible wallflower. Her hard work and immaculate planning have paid off now that she’s a prominent socialite, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been bumps along the way. Less than a year since her husband Jackson’s tax-evasion scandal, Amber is still at the top of the Bishops Harbor community pecking order, free to do as she wishes while Jackson sits in prison. But that freedom is quickly coming to an end. With Jackson getting released from prison, Amber’s time—and money—is vanishing.

Meanwhile, Daphne Parrish left Bishops Harbor after her divorce from Jackson Parrish, swearing she would never go back. But when one of her daughters runs away from home, desperate to see her father, Daphne agrees to return for the summer to allow him supervised visits. Once out of prison, Jackson swears he’s a changed man, but Daphne knows all too well that he can’t be trusted.

When a ghost from Amber’s past emerges looking for revenge, the three of them find unlikely allies in one another, but who is playing who? When all is said and done, they’ll have to fight tooth and nail for everything they have left in this zero-sum game.

With shocking turns and entertaining characters, The Next Mrs. Parrish will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about duplicity and betrayal.


Bestselling authors Liv Constantine debuted with the million copy seller, The Last Mrs. Parrish in 2017. They have written four novels since then, but now their fans get to see what happened to Daphne and Amber Parrish after Amber's envious antics got her exactly what she wanted, and more, when she was successful at getting her new husband Jackson sent to prison due to a tax evasion scandal. Amber has Jackson right where she wants him and she is sitting rather pretty as she is now at the top of the pecking line in the Bishops Harbor community where she now resides. With Jackson's release date now coming quickly, Amber's plans need precise adjustments.

Meanwhile, Daphne Parrish lost everything when Amber's envy and greed supplanted her marriage to Jackson, and with two daughters, she finds herself struggling, especially when her older daughter Tallulah not only misses her father, but runs away. With Jackson's impending release, the only thing that Daphne feels she can do is to travel back to Bishops Harbor with the girls in order to facilitate supervised visits with their father. However, Daphne thought she put the entire Amber/Jackson drama in her rear view, but she soon learns that is not the case.

Although this book is the sequel to quite a successful book, it definitely takes on quite a different direction. Not only is Jackson proving to be just as conniving as Amber this time around, but a spotlight is shown as to what happened between Jackson and Daphne during the years they were married - namely, and significantly - domestic violence. Reading of DV (even in past tense) is never easy, and while the first book I felt like I was watching a train heading for a crash, this book gave me quite a different vibe. 

While Amber and Jackson are working on out-conniving one another, there is a new character who enters the story, and her name is Daisy Ann, and she proves to be nearly as vindictive as Amber. Daphne was in both the previous book and this one the most likable of the trio, it was quite interesting and often shocking to see the depths Amber, Jackson and Daisy Ann went to when they were working their schemes. Meanwhile, there is Tallulah and what kind of person she feels her father is and how wronged she feels about being away from him.
What an addictive thriller, and one that I loved as much as the first book. I had the opportunity to get the first book as an audiobook from my library, and I read this one immediately afterwards, which only intensified my connection to all of the characters - the adults and even the children. This book was a one-sitting read that kept me captivated from beginning to end.

Many thanks to Bantam and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


About Liv

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Lynne and Valerie are Wall Street Journal and USA Today international bestselling authors with over one and a half million copies sold worldwide. They are Library Reads Hall of Fame authors.  Their books have been translated into 29 languages, are available in 34 countries, and are in development fozr both television and film.  Their books have been praised by The Washington Post, USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Their debut novel, THE LAST MRS. PARRISH, is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection.

Lynne is a former marketing executive with a master’s degree  from Johns Hopkins University. She has explored coral reefs all over the world, sunken wrecks in the South Pacific, and fallen in love with angelfish in the Caribbean. When Lynne’s not writing, you can find her curled up with her Labrador and Golden Retrievers reading a good book or walking the beach thinking up devious plans for her characters.

Lynne also writes The Jack Logan series under the pen name L.C. Shaw. To learn more about her other books, visit or connect with her on Instagram or Twitter @LCShawAuthor.

Lynne serves as the Vice President, Education and Members Services of International Thriller Writers.

Valerie has always loved books and spent many nights reading by the light of her bedside lamp until 3 a.m. She lives with her husband and their brilliant Cavalier King Charles DaVinci.

Early in her career she served as a White House Assistant in the President’s Scheduling and Advance Office planning presidential trips and travel and has visited over forty foreign countries. When she’s not writing, you won’t find her, as she and her husband will be traveling to some faraway destination. Valerie has a degree in English Literature from University of Maryland where she graduated summa cum laude.

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BLOG TOUR - The Woman at My Wedding


I’ve dreamed of this day forever. But will it be my last?

My stomach flutters as I try on my shimmering wedding dress with my two closest friends. In just a few weeks I’m going to marry the man of my dreams. I can’t believe the next time 
Nathan sees me it’ll be when I walk down the aisle. I’ve never told him my real name, and I hate lying to him. But it’s for his own good, and nobody could love him more than me. I’ve been through so much; don’t I deserve this happiness?

As I’m gazing at my reflection in the mirror, there’s a knock on the door and when I open it my heart leaps into my throat. Right in front of me is 
someone I hoped I’d never see again: my mother-in-law.

Nathan doesn’t speak to her, and the estrangement has been a huge relief to me. Because Debbie knows my secret. And she could ruin everything…

From the moment she sweeps in, it’s clear that if I don’t let my mother-in-law stay, she won’t stay quiet about my dark past. But 
she has no idea how far I’ll go to stop her destroying everything I’ve worked for.

But when I realise my friends have been lying to me too, I wonder if my mother-in-law is really the person I need to worry about. 
Is there another woman in my life who is determined not only to ruin my wedding, but to take my life?

An utterly heart-pounding and nail-biting new novel from bestseller L.G. Davis. This twisty, gasp-out-loud thriller is perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Teresa Driscoll and Freida McFadden.


Title:   The Woman at My Wedding
Author:  L.  G. Davis
Series:  Broken Vows #1
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  297
Date of Publication:  June 13, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars


Brynn has recently moved to Stoneview, and despite having a rather stressful career, she is beyond thrilled that she is about to marry Nathan, a successful lawyer. Her marriage to Nathan will open a lot of doors for her, including the fact that she will have more money than she ever dreamed of.

Brynn is happy with those whom she chose to stand with her at her wedding, including Hannah, who will be her maid of honor. Brynn is also over the moon that she has befriended Eleanor, an old friend of Nathan’s, and someone she feels extremely comfortable with.

There is more than one hitch in Brynn’s wedding plans. These include the arrival of Debbie, and although she and Brynn share bad blood, Debbie acts as if everything is okay, sets her bags down and progressively makes Brynn more nervous. Debbie’s arrival is only the tip of the iceberg. Brynn receives  a threatening note along with a smashed wedding cake topper. Brynn realizes that she is headed towards doom, but there is no way to stop it.

Although Brynn is the primary protagonist, there is an unnamed character, referred to as “The Woman”, and it is her dialogue that takes the reader along for the rocky ride that Brynn is on, but is powerless to stop. With a few twists thrown in, this first book in the Broken Vows series by L. G. Davis was a thoroughly engaging read, and led me right to the second thrilling book, The Missing Bridesmaid

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

The Missing Bridesmaid
Author:  L.  G. Davis
Series:  Broken Vows #2
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  310
Date of Publication:  June 13, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

At the end of the first book in this Broken Vows series, The Woman at My Wedding, Brynn’s plans went awry. Now it is several years later, and Hannah and Nathan are planning their wedding. One of their bridesmaids will be their six-year-old daughter Lennie. The circumstances that surround the relationship between Hannah and Nathan is set in place in the end of the first book in this series.

Hannah begins to realize that all that glitters is not gold. In fact, her perfect life and the idyllic future she imagines begins to crumble, and she is powerless to stop it. While the train wreck that proves to be Hannah’s life all of a sudden, there are other avenues and twists that this book takes. For one thing, the way the book begins shows readers that there is a lot to consider when it comes to young Lennie. Meanwhile, Nathan is away on an important case, but soon receives bad news that soon show the erosion of this expectedly perfect coupling between him and Hannah. 

As a reader, I quite enjoyed being able to read both of the books in this series back-to-back. As an intelligent reader, there was no doubt that things could get really bad for Hannah, but boy, it was a fun ride watching things unfold. As Hannah’s life slowly unravels, young Lennie depends on and confides in her imaginary friend Whisper. Those chapters, with Lennie’s POV throughout the book, definitely increased the tension as this story unfolded, thus making this book a real nail-biter. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Liz's story began in a refugee camp in Angola, where she spent the first eight years of her life. After that, she spent some years in Namibia (her home country), South Africa, and Germany. She now lives in Vienna, Austria, with her husband and two children. Liz wrote her first full-length novel at eighteen and hid it in a box under her bed. Several others soon followed it. Her passion lies in writing edge-of-the-seat psychological thrillers that give readers the same rush they would get on a rollercoaster.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Review - The Love Shack

  The Love Shack
Author:  Lori Foster
Series:  Indiana Summer Series #3
Publisher:  HQN Books
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:   June 11, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


They’ve been trying to avoid each other.

But this town has other ideas…

When Berkley Carr opened The Love Shack Animal Haven, she thought she’d finally put her past behind her. But sometimes she feels the sting of the scandal from her youth, especially when she keeps crossing paths with her handsome neighbor. So, she keeps her head down and pours all her love into caring for animals.

Lawson Salder moved to Cemetery, Indiana, to escape from the grinding poverty of his childhood. He barely knew Berkley from their old neighborhood, but every time he sees her, the shame and pain come crashing back. He knows she’s got major baggage of her own. They're better off just avoiding each other.

But that’s downright impossible in a town full of matchmaking busybodies. Then there’s the hard-to-ignore attraction they feel every time they see each other. When the universe is conspiring to bring them together, will Berkley and Lawson let past hurts go and embrace the love they deserve?


Berkley Carr has done her best to put her unfortunate past behind her. She grew up under difficult circumstances, and left with a scandal behind her as well. She is now living in the town of Cemetery, Indiana and is running The Love Shack Animal Haven and would rather that no one ever know of her past. It must really be a small world because Lawson Salder grew up in the same neighborhood as Berkley and he is now living in Cemetery as well. Both Berkley and Lawson have done their best to leave their poverty stricken lives in their rear view.

Berkley in no way wants to be reminded of her past life. However, Cemetery is a small town and not only are their business is close proximity to each other's, but they are rather close neighbors as well. Avoiding Lawson will be next to impossible for Berkley, and she cannot help but to realize how drawn to she is to the handsome man. 

With Cemetery being as small as it is, everyone knows everyone else's business. Once the residents, most notably Betty Cemetery, the spry octogenarian, realizes that Berkley and Lawson would be perfect for one another, it seems that a bit of matchmaking will be at play. 

Betty is a great character, as are Berkley and Lawson, and as always in this Indiana Summer series, there is also the unique character of Katherine. I love the special role that she plays in these endearing stories. But the hero of this story is Hero, and I simply could not think of any other way to say this. Hero is Berkley's brindle pit-bull boxer and the emotional connection he has to Berkley and then Lawson truly made my heart sing. 

The first two books in this series are The Honeymoon Cottage and The Little Flower Shop. Each story is wonderful and this third book is equally so. I really hope that this series continues with new couples finding love, and that we always have Betty and Katherine along for the ride.

Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with over 10 million books sold. She received the Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews and her books have been chosen as editors picks by Amazon multiple times. Foster is actively involved in charity work, and all of the author proceeds from her anthologies have gone to various organizations, such as the Animal Adoption Foundation, the Conductive Learning Center, and One Way Farm. She lives in Ohio with her high school sweetheart.

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Review - The Rom-Commers

Title:   The Rom-Commers
Author:  Katherine Center
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:  June 11, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies—good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates—The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!—it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone—much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter—even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But . . . what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much . . . more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?


Whatever story you tell yourself about your life, that’s the one that’ll be true.

“Don’t like people who don’t like you.”

With a nod to It Happened One Night with Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Walter Connelly, the atmosphere is set in Katherine Center's latest novel. Emma Wheeler has spent the last ten years as the primary caretaker of her father, who has been very much disabled from an accident that cost her mother her life. One of the side effects of his injuries led him to having Ménière's disease so he needs to be closely watched. 

Thanks to her manager Logan, who happens to be Charlie Yates manager as well, Emma has a chance at an internship with a screenplay that is designed to be a retelling of It Happened One Night. However, this 91-year-old-movie is far superior to what the writer has written. Emma's favorite writer, Charlie Yates, has done a terrible job rewriting the movie. However, Charlie is a legend, with multiple Oscars and numerous other awards, yet this screenplay could have a chance to end his illustrious career. Thus begins Emma's involvement with Charlie.

Charlie has written award-winning movies. Of that there is no doubt. However, they have been mostly action movies, not rom-coms. If Emma can get her sister Sylvie to care for their father for six weeks, she will have a chance to help Charlie to rewrite the movie...and to spend time with the man she has loved from afar for years...Charlie the writer.

Six weeks could pass in an instant, or be a very long time, especially when Emma wonders if Sylvie is up to the task of properly taking care of their father. Plans are set in place, and Emma heads to Los Angeles to work with Charlie to rewrite his screenplay. Could this internship catapult Emma's career? While this is quite possible, she is just honored for unfettered time with Charlie.

One thing I noticed as I was reading this book is the quick-witted comments often uttered by Emma, especially as this story is written from the first-person perspective. I also loved how Katherine Center inserted other mentions in this book, like comparing the long queue in an airport line to an Escher drawing "fold(ing) endlessly in on itself". Or comparing a movie kiss style to Ji Chang-wook, a Korean actor and singer. Center also included cameo appearances of Jack Stapleton in this book. His story was from her book The Bodyguard

The Rom-Commers was a beautiful and heartwarming story. This compelling read has an edge of sadness due to factors in Emma's life, or the struggles that Charlie had experienced. However, this is balanced the sweetness of the story as a whole. It was very easy to enjoy both Emma and Charlie as protagonists. The epilogue was just fabulous and really pulled everything together in a satisfying way. Yes, a phenomenal story and one of my favorites for January, and this just might hit my top-ten favorite list for 2024.

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Bestselling Author Katherine Center wrote her first novel in the sixth grade (fan fiction about Duran Duran) and got hooked. From then on, she was doomed to want to be a writer—obsessively working on poems, essays, and stories, as well as memorizing lyrics, keeping countless journals, and reading constantly.

She won a creative writing scholarship in high school, and then went on to major in creative writing at Vassar College, where she won the Vassar College Fiction Prize. At 22, she won a fellowship to the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and moved home to Texas with plans to become Jane Austen ASAP.

Didn’t happen quite that way. Of course. Instead, she began a decade of struggling, agonizing, and questioning the meaning of life before finally finding a fairy-godmother-like agent and getting a dream-come-true book deal for her debut novel, The Bright Side of Disaster.
A total happy ending. And also, just the beginning. 

BLOG TOUR - The Housemaid is Watching



“You must be our new neighbors!” Mrs. Lowell gushes and waves across the picket fence. I clutch my daughter’s hand and smile back: but the second Mrs. Lowell sees my husband a strange expression crosses her face. In that moment I make a promise. We finally have a family home. My past is far, far behind us. And I’ll do anything to keep it that way…

I used to clean other people’s houses—now, I can’t believe this home is actually 
mine. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where my kids can play. My husband and I saved for years to give our children the life they deserve.

Even though I’m wary of our new neighbor Mrs. Lowell, when she invites us over for dinner it’s our chance to make friends. Her maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. I know exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But her cold stare gives me chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on our street. I’m sure I see a shadowy figure watching us. My husband leaves the house late at night. And when I meet a woman who lives across the way, her words chill me to the bone: 
Be careful of your neighbors.

Did I make a terrible mistake moving my family here?

I thought I’d left my darkest secrets behind. 
But could this quiet suburban street be the most dangerous place of all?

From New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Freida McFadden comes the next installment of the unbelievably twisty, tension-packed and globally bestselling Housemaid series. This book can be enjoyed as a standalone read: and once you start, it will have you up all night racing through the pages until the final explosive twist.




Title:  The Housemaid is Watching 
Author Freida McFadden
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400
Date of Publication:   June 11, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


The brilliant Freida McFadden has extended her Housemaid series with this third book, The Housemaid is Watching. If you want to see how the primary protagonist operates, you will definitely want to read The Housemaid and The Housemaid’s Secret. In this third book, several years have passed and Millie is now a seemingly happy wife and mother. The question just might come up: With Millie’s checkered past, can she lead a normal, productive life?

Since Millie now has a family, the tone of this book is a bit different than the first two, but it is no less exceptional. In fact, it was another fabulous page-turner by Ms. McFadden. As a maid, Millie had been quite invested in her clients, and this led to very interesting results. Married to Enzo, with two young children, they are about to move to the suburbs, in what just might be Millie’s dream house.

As excited as Millie is, she does have her concerns. For one thing, the cost of the house and impending mortgage payments have her more than a bit worried. As if that is not enough to cause enough stress, Suzette, one of her new neighbors, is rather handsy with her husband Enzo. Then there is the fact that Suzette is extremely nosy. As Millie has shown on previous occasions that she does not suffer fools gladly, Suzette just might end up in a world of trouble with Millie.

Life in the suburbs is exciting when it comes to watching things from Millie’s POV, especially as her unconventional methods of solving problems in her past are sure to come to light presently. I love that this series has continued, and I really hope there is more to reveal about Millie. Thank you Ms. McFadden for keeping me pleasingly entertained. 

Many thanks to Freida McFadden, Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


#1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Review - Just for the Summer

:   Just for the Summer
Author:  Abby Jimenez
Series:  Part of Your World #3
Genre:   Romance; Women's Fiction
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  432
Date of Publication:  April 2, 2024
My Rating:  5 Stars


Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.

Emma hadn't planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It's supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma's toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they're suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected–including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?


Here’s the quandary for Justin. Every time he becomes emotionally attached to a woman, she finds her soulmate upon their breakup. Via DM Justin meets Emma, and discovers she has the same curse. So, they decide that if they fake date one another, the reverse could happen for both of them. They will date, break up, and each will indeed find their soul mate.

As a traveling nurse, Emma will be in Minnesota for the foreseeable future, so this plan to fake date Justin is more than ideal. Thrown together more than either would have imagined, it doesn’t take Justin and Emma long to realize that their fake dating might not be fake at all. In fact, the pair begin to forge a solid relationship, and this just might end the curse that plagues them both. But, Emma only plans on being in town for the summer, she can’t see a long-term future with Justin, despite her growing feeling.

One of the things that I loved about this book is the family dynamics that both Justin and Emma had. Navigating their family situations, and catching real feelings, this young couple have a wonderful story. This book is the third book in the Part of This World series, and was just a fun and enjoyable as the first two books, thanks to a terrific story, very likable characters and a wonderful happy ending.

Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby's wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode™ cake.

Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house. Her debut novel, The Friend Zone, is scheduled for release July 2019.