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A brand new book in the USA Today Bestselling PHILADELPHIA PATRIOTS series of sexy sports romances!Big, tough, sexy...and trouble.As far as sports agent Kate Berlin is concerned, that describes Nick Rome perfectly. Landing the hard-charging, talented catcher as her new client is a huge coup, and Nick could catapult her small agency into the big leagues--or destroy her rep A brand new book in the USA Today Bestselling PHILADELPHIA PATRIOTS series of sexy sports romances!Big, tough, sexy...and trouble.As far as sports agent Kate Berlin is concerned, that describes Nick Rome perfectly. Landing the hard-charging, talented catcher as her new client is a huge coup, and Nick could catapult her small agency into the big leagues--or destroy her reputation if she screws up. Since Nick has a habit of butting heads with Patriots management, the chance for disaster is high.Nick's had serious agent troubles, so he's willing to give smart and sexy Kate Berlin a try at negotiating his new and much-needed contract. The hardworking single mom is determined to manage Nick both on and off the field, clamping down on the attraction blazing between them. But nobody keeps Nick Rome under control--either on the field or in the bedroom.Can Kate handle Nick as both her lover and her client, or will succumbing to passion destroy the professional life she's worked so hard to achieve?The Philadelphia Patriots SeriesBook One: FastballBook Two: HardballBook Three: Bigger Than BeckhamBook Four: CurveballBook Five: Payoff PitchPraise for The Philadelphia Patriots:"This series is excellent and the 4th instalment does not disappoint. The Sykes tell a great story and for those of us that enjoy the sports aspect and the romance aspect it's the best of both worlds...Curveball gets a GRAND SLAM - 5 Stars from SYMFB!" ~ Save Your Money for Books"Spicy new sports romance that knocks it out of the park!" The Kindle Romance Review on Payoff Pitch"PAYOFF PITCH delights with likable characters and loads of realism." ~4 stars, Single Title Reviews...

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  • Blue Falcon
    2019-04-12 03:25

    This review is of “Scoring Position” book #6 in the “Philadelphia Patriots” series by V.K. Sykes (The team of Vanessa Kelly and her husband, Randy Sykes.)The Story: The book begins in the Patriots clubhouse. There, we meet the hero of the book, Nick Rome, 33, the Patriots catcher. Nick has just headed into the decline phase of his baseball career, but he wants one more big payday. The problem is: Nick just fired his agent, and now, he has to find a new one. Enter the heroine of the book, Kate Berlin, a lawyer, sports agent and divorced mother to a 6-year old son, Dylan. Nick and Kate are attracted to each other, but there are factors keeping them apart. Kate’s had two men leave her-her father and her ex-husband-Nick’s playboy reputation, and the fact that she is his agent. The latter fact doesn’t keep them from becoming lovers, however. For a while, Kate and Nick’s relationship goes well, but a secret she keeps from him-which affects both Nick and Kate’s personal and professional lives-causes a rift between them. The conflict is eventually resolved, and Kate and Nick have their Happily Ever After. Upside: It is clear that Ms. Kelly and Mr. Sykes are both either huge baseball fans or great at researching. There is a real feel for the game in the book. Kate and Nick are developed characters and it is possible to understand why they do what they do. Downside: The book is a little soft on the emotional level; Ms. Kelly and Mr. Sykes could have done better delving into their characters emotions. Then, there is the completely unethical act of Kate-being Nick’s agent-having a sexual relationship with her client. Sex: A few scenes that aren’t as hot as I like. Violence: During a game, Nick is beaned. He tries to attack the opposing pitcher, but is stopped from doing so. Bottom Line: There’s a lot to like here, but I finished “Scoring Position” feeling like I wanted a little bit more.

  • Patrice
    2019-04-07 23:16

    I received a free copy of the e-book from the author for an honest review. So, here goes, Scoring Position (Book #6) by the writing team V.K. Sykes was the first book I read in the Philadelphia Patriots series (I have the first 3 in a boxed set). I have to say that I really liked the story. I found the whole baseball/ sports contract negotiating and the behind-the-scenes story very interesting.The main characters are Kate and Nick. Kate Berlin is a single mom and sports agent. Nick Rome is a hot-headed, hot-blooded, Philadelphia Patriots veteran catcher. Nick eats/breathes/live baseball. He is a totally committed, loyal player. When he thinks he’s getting a raw deal from his agent and the Patriots’ management, he fires his agent and tries some negotiating on his own. You probably get the gist of the story from here. Being a “jersey girl” I love that this is a local story. Nick plays for the Philadelphia Patriots, National baseball team and makes his home in NJ. Kate lives in Philadelphia. Their story pulled me in from the get-go. The story flows smoothly and keeps the reader engaged.

  • Amanda Siegrist
    2019-04-24 01:09

    The only thing I really want to say about this book is the frustration I had with the baseball facts. Nick Rome played for the Patriots team, a team he wanted to stay with. He did NOT want to be traded. In one point in the book, he made some thoughts about he knew as a catcher he probably wouldn't be able to catch his entire career. That's okay, he could be a designated hitter. Okay. That tells me he plays for the American League. Then, later on in the book, he is doing a charity thing where every time he gets a hit, he's going to donate $5,000 to a children's hospital. A pitcher he doesn't get along with loves this idea. He always wants to donate, but only $1,000 because he doesn't make as much money. So for every hit he gets he'll donate as well. He's a pitcher!!! That means he plays in the national league. Well, which one is it? I still can't tell you. I'm a huge fan of baseball! Huge!!! So to read a book with a baseball theme, I kinda expect the facts to be there, at least when it comes to the mechanics of the game. Please get the basics about baseball correct. I also didn't really like Nick. I didn't see his appeal or the spark between the two. I'll end on this note... Go Twins!

  • Amelia
    2019-04-15 03:04

    The world of baseball and romance is once again entertainingly connected in the latest Philadelphia Patriots story. Stakes are high as a multimillion dollar contract is being negotiated, and there definitely should not be any emotional involvement during the discussions. But the sexual attraction between a catcher for the Patriots and his new female agent cannot be denied forever. V.K. Sykes has this couple reacting with such genuineness that they just have to be real. SCORING POSITION puts the reader right in the heart of each compelling moment. There have been many highlights for Nick Rome being on the Philadelphia Patriots baseball team, and his talent as their catcher has made him an important member. While he thoroughly enjoys his time actually playing the game, all the business dealings off the field are certainly not a fun part. Sadly, he is yet again without an agent because he often disagrees with their methods, but must find one quickly as his current contract will be up at the end of the season and negotiating on his own is not going well. When another player suggests Nick talk with a sports agent who has few clients, he wonders if the woman can get what he requires. Though Kate Berlin has never worked with a baseball player before, she plans to get Nick the best offer possible when he hires her. Since he would be her most famous client, she knows pulling off a successful deal would prove she is able to help any athlete. Kate wants to satisfy the goal Nick demands, but she thinks his reputation as a hothead may hurt his chances. As the two work together, the spark of awareness between them grows with every new interaction. Total enjoyment is how I felt while reading SCORING POSITION. The characters are very true-to-life, especially Nick and Kate, and what happens in their lives is also conceivable. Two strangers working together for business reasons often has them learning details about each other, and what is discovered can sometimes lead to interest for personal reasons. Nick may be confrontational when he feels wronged, but it just shows how passionate he is about things. Though rich, he still cares about others and I found his humble ways to be endearing. Kate is a very loving mother to her young son, and she is also a dedicated agent who is concerned about her clients. Her integrity had me respecting her quite often. Nick and Kate are a charming pair, and I found them to be particularly honorable. I always felt as though scenes could take place as described, because lifelike events occur in the bedroom plus in any circumstances related to baseball. Kate and Nick certainly have no trouble expressing their desire for the other, as any sexual encounters are very pleasurable for them. V.K. Sykes truly hits a homerun when depicting any baseball plays or contract negotiations, as I could always understand exactly what is happening. Plenty of past characters make an appearance to my delight, and I hope the Philadelphia Patriots series continues for a long time, thus giving more players their own story. SCORING POSITION has romantic challenges and lots of heartfelt emotions. Copy received from author for Always Reviewing blog

  • Jaymy M.
    2019-04-10 01:04

    The husband writing team of Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes does not disappoint. I enjoyed the subsequent Patriots stories and this too was a joy to read. As a baseball fan in February, I gotta say, I’ve got spring fever.Nick, like so many other of Sykes’ Patriots players, has some tough decisions ahead and has lived on his terms, not letting any woman get too close. He’s also just fired his agent because he didn’t like the way the guy did business. He takes one meeting with the GM to try to negotiate his contract and decides to take Nate up on his recommendation for a possible agentKate’s just a single mom trying to take care of her kid as a successful sports agent when her sister’s former beau, Nate, gives Nick her number. Her ex is a lot like Nick’s former agentSparks fly between these two from the moment they see each other, and Nick figures out pretty quick Kate’s just what he’s been looking for — even if he didn’t know he was looking.. She’s smart, savvy, sexy and just right for him. He trusts herAlthough they agree at first to just business, they’re thrown together way too often and their dealings feel a lot more than just friends or business. When they finally give in ... an inferno is unleashed that won’t be extinguished. Things get complicated though when a former acquaintance calls her try an underhanded deal for Nick. But she can’t tell him without raising Nick’s temper, getting others involved and having the idiot that started it deny the convo ever happenedNick can’t get enough of her and her kid. Who knew! And he just wants to stay in Philly, which has become home, and finish out his career giving his all for the fans and helping his friends and teammates. And, they have a good chance of making it to the series. That is if the GM will show him some respect and quit being trying to pull fast ones and lowball him for a heck of a lot less than he’s worthKate as an agent wants the best contract and options for Nick, that meet his career goals. However, Kate the woman can’t stand the thought that Nick might leave. Then there’s that whole possible swap to Portland thing that she’s not supposed to know about. She’s in quicksand and no branch to grab onto. Nick may be hotheaded, but it’s because he can’t stand disrespect, being lied to or attacked. He knows what he wants, is fiercely loyal to his friends and loved ones, and Kate and her kid are riding high. But, he’ll have to decide what’s most important to him, and choose. If he’s not careful, he’ll get a contract but lose everything else. Together, they’re a heck of a team. And, when they work together, honestly, they feel capable of conquering all. And, who knows? There might just be a resolution out there, that they haven’t considered yet. If they just can take the time to ride it out and see what happens...

  • Monique Daoust
    2019-04-04 22:59

    SCORING POSITION is the perfect book to banish the winter doldrums! Nick Rome, catcher for the Philadephia Patriots, just fired his agent. He wants to renegociate his contract, but the management doesn’t want to give him the money he feels he deserves, mostly because of his hot temper. His best friend and teammate, Nate Carter, knows someone: Kate Berlin, who has a small agency, but represents women and no one from baseball. When they meet, Kate and Nick know they can make a great team, as long as they can keep their mutual attraction under control; Nick doesn’t mind getting involved, but Kate is reticent. I am often a bit wary of sports romances, but it is definitely not a problem with SCORING POSITION; what a great book! I felt I was an insider attending contract negotiations, the sports environment sounds entirely genuine, and the baseball sequences are as vivid as watching them in the ballpark, or at least on a giant HDTV. The narrative flows easily; the prose is clean, uncluttered but elegant, the dialogues are spot-on: every character’s voice is their own, and the banter between the teammates is good for quite a few chuckles. SCORING POSITION is an absolute joy to read! I loved each and every character, even the not so nice ones, because they are all equally well-rounded and unique. What surprised me most is that this is the sixth instalment in the series, and I didn’t feel I missed anything! I loved the friendship between Nate and Nick; Kate is a single mother, and her son Dylan really does behave as a six-year old. Kate is nearly overwhelmed by Nick’s easy charm, and so is the reader; he is not overly arrogant, and Kate really comes off as a real person: professional, but not too perfect.V.K. Sykes’ knowledge of the game is extremely impressive, the writing is seamless, the characters believably complex, and the story is more exciting than most of the mysteries I have read recently; SCORING POSITION is a perfect game topped off by a grand slam by the home team in the ninth inning: fantastic! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-17 05:09

    SYNOPSIS:A Isrand new book in the USA Today Bestselling PHILADELPHIA PATRIOTS series of sexy sports romances!Big, tough, sexy...and trouble.As far as sports agent Kate Berlin is concerned, that describes Nick Rome perfectly. Landing the hard-charging, talented catcher as her new client is a huge coup, and Nick could catapult her small agency into the big leagues--or destroy her reputation if she screws up. Since Nick has a habit of butting heads with Patriots management, the chance for disaster is high.Nick's had serious agent troubles, so he's willing to give smart and sexy Kate Berlin a try at negotiating his new and much-needed contract. The hardworking single mom is determined to manage Nick both on and off the field, clamping down on the attraction blazing between them. But nobody keeps Nick Rome under control--either on the field or in the bedroom.Can Kate handle Nick as both her lover and her client, or will succumbing to passion destroy the professional life she's worked so hard to achieve?The Philadelphia Patriots SeriesBook One: FastballBook Two: HardballBook Three: Bigger Than BeckhamBook Four: CurveballBook Five: Payoff PitchPraise for The Philadelphia Patriots:MY THOUGHTS:I always like a good baseball romance and the husband - wife team that formulate V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary. The story was a good one but the book was not well proof read. There were errors in spelling and left out words in sentences throughout the book. Sorry, but I'm not used to this sort of sloppiness in a book from this team of writers. I also read Vanessa's historical romance and have come to expect the very best from this author.Because of the grammar I would give this book a 3.75 star rating. I bought this book as part of a 10 book deal in mobi format so I could read them on my kindle.

  • Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
    2019-03-25 22:23

    Title: Scoring PositionAuthor:V.K. SykesGenre:Contemporary RomanceFormat:EbookPages:312Rating:4Setting:PhiladelphiaMain Characters:Kate, NickSupporting Characters:Dylan, NateSummary:Nick has just fired his agent and needs a new one. Nate tells him about Kate and so the story begins. Kate, a divorced mother of a 6 year old son, usually just has female golfers as clients but this opportunity to get a baseball player is too good to pass up, that is until she meets Nick. Dirty thoughts and sexual fantasies make it hard for them both the have just a professional relationship. Will Kate be able to get the deal that Nick wants so he can stay with the Patriots and stay with her?Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed reading this series but I was so happy when I had answers to questions that were from previous books in this installment. I so wanted to know what happened with Taylor from book 2 and finally got my answer in book 6. That was a little frustrating to say the least, this series didn’t seem to continue in any way, some of the characters would appear of course since it’s about a baseball team, but none of the storylines continued, only the time frame. I think because I was expecting a continuation just with different main characters it just didn’t grab me like many stories do. There was really nothing wrong with the writing or story, and it was interesting while reading it but for some reason if I put it down I wasn’t anxious to pick it up again. I’m pretty sure it was just me or my expectations and had nothing to do with the authors and story, which is why I’ve given it 4 stars.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Danielle Gypsy Soul
    2019-04-19 01:10

    4.5 Stars rounded up to 5. I'm not a baseball fan so I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this book or the storyline but I am so glad that I read it. I loved this book! This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely be reading more. I really ended up loving the backstory of the baseball contract negotiations and relationships on the team to be fascinating and fun to read about.This story centers around Kate a single mom and sports agent who is just beginning to get her company of the ground and Nick a "hot headed, passionate" veteran catcher for the Philadelphia Patriots. He fires his agent and on the recommendation of his good friend and fellow Patriot's player he hires Kate to represent him. He's got an uphill battle to get a contract that he thinks shows the respect he's due for his level of play on the field.Nick and Kate fight their attraction due to the ethical dilemma her being his agent entails but they just can't seem to stay away from each other. I really enjoyed both the characters and thought that they were well developed. The romance was sweet and fun and I enjoyed watching them work through the issues with Kate being Nick's agent. The book was very well written and had a very realistic aspect to it. This book can easily be read as a stand alone. This book was gifted to me by the author in return for a fair review.

  • Pat
    2019-04-21 06:28

    This is Book 6 in Sykes' Patriots series, and it was my introduction to the series itself. I am so happy that I read this book and will absolutely read the whole series starting from Book 1, because I enjoyed this book tremendously. Also, being a Philly girl myself, I loved seeing the references to all of the places in Philadelphia that I know and love in my hometown. It added another nice element to the book for me.The characters are well-developed and complex and are very likable. The two main characters, Nick and Kate, are very interesting and have great chemistry between them. All of the characters are believable, and I loved the closeness, friendship and jocularity between the teammates and Nick. I also enjoyed the contract negotiations in the book. I think that the negotiations added suspense and intensity to the plot. I also think that it helps the reader to realize what goes on in the real world of baseball behind the scenes which adds to the realism of the story.This is a well-written and very enjoyable story. I received an ARC of Scoring Position in exchange for an honest review. If you love romance and baseball then you will definitely love this book. If you have read the previous installments in this series and loved them then you will love this installment too!This is a definite 5 Star book. I highly recommend it!

  • Jill Eshenbaugh
    2019-03-28 06:27

    love sports romance and I love baseball - so how could this story miss? It absolutely didn't and I was hooked from the moment I turned on my Kindle and read the first page. The characters are well developed, having real life emotions that let the reader get totally involved in the story. I particularly liked that there is baseball in the story, not just the romance of the two main characters. I think it's important for a sports romance to actually talk about the sport and this novel does just that. If you're a baseball fan, and I am, you can totally relate to what's happening on the field and how it affects what happens off the field.This book was a joy to read and I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series. Am planning on going back and reading the first five just because I can and because each one reminds me how much I love baseball and baseball romance when it's done correctly.Kate and Nick could be your friends from down the street. It's a great read and won't disappoin

  • Lisa Richards
    2019-04-10 03:24

    I'm a huge baseball fan so this book was perfect for me. Coming from the same small town that San Francisco Giants number one pitcher, Madison Bumgarner grew up in, we follow SF from opening day till the completion of the World Series. They have been winners of that coveted ring three times in the last five years. I loved getting to peek behind the curtain and see some of what goes on between an agent and a top ceded ball player. The writing of Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes is seamless and the combination of the sexy romance and the cutthroat business world meshes wonderfully. The male characters are bigger than life and the romance is smoking hot! I was hooked from page one and pretty much read straight through. The best thing was discovering that there are five earlier books that I now get to indulge in. If you want a taste of this awesome series check out book one here for free.(Be sure and double check pricing as this can change at anytime.)

  • Debbie Rice
    2019-04-10 01:25

    Wow I loved this book I love baseball and a good romance so it's got a little bit of everything!! This is the first book I've read from V.K.Sykes and it won't be the last,I'm going to read this whole series from the start because I enjoyed it that much.Nick is the starting catcher for the Philadelphis Patriots baseball team and his contract us up for extension or trade,but he's also in need of a new sports agent since he fired his last one.In steps Kate,who was recommended by his friend Nate.From the time they met sparks were flying,they are trying to negotiate Nicks contract and start a relationship.I found everything believable and I loved how Nick was wit Kate's son Dylan,both od them had issues Kate's ex left her and her son and Nick did not have the best home life growing up.Can these two fins what they both want? Well toy have to read this and find out!! I highly recommend this book if you like baseball and romance you will love this!!

  • Rita
    2019-04-20 06:19

    Kate is a sport agent for several female Golf athletes. When she gets the chance to work with one of baseballs great catchers, she knows this is her chance to join the big leagues. What she doesn't expect is her attraction to Nick. Kate is a single Mom who is focused on him and her career. She can't afford to screw things up with an affair with her client. She fights the attraction but finally gives in. When negotiations for client goes south,she will have to choose her career of Nick. I love how Kate didn't just jump into a relationship with Nick right off the bat. I love reading about the behind the scenes of baseball contract negotiations. This book can be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed this enough I want to go back and read the others in the series. I received this book as a gift for an honest review.

  • Liette Bougie
    2019-04-05 04:24

    This is my very first sport romance as I’m usually knee-deep into historical fiction (whether romance or straight historical) as well as mysteries, thrillers, fantasy and paranormal. I’m not a fan of baseball or any other sports such as golf, football, tennis, soccer or hockey, nope, I’m more into figure skating... but I’ve enjoyed this foray into the world of baseball players, their agents and general managers and the people who share their lives. Although Scoring Position is the 6th book in V.K. Sykes’ Philadelphia Patriots Series, I didn’t feel lost in the story. This is a nice blend of romance, action and business dealings in the world of professional baseball. The various characters are well fleshed out and I even liked the villains – well, sort of as I loved disliking them. Well-written and engaging, it had a feeling of “real life” to it. A strong 4,5 stars for me.

  • Julie
    2019-04-04 01:19

    Nick Rome is having serious problems with his agent, he has to find a new one that can realize his worth and get a better deal with his manager, because at the moment he's getting nowhere...fast. He's been recommend a woman...ok!..he just hopes he can keep his mind and his hands to himself...she's hot.! Kate Berlin knows she can get the talented catcher a higher pay cheque if he can just keep his cool and let her do the talking. This is a big coup for her also, Nick is a big client for her and she has a lot to prove, she just hopes the attraction she feels for him doesn't mess everything up.A great addition to the series. I love the Patriots. Nick's character, being older and wiser, was a great mentor for the younger player. The story was excellent and I enjoyed the thrilling sports addition to the story, very exciting. I loved it !! 5/5

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-12 02:27

    I received this book for an honest review.I am an avid baseball fan and live 5 miles SE of Philadelphia so this book felt like it was written just for me! I enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars if the editing had been better.I liked all the baseball scenes and learned a lot about contract negotiations. I adored Nick who is the first string catcher for the Patriots and is in desperate need of a new agent. Kate is a sports agent who represents female golfers but has never represented MLB player. These two connect professionally through a mutual friend. Sparks immediately begin to fly but Kate wants their business relationship to work without any strings. I liked how their personal relationship slowly develops.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-05 06:27

    There are a few things Kate Berlin is confident in; she does her best to be a great single parent, her love life has been a train wreck, and she works hard, as an agent, for her athlete clients. In Philadelphia, her career has centered on female golfers, so she's shocked, down to her toes, when the Patriots' star catcher, Nick Rome, asks her to represent him.Nick has fired his agent and needs someone new. When the veteran pitcher recommends his friend, Kate, Nick is hesitant. Then his contract negotiations stall and he has no choice but to give her a call.As they become friends and then lovers, Nick and Kate learn to trust each other and realize that their past mistakes and attitudes don't have to define their future together.

  • Winnie Lim
    2019-04-11 00:08

    I love sports romance and decided to give V.K. Sykes a try when I received her newsletter asking if anyone wanted a review copy of Scoring Position. From the start, I was hooked. Kate and Nick were great characters and I loved the flow of the story, the romance, the sports aspects. Even if one isn't really into sports, it is not hard to get into the story. I loved Scoring Position so much that after reading it, I one-clicked the first 3 books of the series and started reading them straightaway. Can't wait to read more of this series.** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Isha Coleman
    2019-03-27 01:27

    Kate is a gritty, smart woman with a lot on her plate. Her plate just got a lot bigger. Nick is just the man to help her succeed in a career dominated by men but also the distraction she can't afford to have. Nick was a fun character. He was just cocky enough to aggravate and sexy enough to fantasize about. Kate held her own against the consummate playboy. I received an ARC of Scoring Position in exchange for an honest review. V.K. Sykes is a combination of sexy, smart and entertaining that always delivers a great read.

  • Patricia Camaioni
    2019-04-21 05:21

    One of the best in this great sports series!Five stars for another great addition to this sports series. All the books in this series leave you wanting more. Football or baseball they are good sports romances. Can 't wait to see what the next will be. You couldn't ask for better writing from this team.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-03-29 01:05

    4.5/5.0Whew! Have that cold shower and fire extinguisher ready, the heat starts burning the minute these two characters hit the page! Read full review in the 2016 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-05 03:12

    Although this is book 6 of the series, it is the first I've read of the Philadephia Patriots and I had no issues with understanding the characters from previous stories. However, I plan to read more of the series after meeting Nick and Kate.Nick and Kate's relationship moves slowly, but realistically from star catcher and agent to friends and lovers. A fun and relaxing read.