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review 2019-06-17 17:54
Another short but fun listen...
Mummy Dearest - Josh Lanyon, Sean Crisden

narrated by Sean Crisden another one of my favorite narrators. It's been a while since I enjoyed a Josh Lanyon story and I really enjoyed this one so for me it was an easy choice to enjoy this story again while I was organizing some of my computer files. 'Mummy Dearest' was slated to be the first book in Josh Lanyon's 'XOXO' series and while nothing more has been released since this one, 'Mummy Dearest' is able to stand on it's own as an enjoyable short story.

 

With Sean Crisden as always providing an enjoyable narration that adds depth and interest to the characters and the story this one works really well as an entertaining and enjoyable way to pass an afternoon and if you like a touch of humor in your stories this one hits the mark in that department as well.

 

Definitely recommended for a short, fun listen when you've got a couple of hours to fill.

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review 2019-06-17 17:20
It's been quite a while...
Clockwork Tangerine - Rhys Ford,Greg Tremblay

...since I read this story and revisiting it through the narrations of Greg Tremblay was as always purely delightful. This one's short at just over 2 hours but if you like steampunk and a slow burn with just a bit of steamy smexy times check it out. It's an enjoyable way to pass a bit of time. Definitely recommended.

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review 2019-06-11 23:53
Anyone who knows me will tell you...I'm a Rhys Ford fan...
Ramen Assassin (Ramen Assassin #1) - Rhys Ford

So no big secret there and needless to say when 'Ramen Assassin' was offered up for review I wanted it...again no big secret there. I've read pretty much every word that Ms Ford has committed to paper...virtual, figurative and audio. I've read the 'Sinners', Cole McGinnis, '415 Ink.', 'Murder & Mayhem', 'Hellsinger', 'Halfmoon Bay' and on and on...Rhys Ford writes it and I read it and so far this has worked really, really well for me and this has not changed.

 

'Ramen Assassin' is the first book in a new series by Ms. Ford where were are introduced to Trey a 28 year old who's life so far has been a roller coaster of highs and lows as his career as a child actor gave him years of success that was quickly followed by a roller coaster rid of drug and alcohol abuse, numerous stays in a variety of rehab centers. Trey's life is the stuff of soap operas because along with his personal collection of bad life choices he's got the family that not only put the 'fun' in dys'fun'ctional but they sucked it right  back out again as well. After his last stint in rehab Trey swore that he was going to get his act together and he's stuck to his promise to himself and that's how he came to be on Kuro Jenkins' radar.

 

Kuro's the sexy owner of the local Ramen shop that Trey likes to frequent and jog past when the devil on his shoulder becomes too much to deal with and Trey feels the need to wear himself out with running so that he's too tired to chase the need...the addiction that courses through his veins calling to him...tempting him. When he can't stand it anymore Trey runs and when he can Kuro watches and he may lust after the sexy young man who spends his time trying to outrun his demons and seeks sustenance in his ramen shop from time to time. 

 

Trey's family has been through the mill with his escapades over the years and I get that really I do but honestly I can't help but wonder how much of their toxic behavior towards him hasn't contributed to his struggles. I get that ultimately Trey is responsible for Trey's behavior but addiction is an illness and having a family whose attitude seems to be that he's going to fail before he's ever really tried can't be very helpful.

 

But while Trey's family may have fallen short of the mark...Kuro was amazing. He believed in Trey when no one else seemed to and yet, he didn't do it blindly and for me it felt like he wanted to believe in Trey but he also knew that Trey's struggles to stay sober were ongoing and that what he was dealing with wasn't going to go away but Kuro wanted to be there for the long haul. He wanted to be that person that Trey could depend on and I'm a total sucker for second chance stories so this just worked 100% for me.

 

it's not until Trey finds his life in jeopardy that he and Kuro actually cross each other's paths and it's thanks to Kuro that Trey doesn't suddenly find his life ending abruptly and unexpectedly in an alley one night until Kuro who may be run a ramen restaurant now had another life and that life equipped him with the skills he needs to keep Trey alive.

 

I loved that Trey was sincerely working on getting his life straightened out. He wasn't trying to blame everyone else for his screw-ups rather he was taking ownership of what he'd done and trying to move on and be a better person. That Kuro was willing to believe in Trey not just because he was interested in him but because he trusted his own instincts and those instincts told him that Trey was worth the effort.

 

As Trey and Kuro work together to solve the mystery of who wants not only Trey dead but Kuro, we're introduced to a collection of secondary characters set against the background for a new series that promises to be every bit as entertaining as 'Cole McGinnis', 'Murder & Mayhem' or any of the other thoroughly enjoyable stories crafted by this author.

 

If you're a fan of Rhys Ford, this one's definitely recommended, if you've never read Rhys Ford, seriously? what are you waiting for...this is as good a time as any to start. So grab your e-reader and a bowl of ramen, curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy.

 

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An ARC of 'Ramen Assassin' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2019-06-11 05:21
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #7
Booklikes-opoly
@ Booklikes, the book blogging social platform

 


Romantic suspense books are always quick reads for me and Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin, which I read for my previous roll, was no different.  This book was read for Mountain Cabin 18, fitting into the part of the square prompt as a "book that is set west of the Mississippi", taking place in Texas.  Stone Cold Heart was 357 pages, which netted me $3 to add onto my bank total, bringing it to $47.

I'll have a review out soon, though I'm having a bit of trouble gathering my thoughts--in short, Stone Cold Heart was another intriguing entry into Laura Griffin's Tracers series... but it doesn't stray far from her usual formula.  It was still enjoyable and entertaining, which is all I really ask for, so no real complaints, to be honest.

My next roll ended up being another two-fold one, so let's get on with it, shall we?

Roll #7 ended up being Roll #7a when I rolled a 7 and landed on the BL Square, which says to "Spin the Wheel Decide."

 


And so I went to my summary page (link above) where I have the Wheel Decide conveniently embedded for easy access, and happily spun the wheel since I've been wanting to do so for a long time now.  =D

 


Meanwhile, on the live board game...

 


Lookin' lively!  Everyone's happy!  That's all I ask for, right?  I mean, taking an extra roll is serious business, y'all.

So when Monkey's blessing, I move onto my extra roll for this turn...

 


Roll #7b gave me a 10 and sent me to European Vacation 33.  Ahh, I'm quite happy with this square.

 


And apparently so is the rest of the gang!  I'm glad you all approve!  Monkey's cheering, Puppy look ecstatic... and I'm not sure Penni ever looks anything but excited, but that's what makes her so much fun to have around, right?


I'm entirely happy with this latest square because it allows me the chance to read a book I'm hoping to get to so I can knock out a monthly requirement for Reading Assignment 2019's Summer Semester!  I'm so, so excited!

 


The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya is written by author Nagaru Tanigawa, in which the romanization of said author's given name (or first name) starts with an 'N', which fits in with the 'LONDON' prompt above.  I'm all for that!  The paperback of this book that I own is 212 pages, which will net me $3, and upon completion will bring my sum total bank to $50!

That wasn't quite as complicated a roll as I'd thought it'd be when I first rolled my dice.  So, cheers everyone!  I'm off to start my book now!

 


Meanwhile, let's stare at puppy as he stares at nothing in particular, while enjoying a nice breeze that came about in between some sweltering weather lately.

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $47
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  6
Pages Read:  2,199

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa (212) ($3)
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-7.html
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review 2019-06-09 02:31
I've been wanting to read this one for quite a while now...
Wake Up Married serial, Episodes 1 - 3: Wake Up Married, Meet the Family, Do the Holidays - Alice Griffiths,Leta Blake,a. K. A. John Fahey, founding father of the solo steel-string guitar) Dale Miller (Reinventing the Steel - The continuing saga of /Blind Joe death

and happily I finally got the opportunity to check out the first 3  Will & Patrick stories on audio.

 

I have to admit I was expecting something that had more of a comedic bent to it...please don't misunderstand me, there are some humorous moments to be enjoyed in these stories, but there's also some serious stuff going down as well.

 

This one presents a bit of a challenge for me when it comes to how to do my review so I'm going to start with things that are common to all 3 stories in this collection, so let's start with the narrator...John Solo. 

 

This is by no means my first John Solo audio book. Nope, this is somewhere around #10 for this narrator and I and while I enjoyed the narration there was as always for me one little niggle...children's voices...I know, I know I sound like a stuck record but it is what it is and while there wasn't a lot there were children's voices involved and sorry to say...the kids voices just weren't working for me which is why at the end of it it's only 4 stars for the narration...sorry, but it is what it is and as for the adult voices I think Will and Patrick's voices were two of Mr. Solo's better characterizations.

 

Now as for the story let's talk about Will's ex...Ryan. Ok, I can't lie I'm not going to talk about Ryan...I'm going to rant!!! Seriously RANT!!! Because for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone much less everyone one, except Patrick, thought Ryan was the second coming of you know who!!! The guy was such a freakin' useless PoS!!! I couldn't stand him and the fact that Will's mother and his Uncle both thought he was just so perfect and amazing made me want to wretch and then smack them both upside the head. If my son brought someone like him home to meet me, I would flip my sh*t!!! Ok, so in case you missed it I disliked Ryan with a passion!  #teamPatrickonthisone!

 

Now let's talk about Patrick. I liked him yes at times he was a bit to abrupt and seemed to be missing some of his basic good social skills filters...still, I'm rather someone who speaks their mind honestly than someone...like...well, someone like Ryan.

 

Last but not least a little bit about Will...overall I liked Will. He was sweet and trying so hard to do what was right for everyone except maybe himself. When it came to Will's family the only thing I can say is..."I'm sorry....like seriously sorry!"

 

Will & Patrick Wake Up Married...is the first story in this series and honestly the title says it all. I know they say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....well, that's only if you didn't marry what happened in Vegas, which is what happened to Will and Patrick. When Will falls of the wagon resulting in a night of drunken debauchery the two men wake up to find that somewhere in their escapades they got married and as is often the case it's going to take more than a few minutes to undo what it took mere minutes to do.

 

This one got 3 stars from me because the premise intrigued me and there were definitely parts of it that I liked but at the same time things occasionally started to feel a little more convoluted than I would have liked...things like the issue between Patrick and his employer (now former employer) but still there were some good moments...like pretty much any conversation that Will and Patrick had.  These two had a true love/hate relationship going on the only thing in question was whether they loved to hate each other or hated to love each other but I'm guessing that at this stage of the game even they didn't know.

 

Will & Patrick Meet the Family...or at least we meet Will's family. Which apparently includes his ex, Ryan? Why I ask you why would anyone include their kid's ex in family gatherings? I'm sorry I don't care how much I may like my kid's ex...my kid is my kid and his ex is just that his ex. There is no freaking way that I would ever include them...unless of course I was so oblivious to things that I couldn't see that my kids ex had a toxic personality and I somehow thought they were good for my kid...yeah, Imma' gonna' get me some of those drugs...no thanks. So in spite of the presence of Will's less than stellar ex. I actually enjoyed this episode more than the first one and for me it comes in somewhere between 3.5 - 4 stars but definitely things are heading in the right direction when it comes to holding my interest.

 

and the last episode in this audio book is...

Will & Patrick Do the Holidays...so I'm a bit of a Christmas fiend and this one just did it for me. It's the holidays and we all know holidays + family = stress, anxiety, drama, angst and all things that make for insanity and needless to say in this department Will's family is no different than the next persons and...before I forget there's more Ryan. But it seems that maybe cracks are starting to show in Ryan's public facade and the court of public opinion is starting to reconsider his 'golden boy' status one can only hope but even more importantly it looks like Will and Patrick are beginning to realize that while their marriage may have resulted from a moment of #badlifechoices there may be more to it than either man is willing to admit or to let go of just yet...so I'm giving this one '4 sign me up for more Will & Patrick stars' because these two are definitely taking the long and winding road to happily ever after and they've got me wanting to take the trip with them.

 

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An audio book of 'Will & Patrick Wake Up Married' series was graciously provided by the authors via Signal Boost Promotions

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