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review 2017-06-26 23:00
Very Brief Thoughts: The Mysterious Twin
Mysterious Twin - Leona Karr

The Mysterious Twin
by Leona Karr
Book 1 of Double Exposure
(HQN Intrigue miniseries)




Masquerading as a nanny for her glamorous twin sister went against Ashley Camdon's prim-and-proper nature.  The quiet academic lived life on the sidelines, but her sibling's "simple" request now put her life in danger and her heart on the line when she met her employer's darkly handsome retainer, Kyle Stone.

An undercover agent, Kyle's orders were to keep close tabs on the new nanny who was implicated in an illegal scam. Yet nothing about this quiet beauty fit her high-living profile. When passion flared between them, her honest kisses exposed their lies.  And made him see that the only life he now wanted…was with her!

The Mysterious Twin is, honestly, one of those books that you read, laugh at all the clichés, mutter about the frustratingly dated romance, and roll your eyes about the standard, stereotype, carbon-copy characters.  It's a book you read that DOES get interesting with progression, but remains a bit on the 'meh' side of actual enjoyment.

It's forgettable.

I suppose I'm also kind of surprised by how quickly I finished reading this book; although, the truth is, it was pretty bite-sized.  In a way, I think I kept reading because I just wanted to know how the book wrapped itself up with the twin-switch deception.  But then, when the resolution DID come around, it was fairly abrupt, to the point that it felt like the author realized she hit her allowed number of pages and needed to end things immediately.

There were a lot of things that I felt like the book could have addressed, like maybe the strained relationship between Ashley and Jill.

But this book is a romance, first and foremost, so we spend the most of the short book detailing how Ashley and Kyle manage to fall in love in spite of all the deception and secrets.  And, honestly, the romantic development was a little weak.

I DID appreciate the rapport that Ashley develops with the children she's pretending to be nanny to.  And I like lighthouses... although one was mentioned and detailed, not much happens around it, so that particular detail was moot.

Anyway, The Mysterious Twin was a nice rainy day read, that really just amounted to "something to do to pass the time."



Roll #20:
One of the characters in this book is a millionaire/billionaire.

Page Count:  256
Cash Award:  +$6.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $103.00





Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/very-brief-thoughts-mysterious-twin.html
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text 2017-06-26 08:00
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #22!
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For Roll #21, I landed on The Monorail where I ended up choosing The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox, and successfully ticked off two of the three listed criteria (see game space below).  On top of that, completing this book also adds to my Personal Series Challenge, being the last book in a series I needed to finish.

The Manhattan Encounter is 283 pages = $6.00, which brings my Bank to $115.00!


Enjoyable, but not all that memorable.  I'm not sure how I liked The Manhattan Encounter, but it had all the makings of a fast-paced action sequence with a lot of gunfire and explosions... well, not really that much, but it felt like there had been.

A review will be forthcoming.

And now Roll #22:


From The Monorail (29), I rolled a double 4 = 8 and moved to the Start Space: Read any book!


Peek-a-Boo Penni:  "I want to help!"

It's a quiet early, early morning on the board.  Teddy Bear's magnet is starting to give out and now he just slides right down the board.  Thank you for holding him up, Penni!  Because Monkey seems a bit subdued, and I suspect it's because he's been doing so many cartwheels.

Since I rolled a double, I rolled again (#22.2):


Rolling a 9, I move from Start Space to Fantasyland 9.


It's a gathering.  Key Chain Puppy has come to visit, though we suspect that she's just here to sniff at Teddy Bear.

These are new squares I've never landed on before.


For the Start Space, I decided to just do a random select from the books on my COYER Summer Reading List, mainly an e-book since the COYER "read e-books only" readathon is currently taking place.  A random draw got me Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid; a short novella of 122 pages, and fourth book in The Line series.  This book will be worth $4.00.

As for the Fantasyland 9 Space, I have a few options I'm thinking about, though not quite sure what I want to select.  After some thought, I decided to go with Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler, a book I'd been wanting to read since I read the first two books in her X-ops series and liked it.  The book is about shifters and is tagged 'fantasy' on GR.  At 334 pages, Her Wild Hero will be worth $6.00.

Upon completion of both books, my Bank Balance will increase to $125.

Current Bank:   $115.00



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-roll-22.html
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text 2017-06-25 03:02
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #21!
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Between my Roll #20 on 6/22 and Free Friday #2 on 6/23, I've kept busy with reading.  Although, truthfully, no one is as surprised as I am at how quickly I finished reading all of these books.  I had expected at least another day before I could roll again.  Though to be fair, the two Harlequin books, while not really that enjoyable, were bite-sized and easy to read.

Also, it didn't truly sink in until I started reading The Substitute Sister that I chose two Harlequin Intrigues that have twins in the main role.  I mean, I knew both books involved the MC being a twin sister, but I had a strange flash of surprise reading the first few pages of The Substitute Sister with a "Oh, this book is about twins, too!" moment... even though I already knew that.  -_-

Reviews will be forthcoming soon within the next few days.

For now, here are my activities from the most recent roll:


  • Roll #20.1:  Rolled a double 5 = 10, and landed on Luxury Tax.
    • Read The Mysterious Twin for 256 pages = $6.00, increasing bank to $103.00.
    • The Mysterious Twin has a character who is a millionaire/billionaire.




  • Roll #20.2:  Rolled a 9 and landed on Water Works.
    • Read The Substitute Sister for 240 pages = $6.00, increasing bank to $109.00.
    • The Substitute Sister's book cover has water in the illustration.


In addition to the two books from my twentieth BLopoly roll, I had chosen It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis for my Free Friday Book on 6/23--chosen and started on Friday... and finished on the exact same day because it was fabulous, and addictive, and fun, and... also I don't seem to have much respect for how necessary sleep seems to be.  I finished my Free Friday Read and brought my Bank Balance to $97.00 before making myself proceed into the two books for my 20th BLopoly turn.

With the completion of these three books, my Bank Balance comes to a whopping $109.00!

Now onto the next roll!  Roll #21:


From Water Works, I moved 7 spaces and landed on The Monorail.


Magnetic Monkey: "Did somebody say MORE CARTWHEELS!"

Peek-a-Boo Penni: "Yay!"


I landed on The Monorail sometime at the beginning of the game, and to be honest, the only squares I dread, maybe as equally as the Tomorrowland square, would be the railway station ones.  Because, once again, I've got close to nothing sorted out for these squares, especially the Tomorrowland Station which wants a book about time travel.  Yikes!

Still, of the four railway station squares, The Monorail really is the one with the most possible books listed from my TBR... so far.  I finally got tired of listing book possibilities when I got to these four.

Long story short, some books are just a little hard to determine whether there is travel by air, or what city the book takes place in so I can run a Google search on whether or not said city has a subway system.  And I even toyed with the idea of buying an extra roll and moving onto a more ideal square...

Fortunately, turns out I've got a great book option, which will also double to help me finish up a book series!


The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox, is the fourth and final installment in the House of Steele series that I started reading this year in 2017.  At first, I'd been saving this book to read for the Electric Company square, because the heroine is a scientist.  But after convincing myself that there are plenty of other books I've got chosen for Electric Company anyway, I decided that I'd be more productive, and enjoy myself more, if I just finished this book series and moved onto the next one.

After all, I've got a pretty big goal this year, and those books aren't going to read themselves!

The Manhattan Encounter, as the title states, takes place in Manhattan, NY, and apparently has several subway stations that are part of the New York City Subway!  The book is 283 pages, which will be worth $6.00, bringing my Bank Balance to $115.00 upon finished reading.

Current Bank:   $109.00



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-roll-21.html
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text 2017-06-23 05:58
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #20! and Free Friday #2!
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With the Big Game Shake Up (see link above), my Bank Balance is going to be getting a nice little boost!  It helps that the books were great as well.

But moving along...  My last roll was on 6/18, and while I'd been hoping to finish my book early enough that my next BLopoly roll wouldn't overlap with the next Free Friday too closely... that didn't happen.  So now I'm going to start this next book... and then turn around and pick up another book for Free Friday in less than twenty-four hours (another post to come soon see end of post).

Anyway, my Roll #19 landed me on Fantasyland 6 where Teddy Bear game piece can't seem to stay magnetized to the board, and has thus slid all the way down the board to the bottom, landing his butt on my desk top.  No photos, he's embarrassed enough as it is, poor guy...

Reading-wise, I chose To the Rescue by Jean Barrett, which is set in Yorkshire, England, which satisfies the game square criteria, as the UK is part of Western Europe.  The book is 292 pages, which, according to the new Shake Up doubled rewards rules, is worth $6.00, bringing my lovely Bank Balance to $91.00!


To the point, To the Rescue was engaging as a mystery, but the romance could have used a bit less insta-lust/insta-love.  It got a bit frustrating to me that this silly couple were continually thinking about touching each other or getting laid, while there's a killer running amok in the big creepy monastery that has been isolated by heavy blizzards in the middle of the English countryside.

Priorities, guys!

At least the writing style was easy to read and the progression was good.

Onto Roll #20... which turned into #20.1 with a doubles rolled:


I ended up rolling a Double 5 = 10, which took me from Fantasyland 6 to Luxury Tax: "Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!"


Monkey's back!  Hi!  **waves**  He looks really comfortable just hanging there!

I rolled again for my doubles and got, for Roll #20.1:


Moving 9 spaces from Luxury Tax, I ended up on another utilities space, Water Works: "Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event."

Monkey is meditating, Teddy is hanging...  Uh oh, where did Peek-a-Boo Penni go?  Probably time to go back home.  Maybe she'll be back next time for another visit!

After some shuffling of books and some hemming and hawing, and had finally decided on books for each square.


Looks like I'm going to continue on with Harlequin romances, which, to be honest, it's kind of easy to find books from Harlequin that fit some of these categories.  You've got small towns, millionairs/billionaires or weddings, romantic suspense with characters who are police detectives or who known how to handle guns; there are historicals, overseas travels, mysteries... Both books above also take place on an island, if anyone is interested, and, Oh Looky!  Water on the cover!  And trees!

Also, I think The Substitute Sister could be considered Gothic as well.

Anyway, I will be reading The Mysterious Twin by Leona Karr for the Luxury Tax square.  The criteria only requires "any character" to be a millionaire/billionaire.  From what I surmised from the summary and the first 5% of the book I skimmed, our MC will be staying as a nanny at a southern mansion owned by a man named Hugo Vandenburg... if there ever was a name that sounded like money...  It states that the mansion is Vandenburg's summer home, which tells me he's got more homes elsewhere, and I doubt they're quaint two-bedroom ranches in a school neighborhood, considering there's also mention of him owning a baseball team or something like that.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this guy's a millionaire and probably also comes from old money.  I might be wrong.  If I am, I will honorably skip this square and NOT collect my reward.

The Mysterious Twin is 256 pages, which will be worth $6.00.

The Substitute Sister by Lisa Childs, as we can see, has water on the cover, satisfying the Water Works criteria.  It is 240 pages, which will also be worth $6.00.

Free Friday Read #2:

I was going to create a separate post for my second Free Friday book, but as I am writing this post, my time shows that I have about twenty minutes until midnight, which will bring us into 6/23, Friday.  So I decided to just go ahead and insert my chosen Free Friday read for this Friday into this post.  I promise I won't start reading it until after the clock strikes midnight.


I have checked out this book from the library twice already, hoping to get a chance to read it.  The first time, because of all the other book obligations I got caught up in, I renewed the book twice, didn't get around to reading it, then had to give it back.  A couple weeks later, while I was at the library for other books, I decided to check it out again.  This time, I'm hoping to be able to get to it, so decided to declare it my second Free Friday Read for BLopoly!

It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis is 327 pages.  And also, it'll help me along in another challenge I'm participating in.

Altogether, I will be hitting $109.00 when I finish all three of these books.  And I'm going to try my best to read in order, for my own strange anal retentiveness...  Though it is entirely possible I'll start reading It Had to Be You after midnight and end up rolling right through it.

Oh well!



Current Bank:   $91.00



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-roll-20-and-free-friday.html
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review 2017-06-22 19:13
Review: Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies
Loose Lips - Diane Rae Davis

This was another fun installment in the Dusty Deals series. Lucy is prodded into entering a contest for best window display in Helena while the town's newest coffee place is killing her friend's business. This new coffee place is - you guessed it- serving up more than just coffee! When one of the "business" owner winds up dead, several people in Lucy's social circle are suspected of being the murder. There were a few red herrings, but the plotline never got so tangled to be unbelievable. Det. Peter Blake seems more in tune with Lucy's intuitions and schemes, and believes in her instincts more than the new part-time detective the force hired. I hope Blake puts Klein in his place in the next book. I really enjoyed the deepening of Blake and Lucy's relationship. Overall, just a good time reading this book.


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