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text 2019-03-22 00:00
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #5
Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen,Katherine Kellgren

Well, my S&L updates are sadly lagging behind my actually dice rolls and book reads; hopefully I'll pick up the pace on posts.


So my fifth roll using two dice gave me an eight which took me to square #40 and the prompt: "Characters involved in the entertainment industry". The eighth book in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series has been sitting on my TBR pile for a while, and it fits the prompt perfectly. "Queen of Hearts" finds our protag, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, accompanying her actress mother to the US for a quickie Reno divorce and a film shoot in Hollywood. 


TBH, this series started getting old for me around book four, and I'm a little upset with myself for continuing to buy the audiobooks.  Initially the premise was fun, and while the characters were somewhat stereotypical and short on depth, it was still a frothy humorous cozy read. Unfortunately, the continuing lack of character development in later books has led to a cast of mostly annoying caricatures, and the writing can be repetitive and simplistic at times, so my expectations for "Queen of Hearts" aren't high.


ETA: Weakest entry so far. If I didn't already have book nine, I'd bail on the series at this point. :(



Progress to Date:



 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis


     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 


 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 


     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC


17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)


       Roll #3



21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell


       Roll #4



32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper


      Roll #5



 40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: "Queen of Hearts" by Rhys 






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review 2019-03-18 17:42
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen



March 4 - March 15


This book is still excellent despite this being my third time reading it. I fall in love with Jamie and Wes every time. I’ve even been inspired to reread Us. This time.

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review 2019-02-17 23:49
Miracle at Philadelphia
Miracle At Philadelphia - Catherine Drinker Bowen

A nation new to its independence dealing with issues internally and external, it’s nascent future hanging by a thread all comes down to 55 men from across its length and breadth to come up with a solution.  In her 1966 historical review of what became known as the Constitutional Convention, Catherine Drinker Bowen chronicles how the future of the young United States was saved by a Miracle at Philadelphia.


Though the majority of the book focuses on the four-month long Convention, Bowen begins by setting the stage for why and how the convention came about with the ineffectual government that was the Articles of Confederation and the movement to amend them, which was led by James Madison and endorsed by George Washington by his attendance in Philadelphia.  For those like myself not really versed in nitty gritty details of Convention it was interesting to learn that most of the work was done in ‘Committee of the Whole’ in which Washington while President was seated among the other delegates.  The familiar highlights of the Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, and the Great Compromise are covered but in the historical flow of the debates within the Convention and decisions in-between of important elements within the Constitution.  Throughout the Bowen introduces important personages and how their views remained constant or changed throughout the Convention resulting reputations being made or destroyed during and after the process of ratification.  Bowen ends the book with a look at the ratification process, in particular the debates in Massachusetts and Virginia.


Covering approximately 310 pages, the book is efficient in covering the events of the Convention overall.  However Bowen completely missed how the Great Compromise was voted in the Constitution, she just mentioned it.  Besides that big miss within the Convention, Bowen spends chuck of the middle of the book covering a “Journey in America” that had nothing to do with the Convention but was just giving a glimpse of the nascent country that felt like filler than anything else.


Miracle at Philadelphia is a very good historical review of the Constitutional Convention that does not analyze but just reports history.  Catherine Drinker Bowen does a wonderful job in juggling the various accounts of the Convention by the delegates and the official record to create very readable narrative.  I highly recommend this book for those interested in this closing piece of the American Revolution.

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text 2019-02-05 20:53
Brooklynaire By Sarina Bowen 99 cents!
Brooklynaire - Sarina Bowen

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other? 

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text 2018-11-24 02:59
24 Festive Tasks - Thanksgiving Task 1
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki

Task 1:  List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.



Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid  Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  


This was a hard one to just pick 3 favorites for the year since I'm currently at 388 books read for the year and there have been quite a few great ones. After a lot of deliberation, I finally narrowed it down. It appears I was ultimately in the mood for romance since all my picks were romances. Him and Bodysuit Fetish were both fun, while The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was beautiful, but a tearjerker.



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