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text 2017-05-03 07:09
Booklikes-opoly Dewey Bonus Rolls

So officially I've only rolled twice for BL-opoly at this point and haven't posted reviews, but I went ahead and took advantage of the three bonus rolls Moonlight kindly gave us Saturday anyway. :D Somehow I managed to lose my Saturday time-stamped rolls and post, though, so I took another crack at it Sunday with the following results.

 

 Dewey Bonus Roll #1:

16

Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:36:24 UTC

 

 Dewey Bonus Roll #2:

43

Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:40:27 UTC

 

Dewey Bonus Roll #3: 

53

Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:44:59 UTC

 

 

Which landed me on these squares starting from Main Street 11:

 

 

  

 

 

'Cars Land 18' pick:

 

 

 

I'm going with either 'Hot Property' by Jenna Bennett (276 pages/$3) or 'Hissy Fit' by Mary Kay Andrews (448 pages/$5). Both were buried on my Kindle, and they're the only books in my collective TBR piles (print, e-book, audio) that feature a car on the cover!  

 

 

 'Adventureland 24' pick:

 

 

'Tears of the Giraffe' by Alexander McCall Smith (audio) which is set in Africa and has an exotic animal on the cover. 256 pages/$3

 

 

'Paradise Pier 31' pick:

 

 

'Persuasion' by Jane Austen (150 pages/$2) or 'Royal Flush' by Rhys Bowen (320 pages/$3). Both titles begin with a letter in the word PIXR. 

 

***Now off to get cracking on those reviews.***

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text 2017-05-03 07:07
Booklikes-opoly: Roll #2

I was aiming low going into BL-opoly - maybe 1-2 books per week - which is about what I've managed, but as usual I'm dragging my feet writing up the reviews. :(  So here's my update for Roll #1 and #2.

 

April 15th - Roll #1

 

'Shooting Gallery' by Juliet Blackwell was my initial pick for this space, and I loved that the title exactly matched 'Frontierland 2'. Win! Sadly it was a Kindle edition, and I decided to swap it out for an audiobook. Instead I went with 'The Old Silent' by Martha Grimes. Finished April 26th with review pending. 425 pages/$5

 

 

  

'Cocaine Blues' by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook) was the second book I picked after getting doubles on my 1st roll. Finished April 18th with review pending. 175 pages/$2

 

   

 

April 27th - Roll #2:

 

31

Timestamp: 2017-04-27 04:00:17 UTC

 

 

 Which landed me on Main Street 11

 

 

 

 On Her Majesty's Secret Service - David Tennant, Ian Fleming

 

I chose 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' by Ian Fleming since it was written in 1963 and has a contemporary setting. Finished May 2nd with review pending. 269 pages/$3

 

 

BANK BALANCE

April 15th: $20 (Starting Credit)

April 18th: $22 ‘Cocaine Blues’ 175 pgs. = $2

April 26th: $27 ‘The Old Silent’ 425 pgs. = $5

May 2nd:   $30 ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ 269 pgs. = $3

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-04-17 23:12
Booklikes-opoly: Roll #1

 

I'm in! I hadn't planned to play, but I got caught up in all the enthusiasm, so here's my set-up and how the first roll went.

 

The cat playing piece was a must, so I picked gold/bronze vs. silver since Murder by Death already had dibs on it  :)

 

 

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My first roll on the 15th was 'snake eyes' or 1+1 = 2. Since it was doubles, I rolled again and got 1+5 = 6. Apparently I didn't save my time stamped rolls in the correct format to paste them here, though. Will need to sort that out for my next roll.

 

Bank: $20

Roll #1: 1+1 = 2

Roll #2: 1+5 = 6

 

 

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Roll #1 Lands on Frontierland 2

Roll #2 Lands on ? 8

 

My picks are:

 

 

 

'Shooting Gallery' by Juliet Blackwell which I hope has an actual shooting, but the title fits and I figure I get some 'wiggle' room since I rolled 'snake eyes'.  :)  362 pages/$3

 

 

 

 

'Cocaine Blues' by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook) which begins with 'C' and is a mystery. 175 pages/$2

 

 

***THE GAME BEGINS***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-05-10 09:00
Audio Review: Ready to Roll by Melanie Greene

 


Ready to Roll


Roll of the Dice, #2

 

Melanie Greene


Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Publisher: Melanie Greene
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Date of Publication: February 24, 2015
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 2 hours and 20 minutes

 

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     Audible 
Janice Newton avoids close ties by directing all her energy toward her job and using her well-developed defense system to keep everyone, especially the co-worker she secretly craves, at arm's length. But will her fear of reopening old wounds keep her from a relationship with the one person who sees through her tough exterior and into her vulnerable heart?

Miguel Rosas has developed a strategy of his own - one that should tumble Janice's walls - if only he can execute it. A burning dinner, intrusive relatives, and a secret from his past conspire to keep his plans half-baked, though he’s determined to get things sizzling.

This standalone novella featuring characters from Melanie Greene’s ROCKET MAN brings Janice and Miguel together for a long-anticipated date that threatens to become an epic disaster. Little does Miguel know that the very problems he’s trying to quell provide the insights that finally make Janice READY TO ROLL.

This is a novella in the Roll of the Dice series. We met Janice and Miguel in book one, Rocket Man. Janice was Serena's work friend and sounding board, so we got to know her much better than we did Miguel, as he was more a background character in the book.  At the close of Rocket Man, Janice and Miguel were together. This is the story that gets them there.

I liken this story to a one act play. All the characters being in one location, in one time frame. Since the characters know each other rather well, as co-worker for years, most of the getting to know you stuff has been dispensed with. What we have here is that moment. The moment when they both decide to put their feelings on the line and take their friendly relationship to the next level.  It's a surprisingly intimate novella, as we dive into the characters at this crucial juncture.  And it really, really worked for me.

I was able to really get into each of the character's heads right away. I had remembered Janice fondly from Rocket Man, but actually being in her head was something else. And Miguel... Wow. Just. Wow. He really surprised me. I wasn't expecting so much self-aware alpha goodness is such a quiet, fairly unassuming man. Totally hot, by the way.

For a very short listen at just under 2 and half hours, there was a lot of emotion and emotional growth going on in this story. Amy Rubinate once again did a fantastic job with the voices and really brought this story alive.  I am giving this 4 stars.

Thank you to the author, Melanie Green, for the opportunity to listen and review the book.

 
Source: www.musingsandramblings.net/2015/05/audio-review-ready-to-roll-melanie-greene.html
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review 2015-04-12 09:00
Audio Review: Rocket Man by Melanie Greene

 

Rocket Man

 

Roll of the Dice, #1
Melanie Greene


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Melanie Greene
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Date of Publication: January 30, 2015
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 12 hrs and 31 mins

 

 

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     Audible
Serena Colby wants one thing. Dillon Hamilton wants everything.

Steady, focused graphic artist Serena has her life perfectly planned out. After a childhood being moved from one place to another, she craves the permanence of a home that's hers and hers alone. And everything is lining up just right. That is, until disruptive copywriter Dillon comes blasting into her workplace and spins her personal life out of control.

Serena tries to draw boundaries, but the gorgeous Dillon has a much sexier script for their lives in mind. He's pulled towards Serena's orbit, quickly ranking her sexiest skirts and memorizing the scent of her locally sourced organic shampoo. Serena struggles to remain unmoved by Dillon's kinetic charm, even as she relishes their chats about their mutual passion, the Houston Rockets.

Though order-loving Serena shies away from Dillon's messy complications, she can't escape her fantasies. When Dillon's determined pursuit leaves Serena breathless, it might just be 'all systems are go' for Rocket Man.

This was a new to me author and narrator. I was introduced to the author when she sent me an inquiry about reviewing her new audiobook. From the brief blurb she sent me, I was intrigued.  So I went to audible and listened to a sample. I was intrigued enough to say yes.

Serena lives a very creative but orderly existence. Although she likes colors and fabrics and playing with design layouts, she also is very punctual and rarely deviates from her regimented schedule. She as very definite opinions on what she wants from life and has mapped out how and when she will achieve her goals. Most of this can be attributed to the craziness of her childhood, what with 7 step-parents and bouncing from house to house dependent on the whims of her parents. Her parents have each created new lives for themselves and Serena feels that she is on the outskirts of each others lives.

Dillon, has recently moved to the Houston area from California. He followed his sister and brother-in-law, and even bought their town-home when they moved to a bigger place to accommodate their desire for a family. Dillon is a bit of a nerd, with plenty of scifi posters and books throughout his home. After his parents died in a car accident when he was a teenager, his soon to be brother-in-law became a strong influence on him. He continues to be very close to them and with a nephew on the way, remains close with his family.

These characters had some very nice contrasts and individual idiosyncrasies that made them very real. Though they had some instant attraction, this was a long term romance. From Dillon's fumbling first date request and shoot down, through their friendship then romance, the near misses and mistakes on both their parts, we get to see them grow. Not only as a couple, but as individuals.

The narrator, Amy Rubinate, did a good job with the voices and emotional undercurrents in the book. Sometimes secondary characters voices can begin to bleed together, but each was made distinct enough to easily identify. Each one having a different pitch, speed or accent.

When I found out the two characters were both fans of the Houston Rockets basketball team, I figured that was the basis of the title of the book. Super duper wrong. It's not until the dice started being rolled, that I got it. Tricky, tricky author! Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and will be adding book two, Ready to Roll, to by TBR pile. I gave this book 4 stars.

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen and review this book.

 
Source: www.musingsandramblings.net/2015/04/audio-review-rocket-man-by-melanie.html
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