Roll #31 took me to Main Street 10, a square I've only landed on once before prior to the Big Game Shake Up (see above link). For this square, I read Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis, which is part of the Lucky Harbor series, a contemporary romance set in the small Washington state town of Lucky Harbor, where everyone knows everyone's business, especially if you get caught doing personal business by the town's Facebook page keeper, Lucille... who has now also learned how to Twitter.
Always on My Mind is 318 pages, worth $6.00.
This book felt overly complicated. It has all the wit and shine that Shalvis typically infuses into her stories and her characters... and yet I still found Leah and Jack overly complicated. Mainly because I had no idea what either of them wanted from each other throughout the entire book. Somehow, I feel like if they'd quit talking around each other, or if they'd quit trying to read each other's minds, thus jumping to conclusions, their relationship would have progressed just a little more smoothly.
But then we probably wouldn't have had a story 300 pages long.
Meanwhile, I also finished reading my Free Friday read from 7/21, Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle, earning another $6.00 for the 371 page book. Another great, entertaining read from Jayne Castle, and I'm closer to finishing the series.
A review for both books will be posted soon.
That brings us to Roll #32:
Because I finished reading Always on My Mind at work, I whipped out my phone and went ahead and rolled. I got a 5, which brought me to Luxury Tax, which says: "Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!"
I'm not sure what new pose Monkey is going for here, but, hey, as long as everyone looks happy! Of course, I would be happier if my mascot monkey would quit covering up my board so much.
I have landed on Luxury Tax once before, after the Big Game Shake Up took place. Being that, this will be a second finish, and so the following location multiplier applies:
0 to 100 pages: $3.00
101 to 200 pages: $6.00
201 to 400 pages: $9.00
401 to 800 pages: $15.00
over 801 pages: $30.00
Meanwhile, because I was at work when I landed on this game space, I didn't have all of my handy-dandy book list of possible books for each square available. So I started looking at books that I'd been meaning to read, such as the Tremaine Traditions books by Kylie Brant, or some such...
But it occurred to me that one of the books that I really, really want to read (for more reasons than one) managed to fit this game space wonderfully, as well as count towards another challenge. And I got super excited, but this works out, oh so great!
I'd been meaning to read On the Loose by Tara Janzen, both for my Personal Series Challenge, and also for COYER Summer Reading List. And as it just so happens to be the July readathon of the "read physical books only" persuasion, I was going to go ahead and squeeze this book in for the week, BLopoly or no BLopoly.
Of course, being a BLopoly candidate is absolutely better! So when I recalled that the main heroine, Honoria "Honey" York-Lytton had shown up in the previous Steele Street book, introduced as a rich socialite, who readily dropped a quarter of a million dollars into an orphanage where her sister works and resides as a nun, I figured that she has to be a millionaire of some sort, maybe an heiress to whatever trust fund her parents will have put together for her.
I've already started reading some of the book while I was at work, and the emphasis on her wealth and family lineage is evident. Some Paris Hilton references are made, and she's referred to as a socialite a few times, as well as how most people don't question her hopping from one country to another at the drop of a dime.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and deduce that Honey comes from money--lots of it.
On the Loose by Tara Janzen is the seventh Steele Street series book, and my paperback copy is 403 pages long. According the "Second Finish" location multiplier, when I finish this book, I will be increasing my Bank by $15.00.
Not a bad deal at all! And to think that I had been contemplating buying another roll to see where I'd end up.
Current Bank: $239
- Roll #1 (4/15): A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn / 345 pages = $3.00
- Roll #2 (4/17): The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox / 284 pages = $3.00
- Roll #3 (4/21): False Memory by Dean Koontz // Donated 200 pages ($2.00) to the Jail Library
- Roll #4.1 (4/23): Schoolgirl by DAZAI Osamu / 50 pages = $1.00
- Roll #4.2 (4/23): Don't Look Away by Leslie A. Kelly / 323 pages = $3.00
- Roll #4.3 (4/23): Rolled three doubles, ended up in Jail / 300 pages of sentence to be served // 332 pages read total
- Roll #5 (4/29): The Duchess War by Courtney Milan / 271 pages = $3.00
- Roll #6.1 (4/29): SKIPPED
- Roll #6.2 (4/29): Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz / 352 pages = $3.00
- Roll #7 (4/29): Backwoods by Jill Sorenson / 378 pages = $3.00
- Roll #8 (4/29): Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler / 336 pages = $3.00
- Roll #9 (5/9): The Thing About Love by Julie James / 380 pages = $3.00
- Roll #10.1 (5/11): The House at Riverton by Kate Morton / 468 pages = $5.00
- Roll #10.2 (5/11): Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond / 255 pages = $3.00
- Roll #11 (5/18): The London Deception by Addison Fox / 282 pages = $3.00
- Roll #12 (5/20): BL Task - Double rewards on next read & share w/ a friend / No book read.
- Roll #13 (5/22): Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts / 402 pages = $5.00
- Roll #14 (5/27): Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle / 351 pages = $3.00
- Roll #15 (5/27): The Rome Affair by Addison Fox / 284 pages = $3.00
- Roll #16.1 (5/27): Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis / 281 pages = $3.00
- Roll #16.2 (5/27): Once a Thief by Kay Hooper / 326 pages = $3.00
- Roll #17 (6/6): The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan / 318 pages = $3.00
- Roll #18 (6/8): Don't Ever Stop by Leslie A. Kelly / 281 pages = $3.00
- Free Friday #1 (6/16): The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan / 322 pages = $6.00
- Roll #19 (6/18): To the Rescue by Jean Barrett / 292 pages = $6.00
- Roll #20.1 (6/22): The Mysterious Twin by Leona Karr / 256 pages = $6.00
- Roll #20.2 (6/22): The Substitute Sister by Lisa Childs / 240 pages = $6.00
- Free Friday #2 (6/23): It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis / 327 pages = $6.00
- Roll #21 (6/24): The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox / 283 pages = $6.00
- Roll #22.1 (6/26): Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid / 122 pages = $4.00
- Roll #22.2 (6/26): Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler / 334 pages = $6.00
- Roll #23 (6/28): Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler / 248 pages = $6.00
- Roll #24 (6/30): The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley / 430 pages = $10.00
- Free Friday #3 (6/30): Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare / 322 pages = $6.00
- Roll #25 (7/4): Driving Heat by Richard Castle / 336 pages = $6.00
- Fourth of July Opt-in (7/4): Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell / 388 pages = $6.00
- Roll #26 (7/6): Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler / 281 pages = $6.00
- Free Friday #4 (7/7): Ravished by Amanda Quick / 418 pages = $10.00
- Roll #27 (7/8): Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz / 403 pages = $10.00
- Roll #28 (7/10): River's End by Nora Roberts / 447 pages = $10.00
- Roll #29.1 (7/14): Northern Lights by Nora Roberts / 562 pages = $15.00
- Roll #29.2 (7/14): Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick / 328 pages = $9.00
- Free Friday #5 (7/14): The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber / DNF @ 63 pgs = $2.00
- Roll #30 (7/20): The Pretender by Celeste Bradley / 384 pages = $6.00
- Free Friday #6 (7/21): Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle / 371 pages = $6.00
- Roll #31 (7/22): Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis / 318 pages = $6.00
- Roll #32 (7/25): On the Loose by Tara Janzen / 403 pages = $15.00 pending