Lightning Reviews and life

11/08/2008 08:52:00 AM / Posted by Kris /

Well, sorry for being MIA :( My only excuse is life. Between work and family and soccer and baby I have not been a good blogger. I have been hanging around some but have not been posting. I am reading, just not as much as usual. :( But to make up for it I am posting some pics and a bunch of reviews.

This is my littlest cutie. She is doing well. She went to the doctor this week and is 16.4 lbs (4 months old now). She also got four shots, she did very well. She is starting cereal and is not quite sure what to make of it. The instant gratification of the bottle just is not there for her with a spoon.

This was taken on Halloween, she was a cat. Her little onsie has a tail and her hat has cat ears, it was cute.

These are my other two cuties on Halloween, I do not think I have posted picks of them before. Oldest was Snow White and Middle was a Butterfly Princess.

Then this is Hubby and Middle (Middle is eating Doritos if you are wondering about the orange mouth).

I also have two reviews up over at Book Binge. The first is for

Hard to Get by Alyssa Brooks and the second is for Point of Distraction:The First Collection by Cindy Jacks.

Have you Seen Her? by Karen Rose
Special Agent Steven Thatcher has a lot on his hands. Not only is there a serial killer on the loose, stalking area high schools, but Steven s teenage son Brad is suddenly acting up and failing in school. His schoolteacher, Jenna Marshall, is also worried about Brad. As their conversations about the troubled teen increase and grow more intimate, Jenna and Steven soon find they re falling for each other, though they tread cautiously as both carry hidden wounds of their own. Their situation turns even more dangerous when Jenna finds herself on the twisted path of the serial killer Steven is investigating.

I am really loving her books. Great suspense, great storyline, great chemistry, great overall book. Steven Thatcher is a very stressed out man. He is a agent trying to find a serial killer, his children are having issues and he finally finds a girl he is interested in and she is getting harassed at the school where she teaches. He dealt with it all a lot better than I would have. This storyline kept me interested and guessing. The chemistry between them was very good. I guess my only issue would have been my frustration with Steven's trust issues. Semi-understandable but still frustrating. But it makes for a better storyline i guess. I wish we could have seen more of the relationship between Jenna and the kids, and more of the kids in general. Just my preferences. Other than that, great book.

Into the Mist (Falcon Mercenary Group Book 1) by Maya Banks
One woman's mission to bring down a sexy elemental shifter turns into a battle of wills...and hearts. Hostage recovery specialist Eli Chance has a secret. He was born a shifter. A freak of nature. While on a mission, Eli's men and their mercenary guide are exposed to a powerful chemical agent, and suddenly his secret has become easier to hide. Now he's not the only one with the gift. But for his men, this "gift" is becoming more and more of a curse. Tyana Berezovsky's brother Damiano was the guide for Eli's team and was the worst affected by the chemical. As he grows increasingly unstable, Tyana fears she's going to lose him to the beast he is becoming. Tyana will do whatever it takes to help him, even if it means using her body to go after the one man she thinks holds all the blame--and possibly the cure.

This was a fun action paranormal. The storyline was interesting and the characters were intriguing. Tyana was a kick butt heroine and i love those. It cracked me up when she bested Eli and had him flat on his back. I am very interested in reading the next book, Into the Lair, about the brothers. I liked the world and group that she has created with this new series.

Click for excerpt!The Boys Back Home by Sierra Dafoe
She could never choose between them-until they both chose her.

Even as a young girl, Cassie Jordan knew the rules: one man, one woman. Especially in rural Idaho. But how can she choose between blond, kind-hearted Kyle Watson and dark, sensuous Alan Caine? She can't. Not even when she discovers the two handsome cowboys in bed together and is convinced that neither of them cares for her at all. That discovery sends her running all the way to Chicago and into the arms of another man. Now, with her wedding fast approaching, it's time to return to Preacher's Bend to sort out her tangled emotions. Now that Cassie's back in town, Kyle and Alan are determined to do whatever it takes to keep her there. As far as they're concerned, there-s only one place on earth Cassie belongs-in their arms.

A very good short, erotic romance. Cassie left town three years ago because she could not pick between her two best friends. Now she returns to tie up some loose ends before she gets married to someone else. It does not go exactly as planned. There was a lot of emotional turmoil between the three of them. It was interesting to watch it unfold. This is a very HOT story.

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Comment by Holly on 11/08/2008 6:12 PM

Awww, your girls are adorable! I love how chubby the baby is. SO CUTE!

I agree with you about the Karen Rose. It's probably my least favorite of all her books, simply because of Steven's trust issues. But otherwise I thought it was good.

I'm glad you're catching up on her backlist. She's a favorite.

Comment by nath on 11/09/2008 5:43 PM

She looks like she's having sooo much fun! She's so chubby and cute!!! :)

Your girls were so cute for Halloween :) I bet they had a blast :D

I enjoyed Have you Seen Her? Thanks for reminding me I haven't read it yet :D I have to say, I really like Steve's 3 sons :) They were great, esp. Matt.

Comment by Stacy~ on 11/09/2008 10:01 PM

Aw, your kids are all so adorable. And it's so good to see you posting again :)

Gosh, I should just ignore the comments about Karen Rose, as I've never read her stuff and already feel overwhelmed with tbb authors...but it's too late.

Comment by Christine on 11/10/2008 10:39 AM

Awww! Look at that cute li'l pumpkin! I mean, kitty! lol And what beautiful big sisters she has! Thanks for sharing the pictures, Kris. Your girls are beautiful.

I'm glad you guys have been well... and you've still been finding time to read. I love your reading list ... it's a great mix of authors and books I haven't yet read. Into the Mist sounds good to me. :)

Comment by Bev(QB) on 11/10/2008 8:22 PM

OMG, I can't believe how big the baby has grown! And look at her mischievous grin! The pic of your older two is just all girly-girl cuteness!

(I'm totally ignoring your book recs so I won't be forced to call you the same name I just called JenB). ;-D

Comment by Stacy~ on 11/14/2008 9:27 AM

Just stopped in @ Plotmonkeys. Is today your birthday? If so.... Happy birthday Kris! Hope it's a wonderful day :)

Comment by Kris on 11/14/2008 9:36 PM

THanks everyone, glad you like the pics. Love you all.

Yes, Stacy today is my birthday. Thanks :)

Comment by Christine on 11/14/2008 11:11 PM


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