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Loose and Easy (Steele Street) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Johnny Ramos is a Ranger and he just got back from Afghanistan and his third combat tour. Johnny is now home and hoping to become part of an underground governmental Special Forces team known as SDF. He's trying to enjoy a beer when he recognizes the hooker hobbling down the street as his high school crush and class Valedictorian. He can't believe his eyes so he follows Esme to see what she is up to. Turns out, she's up to a lot.
I have always liked Johnny from the glimpses we have gotten of him in the previous books. His friendship with the colorful Skeeter Bang always enhanced his appeal to me. This book had the usual fantastic characters, hot cars and non stop action. But what made this book a little different is that almost the entire book covers the events of one single day; it really helped put me in the book.
Johnny and Esme make a great team and when the trouble she is in snowballs, they only get better. As always Ms. Janzen does a good job of introducing new characters, like Dax Killian, and giving you enough info to get you curious about the next story. She has me counting down the days until the next book and to kill the time I might revisit some of my favorite Steele Street books. This is a great edition to one of my favorite series.
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Sounds good, doesn't it? Unfortunately, it's not. The author has a roundabout delivery that reminded me of an excited kid telling a story: going around and around in circles repeating the same details while the plot barely moved along at an agonizing pace. This was further punctuated by a profusion of italicized exclamations (geezus! dammit! crap!) seen so often I began to believe they were there to fluff up the word count. Adding to the annoyance factor were numerous mentions of the Blue Iguana, which served no purpose but to get the clever name Blue Iguana in print a few zillion times. Some readers may also be bothered by the high level of profanity that seemed just a bit excessive for the book's target audience and could cost it some much needed fans. Other readers might be disappointed that this "hot" romance didn't deliver any sex until past page 300.
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Bad boy, Johnny Ramos, newly returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan is waiting for his new assignment to Special Defense Force, SDF, an elite group of operatives based in Denver and deployed out of the Pentagon. He's come home to Steele Street, his days of running wild through the city long behind him. That is until he sees the valedictorian of his graduating class, the good girl who'd left him panting, strutting her barely-there miniskirt and fishnet hose into a hotel. Esme Alexandria Alden doing tricks? He follows her right into trouble, and is soon running wild through the mean streets of his youth trying to stay one step ahead of the law and the bad guys chasing them.
Seattle P.I. and art-recovery expert Esme Alden has this job planned out down to a gnat's eyebrow. Impersonate a local dominatrix, fleece her client of a stolen painting, return it to its rightful owner, take her fee and pay the ruthless bookie threatening to break her father into small pieces. She doesn't plan on her gorgeous high school crush crashing the party and changing all of her plans.
LOOSE and EASY is a fast-paced, non-stop action joyride, with Esme and Johhny chased in his 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT every step of the way. Staying ahead of their pursuers isn't their biggest challenge; it's staying ahead of their memories and passion for each other. Their race to the finish line and into each other's arms is one of the most satisfying reads I've had in a long time. Janzen never fails to amaze!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Steele Street books are hard to put down. I skip over some of the content regarding detailed violence and sex, and it doesn't hurt the content of the books at all.Published 14 months ago by Cookie48
Really enjoyed this book and it was the one that got me interested this series by Tara Janzen. Have all of them now and highly recommend. H/h both strong and very likable.Published on January 30, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Out of the entire series, this story is one of my very favorites! Great characters, wonderful story and such an easy read!Published on November 23, 2013 by Erin S.
It took me a minute, well a few pages and finally an explanation by Janzen, as to why "the kid who sweeps the other garage" was getting a book. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Stephanie
This is a great series. I had a tough time putting this book down. If you like a little romance, some mystery, and a happy ending this is defiantly luv this series..Published on March 5, 2013 by -Mel-
If you've never read the other books, don't attempt this one. I did, not realizing, and it was mistake. Read morePublished on July 25, 2009 by K. SLOAN
For those of you who've just discovered Tara Janzen, read the other books in order, then go back to this one. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Cameo