Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Review - Loose and Easy by Tara Janzen

Loose and Easy
Steele Street, Book 9
Tara Janzen
Bantam Dell
August 26, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-440-24469-1

From the publisher’s website:
He's the bad boy she always wanted.

She's the good girl that got away.

He’d know her anywhere. Johnny Ramos had just come off a tour of duty in Afghanistan to find Esmee Alden trolling the mean streets of Denver in red lace and leather. The smartest girl he ever knew turning tricks? Not even close. Esmee’s in danger so deep, only Johnny can get her out—which is why the elite government operative is shadowing her every move. Esmee had everything planned down to the last detail: dressed in disguise, she’d recover a stolen painting and pay off her dad’s ruthless bookie. Until Johnny Ramos, her high school crush, blows into town and nearly blows her cover. Now Esmee, a P.I. and an art- recovery expert, has a mother lode of bad guys on her trail…including the one bad boy she always wanted: Johnny. But passion will have to wait. Because when bullets start flying, suddenly they’re on the run, playing it fast and loose—and heading straight into the line of fire.…

My thoughts:
Esmee Alden is working for her father to recover stolen art for an eccentric collector whose family once owned the pieces. After using a disguise to retrieve the latest painting her father has tracked down, Esmee finds herself face to face with her high school sweetheart, Johnny.

Johnny Ramos is just back from a tour in Afghanistan and can hardly believe his eyes when he catches sight of Esmee. Curious, and sure there must be another explanation, he follows her ends up joining forces with her cousin in keeping her safe. She has a debt to pay and if she fails to meet the deadline lives will be sacrificed. With old feelings surfacing, and new ones adding to the mix, Johnny isn’t about to walk away again.

In this newest Steele Street release, Johnny Ramos is putting his skills to use following his recruitment to the SDF (Special Defense Force) and keeping Esmee Alden alive. Ms. Janzen entertains readers with a gripping suspense that’s packed with fast action, life threatening danger, and romance that builds to a scorching end. Loose and Easy can easily be read as a stand alone story.

For more information on the Steele Street books, please visit Ms. Janzen’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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