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He's a special agent who never loses his cool.She's the heat-seeking missle headed straight for his heart.Keeping cool under pressure is the credo C. Smith Rydell lives by. That’s why he was handpicked by the Special Defense Forces for a mission few men survive. So why has the ex-DEA superstar been reassigned to Panama City, playing bodyguard to a blond in a black string bHe's a special agent who never loses his cool.She's the heat-seeking missle headed straight for his heart.Keeping cool under pressure is the credo C. Smith Rydell lives by. That’s why he was handpicked by the Special Defense Forces for a mission few men survive. So why has the ex-DEA superstar been reassigned to Panama City, playing bodyguard to a blond in a black string bikini? Except Honey York isn’t your average pampered socialite. She’s the woman Rydell caught smuggling cash into El Salvador four months ago. And now she wants him to take her back. All Honey has to do is find the guerrilla camp, deliver the goods, and get the hell out of the jungle—all in forty-eight hours. Only one man is up for the job. But sharing an unforgettable one-night stand was nothing next to being stranded with Rydell on some third world mountaintop. And with bullets flying and all hell breaking loose, now is not the time for passion. As if these two could possibly resist it…....

Title : On the Loose
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On the Loose Reviews

  • jenjn79
    2019-03-19 22:06

    edited and added to 3/12/09Rating: 3.5 / 5I'm a bit undecided on what to rate this book. I could go anywhere from 3 to 3.5 to 4. I'm leaning toward 3.5, though the strong ending tempts me to bump it to 4. I enjoyed this book a fair amount, but I didn't think it was as strong as some of the past books in the series.On the Loose is the seventh book in the Steele Street series, and the first book in the "Loose" subset of books. Most likely, this book could be read as a stand-alone or as a "try-out" for the series. There is some direct connection to the last book, but Janzen gives you a good enough idea of what happened in the past for things in this book to make sense.In the previous book, C. Smith Rydell and Honey York had a run-in that resulted in a one-night stand. Now, Smith is suddenly called off a mission to be a personal escort to Honey on a supposed coffee tour in San Salvador. Of course, it isn't a coffee tour, though. Due to a plane crash, the U.S. lost some important info that is now in the hands of a drug lord. The drug lord, who has met Honey before, is demanding that she be present for the exchange the U.S. is making to get the info back. So the U.S. forces Honey, and Smith, to make the deal. Nothing goes easy though when the mission involves a society princess, an SDF agent, a mysterious coffee grower, a crazy drug lord, a trio of nuns, and a school teacher in way over her head. Oh, and don't forget the cold-hearted pilot-for-hire who wants Smith dead.While I liked this book, I also found it easy to set aside. It didn't draw me back to keep reading all that much. Part of that is because of the setting, in a way. I'm just not a fan of books that involve trekking through jungles or other inhospitable places. They just tend to bore me. So I didn't like that end of this book...though there wasn't a lot of that.Aside from that, a lot of this book is just rather slow moving. A lot of traveling and talking. Not a lot of danger or action. The other books in this series had more going on throughout the book, but this one dragged a bit. It wasn't until near the end when everything picked up.Which is one of the things I like about this book - the ending. Lately I've read so many books with super rushed endings where the plot conclusion and HEA for the H/H are stuffed into five or less pages and it drives me nuts. I HATE endings like that. I like endings where the plot resolution is drawn out a little bit and where there's a final chapter wrapping up the romance angle. This book had that. The big finish was well done, moderately intense, and worked for the story. Plus there was a last chapter with Smith and Honey to give you that nice satisfied feeling when you finished.So on that end, the book gets bonus points. The romance was okay...I liked Honey and Smith, but I wouldn't really say either character, or their romance, was particularly memorable. One thing I really missed in this book was the "Steele Street / SDF" vibe. The past books in this series were all centered around SDF (Special Defense Force) and the Steele Street, their bad-ass headquarters. There was a strong teamwork aspect, with a cast of really great recurring characters. It just gave the series a fascination dynamic. But in this book, that was completely lacking. Steele Street, SDF and the other characters were only used in mention (except for the final scene in Smith's Steele St loft). Since that dynamic is part of what made this series so great, having it missing in this story really took something away from the book.Which overall made this addition to the series just a little above average. Definitely not one of my favorites of the series, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. And it peaked my curiosity enough about Alejandro that I'll be bumping the next book up to the top of my TBR mountain.

  • Christa
    2019-04-01 14:46

    This was another good book connected with the Steele Streeet series. I thought that this book concentrated more on the action involved in the story and not as much on the romance which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more emphasis placed on the romance between Rydell and Honey. Even so, it was an enjoyable, fast-paced book.In the previous book in the series, C. Smith Rydell and Honoria "Honey" York-Lytton spent a night together in El Salvador after Smith rescued Honey from a dangerous situation on the streets. The next day, Smith put Honey on a plane bound for her home in Washington, D.C., and they haven't seen or heard from one another since. "On the Loose" has Smith being pulled off of a mission in Peru and sent to Panama for a personal security detail. When he gets there, he is surprised to see that he is to be bodyguard for Honey as she tours coffee plantations. It doesn't take long for Smith to realize that the coffee plantation tour is a ruse and that much more is going on. Soon the action picks up, involving Smith and Honey with South American rebels, drug lords, a downed plane with CIA connections, nuns, an out of place American school teacher, and an ex-girlfriend who once left Smith for dead and is now determined to finish the job. I enjoyed the characters of Smith and Honey, and although their story ended satisfactorily, I would have liked the book to concentrate a bit more on their relationship. The other characters from the Steele Street series are mentioned, but only a couple have very brief cameo appearances in the book. This was a little disappointing, as I thoroughly enjoyed the way the previous books had more of the Steele Street characters involved. The new character of Alejandro Campos, apparent South American drug lord, was interesting. The book lets you know that he is clearly more than he seems, and I was intrigued when I read the preview of the next book in the back of this one and found out who he really is behind the drug lord persona. I look forward to reading his story in Cutting Loose.

  • Anita
    2019-03-23 18:52

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsNot a whole lot to say about On the Loose except that it was just as absurdly entertaining as the previous six books in this series.  I'm glad I jumped back into Steele Street.The difference between this book and the previous books, however, is that there really was a semblance of a plot, even if I'm still not sure what it was.  There was a direction, a conflict, a story, and a strange little romance with two people who didn't really make sense in real life.But I'll be damned if I didn't really admire and enjoy the presence of Honoria York-Lytton.  This girl has all the public, stereotyped makings of a bimbo socialite; but who turns out to be much more intelligent, and much more insightful than anyone gives her credit for.  With the name "Honey" and her consistent appearances in the society pages that splash her around as just another Paris Hilton-type, no one would ever take a second glance at her and think that she's capable of so much more than partying, spending money, and setting fashion trends.As C. Smith Rydell had put it, it takes a lot of forethought and guts just to pull all the adventure she ends up pulling, both in this current story line as well as the previous book's story line.  Little bits of pieces of her actions and behavior really DOES contradict her pampered, Park Avenue Princess image, and I loved that it gave us a better insight of this girl than even I had gotten from the introduction of her in the previous book.This woman doesn't make any sense on a societal level, but in some ways, it's kind of nice that she doesn't make any sense.  If any of my opinions make any sense...As for our hero, Smith... I suppose he's just your typical military hero with the penchant for neanderthal-like behavior.  I liked him enough, but not enough to wax poetic about him.Meanwhile, the drug lord, Alejandro Campos, was a lot more interesting to follow--which I'm glad about, since he'll be our next hero in the next book, along with Lily Robbins, the school teacher who decided to take a sabbatical and ended up running for her life and then into Campos's life.That will be an interesting pairing.Overall, On the Loose is a book that can be quite enjoyable, exciting, and entertaining if you don't give it too much thought.  Truth be told, it DID drag for a good while, especially whenever we hopped back and forth outside of Rydell and Honey's story tangent--there might have been entirely too much going on in this book.But it was a fun time, so I'm not complaining.On a side note, there was a lot less about cars and guns in this book than there has been present among previous books.  Though I suppose it's a little hard to talk shop about cars or guns when our main couple are in the middle of espionage.***Roll #32:  Luxury Tax says:  "Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!"The heroine is a wealthy socialite, millionaire heiress.Page Count:  403Cash Award:  +$15.00Updated Bank Balance:  $254.00

  • Quinn
    2019-03-23 15:09

    Hmmm. Not quite up to the standard I have enjoyed in the 'Crazy' part of this series. This one just didn't have the OTT, fun-filled, adrenaline-fuelled, crazy/sexy ride that you'll find in the earlier books. On the Loose was just a little too 'standard' for me. There wasn't enough to set it apart from all the other good RS books out there. Had I read this without knowing what I was missing in the other books, it might have achieved a higher rating. But I do, so it doesn't.Plus, I loved Honey and C. Smith Rydell in Crazy Sweet, so the fact that their book was lacking the magic of Janzen's signature style was a double disappointment.On the positive side, I thought Alejandro Campos was a fascinating character, and I'm really looking forward to his book, which I think is up next. I hope Janzen has her groove back on for that one, and has stopped taking her books too seriously.

  • Alex
    2019-04-16 17:10

    You know what, I liked this one. It was different than the others, didn't have the spark of the first four, the thing that sets them apart than other romantic suspense series which is the cars. These chop shop boys can get a girl all a'flutter with their earth-shaking engines and reformed bad boy smoothness, but the last two haven't had that snap crackle pop. This one was different, but it had something. I've liked Smith since our first glimpse of him with Kid Chaos, and I love that he's a part of SDF now. Bringing new blood is crucial to keeping any series going, and it's easy to fall in love with him. I love how his mind works, he's one of the funnier of the male leads, and his chemistry and banter with Honey is just this side of adorable. This book had a different element to it since they were in South America and not Denver, so it actually had more of a Cindy Gerard feel, whom I love, and I thought it worked it quite well. The introduction to Alejandro Campos was top notch, and that little nod and salute at the end will have you cheering for the next book.

  • TJ
    2019-03-20 16:08

    I've learned a very good lesson about Tara Janzen's series. One should NOT read them out of order. Each one has the main plot line and a very strong secondary plot (almost half the book). That secondary plot becomes the main story in the following book. Picking up one out of order leaves the reader totally lost because one is jumping into the middle of it. Unfortunately I learned this lesson with this book. I couldn't find "Crazy Sweet" (Steele Street #6) but had this one (#7). I just couldn't get into it because half the story had already been told in "Sweet". Aw well, live and learn...

  • ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
    2019-03-29 18:13

    Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 5 / Emotion: 4.5 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 4 / Suspense: 5 // Laughter: 14 / Tears: 0When I was reading Tara Janzen's Steele Street Series books back to back, had no idea that Janzen considered the 'Loose'-titled books a spin-off from the 'Crazy'-titled books. Not exactly sure what a spin-off entails, but these books felt like one continuous series to me. The conclusion made sense because I was excited about reading Smith and Honey's story, which was to be featured in On The Loose -- but met and loved them in Crazy Sweet. How is that a spin-off?In the six 'Crazy' books of the series Janzen interwove into the main story line a mini-romance involving future protagonists. Unaware of the spin-off, I was fully expecting to read two romances in On The Loose. Rather than write a mini-romance between the two characters that were to be featured in the next book of the series, Janzen choose instead to introduce the hero- and heroine-to-be and ignite a bit of interest between them as they played out their respective roles in Smith and Honey's story.Janzen again entertained the readers with the great chemistry and fun exchange between the couple introduced in Crazy Sweet, C. Smith Rydell and Honoria "Honey" York-Lytton. No couple in the series has created as many laughs as Smith and Honey. Absolutely love this couple. The only thing missing from the story was Smith's lists. Sure did enjoy his lists!Smith has been loaned to the DEA's Counterdrug Operations in Peru because they are looking for an inside leak in their agency. Smith and a young counterdrug agent (Rufio Cienfuegos) have located another drug lord's airstrip and were performing surveillance. Smith is shocked to find that the amazing pilot the agency is looking for is none other than Irena Polchenko, an ex-lover. He believed Irena was dead because six years ago her plane crashed and burned back in Afghanistan after she sold him to Jamal Abdurrashid, an Afghan battle lord, to finance her entry into the drug trafficking trade. Before Smith and Rufio could radio the supporting contingency to arrest the bad guys on the airstrip, Irena manages to escape.Smith is not a happy camper when he is pulled from his case to become bodyguard to none other than Honey York-Lytton. He knew she had strings to pull, but this was beyond acceptable. But the truth was that Honey's strings had been pulled; by none other than the Special Defense Force's behind-the-scenes leader, White Rook. She was being blackmailed to deliver weapons and a beat up, locked black briefcase to Alejandro Campos, a drug and arms dealer in El Salvador. (White Rook was mentioned in connection with Dylan back in Book Five, Crazy Love. One has to wonder if Janzen is setting up a suspenseful structure for future books.)Another truth was Honey wanted to make the trip to El Salvador because she has not heard from her sister, Julia Ann-Marie Bakkert (a perpetual do-gooder) in twelve weeks. Julia is a nun working for St. Joseph's Orphanage and School near Cristobal, close to the camp of governmental rebels, Cuerpo Nacional de Libertad. Honey had heard a rumor (from Father Bartolo) leading her to believe that Julia might be pregnant by the rebel leader, Diego Garcia (and knew it would not have been a consensual joining). Honey did not, however, reveal this fact to Smith -- she just keep shooting down his efforts to keep her from making the trip.As Smith and Honey travel to El Salvador to deliver the weapons and briefcase to ransom the governmental pouch that Diego Garcia confiscated from the plane that crashed near his camp, they renew their relationship. Neither Smith nor Honey have forgotten their short time together in San Luis. They have amazing, revealing dialogue. Instead of lists, Smith now has descriptive nicknames for his intelligent, wealthy, beautiful (but wealthy), girly-girl. Like: "Little Miss Cigar-Smoking Sparkle Toes".The suspense and action increase exponentially as two other vital participants make their point of view appearance. First, the pilot, Irena. Second, the drug lord, Alejandro.Irena is one brilliant, conniving, self-serving, cold-blooded bad guy (who has built a large, thriving drug-dealing business). She will let no one interfere with her riches and power, much less an ex-lover who was supposed to be dead (along with her most well-guarded secret). Irena calls in favors and spends thousands of dollars in her pursuit to assassinate Rydell. Not only is Irena a gifted pilot, she is also an incredible marksman. (Sure do seem to have a lot of female gunslingers in this series.)Irena is aided by two characters that play very minor roles in the story. Aristotle "Ari" Alexander Poulos, Irena's chief of security, is also a close friend and reluctantly joins her as she searches for Rydell. Irena sent her chief of operations, a former East German Intelligence officer, Hans Klechner, to take care of the other man that saw her on that hilltop near Cuzco.Since one of my compulsive behaviors is to collect all the books of a series before reading even the first one, it stands to reason (that by Book Seven) it was easy to pick up on Janzen's obvious hint about Alejandro Campos' true identity. Two facts made it obvious. Fact one: one of the original chop-shop boys disappeared years ago (Book Six, Crazy Sweet). Fact two: Alejandro was introduced in On The Loose as he was hot-wiring a car (thinking he was too old to be stealing cars in alleys). (Fact three: my personal Tara Janzen list, showing the order in which her Steele Street books should be read as well as listing the hero and heroine of each book.)One could not help but be charmed by Alejandro and awed by the razor-sharp edge he was walking. To successfully play the part of being a drug lord for so long spoke highly of his loyalty, honor and strength of character. Janzen also hinted to the reader that Alejandro would soon be giving up this role. Several of his close friends kept telling him it was time to leave, to go home.One more wrinkle was thrown into the works. Lily Robbins, a naive Albuquerque high school teacher, had traveled to St. Joseph's Orphanage and School to film their good works. Only she bit off more than she could chew. She filmed evil beatings and murders instead the warm fuzzy moments of nuns caring for orphaned children. Then the nun, Julia, sent her to a drug lord, no less, for safety when Diego Garcia came after her camera. Amazingly enough, she found the charming, gorgeous, flawed drug lord did make her feel safe and did, indeed, protect her from Garcia.After going to great effort to develop the many characters and multiple story lines of these numerous different factions, Janzen then leads them all to Campos Plantation, Morazán Province, El Salvador for a big, action-packed, spine-tingling, and a bit surprising finish.Janzen has written another top-notch winner! On The Loose has all the features that make for an interesting, enthralling read. {1} Action and adventure from start to finish. There is always something happening. {2} Edgy suspense following each action. Could not wait to see how Janzen was going to write her way out of all corners she got Smith and Honey into. {3} The romance was vivid. Smith had not called Honey since meeting her in San Luis four months ago, but he kept track of her, through the Washington Post society section, no less. Smiles here! Honey was just as enchanted with Smith. She spent so much time researching him that she found out what the "C" stood for. Warm fuzzies here! {4} The sexual chemistry between Smith and Honey was potent and spicy. They generated heat when they made love. Just wish they had made love more often.Janzen has obviously made her way onto my "Favorite Authors" list. Cannot wait to read next book.This review was written for Wolf Bear Does Books.

  • Karen L Gallagher
    2019-04-12 16:55

    I read this entire series a while ago. I liked the writing style, setting and characters. Fun, fast reads - all of them.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-30 19:57

    Ok, but not great. Someone who reminds me of Paris Hilton visits revolutionaries and drug dealers in Central America.STORY BRIEF:Honey is a wealthy socialite living in Washington D.C. Her sister Julia is a nun working in an orphanage in El Salvador. The orphanage is in an area controlled by Diego, the leader of a revolutionary military group. Because Honey has visited Julia before, the US government wants Honey to deliver money and arms to Diego. Honey wants to go because she thinks her sister might need her help. Smith is a US special forces soldier who is assigned to go with Honey to protect her. A second plot involves an enemy of Smith who is plotting and planning to kill him.REVIEWER’S OPINION:I didn’t like Honey or her decisions and actions. If she wanted to help Julia, she could have hired someone to find Julia and pass messages along. Putting herself at risk of being kidnapped for ransom didn’t work for me. In addition, Smith is putting his life on the line to protect her, yet she is not honest with him when he asks her questions about the trip. He tries to talk her into letting him go into the jungle without her, but she refuses and won’t tell him why. Aside from that, the story is ok. It took awhile to get going as the reader was meeting and learning about all the different players in the first half of the book. The second half was better. The best part was the ending. The book was ok, but it didn’t hold my interest as well as other books have. I prefer more witty conversation or things that surprise and delight me.DATA:Story length: 403 pages. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: one, 11 pages long. Setting: current day Peru, Panama, El Salvador and Denver, Colorado. Copyright: 2007. Genre: romantic suspense.

  • Sara
    2019-03-22 19:00

    It's astonishing how Tara Janzen is unable to write a book with an interesting main story. You usually get to know the characters through books where they're featured as the side story and get excited about reading their story. However, when their story finally comes out and you start to read it, it's not nearly as interesting as you thought it would be. I'm sorry to say that this habit if Janzen's was not broken in this book. The most interesting parts of this book was the story about Alejandre Campos. On the positive side, the story-line was interesting and kept you reading. I'm just dissapointed that Rydell's story wasn't as interesting as I had hoped it would be. Something that Tara Janzen could have done better is make the end situation more interesting and real. When the sniper had Honey in her sites there was no real fear coming off Smith. That could not have possibly been true. Smith didn't seem fazed by that turn of events and was just way too mellow to be witnessing the woman he supposably loved at this point in her last few minutes of life. That scene has so much more potential than the minimal attention that was actually give to it. Although, the fact that Campos knew the Steele Street boys was an interesting twist. That fact is what saved On the Loose from being just another mediocre romantic suspense.

  • Anita
    2019-04-02 18:47

    I loved this book. The Steele Street series just gets better and better. In order to truly understand Smith and Honey, you at least need to read the book before this one - Crazy Sweet. But, do yourself a favor and read them all in order. This book seems to shift away from the boys at Steele Street, SDF headquarters, and focuses on a mission in the field. I guess since all the Steele Street guys and gals got their HEA it was time to refocus the series. I miss them in this book, but look forward to see where this new direction takes us. Except for the last chapter, the whole book takes place in three days time. Like the other books in this series, the time frame is really short. I didn't like that at first, but since characters carry from book to book it is a different approach.C. Smith Rydell, a former DEA agent and not a SDF operative, is pulled off an important operation in Peru and sent to Panama City to be a bodyguard to Honey York, a rich society princess Smith met 4 months ago and saved her high society ass while doing something she had no business doing. Oh, and then there was the one night stand neither can forget. This time the CIA and the State Department are pulling out all the stops to regain a courier pouch and flash drive from a plane shot down in El Salvador almost right on top of Honey's Sister Julia's orphanage, in the middle of a civil war. The character of Alejandro Campos, mysterious drug trader and mysterious relationships of the players in the drug trade make for a lot of intrigue. Add to that a vengeful ex of Smiths, three nuns, an out for adventure high school teacher and you have a real great book.

  • PepperP0t
    2019-04-15 20:03

    C. Rydell Smith has woman trouble. Unfortunately, Irena Polchenko, ace pilot and one of the world's most wanted terrorists, is up and taking nourishment, not dead and buried as the powers that be hoped and she narrowly slips through Smith's fingers again. A one night stand with Honoria 'Honey' York-Lytton could've been so much more has to be re-examined now that she's in his life and in his care. When Irena finds out it was Rydell she narrowly escaped, it becomes her mission to find out why he didn't die when she arranged his assassination years ago, why he's escorting Honey through Panama and how quickly she can make him dead. Honey's being blackmailed into getting close to an out of control arms dealer and make a deal. Smith's got woman troubles alright ... he shouldn't have let either get away. Meanwhile both Honey and Rydell have thoughts and daydreams of what might have been and could still be between them. The arms dealer isn't quite what he seems and Irena has to be more creative to make her wish come true.This outing was far and away better than the last couple of outings for this reader's taste. The humor, action and a pretty fun adventure kept the leads busy and the chemistry between the sizzling. While there are touchbacks to the actual Steele Street team, this outing clearly begins a one step subset for the team's support personnel.Rating:3.5stars

  • Jessica
    2019-04-09 22:01

    After discovering that his ex-lover did not die in that plane crash after feeding him to the wolves, and is actually alive and well and involved in illegal trafficking in South America, Smith Rydell is confronted with another past flame, which he as been assigned to body-guard. Honey York is still the 5th Avenue princess he spent one wild night with four months earlier. And while blackmailed into closing a deal with a South American guerilla captain and drug lord for the US government, she is really there to see her sister, the possibly pregnant nun. Smith and Honey get a little help from a new character, another drug lord who is somehow connected with SDF, Campos. It is clear that he will be back in a future book, along with the teacher from Albuquerque who found herself in this mess of blood and death; money, drugs and weapons; religion and sex.In my opinion, this series is losing its steam. As much as I enjoyed the first few books, this one dragged on much longer than needed. There is a point when the author needs to say ‘enough!’Tara Janzen has not. I’ll give the book two stars, because it was not terrible. It just wasn’t that good either. I will most likely pick up the next book in the collection, hoping to go back to the excitement and action of the first few. But so far, ‘loose’ doesn’t have anything on ‘crazy’.

  • Juli
    2019-04-05 18:55

    I continue to enjoy Tara Janzen's stories and characters a lot. This one seemed to me like a spinoff with another overarching storyline that I'm interested in seeing playing out. It was a bit confusing with all of the characters and their machinations, and sometimes I couldn't figure out characters' motivations. As I knew she would, however, the author kept feeding us information and the story resolved into something that made a lot of sense. I enjoyed the fact that this one moved a tiny bit more slowly (48 hours instead of 24, I think) and the hero and heroine (who were great) actually got to catch a few hours of sleep! The only part I didn't enjoy as much was Irena - she seemed too perfectly evil with her perfectly booby-trapped lair (who built all that stuff and how did she keep them quiet? Did she kill them all? That's a lot of people) and her perfect shooting skills and her perfect henchmen who could consistently find information to stay ahead of the good guys, and of course she was perfectly beautiful :) I'm probably overthinking a bit. Looking forward to the next book!

  • Pattianne
    2019-04-13 17:14

    ON THE LOOSE - STEELE STREET #7 - (Zachary and Lily)He's a special agent who never loses his cool.She's the heat-seeking missle headed straight for his heart.Keeping cool under pressure is the credo C. Smith Rydell lives by. That�s why he was handpicked by the Special Defense Forces for a mission few men survive. So why has the ex-DEA superstar been reassigned to Panama City, playing bodyguard to a blond in a black string bikini? Except Honey York isn�t your average pampered socialite. She�s the woman Rydell caught smuggling cash into El Salvador four months ago. And now she wants him to take her back. All Honey has to do is find the guerrilla camp, deliver the goods, and get the hell out of the jungle�all in forty-eight hours. Only one man is up for the job. But sharing an unforgettable one-night stand was nothing next to being stranded with Rydell on some third world mountaintop. And with bullets flying and all hell breaking loose, now is not the time for passion. As if these two could possibly resist it�.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-19 17:07

    I’m just loving the Steele Street series from Tara Janzen. There’s such a great combination of action, romance, and smexy times. I really enjoy how she builds the world with each story introducing characters and adding on to the stories of previous characters. I loved how Smith and Honey met in the last story and was very excited to continue their romance in On the Loose. Honey may have absolutely no experience in spy work but when she’s tasked by the US government to retrieve important documents she knows there’s no one she can head in to the jungle with besides Smith. They may not have seen each other for four months but their connection is as strong as ever. I loved reading their adventures but I’ll admit, I didn’t think there was much actual romance between them. I didn’t feel how their relationship strengthened or deepen. I did enjoy how they bantered and their interactions, I just didn’t feel like it was a pre-curser to falling in love. But I still love the series and I can’t wait to continue!

  • Crista
    2019-04-08 17:00

    I really think this author's best might be behind her. Crazy Hot, Crazy Cool, Crazy Wild and Crazy Kisses were just great. Crazy Love was quite possibly the biggest let-down disappointment of my entire life as a reader (one that I'm still not over...bitter), and Crazy Sweet was just awful. I was really hoping that the "start" of the "continuation" of Steele Street would be a time of re-energizing for this author....not so much. The plot is complicated and there are just to many darn characters to keep up with. I didn't particularily care for either Honey or Smith, and the whole drug cartel, ex-lovers, CIA gone bad, nuns in trouble scene is just old and tired. I am officially done with this series and this author. I can't believe that I wasted my time on her last 3 books. How could something so good turn so horrible. I may reconsider if Janzen decides to re-write Crazy Love...otherwise....Goodbye.

  • Susan
    2019-04-11 16:11

    On The Loose is a roller coaster ride of suspense with several story plots that develop and come together into an explosive ending. The sensual undercurrents and different lifestyles between Smith and Honey will captivate the reader with steamy romance even as a complicated drama unfolds around them.I liked the sub-plots with the seedy characters all trying to out do the other, while all were focused on Smith and Honey’s complicated mission and how to use them for their own chilling reasons. This is a spin off tale from the Crazy series but can be read as a stand alone. Tara Janzen is giving a new mission to another group of Steele Street operatives which promises to be just as intriguing and spicy as her previous ones. It was great read full of danger, intrigue and romance and I enjoyed the ride.

  • Danielle Gypsy Soul
    2019-03-30 19:16

    4.5 Stars. Honestly I had almost given up on this series since I really didn't like the last book much and I was a bit disappointed in Dylan's book as well. However, I really loved Smith and Honey in the last book (In fact they saved that book for me) so I decided to go ahead and give this one a shot. I'm so glad I did! This is the reason I fell in love with this series in the beginning. The main characters aren't overshadowed by the secondary characters (although I really enjoyed them as well) and they stay true to the previous book. The romance was a bit more front and center although these books are always heavier on the action and suspense. The humor was also back in this book and I loved the interactions between Smith and Honey. So now I'm back to looking forward to the rest of this series.

  • Megan
    2019-04-04 20:50

    I really enjoyed Honey and Smith's story. The supporting characters didn't steal the show in this one, but provided enough incentive for me to want to jump right into the next book in the series. Unlike some of the other books in this series it felt like Honey and Smith acutally took the time to get to know each other (granted they jumped into bed the 1st night they met). Throughout the book Smith (Tara Janzen) notes the little things and BIG he is learning about Honey that make him fall more and more in love with her. Of course there is the love at first sight aspect of the story, but thats not all there was, like in some of the past books. Definately an worhty romance with intrigue and adventure.

  • Maggie
    2019-03-26 16:55

    Better than the last one, that's for sure. But these books are still getting less romancy and more action/adventure, and I don't like that at all.Loved C Rydell and Honey. Loved loved loved Honey. I loved that she was portrayed as this blonde bimbo party girl and ends up being completely awesome and more than that. This book was ridiculously unmoored. It needed to ground itself in ONE (or, god forbid, two) stories. There was just too many POVs and too many chapters where I was like, "Why are you telling me this? I don't care about this! Go back to C and Honey!" The whole Irena storyline was so superfluous it wasn't even funny. What the hell was that doing in there?

  • Kathrynn
    2019-03-31 17:53

    Ugh! This book had a lot of potential, but I do not like lengthy--extremely detailed--descriptions of fictitious drug lord operations. There was entirely too much inner thought(s) going on--page after page of inner thoughts of the characters and a lot of repetitiveness. There should have been more dialogue. When there was dialogue, I was interested in the story, but the bantering between the two main characters just got old. I had a difficult time staying awake to read this book and it took me...awhile to read because kept nodding off with all the lengthy descriptions. If you like lenghty descriptions this book is for you! It was not for me.

  • Karen Docter
    2019-04-19 19:52

    If you loved Tara Janzen's Crazy... series, you probably waited as eagerly as I did for the launch of her spin-off series with the release of ON THE LOOSE. It was worth the wait! Not only is the book as fun and sexy a read as I've come to expect from Janzen, she's reunited two characters I fell in love with in CRAZY SWEET who deserved their own story.Janzen specializes in writing compelling, to-die-for heroes and sexy heroines worthy of them. Rydell and Honey are no exception. Their romance sizzles off this page-turning action story.

  • Darcy
    2019-04-13 15:05

    I really liked Smith and Honey and their crazy pairing from the last book, so was excited to see them back for more with this book.The two of these people are so different from each other that you can't help but to laugh at them. Their sniping at each other was classic. I could have done less with the whole drug/rebels/who do you trust story line. It seems like for those life in this life things like that are common place.I did like the new characters that were introduced and hope that they are back for more.

  • marieno
    2019-04-11 20:54

    The book had great potential but didn't quite reach my expectations. Tara Janzen opened so many doors that she didn't close!When I learned about the new vilain Irena, I was so glad. She promised to be a real bad-ass. But was a softie, she almost made me cry! The relationship between Honey and C. Smith (you will learn what the C stands for) is not that great. But, as usual, new characters are introduced and you end up reading the next book. We meet Alexander Campos, a too nice drug lord (so he's not what he seems to be) and Lily Robbins a teacher on a sabbatical.

  • T.M. Carper
    2019-03-30 20:07

    First Tara Janzen book. Decent and fast-paced with interesting characters--a former DEA agent sent from an important mission to babysit a socialite and the socialite with a lot of secrets--and suitcases full of cocaine--that he ran into a few years before.400+ pages of fairly easy reading. All bits of Spanish are translated and drug-dealing Campos isn't as bad as he seems.Recommended for romantic suspense fans who like foreign settings.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-04 16:04

    Probably 3.5 but just because im comparing to the other series.This was a good action romance ... it wasn't as good as steel street but that would be hard to top.I cant wait to read the next one cause I liked both H & h.I really liked Honey and Smith in the last book and they were cute in this one too. A great story and seems a bit like troubleshooters with the couples being in each book.I loved steel street ;(

  • Erin
    2019-03-23 16:53

    A return to Janzen's best form: fast, funny, full of banter and sexy. There's just enough teasers for future storylines without taking away from the main story. Honey and Smith are my favorite Janzen couple so far. Both of them feel deeper and more textured than some of the other characters, especially Honey when compared to some other heroines. Using the silent hand signal in the jungle is a hilarious moment that sums up their whole relationship for me.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-10 19:57

    3.5 ★★★★Loved C. Smith Rydell & Honey York-Lytton together! The fact that Honey wouldn't take any of Smith's usual junk & that she made him feel and think things that he never had before was really fun to read. However, what I LOVED most about this book was the introduction of Alejandro Campos a.k.a. Zachary Prade, the long lost member of the Steel Street gang. Cannot wait to read his & Lisa's story!

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-02 16:03

    There were things that I really liked and things that I really did not like about this story. I love C. Smith Rydell and Honey. It was sweet and sad to find out what the C stands for. And I love the interactions between the two of them. I did not like the storyline with Irena. I'm sure that it is important for later, but I was not impressed with it. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about Alejandro and his upcoming story. Overall, I am pleased with Smith and Honey's story.