Loose and Easy (Steele Street, #9)
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Loose and Easy (Steele Street #9)

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He's the bad boy she always wanted.

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...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 20, 2009 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Whew! I'm glad I stuck with this one. After a real nice, fast start, this one quickly got bogged down in so many characters (thought I might need a scorecard) and so much detail, and nothing was really happening that I was losing interest rapidly. Luckily I decided to stick with it, and I'm glad I did. By around page 100, things started to take off, and the book then became hard to put down.

"Loose and Easy" was about Johnny Ramos (Skeeter Bang's pal), who was a minor character in the previous "C...more
Isis FG
Apr 20, 2009 Isis FG rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isis FG by: continuation of a series
I'm very glad I stumbled onto Janzen's Steele Street series back when the first book came out. It's such a great romantic suspense series with a fantastic group of characters, fast-paced plots, and sweet, sexy romances. I've enjoyed all the books, this one included, and look forward to future installments.

Loose and Easy is the 9th book in the overall Steele Street series (3rd of the Loose subset) and though you may be able to read this book on its own and understand most of it, this series reall...more
This lastest novel that ties into the Steele Street books was good, but was not one of my favorites of the series. The book was very fast paced, and all but a few pages take place within a twelve hour time period. This is typical of a Janzen book, but "Loose and Easy" was packed with so much action that I felt there wasn't enough space devoted to the romance and interactions between the hero and heroine. I loved both the hero and heroine, and liked what there was of the romance. I felt that thei...more
A Cyclone of a story - would have been appreciated.

Johnny Ramos is back after his third tour of duty and is looking for a little down time. He has news he has to deliver and isn’t looking forward to it. Leaving the bar, he spots someone he’d recognize anywhere; the object of his every fantasy: Esmee Alden. He can’t believe his eyes - no way the smartest girl in school is one the streets, turning tricks. Curiosity gets the better of him and he follows her.

Esmee, aka Easy, is all grown up. She’s a...more
I was very interested in reading Johnny's story. Ever since he was introduced back in the very first book Crazy Hot, his story intrigued me. I must admit, it started out a little slow but by the time I hit pg. 100 it was grabbed me & wouldn't let go. The chemistry between Esme & Johnny ignites off of the page and their long history with each other truly endears them as one of may favorite couples of the series. I love that Esme is a strong kick-ass female lead that knows when she has a g...more
Tara Janzen is one of the better writers of romantic suspense. Loose and Easy was a good, solid, entertaining read, but it was just missing the magic and awesomeness of the first couple of books in this series (I can't recall now why I didn't rate them 5 stars, but I can't in good conscience give this one less that 4 stars even though it wasn't as good as some of her earlier books).

Loose and Easy was something of a second-chance romance in amongst all the action sequences; and featured Johnny Ra...more
Jan 20, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read
LOOSE AND EASY - STEELE STREET #9 - (Johnny and Esmee)

He's the bad boy she always wanted.

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.

She's the good girl that got away.

Esmee had everything...more
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After drifting in another direction for awhile, here we're finally finding our way back to Steele Street with the help of Johnny Ramos' story. This is the kid that's been in the background for a lot of the stories. He's Skeeter's friend who is all grown up now and home from the Rangers and wants to be an official part of SDF. It all starts on one crazy night when he sees a hooker who couldn't possibly be Esme Alden, the good girl, valedictorian from his high school, who almost gave it up to him...more
Kara Jorges
Johnny Ramos has just returned home after his third tour of duty in Afghanistan when he sees the girl of his dreams apparently turning tricks. He can’t believe Esme “Easy Alex” Alden, class valedictorian, has sunk so low, so he abandons his beer and follows her. He finds out her hooker appearance has been a ruse from her real job as a private investigator, but it’s not much of an improvement. Her work still has her consorting with lowlifes and criminals, and her current caper is fraught with not...more
When this book started out I wondered what the catch was going to be, I didn't see that Esme would really be a hooker. I was happy to see just what the switch was.

It was also great to see Johnny all grown up. Of all the Steele Street boys, Johnny is one that seems the most connected to all aspects in Denver, he has the SDF guys, Loretta and the cops, and a major gang.

The first love aspect of this story was what made this story so attractive. It was fun to see them as kids and then to see their...more
This book is part of the Steele Street series but it could stand alone if you haven't read the series. I would recommend that you start from the beginning to understand all the little things about the book and to know the past characters' backgrounds. However you don't have to. This book introduces new characters once again. They weren't mentioned in the previous book, Cutting Loose, so this book had to take the time to establish them. It was very slow moving in the beginning. The main character...more
Finally, Janzen has the breathing room (400 pages as opposed to her usual scant 300) to get the job done. This is a very satisfying romance with a very satisfying suspense plot. Esme is a tough girl without being a generic "warrior princess" type - she has a lot to learn, but she's a good PI and isn't afraid to draw her .45. Her back story, of a father who is good at heart but fails at parenting due to his gambling problem, was totally believable. I'd put her up there with Honey in terms of Janz...more
From the title, one might think there is a whole lot more hot and heavy sex in this one. Not particularly. Actually less than usual. For this author. Still not PG-13! Janzen will always be R-rated and, doggone it, writes those sex scenes rather well...

And, really, how would these people have time to stop for sex with all the action taking place in one night? And what an adrenaline rush all that action is! The SDF team is macho as ever as Johnny and Esme (aka: Easy) rush to get the reward for ret...more
Another winner. This one was fast-paced and funny all book long. Johnny and Esme are so sweet! (Even tough the sex scene is not one of Janzen's best.)

They will encounter Baby Duce's gang (We met him in book 4) and an old man wearing a robe (I couldn't help but think about Hugh Heffner even tough this character is not a dirty old man.)

I liked that Esme's mother is not a cry-baby.

We're introduced to Dax Killian and he is the funniest character of the whole Steele Street series. I can't wait for...more
Tara Janzen has me sucked into her world of black ops, fast cars, and books that tend to make four to five hours disappear all at once.
This was a weak installment in many ways - so many holes I could punch through it and a lot of 'give me a break' moments too. The timeline is less than 24hrs, then we jump ahead 5months for the final chapter and a lot is left out in the open/unresolved.

You definitely can jump into these at any point - while some of the storylines overlap and characters pop up th...more
YES!! Thank you Tara Janzen for bringing back the best parts of the earliest books in this series! The past few books in the "Loose" series were so-so. They lacked the romance, suspense and all around cool factor of the first few "Crazy" books. HOWEVER, this book brought it back, thanks mostly to the fact that that the starring character is one that's been lurking in the background basically since the beginning of the series. I will say that it was very light on romance (there was no sex until t...more
I think this book should win an award for having the worst title and the worst colors. Ick, it is such an eyesore. Of course, there is the whole 'never judge a book by its cover' but still, its ugly. All of the other Loose books have had great covers as well as the ones in the Hot series. I don't know what happened with this. I think they were just like, "Oh hey, the book title is bad enough that people won't want to take it out in public, might as well use some bright obnoxious colors on it, to...more
Not really my brand of fluff. It felt like 2/3ds of the novel was introducing and gushing about characters from the other books in the series, she spent way too much time trying to convince the reader that these guys were SUPER COOL in high school, and every chapter followed the same pattern: start in the middle of some action, go into each character's thoughts about each other, which will alwys be mirror-images of each other's (or just plain identical), then end with a man thinking about how mu...more
Like other TJ books, this one takes the place over a ridiculously short amount of time--not that you'd notice the six-ish hours span. There's enough action to keep you occupied. Although, I'd like a bit more sizzle between the two leads and maybe a little less extraneous characters and bad guys. I get setting up for more books, but I came to the point where I just didn't care who was running drugs or stealing Nazi paintings or anything. It would have been very confusing if I'd took time to care...more
Enjoyed all of the books in this series and this was one of my favorites.
Ann Marie
I loved this Steele Street installment about Johnny Ramos, former gang member turned US Ranger, and Esmee Alden, valedictorian turned private investigator. This book takes off in the first chapter and speeds along with subtle intensity. All the characters are awesome and Janzen doesn't disappoint with the fiery buildup between Johnny and Esmee. Looking forward to the next "Loose" book installment.
This is another series that I love and have read twice! The muscle cars, the action and the romance. I like the way she builds the characters, people who may seem strange or stand-offish but are just like the rest of us once you get to know them. Again I read a book about every 3-4 days and don't know when the last time (that's right I have read this series twice so far) was that I read this.
Okay I admit it I downloaded the droid app for goodreads and was playing with the scanner and my bookshelf.
Loose and Easy was the first Steeele Street book I read and the fact that it is STILL on my bookshelf (and I have read literally hundreds of books since then) and led to my reading the entire rest of the series should be an indicator of how enjoyable a read it was.
I really like this series and will continue to read it but I have the same complaint with this book that I had with the previous one... the overuse of "Geezus" is getting ridiculous. It's distracting! I swear, I'm tempted to go through the book and tally it up every time a character mutters the word, but even I'm not that big of a nerd.
I just really enjoyed this one with the couple's history and style. And what a mess they are in for their meeting after several years! This fun and easy to read, great to see some of the old friends from other books and add to their character development and stories. Just great for me!
Shannon C.
Jul 01, 2012 Shannon C. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Very good romantic suspense with a nice amount of humor. I'm a sucker for a past teen crush meeting again as adults type of story! Loved the hero--a sexy, tough former Army ranger. I also liked seeing past characters from her earlier series.
Amanda Westmont
I shamelessly ADORED this book. It was fun and well-crafted and spicy. Not a HUGE fan of the title, but otherwise, I really couldn't complain about a single thing in this book.
Yara Zekry
The book was amazing and it was incredible how the story happened in such a short time and how it started right away with no boring introductions, but with flashbacks
This was a very fun book to read, mystery, intrigue, suspense, romance all twisted together to make for one of the more enjoyable books that I've recently read.
My FAVORITE romantic thriller series ever! it has everything a good romance needs adventure, twist and turns and of course hot men and women in love and lust.
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“Good God. Johnny freakin' Ramos. Out in the hall. Of course, out in the hall. Hell, he'd spent half his life out in the hall,especially at Campbell Junior High,especially during seventh-grade social studies call. She'd gotten sent out in the hall with him once, her one and only time in the hall ever, the two of them put there to "work things out", and her poor little thirteen-year-old heart had barely survived the experience.” 2 likes
“He'd kissed her, and she'd been poleaxed, frozen in place, because his mouth had felt like coming home. The taste of him, the smell of him, the sound of his breath-the slow slide of his tongue over and around and down the lenght of hers, it had all said, "Here's your place,girl,here with me.” 2 likes
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