Ok first off be prepared for one hell of a wild ride when you read this. This is the best warning I can give you for this book. It starts off somewhatOk first off be prepared for one hell of a wild ride when you read this. This is the best warning I can give you for this book. It starts off somewhat slow and picks up around four or five chapters in. Then oh boy the action and cast of characters storm you, and yes at times bowl you over. Agnes was sometimes too crazy for me to connect with. She doesn't exactly react to situations like a "normal" person would. Frying pans anyone? However, this could be why she was so fun to read about. Shane was simply hot. Really. I sincerely feel throwing a lot of words out for a description would be a waste of time. He's hot, that's all there is to that. Read the book, read about him. A key component of the book for me was how Shane kept doing little things for Agnes. Soooo completely thoughtful and sweet. When he took her To Do List and gets her a bridge (to hard to explain what that is all about) I melted. Mind you he is doing all this while he is dodging bullets, killing people in Agnes kitchen, and trying to complete his mission of killing Casey Dean. Yeah you could say the man has a full plate. Agnes and Shane's first sex scene was hot, hot, hot. The angry sex was wow factor. Once again not for the faint of heart. Towards the end the murder mystery and cast of characters gets a little convoluted. It was a little too much, could have trimmed some characters and story. Something should have went, either Casey Dean or the mob connections. This isn't a traditional romance per say but for people who like action with a man/woman relationship thrown in will quite enjoy it. And there is of course Crusie's quirky humor thrown in, making it that much more enjoyable. I seriously read this book in one sitting, once it gets going it is IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I was utterly absorbed into Shane and Agnes lives. Super fun, super chaotic read, and definitely a keeper for me....more
Wow, the prologue sets the tone for the whole series by introducing the characters and man o' man I can't wait to read about these boys! I love how RegWow, the prologue sets the tone for the whole series by introducing the characters and man o' man I can't wait to read about these boys! I love how Regan reacts in certain situations, like a normal person would. When Kid says "take someone out" it keeps tripping her up. Regan doesn't scream hysterically or anything when she has to deal with gun toting men or suddenly turn into Laura Croft either, her mind just keeps stumbling over itself thinking "oh he has a gun" then "Oh shit he really has a gun". There were tons of great one liners in this book. Tara Janzen knows how to write humor into her books really well. I did however, find myself checking twice to make sure this was the first book in the series because I kept feeling like I was missing some of the story. There was a lot of back story which probably could have been made into a whole other book. I have always been a muscle car lady and oh man the Camaro scene (pause as I wipe the sweat off my forehead) with the no backseat no problem scene; they use the hood with the car rumbling under them. I tip my hat to you Ms. Janzen for this, yes, yes I do. Greatest scene I have read in '09 hands down. At first I was kind of distracted by the Kid and Nikki (Regan's sis) romance, but then the conversation they have about her parents was a great downshift from one-liners, sex, and action. I could feel the connection they were building between themselves. (I cheated and looked to see if they were the next book but they're not until book4!! WTF!? I really want to cheat to see these two get together) Quinn Younger definitely moved into my category of favorite lead characters with his from the school of hard knocks, fighter pilot, to covert ops. He is a great "reformed" bad boy. This book was pure fun. Janzen writes the scenes so well I could visualize scenes like I was watching a movie and was completely lost in them. Think of this book as a Jean Claude Van Damme movie, you get beef cake, action, and completely unbelievable scenarios, but it won't be winning any Oscars. It will never be deemed a classic but damn if it wasn't entertaining.
Alright so right away I feel myself grinning as Kid comes into the picture, he is such a great character. I can only be described as Uber excited to rAlright so right away I feel myself grinning as Kid comes into the picture, he is such a great character. I can only be described as Uber excited to read this book Oooh, I dare anyone not to be moved when Janzen writes that he has two gold rings on a silver necklace around his neck. (They belong to Nikki's parents and if you read the previous stories you will understand the significance of this) When Nikki and Kid meet up again there is instant chemistry between them and they jump right into bed or maybe you would say jump right against the wall. When goons are chasing my favorite couple I like how Kid remembers that Nikki needs to talk when she gets nervous or stressed and lets her ramble on as he focuses on what needs to be done. Janzen does a nice job of showing how Kid seems to be a little insecure or uncomfortable with Nikki knowing what he does. When Nikki says her fiancé could never had killed those men, he thinks then he would have been dead and you too. Kid knows what he is, but seems unable to reveal any part of the black ops sniper side to Nikki. Oh god, I love how Kid keeps on focusing on her calling him a savage, that is how Nikki describes the "mode" he went into when he killed the three men sent to his house to kill him. Once again every problem this couple seems to have goes back to Kid not being able to connect being a soldier and being Nikki's boyfriend. Kid doesn't know how to keep Nikki but can't let her go. Sigh, Janzen has a real problem with focusing to much on the secondary story. In this case it was Travis and Jane who seemed to be butting into what I really wanted to be reading about, Kid and Nikki. This story wrapped up way to easily and cleanly, what about Nikki's hang ups about not knowing anything about Kid's job or him not being able to discuss anything with her? Janzen flaked out on this couple, she could have made this story incredible. Janzen had built them up to epic proportions in previous books only to fail on them in what was suppose to be their story. She focused on setting up a sequel for the character Travis (Nikki's angel model) too much. I know authors want to make money and entice the reader to buy the sequels but she didn't do Kid and Nikki justice because of this. Even so adding up all of the story written about these two, taking into consideration previous books, Kid and Nikki are definitely one powerful couple whom I completely connected with and are my favorite from the series so far. Kid Chaos and Nikki will stick with me for a long time, even if I have to expand their story in my own mind to be satisfied.
I forgot about C. Smith Rydell; liked him when he was Kid's partner in Crazy Kisses. Looks like he is the side story in this book since Janzen can't jI forgot about C. Smith Rydell; liked him when he was Kid's partner in Crazy Kisses. Looks like he is the side story in this book since Janzen can't just concentrate on one couple. I am really liking Mr. Rydell and almost wish this was his story. Even being a couple chapters in I just didn't get where Janzen is taking this story. I get Gillian wants to kill Royce (CIA agent gone bad) and I get Travis is in love with her. I didn't get the bondage sex scene between Gillian and Travis and as much as I am beginning to like C. Smith Rydell, his and Honey's story didn't blend in. I find myself getting mad at Gillian and Travis' story interrupting Smith's and Honey's, even though this is suppose to be Gillians and Travis's. Smith and Honey have a great rapport and what feels like some smoking chemistry on the way. So, I completely didn't get this book. There seemed to be more story about Smith and Honey than Gillian and Travis. I'm not even sure I get the story line of Gillian turning into a "superhuman". I definitely didn't feel connected to Travis and Gillian. To be completely honest if someone were to ask me to describe this book in one word, I would say retardo. Very mature of me yes, I know. Only Smith and Honey saved this book for me, and I am excited to read their story. Janzen has a branch off series from this one called "Steele Street-Loose" which is where we get their story. I think I am going to take a break from this series though and come back to it later. Janzen has disappointed me too much in these later books.
Once again great writing strategy to set the tone for the book with the prologue being a set of military orders to General Grant. Is it just me or doeOnce again great writing strategy to set the tone for the book with the prologue being a set of military orders to General Grant. Is it just me or does this kind of have a Charlie's Angels feel to it? The General Grant who we don't meet and then the men who go out and complete his orders. Ooh be still my heart a Dodge Charger, damn. Christian Hawkins gets major brownie points for driving this car around. Not to be to girly here but I loved the line about Christian having a "whole section of his brain with her name on it", it just made me feel mushy. I like how Janzen has the men pining over the women (in some cases over years) such a nice change! Alright I'm glad I didn't cheat and go straight to book 4 to read Kid and Nikki's story. It looks like Janzen is going to tease us with bits and pieces throughout the previous books until we get to their story. So don't cheat people. I have to admit that the cars almost steal the show for me in these books, I can't help it every time Janzen describes a car that rumbles I get all tingly. There is some comedic relief in this book, along with the one-liners Janzen is great at writing she has Christian calling Katya "bad luck" and "Godzilla in Tokyo". Ok Christian must love her because he is allowing her to eat and drink in his Dodge Charger! I don't let people do that in my Pontiac Sunfire. I feel like a broken record but Kid and Nikki again so amazing, the scene where Kid crumbles with Nikki after losing his brother almost had me teary eyed. I guess I either didn't connect well with Christian and Katya or they were not a strong enough couple to carry the story and distance themselves from the other couples Janzen has rockin in this book. This was a decent (just decent) book but only when placed in the context of the series. Christian and Katya were ok but Kid and Nikki definitely overshadowed them when it wasn't even their story.
Yowza you want to talk about an intense first chapter, it was crazy with Creed and Kid tracking the last two survivors of the men who held Creed and JYowza you want to talk about an intense first chapter, it was crazy with Creed and Kid tracking the last two survivors of the men who held Creed and J.T. (Kid's bro) captive. Alright I have to comment on this, enough with the "Geezus" and "Keerist" spell it out right. It has officially gotten on my nervous after 3 books of it. I'm really liking the character of Creed. He comes off being dark with the flashbacks to his captivity and torture in South America and the post traumatic stress from the experience and having his partner J.T. die. Janzen is did a really great job of molding Creed into a complex character who is interesting to read. Wow Janzen goes darker with this book, definite shift from the first book "Crazy Hot". That book could be described as light hearted fun, not so with this book. What is revealed that happened to Creed and J.T. in the jungle is not pretty. Reading about how Creed felt he had to "bear witness" to what happened to J.T. had my eyes tearing up. Good God the cars just keep getting better and better, Creed drives a cherry red black stripped Chevelle (insert swoon here). A sweet story is revealed about Skeeter and Hawkins, author seems to be setting up another love connection between Skeeter and Dylan, can't wait to see where that one leads. Even after I finished the book I am still sort of wondering why or how Creed and Cody got together. I will give some leeway though for not being impressed with this book or couple; I felt like I was rushing through this book to get to the next (Kid and Nikki's story) Although this book started off super strong and Creed was an intense character it was a bit of a disappoint to me, not a strong couple, a meandering storyline, and not nearly enough of the Chevelle.
B- and C (I honestly couldn't decide, the first half B- and second part C) ...more
There is nothing like watching a good man fall for a woman and Dylan Hart falls hard for Skeeter Bang. And yes I know what you are thinking and yes itThere is nothing like watching a good man fall for a woman and Dylan Hart falls hard for Skeeter Bang. And yes I know what you are thinking and yes it took me a while to get used to the name Skeeter Bang also. Oh my god can we please get a woman for Travis, Janzen has hooked him up with a different woman in each book. I am getting tired of Travis encroaching on what is suppose to be the main couples time. I like how Dylan's phobias are leeches and his mother. Hahahha, nice comedic moment. After 3 books and endless avoidance, all it took was little bit of sodium pentothal to get Dylan to say he loved Skeeter. Sodium Pentothal every girl should have some. Janzen wraps these stories up so quickly that it leaves my head spinning sometimes and I feel like I missed something. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this couple. They had great chemistry but Janzen seemed to want to put to much into the crime part of the story, so the book felt a little disjointed to me. This book wasn't a keeper for me but I did love the last two lines of the book (Big grin on my face here)very nice Janzen.
Holy cow! The first two chapters of this story are intense. I like how Leigh brings all the characters from previous books back and seems to be introdHoly cow! The first two chapters of this story are intense. I like how Leigh brings all the characters from previous books back and seems to be introducing new ones. Dare I get excited for sequels? (I'm thinking I would like a story about "Hellraiser") I can't wait to see how Micah pushes pass Risa's pain. This book is pretty dark and might not be for some people, the storyline of how Risa was treated under her father's watch is very heavy. Leigh puts the reader through an emotional ringer until Risa finally allows herself to be "strong enough to cry". There are definitely some sex scenes which will raise your temperature, if you are a blusher you probably don't want to read this book in a public place. However, if you have read Leigh's other books in this series, this book will seem mild. I really love this series Leigh has going; the first series is what she calls "Tempting SEALs" and then branches off to "Elite Ops". They share the same characters with the Tempting SEALs team "Durango" doing backup work for the Elite Ops team. The whole idea of Elite Ops being "dead men" is so completely sinister genius. There are so many players playing so many roles but Leigh writes it so that it is easy to follow. I am so excited for more books to come out. (Mac Knight, could we get his story please!) I didn't connect with Micah as well as I did with the others; Kell, Noah, and Ian. (All three of those men's stories were definite keepers for me, you should read them!) This book turned out to be more like a building brick to me; it was a nice addition but in the end I felt like I was just reading this to get onto the next part of the story in the series, which I hope Leigh comes out with soon! Final conclusion is that it wasn't a keeper for me but helped to progress and add some serious interest for the rest of the story involving the Elite Ops men. I just cheated and looked at Lora Leigh's page and saw that her next book comes out in Sept. 09 with "Heatseeker". I just knew John and Bailey were going to end up together, you'll meet them in "Maverick" and be in anticipation for the ass kicking they will probably give each other in "Heatseeker". Lora Leigh has a great storyline rocking here that could go on for a long time, well at least long enough for me to get "Hellraiser" and Mac Knights story!