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Crazy Sweet

(Steele Street #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,354 ratings  ·  58 reviews
During a secret mission gone bad, covert operator Gillian Pentycote ceased to exist. Held captive by a madman, shot full of drugs that stole her memory, Gillian survived. Now, with a new identity and nothing to lose, the woman who calls herself Red Dog has gone from bookish secretary to sizzling-hot hired gun. And she has one plan: to find the man who shattered her life an ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Dell (first published 2006)
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Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Two-haiku review:

She's very damaged
Now she's a stone-cold killer
He cares, blames himself

Least fave of series
Sorry for her, but don't like
Still tons of action
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksfree-com
I love this series, and although Crazy Sweet wasn't my favorite of the books, it was engrossing and enjoyable. This book focuses almost equally on two couples - Travis James and "Red Dog" Gillian Pentycote, and C. Smith Rydell and Honoria "Honey" York-Lytton.

Gillian Pentycote was kidnapped and given a mind altering drug which robbed her of her memory in the previous novel. Now, two years later, she is known as "Red Dog," and she works as a mercenary, sometimes for SDF, sometimes for others. Her
May 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
No, No, No! This book is all wrong. What a horrible "end" to the Crazy series. I hear that Steele Street continues with the Loose series, but after the last two disasters, I think I'll read the reviews before taking anymore of my time only to end up disappointed.

I have to admit that I'm still not over Crazy Love...Dylan and Skeeter got the big shaft!!!! I need to move on, but aghhhh!

I guess when the dust all settled, I'm just not into a scatterbrained, ditsy professor turned cold-blooded, ruth
Thank goodness there were two other secondary characters other than Gillian and Travis in this book. Those two could just possibly be my who-gives-a-toss hero and heroine so far. I didn't really care that Gillian was on a suicidal personal vengeance mission, still didn't care that three other SDF operators were out all night trying to stop her and most definitely didn't care that she got shot herself in the end.

I am giving the whole 3 stars to Honoria and Smith. I lurved how they got stuck toget
Can a book jump the shark? Yes! Can there still be fun had? Absolutely, the problem is it doesn't happen here.

Humph, General Grant's mild mannered secretary, Gillian Pentycote, had been kidnapped, given an experimental drug that wiped out all memories except four, one of which is the renegade CIA agent that arranged the kidnapping but got away during the rescue, adopted her alter ego name of Red Dog is partnered with former model, Travis James that was taught to shoot to protect himself are now
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May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 5 // Action: 5 / Emotion: 5.5 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 4 / Suspense: 5 // Laughter: 20 / Tears: 5

Avidly reading "The Steele Street Series," one book right after the other. Each book has been great. But Book Six, Crazy Sweet, was awesome. Once I started reading, I did not want to put it down (for any reason: to feed the dog, to sleep, etc.) This book deserved the big 5.0 rating. It so engaged my emotions that I had to give the emotional aspect of the book a 5.5 out of 5.0.

Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sixth instalment in the Steele Street series, was the perfect book to read after the last two thriller type books. This was a great escape and if you enjoy your romance suspenseful and steamy and your women as tough as your men then this series is for you.
Action packed with baddies and good guys that save the day, was ideal for a winters weekend relaxing.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sort of a spy novel akin to the formulaic series on television only the plot was flimsier and the romance was thicker. I'm not sure who the audience is..... I struggled to finish the book simply because it was that hard to remain interested. There are simply better books out there.
Karen L Gallagher
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this entire series a while ago. I liked the writing style, setting and characters. Fun, fast reads - all of them.
Terrible writing, plot development and characters.....I'm really, really, really disappointed in this book!! This series and characters deserved better!!!
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the cars in these books. This time it was Adeline. I also like how there are multiple storylines going on at the same time. Ready for book 7.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3+ stars
Order Title
1 Crazy Hot
2 Crazy Cool
3 Crazy Wild
4 Crazy Kisses
5 Crazy Love
6 Crazy Sweet
7 On the Loose
8 Cutting Loose
9 Loose and Easy
10 Breaking Loose
11 Loose Ends
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've been trucking along with the Steele Street stories having a grand ol' time, but I have to say that for me, this one was a speed bump. After Crazy Love I was really looking forward to Red Dog and Travis' story. Travis' transformation alone has been kind of out there, but still within the realm of "Okay, I get it" because he still holds on to those characteristics that were him down to the marrow like the meditation and laid back attitude. He's just also been changed ever since he shot a man ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
As long as you go into this book NOT expecting the stories of Travis and Gillian, aka. Red Dog then the book is enjoyable.
The story definatly seems to focus on C. Smith Rydell during a trip to El Salvador. Janzen herself seems not at all interested in Travis and Gillian's stories because she constantly drifts off when she's narrarating their stories. Basically, out of the 300 or so pages in this book only 75 are dedicated to Red Dog and the Angle boy.
Other than the beginning dissapointment, I
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-supense
This book is just jam packed with sex, dangerous situations, lots of action, and that is just the first 100 pages. The rest you will have to read for your self. I think that Tara Janzen is a very underappreciated author and it is a real shame she hasn't written anything since wrapping the Steel Street series in 2011.

Gillian, Admin Assistant to General Grant, was given a mind wiping drug that destroyed her memory at the end of Crazy Love. This book picks up two years later and we find her transf
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 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
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Still love that rough and tough Steele Street team. Nothing will stop me from enjoying this gloriously unrealistic series.

This book was a little less fun than the previous in the series for a number of reasons. First, the sex scene between two characters was kinky to the point of gratuitousness. This is because of the lack of emotional availability of one of the participants. The participant is willing but emotionally...nothing. Sensation only. When a character has that flaw an emotionally satis
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Steele Street series because they have super sexy, alpha heroes and heroines that kick ass and can bring those heroes to their knees. This is definitely not a series you can jump in on so if you haven’t read the previous books, Crazy Sweet is going to be a little difficult to understand. Our hero, Travis, has been around since book 1 and has slowly integrated himself in to the world of SDF and has become a valuable asset to the team. Gillian had just left Arizona for a new lif ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Gillian Petycote has not only lost her memories after being kidnapped and injected with a uber-truth serum but developed into the ultimate assassin, and the only thing she remembers are the two bad guys who did this too her and the Angel who saved her. Travis, the newest member of Steele Street and part time nude male model in Nikki's Angel series, is Gillian Petycote (now Red Dog) savior. Using his almost complete doctorate in psycology, sexual imprinting, he's the only one who can keep her fro ...more
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
I have liked this whole series. I think the reason for a lot of the below average reviews is because Ms. Janzen changed her style in this book. In past books, she's had two lead characters that are involved in the action and the romance. However in this book, she doesn't do that. There are actually four lead characters. She uses Angel and Red Dog as the action and Honey and Smith as the romance. If you look at it that way then I think you'll enjoy the book a lot more. Many were just upset that A ...more
Mar 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
CRAZY SWEET - STEELE STREET #6 - (Travis and Gillian)

During a secret mission gone bad, covert operator Gillian Pentycote ceased to exist. Held captive by a madman, shot full of drugs that stole her memory, Gillian survived. Now, with a new identity and nothing to lose, the woman who calls herself Red Dog has gone from bookish secretary to sizzling-hot hired gun. And she has one plan: to find the man who shattered her life and take him down for good.

Special agent Travis James has the same plan, e
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I've read several of the Steele Street books and liked them for their fast pace, their gritty depiction of heroes who operate just this side of the law performing secret missions for the government while driving souped-up classic cars, and their hot, sexy romance between the leads. This book delivers much of the same, but the ending disappointed me. The pace here is page turning, switching between the secondary plot of C. Smith Rydell and his "Honey" York, and the Angel and Red Dog romance. Hone ...more
This was really C Smith Rydell and Honey York's prologue. It was. Travis and Red Dog/Gillian didn't have the arc that C and Honey did. I also really didn't like Gillian. I didn't connect with her, and didn't feel that there was anything there for me to like. Then, because I felt that way, I didn't understand why Travis DID like her, and that made me dislike him as well. What HAPPENED to him, anyway?

I absolutely did not buy their "romance" (mostly because their romance consisted of two sex scene
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Steele Street fans, contempo romance
At the end of the last installment of the Steele Street books, Gillian aka Red Dog was tortured by a sadistic doctor in a white room. The drugs injected into her body caused amnesia. She spends the next two years tracking down the man who told the doctor which drug to use that one faithful night. But now, she’s gone too far… This time, she left her calling card. Literally. And the ex-CIA agent turned rogue is ready for the fight she has been preparing for.

At the same time, a few thousand miles
Danielle Gypsy Soul
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
By far my least favorite of this series so far. We had two decent, normal people who have become hard core killers who are able to take down the bad guys without a problem. I didn't buy the whole Gillian becomes Red Dog or maybe I just didn't like Red Dog. Not sure what Travis saw in her either since she clearly didn't give him much other than sex. I just didn't buy the relationship between the two of them and didn't care all that much for Red Dog's vendetta. The only saving grace of this book w ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
A bit uneven. Janzen does best when she's funny, and Travis and Red Dog are not funny. Their relationship is perhaps a bit dysfunctional, which could have made for a great story, but there were too many pages dedicated to the secondary romance for that to happen. I wanted to see Red Dog change more. I like how much Travis has developed over the course of the series, but Red Dog was definitely shortchanged.

On the other hand, the Smith/Honey storyline was sharp and funny, more what I'm used to fr
Loring Church
May 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Wasn't as enthralled in this last book of the series, because my favorite characters stories had already been played out. So, this was more like a book that stood alone to me, even though previous characters were sprinkled in. For me the Crazy series ended with Crazy Love.
I was hoping Red Dog would get her "kill" and it didn't happen, ugh! That was her whole purpose, she was willing to break all the rules and leave the man she loved to do Royce in, and it never came to pass.
I was more interest
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
End of series...and my least favorite because I didn't agree with the choice of love interest for the main character. Travis deserved much better than what Gillian had become after losing her memory. He really should have left her instead of staying with her out of guilt and knowing she was no longer emotionally capable of connecting with anyone. Quite a disappointing pairing on this one. Much better plot line with the secondary love story between Rydell and Honey. Will still read the offshoot o ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I was very sad with this book. Gillian was a mess before, but super sweet so different from Red Dog that a person could be. I didn't like Red Dog, she was so harsh and focused. I know why she is like this, but it doesn't make me like it.

I did like that Travis was still there for Gillian. Their relationship was definitely an unusual one, but it seemed to work for them.

The whole storyline with Smith was both boring and funny. Honey grew on me as we got to know her. I am hoping there will be a fut
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