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On the Loose

(Steele Street #7)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,184 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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 b
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
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Rating: 3.5 / 5

I'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"
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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 Salv
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Not 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 da
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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 g
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Karen L Gallagher
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire series a while ago. I liked the writing style, setting and characters. Fun, fast reads - all of them.
Edinburgh Pam
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Far too complicated for its own good. Not the best in the series which is a shame as I liked the character development of Honey and C Smith.
Jane Stewart
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Ok, but not great. Someone who reminds me of Paris Hilton visits revolutionaries and drug dealers in Central America.

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 m
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 t ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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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 d
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Contempo romance/suspense
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 re ...more
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Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 document ...more
Mar 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
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. Thatâ��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 isnâ��t your average pampered socialite. Sheâ�
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 t
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. Thi
Danielle Gypsy Soul
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) ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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 an ...more
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
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..
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Karen Docter
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 sizz
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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!
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, steel-street
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.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
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 ;(
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“We’ve got to stop meeting like this.”
“No, we don’t.” He liked meeting like this, over her bare ass, a hot-off-the-presses copy of the Rocky Mountain News, and a steaming cup of coffee. It was so perfect, he planned on doing it every day for the rest of his life. He just hadn’t told her yet.”
“You’re staring at my ass.”
“Yes, I am.” It’s what he did in the mornings, when she woke up and spent the first hour lying around in bed.”
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