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  New York Times Bestselling Author Tara Janzen  

"BAD BOYS ARE HOT, AND THEY DON'T COME ANY HOTTER THAN THE STEELE STREET GANG!" Romantic Times

Loose Ends

LOOSE ENDS
Steele Street, Book 11
ISBN: 978-0440246107
January 2011

NEW YORK TIMES #31, 02/13/2011

Reviewer’s Choice nominee for BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE – Romantic Times 2011
Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense 2011 – Romantic Times

"Hang onto your seat for the ride of your life throughout this thrilling, sexy book." Fresh Fiction

WHITE-HOT, DOWN-AND-DIRTY PASSION IGNITES WHEN A SEXY SOLDIER ENCOUNTERS AN IRRESISTIBLE THIEF WHO’S CHANGED HER WAYS.

Six years ago, the Special Defense Force mourned the loss of J.T. Chronopolous. Now the striking soldier is back with scant memory, a new name – Conroy Farrel – and one single mission: to bring down SDF. But SDF has its own plan: get him back at any cost.

HE’S THE PERFECT WARRIOR.

And so they’ve set a trap for Con, a trap that Jane Linden accidentally steps into. With darkness falling and the night heating up, Con finds himself on the run in an oddly familiar 1967 Pontiac GTO with a drop-dead-gorgeous brunette named Jane by his side. Who she is, he doesn’t know. Or does he?

SHE’S THE ONE WOMAN WHO CAN TAKE HIM DOWN.

Jane certainly hasn’t forgotten him. When she was a teenager, he caught her picking his pocket. Now the former street thief is all grown up and gone legit – and the effect she has on Con is all too clear: pure, sweet longing. Con’s not sure if Jane is there to save him or to take him down. But one thing’s certain: With desire leading the way, all bets are off.

PLAYLIST:

Jane Second Chance by .38 Special
J.T. Extreme Ways by Moby
Neela Drifts by Brian Tyler (from the movie “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift)
And for Dylan in Chapter One Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan

 


Breaking Loose

BREAKING LOOSE
Steele Street, Book 10
ISBN: 978-0440244707
July 2009

NEW YORK TIMES #34, 08/16/2009

4 ½ stars from Romantic Times

“BREAKING LOOSE is an enthralling story…Fantastic story, memorable characters and an ending that leaves you breathless, Tara Janzen delivers a top-notch read.” Night Owl Reviews

SHE’S THE COOLEST SECRET AGENT EVER TO HEAT UP A MISSION.

No one’s ever seen it.  Everybody wants it.  That’s why the government has just unleashed its secret weapon.  Drop-dead-gorgeous art dealer Suzi Toussi has been tapped for the toughest mission of her career: to locate the Memphis Sphinx, an ancient artifact rumored to possess otherworldly powers.  Tracking it to Paraguay means going up against Dax Killian, the sexy special ops agent who’s planning to snatch the coveted relic right out of her hot little hands, if he can find it first...

HE’S THE BAD-BOY EX-SOLDIER WHO’S TAKING HER DOWN.

Dax first spotted her outside a seedy bar – in three-inch heels and a too-tight dress.  He’d know those curves anywhere.  But what was Suzi doing in a hellhole like Ciudad del Este?  Dax knows the answer: the Sphinx. 

SIN AND DANGER COLLIDE WHEN THE WORLD’S HOTTEST SECRET AGENTS COMPETE FOR THE PRIZE EVERYONE IS LUSTING AFTER...

Suddenly the game is on – and only one of them will walk away with the prize. With the Sphinx surfacing and passion taking Suzi and Dax under, they’re headed for a showdown that could reveal the secrets of the ages...or expose them to the hottest danger of all.

PLAYLIST:

Suzi Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis (So perfect for Suzi)
Dax I Go To Pieces by Peter and Gordon (And of course, a little Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight)

 


Loose and Easy

LOOSE AND EASY
Steele Street, Book 9
ISBN: 978-0440244691
August 2008

NEW YORK TIMES  #33, 09/14/2008

Amazon’s TOP TEN Romances of 2008

4 ½ stars TOP PICK Romantic Times
2008 ROMANTIC SUSPENSE nominee  Romantic Times

"Edge of your seat excitement...a must-read if your heart can take it!" Fresh Fiction

“Sexual tension crackles and snaps…Crossing and double-crossing is on most of the character’s agendas, which keeps the pace fast and the action sharp…Janzen’s place in the romantic suspense pantheon is assured.” Romantic Times

HE’S THE BAD BOY SHE ALWAYS WANTED.

A Special Ops soldier trying to stay out of trouble, 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 WHO GOT AWAY.

A private investigator up to her gorgeous neck in trouble, Esmee had everything planned down to the last detail: dressed in disguise, she’d recover a stolen painting and pay off her dad’s ruthless bookie.  Until Johnny Ramos, her high school crush, blows into town and nearly blows her cover.  Now Esmee, a P.I. and an art-recovery expert, has a mother lode of bad guys on her trail...including the one bad boy she always wanted: Johnny.  But passion will have wait.  Because when bullets start flying, suddenly they’re on the run, playing it fast and loose – and heading straight into the line of fire...

PLAYLIST:

Esmee Hes So Fine by The Angels
Johnny Twilight Zone by Golden Earring (I loved this song for Johnny!)

 


Cutting Loose

CUTTING LOOSE
Steele Street, Book 8
ISBN: 978-0440243854
December 2007

4 ½ stars from Romantic Times

"Tara Janzen once again takes readers on a nonstop thrill ride...Do not miss CUTTING LOOSE!" Romance Reviews Today

"This novel is smoking in the extreme!" Romantic Times

A SECRET AGENT IN SO DEEP, NOBODY CAN FIND HIM.

CIA operative Zachary Prade made his name taking out world threats.  But now he’s tracking a very different kind of danger, and her name is Lily Robbins. 

SHE’S GOT SOMETHING EVERYBODY WANTS.

Lily holds the key to a valuable encoded file that’s about to fall into the wrong hands.  All Zach has to do is retrieve the key and forget the rain-soaked beauty who came to his Central American plantation seeking shelter from more than the weather.

A MISSION SO HOT, IT’S OFF THE CHARTS.

Lily knows him as Alejandro Campos, the seductive drug lord who saved her life in El Salvador.  Now, back in the U.S., hunted by spooks and assassins, Lily has to trust Campos again.  Except his name isn’t Campos, and he’s arousing a passion so hot, it’s criminal.  That is, if they can survive long enough to enjoy it...

PLAYLIST:

Zach Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
Lily Lovefool by Cardigans

 


On the Loose

ON THE LOOSE
Steele Street, Book 7
ISBN: 978-0440243847
October 2007

4 stars from Romantic Times

"A wildly romantic thriller."  Booklist

“Nonstop action, a mysterious mission and a rekindled romance make ON THE LOOSE a winner.” Romance Reviews Today

A COOL-AS-ICE SPECIAL OPS HERO.

Keeping cool under pressure is the credo C. Smith Rydell lives by.  That’s why he was handpicked by Special Defense Force for a mission few men could survive.  So why has the ex-DEA superstar been reassigned to Panama City, playing bodyguard to a blond in a black string bikini?

AN ADVERSARY SO HOT, SHE’S CODE RED.

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.

THEY’VE GOT FORTY-EIGHT HOURS TO SAVE A CIA MISSION GONE BAD.

All Honey has to do is find the guerrilla camp, deliver the goods, and get the hell out of the jungle.  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 the bullets flying and all hell breaking loose, now is not the time for passion.  As if these two could possibly resist it...

PLAYLIST:

Prologue Wasteland by 10 Years ( I could really see the plane sweeping down out of the sky as I listened to this)
Honey Maybe You've Been Brainwashed, Too by The New Radicals (the hip-swaying beat and the tongue-in-cheek irony of the song were so perfect for her :)
C. Smith

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

On the Dark Side by Eddie and the Cruisers

 


Crazy Sweet

CRAZY SWEET
Steele Street, Book 6
ISBN: 978-0440242796
October 2006

4 ½ stars from Romantic Times

“Exciting and adventurous suspense with nonstop action that will keep readers riveted.  I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to read more.”  Romance Reviews Today

IN A TOP SECRET MISSION, SHE’S THE PERFECT BAIT.

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.

ONLY ONE MAN SAVE HER.

Special Defense Force operative Travis James has the same plan, except he has rules to follow – and using the gorgeous amnesiac as bait isn’t in them.  So Travis must play a dangerous double game of his won. 

LIVING ON THE EDGE HAS NEVER BEEN HOTTER.

He knows Red Dog will do anything to lure the ultimate criminal to her side and exact revenge.  But from Central America to a Colorado showdown, Travis has his priorities locked and loaded.  He’ll kill the bad guy, but only if he can save the beauty – and never, ever let her go...

PLAYLIST:

Gillian/Red Dog Bad Love by Lita Ford (so sultry, so Red Dog)
Travis Far Behind by Candlebox (possibly my most favorite song of all time for a character who feels like my best friend)

 


Crazy Love

CRAZY LOVE
Extended Version from original paperback - New Chapters in this Ebook Edition
Steele Street, Book 5
ISBN: 9781301313662
October 2012

"Every time I read a book from the [Steele Street] series, I think there's no way Ms. Janzen can top it. Of course, she does...another dangerously thrilling and sexy romantic suspense." Fresh Fiction

"Driving action and adventure laced with passion add up to big-time fun." RT Book Reviews

HE’S A SPECIAL OPS MASTERMIND. NOTHING GETS UNDER HIS SKIN.

Cool, calm, collected, and going down for the count, Dylan Hart knows better than to take the bad girl of his fantasies on his latest mission. He’s out to steal an incriminating file out of a U.S. senator’s mansion in Washington, D. C., and he’s got everything under control...

UNTIL A STREET-SMART HEARTBREAKER IN A PINK SWEATER AND BLACK LEATHER TAKES HIM FOR THE RIDE OF HIS LIFE.

Skeeter Bang grew up on the streets, and she knows the smooth operator of her dreams is in trouble up to his neck. She’ll steal the file and do her darnedest not to fall head over heels in love, but when the bullets start flying, two hearts are on the line and all bets are off.


Crazy Love

CRAZY LOVE
Steele Street, Book 5
ISBN: 978-0440242789
June 2006

4 stars from Romantic Times

“Readers [will] instantly bond with [Janzen’s] characters.  Driving action and adventure laced with hot passion add up to big-time fun.” Romantic Times

HE’S A BAD-BOY SPECIAL OPS HERO.

Government operative Dylan Hart has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man.  But no nemesis could have prepared the Special Defense Force commander for the newest member of his team.

SHE’S TOO HOT TO HANDLE.

A street-smart heartbreaker in Day-Glo pink and black leather, Skeeter Bang has been recruited to aid and abet Dylan’s latest mission:  Steal a top-secret file and bury it before all hell breaks loose.

GIVING IN TO TEMPTATION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE DANGEROUS.

Teaming up with a man who may be the last bona fide defender of the free world is a risk Skeeter’s ready to take.  Until a black-tie Washington soiree erupts in a bullet-flying free-for-all.  Now Skeeter’s got danger on her trail and Dylan arousing every bad-boy fantasy she ever had.  Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is about to plunge one man and woman straight into the line of fire...and sizzling passion...

PLAYLIST:

Skeeter Get It On by T. Rex (all that "hub cap diamond star halo" thing :)
Dylan

What is Love from the Night At The Roxbury soundtrack (this isn't so much Dylan as the state he was in during those twenty-four or so hours of the book)

On the Dark Side by Eddie and the Cruisers

 


Crazy Kisses

CRAZY KISSES
Steele Street, Book 4
ASIN: B007N8SGGW
BN ID: 2940014250337
March 2012

4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

"Sultry sex, harrowing adventure, fantastic characters - what more could you ask for?" Fresh Fiction

HE’S GOT A BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD – AND A WOMAN ON HIS MIND.

Special Ops soldier Kid Chaos Chronopolous is at the top of a Colombian drug lord’s hit list – with good reason.  Under orders and undercover, Kid has been on a mission of revenge, taking out his brother’s murderers and the drug lord’s top lieutenants.  Now, broke down and patched up, he’s coming home to Panama City to get out of the line of fire and get some rest.  Then he finds a bikini bottom in his bathroom, a familiar scrap of next-to-nothing that can only belong to one woman - his woman, the only woman he’s ever loved.

TOGETHER, THEY’RE A DEADLY COMBINATION.

Together, they’re a train wreck, scorching, sultry nights of passion followed by Kid leaving and breaking Nikki McKinney’s heart every time.  She’s only come to Panama to say her last goodbye.  But Kid’s mission puts her squarely in the crosshairs of the drug lord’s assassins, and when Nikki is captured by Kid’s enemies, only his deadliest skills can save her...

Originally published by Bantam Dell 2006


Crazy Kisses

CRAZY KISSES
Steele Street, Book 4
ISBN: 978-0440242611
February 2006

4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

"The high-action plot, the savage-but-tender hero, and the wonderfully sensuous love scenes, Janzen trademarks, make this book as much fun as the previous Crazy titles." Booklist

SOLDIER.  HERO.  LOVER.
HE’S SO DANGEROUS, HE’S OFF THE RADAR.

Professional soldier Kid Chronopolous moves in stealth and shadow to take out the world’s deadliest threats.  Now, after barely surviving a hair-raising mission in South America, the Special Defense Force operative comes home to Panama City for some sorely needed R & R...and finds a bikini bottom that can belong to only one woman.

NO ONE CAN TURN DOWN THE HEAT ON A MISSION THIS HOT.

Nikki McKinney has never forgiven Kid for vanishing from her life after the mind-blowing passion they shared.  Now he’s suddenly back on the planet, where she’s rising to the top of the national art scene.  But her safe, sheltered world is about to be rocked to its core.  Because there’s a bounty on Kid’s head – and his enemies don’t care if they take him dead or alive.  With dangerous people gunning for him, Kid’s got Nikki running for cover...and right into his arms.  Keeping her safe is his latest mission.  Keeping their hands off each other is out of the question...

PLAYLIST:

Prologue Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand (of course!)
Nikki Missing You by John Waite
Kid Savin' Me by Nickleback And then there's Standing Still by Jewel. This song really summed up the whole book for me.

 


Crazy Wild

CRAZY WILD
Steele Street, Book 3
ISBN: 978-0440242604
January 2006

4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

2006 ROMANTIC INTRIGUE Award Winner Romantic Times

"Janzen is a major gift to the romantic suspense genre!"  Jill Smith for Romantic Times

“While keeping the tension and thrills high, Janzen excels at building rich characters whose lives readers are deeply vested in.  Let’s hope she keeps’em coming!” Romantic Times

HE’S THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT’S BEST-KEPT SECRET.

It’s a long way from the jungles of Colombia to a Colorado library, where Special Defense Forces operative Creed Rivera is staking out one of the world’s most dangerous women.

SHE’S A LETHAL BLONDE WITH A BOMB.

With her prim librarian looks, Cordelia “Cody” Stark doesn’t look like a nuclear arms broker.  But nabbing her is Creed’s latest mission – until a trio of thugs shows up and he’s suddenly forced to play hero...

TOGETHER THEY’RE THE UNLIKELIEST TEAM EVER TO SAVE THE FREE WORLD...

Armed with secrets that could ignite a global inferno, Cody was already running out of places to hide.  And now a hotshot government agent has blown her cover by throwing himself between her and certain death.  Trusting the hero who just saved her life is not an option.  Resisting him is something else entirely.  And when bullets start to fly, a man and a woman running out of time are gearing up for the wildest adventure of their lives...

PLAYLIST:

Cody Adrenaline by Gavin Rossdale and Bush (the girl was so on the run, and this song kept her moving!)
Creed The Road I'm On by 3 Doors Down (here's another song that made me see a character so clearly)

 


Crazy Cool

CRAZY COOL
Steele Street, Book 2
ISBN: 978-0553586114
October 2005

4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

“Wild nonstop action, an interesting subplot, a tormented-but-honorable and brilliant bad boy and a tough girl, and great sex scenes make Janzen’s…romance irresistible.”  Booklist

SHE’S SIZZLING HOT.
HE’S ICY COOL...

He called her Bad Luck Dekker, a gorgeous socialite who trailed trouble in her wake.  Christian Hawkins should know.  Thirteen years ago he saved Kat Dekker’s life – only to spend two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  Now it’s déjà vu all over again when he rescues Kat from an explosion that rips through a Denver art auction.  This time Christian – now an operative with an elite U.S. task force – plans to keep her close until he figures out why somebody wants to kill her.  That is, if he can keep his cool around this sizzling-hot lady...

THEY’RE FIRE AND ICE, AND CRAZY IN LOVE.

The daughter of a senator, Kat hasn’t forgotten the hot summer nights of passion in Christian’s arms before everything went wrong.  Now, as the bullets start flying, the sexy, self-appointed bodyguard is back in her life in a major way.  Especially when Christian kidnaps her and they go roaring into the night in his brute-powered muscle car.  But staying out of danger is tough for two people who are this hot for each other, a little bit crazy, and a whole lot in love...

PLAYLIST:

Kat Disease by Matchbox Twenty (oh, baby, did this one fit!)
Hawkins Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down (what else!)

 


Crazy Hot

CRAZY HOT
Steele Street, Book 1
ISBN: 978-0553586107
September 2005

4 ½ stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times

"Edgy, sexy, and fast.  Leaves you breathless." Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times Bestselling Author

LOVE HAS NEVER BEEN THIS WILD.

Only the most dire emergency could send paleontologist Regan McKinney racing across the West in search of a man.  But her grandfather has vanished, and Quinn Younger could be the missing link.  What the bad-boy-turned-American-hero is doing in a deserted tumbleweed town is an even bigger mystery...until danger trails Regan into Cisco, Utah, and the sexy ex-Air Force pilot becomes her sole hope of survival...

THIS DANGEROUS.

Quinn figures things can’t get worse than being stuck in tiny Cisco on an impossible special-ops mission.  Then the dinosaur doc’s granddaughter roars into town with bad guys on her tail.  Once, Quinn was on the fast track to a life of crime...until Regan’s grandfather rescued him.  Now Quinn owes it to them both to find the old guy.  But throw in a deadly terrorist and some hot dinosaur bones, and a man could get himself killed.   

THIS HOT.

Because facing down danger with this revved-up lady is one endless adrenaline-rush of pleasure – especially when they’re falling crazy in love...and hanging on for dear life...

PLAYLIST:

Regan Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas
Quinn Wonderful by Everclear (I could see him clearly when I listened to this song)