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Breaking Loose (Steele Street)
Breaking Loose (Steele Street)
by Tara Janzen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Get Mundane, 25 Aug 2009
I have followed the series from the very first book and couldn't wait to read each of them as they appeared. However, I think the last few of her books have been lazy with the leading man, in that they all tend to run into one, sharing the same characterisitics, sense of humour, occupation and physical attributes.

It's still an entertaining read and - for those who have followed the series there's a major shock in store - is fun and funny, fast-paced and clever. I will read the next installment if, as I suspect, said upset is the preset to the next one. I just won't be counting down the hours to this one.


The Assignment
The Assignment
by Evangeline Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.85

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Light, 25 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Assignment (Paperback)
Nicholas Valenti and Sean O'Brien are partners in the local Police Department and have been inseperable since meeting at the academy. Dubbed the Mick and the Spic - one ethnic group away from a really good joke, their close physical and emotional bonds have elicited homophobic debates and remarks form their squad despite the fact they are relentlessly heterosexual.

However, since Sean was attacked six months previously, Nick has been having increasing feelings about Sean that make him more than a little uncomfortable and when the opportunity is presented to them to go undercover at a notorious gay resort because of their bond, the two really begin to discover how close that bond really is.

I loved this book. It doesn't pretend to be what it's not but the characters are well-written and avoid being stereo-typical - I actually liked both of them. It's unashamedly romantic and although the sub-plot is barely there and does at times seem a little contrived, it's still a lovely and light-hearted read. A keeper.


Loose and Easy
Loose and Easy
by Tara Janzen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better, 28 Sep 2008
I have always loved the Crazy Series, the chop shop boys saving the world in fast cars, the written version of "Fast and Furious" but with special ops training.

There are no pretensions to Tara Janzen's books, they are what they are - a fast-paced adrenaline rush that was never intended to be "War and Peace", but nevertheless touched my heart - especially with Kid's story as told thought the first three books until he got his own story in Crazy Kisses. Interestingly, there is an allusion to another book in the saga within this book with a CIA operative sent overseas with JT's cover name and enough plastic surgery to be mistaken for the original chop-shop boy.

I would highly recommend reading the series in order to understand who the characters are and how they have developed with the events.

Johnny Ramos has finally grown up. He is no longer the boy who hung around, dying to be accepted by the gang and racing with Skeeter on the edges, chauferring guests when required, cleaning the floor when required. Now a full grown Ranger returning from a third tour of Iraq, he spies an old acquaintance who appears to be down on her luck and making money as a prostitute and decides to follow her on a whim.

As with all the Crazy books, the action takes place over one night and we get a sneak glimpse of the next book (Suzi and Dax - I know, but it's Daniel Alex and even that still makes me cringe!) but I loved both of these characters. With the last two books of the series, I couldn't tell the difference between Zach and Smith, they had the same responses, the same thoughts and the same reactions to certain siuations. But this book excels in being good rip-roaring fun. Have I whetted your appetite?

Get a chilled bottle of wine, enough food to warrant not getting out of the chair on a cold and damp Sunday and read the whole lot in one go.


Acheron (Dark-Hunter World)
Acheron (Dark-Hunter World)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Epic and disappointing, 30 Aug 2008
Ash's story is hinted at throughout the other books and he finally gets his own book. The trouble with this book is that is it very, very long and the first part dealing with Ash's history and detailing his many and varies abuses is especially so. I understand the concept that the past shapes the present, but being exposed to every violent and horrific act perpetrated on Ash desinsitises the reader to the extent that you become inured to it almost. I simply can't understand why you would want to detail pages and pages of abuse, hammering your point home rather than allowing the reader a little breathign space.

Yes the first part of the book does hold all the valid information you will need to understand Ash but it is much too long. The second part I found myself drawing back from. Ash was a much weaker person in his own book than he had been through the rest of the series. Being alive for 11,000 years would give you a modicum of confidence in the opposite sex and the lament about only having one friend ever and needing to be loved rang untrue as Ash had been involved with all the other Dark Hunters romances and had certainly befriended more than one.

I would have preferred much less abuse and more about the man learning how to cope with his past and his sudden status a a God than the immediate switch to the romance section. I was disappointed, but it would appear I'm in the minority.
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Everything Changes
Everything Changes
by Jonathan Tropper
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and Funny, 30 Aug 2008
This review is from: Everything Changes (Hardcover)
Having stumbled across "How to Talk to a Widower" and being amazed by the deft transition from tragedy to comedy, i read the synopsis of this book with trepidation - only to find to my great relief that it does the book no favours whatsoever.

Tropper's incredible skill at creating ordinary people and drawing the very best out of them whilst allowing them to be real is amazing. I ran through every gamut of emotion with the hero and he managed to make my heart ache whilst making me laugh and I genuinely cared about the characters. As with "Widower" there is the underlying coming to terms with grief and allowing life to go on but it isn't sanctimonious. It's a cracking read that I adored.


Can't You Sleep, Little Bear
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear
by Martin Waddell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 8 April 2008
This book was bought for my oldest daughter as a gift for her second birthday and has become a family tradition....

Little Bear can't get to sleep because he's afraid of the dark despite all of Big Bear's attempts at reassurance until Big Bear hits on the perfect way to get him to sleep.

This book is not just for patrents having difficulty getting their children to sleep, it's enchanting and wonderfully warm. I guarantee the way Big Bear resolves the situation will bring a lump to your throat.

The story is beautifully simple and the animation exquisite to the extent that we have given the series of books as gifts to friends' children in turn. After 17 years it's still a prized gift - which says it all really.


Siegfried's Journey: 1916-1920
Siegfried's Journey: 1916-1920
by Siegfried Sassoon
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, 15 April 2007
This books fills the gaps between the trilogy of Sassoon's autobiographies and is all the more beautiful for the emotions that catalogue his journey. It takes in his time at Craiglockhart and details his relationship with Wilfred Owen as never before and I found his pain at Owen's death, although barely stated, incredibly powerful. A beautiful and emotional book well worth buying.


Where's My Teddy? (Little Favourites)
Where's My Teddy? (Little Favourites)
by Jez Alborough
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A bit Fab, 2 April 2007
This book was bought for my youngest daughter several years ago. I totally agree with the previous reviewer's comments that it is for older children, we started reading it when my daughter was 4. To this day, all of my children can quote the entire series word for word, as can I.

The book details Eddie's search for his teddy, Freddy after he was accidentally left behind in the woods. Unbeknown to Eddy, Bear has also lost his teddy and is searching at the same time......

The book is written as a poem and is brilliant and funny, a real treat for parents getting a little tired of Cinderella and Tigerella with some real scope for fun and tension. this is a wonderful and much loved book and invokes some wonderful and very special childhood memories for myself and my children.

I would also highly recommend "It's the Bear!" - our favourite of the series.


Crazy Sweet
Crazy Sweet
by Tara Janzen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.15

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Gets Deadly Serious, 1 April 2007
This is Book Six in the Crazy Series and tells the story of Travis and Gillian, or Red Dog. The series revolves around an elite Task force working directly for the government by the name of SDF. All previous car thieves who were caught and rehabilitated before being they could go to prison, they base themselves in a chop-shop and build and sell muscle cars as cover, occasionally racing them.

Travis, the former Angel model for artist Nikki Chronopolous and therefore introduced to the elite SDF team via her husband, Kid Chaos. Facing a life and death situation and feeling inadequste in comparison to the rest of the team, Travis has been taking lessons from the squad and has honed his skills to perfection. During one of his assignments, he is introduced to Gillian Pentycote and the two of them spent the night together.

However, Gillian is captured due to a case of mistaken identity and injected with a new drug being tested as a weapon and it has removed all of her memories apart from the last one she had - her "Angel" Travis. The SDF team take on the responsibility of training her as they know how and send her out on missions, surprised at how the former secretary has surpassed their physical and emotional expectations to become an elite killer named Red Dog.

We pick up the story as Red Dog returns from a mission and continues in her quest for vengeance against the man that did this to her and who is a former CIA agent gone rogue. Red Dog steps outside the boundaries in her quest for revenge putting the team in danger and forcing them into a diffficult situation.

This is another fast-paced story from Ms Janzen and she brings all her former characters into play from her previous books which is handles well as the team are all strong and immensely likable. I did find this book very heavy-going at times as the material is so dark it must lead to a more serious story. However, as with all of her books, we are allowed to explore the characteristics and developing story-lines of some of the other members of the team throughout the book, and the introduction of C Smith Rydell and Honoria York adds some necessary light relief - I am hoping the next Steel Street book will involve them.


Crazy Love
Crazy Love
by Tara Janzen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Gets Serious, 23 Mar 2007
This review is from: Crazy Love (Mass Market Paperback)
This is Book 5 in the Crazy Series that focuses on the SDF Team based at Steel Street, a chop shop that hired juvenile car thieves and turned them into sharp and lethal professionals working for the Government. The shop is a base for some serious muscle cars the team name and use throughout the story. We have been introduced to all of the characters in the previous books in the series but each book can be taken on it's own merit.

This book is Skeeter and Dylan's story. Skeeter Bang, kick-ass goddess and hacker extraordinaire, was brought to the chop shop by Christian "Superman" Hawkins when her father cracked a beer bottle over her head, causing a five inch gash that resulted in her having to receive a pint of Superman's blood to save her life. He moved her into Steel Street and set about training her to ensure that no-one ever hurt her again. She is now a sleekly-toned, mirrored-shades and baseball cap wearing twenty year old.

Dylan "The Shadow" Hart is the leader of the team and an expert con-man, the go-to guy who has just returned from "re-directing" 17 million from a drugs cartel and was captured in the process and injected with an experimental and very dodgy truth serum for information on their covert operations.

Skeeter has been in love with Dylan since she arrived at the Shop and in Book three (Wild) they spent an evening together trying to help out a colleague and connected more than Dylan anticipated. Since that night, 7 months previously, Dylan has resolved to stay away from the beautiful and tough Skeeter as he feels ashamed of his feelings for a woman 12 years younger than him who he tries to see as a child and the rest of the team see as a little sister.

His plans to debrief and leave ASAP are derailed when he and Skeeter are charged with collecting a file with explosive contents and there are no other team members available. He's not happy and Skeeter is determined to prove her worth following all the training the rest of the team have given her - and two missions she's been on.

Ms Janzen writes faced-paced fun with guns but without losing any humanity that touches the heart and you genuinely care about the characters. I loved this book, although it's considerably darker than it's predecessors and paves the way for an even darker sequel that I don't doubt will be equally fast-paced and wonderful.


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