Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen

Posted January 14, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Book description:

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. 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.

Lily knows him as Alejandro Campos, the seductive drug lord who saved her life. They met when she traveled to El Salvador to film a documentary…and got caught in the middle of a nasty drug-and-guerrilla war. 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…

Damn. This book starts off with a bang and just doesn’t quit. I loved it.

After finding out that the enigmatic Alejandro Campos was going to be the hero of this book, it couldn’t come quickly enough to suit me. He’s the ideal bad boy b/c he’s really not bad. He’s just hot. He’s sexy, too.

Lily Robbins knows all about Alejandro Campos. What she doesn’t know is that Alejandro is also known as Zach Prade, CIA Agent extraordinaire. After coming home from South America where she planned on filming a documentary, Lily vows to forget all about the man who saved her life. That’s easier said than done, of course and Lily is horrified that she can’t stop thinking about the biggest drug lord in South America. When strange things start happening after she returns home to New Mexico, Lily doesn’t question her paranoia, she starts making plans to go home to Montana.

Before she can get on a plane, Zach shows up at her house. Chaos ensues.

Zach was pulled out of deep cover to find out if Lily has a macabre bracelet that was missing from a dead pilot that she had contact with in South America. Knowing full well that she must have it, Zach has to find out if Lily is the innocent he thought she was, or if she has plans to sell the bracelet to the highest bidder. Arriving at her house none too soon, Zach catches two men sneaking into her house. Taking Lily and fleeing, all Zach has to do is get from New Mexico to Denver where he can take refuge at the Steele Street loft.

Nothing ever goes according to plan. See, there’s other people that want the bracelet. People that will do just about anything to get it. It doesn’t help that the car that Zach has is an extremely rare Shelby Mustang. Red w/ white racing stripes. It was pretty amusing to think about these two remaining incognito in this car.

Even though this book took place over the course of 24 hours, the romance was completely believable. I’m not sure it would have been if Lily and Zach hadn’t previously met. There was also some good scenes between Skeeter and Dylan. I hope Janzen continues to show readers how that relationship changes and grows. Zach was officially the last Steele Street boy to come home, so it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

4 out of 5.

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