Review: Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen

Posted June 1, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Crazy Cool by Tara JanzenReviewer: Rowena
Crazy Cool (Steele Street, #2) by Tara Janzen
Series: Steele Street #2
Also in this series: Crazy Hot (Steele Street, #1), Crazy Wild (Steele Street, #3), Crazy Kisses (Steele Street #4), Crazy Love (Steele Street #5)
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: October 25th 2005
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 448
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Series Rating: four-stars

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.…

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...

Oh goodness this book was good!

This is the second book in the Crazy series and it’s Christian Hawkins aka Superman’s book. When he was 19 he met beautiful Katya Dekker in a dark alley where she was fleeing for her life trying to escape a group of boys from her school who were trying to do very bad things to her. Christian saved her life and spent 2 years in prison for the murder he didn’t commit.

Now thirteen years later, Christian is a field operative for an elite U.S. task force and is thrown off a case to do some security work for an art show which brings him face to face with the woman he gave his young heart to and the only woman that could bring him to his knees. The woman he has tried desperately to forget but couldn’t, not completely anyway.

Someone is trying to frame him again but he doesn’t know that, he thinks that the bad guys are after Katya again and so he takes her under his wings (literally, hehe) and doesn’t let her out of his sight, he’s determined to protect her and clear his name all the while he’s trying unsuccessfully to not fall back in love with her.

He knows that he should hate her for letting him go to prison for a crime she knew he didn’t commit but once they’re back together, it’s so hard to hate her and even harder to stay away from her. Now they’re trying to find out who’s after her and why the case from so long ago has been brought back up and Christian is trying to keep his cool around Kat while Kat is desperately trying to make things right for Christian.

She feels guilty about the way things went down all those years ago and she hates herself because she wasn’t strong enough to stand up to her mother and she doesn’t want a repeat of the last time she was with Christian Hawkins.

With everything against them, these two set out to take down the bad guys and keep her dragon of a mother off their heels while they try to fight for their lives and a love that has lasted over 13 years.

I really enjoyed this book, from the beginning to the end, it was one big roller coaster of emotions for me. I felt sad for the characters and rejoiced in their accomplishments and I just really loved the unity of the SDF team. I love how everyone is going through their own little trials in all of their lives but they’re still there for each other when they’re needed the most. They’re a family of street thugs turned government operators and I just love this cast of characters. Each of them are unique and such a strong part of the overall story and Tara Janzen did an amazing job of bringing these guys together and forming their individual stories to blend wonderfully into Christian’s story. They didn’t overwhelm me and they all just blended well together and have me salivating for more.

Christian Hawkins is my favorite hero. I’m still mighty intrigued by Kid Chronopolous and he might end up being my favorite hero but right now, I love me some Christian Hawkins. I thought he was a fantastic hero, one that had me swooning with delight one moment and quaking in my boots because I knew he was going to whip out a can of whoop ass any minute and take his enemies down. He played by his own rules and he wasn’t scared of anyone, except Kat.

I loved how he was fearless with everyone but with Kat, he was vulnerable. She got him and you can just feel the wealth of love that he had for her and I just gobbled his love and just him up.

Kat Dekker, the heroine of this story was easy to like. She wasn’t the strongest heroine that I’ve ever read about and she knew it, she was just like any normal woman and I found that very likeable because though she was beautiful on the outside, she was a mess on the inside and she knew it and what I liked about her the most was that she had a record, that’s so hood and just so funny that it made me laugh…a lot. Kat was everything Christian needed and wanted and I was glad she ended up with him, cause man together, they were really hot and I loved it!

The other characters that rounded out this story was a welcome addition as well. I loved finally meeting Skeeter Bang and seeing Travis’ get all hot under the collar for her. I’m really interested in reading more on Creed Rivera too, I wonder if they’re related, him and Travis…I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I liked seeing hottie Quinn all happily married to Regan and still there for the team. It was good to see Nikki and Kid again as well, goodness I’m really itching to read their story, read what is next for these two because holy goodness I love me some Kid Chronopolous. That storyline has got to a good one considering everything that’s happened to Kid, I can’t wait to read it.

What book is next? I guess I’ll find out after I finish this.

This book was filled with more non stop action and more laughs than I’ve had all week. I loved seeing the guys in action, going against impossible odds to come out on top. I loved seeing Kid in action but what I loved most about this book was a quote that Christian told Kat at the end, it made me so friggin’ happy for him and Kat and just had me smiling all goofy like for all to see. (I finished reading this at the front desk at my work and I got a lot of questions as to what I was reading).

“Don’t worry babe,” he assured her, a very confident smile on his face. “I can handle coconut oil. I’m Superman.”

The way he said it and just the arrogance behind that made me laugh and made my heart sigh with pleasure…I loved it and I love him! The reason this book didn’t get a solid A is because the book started out a bit slow in the beginning for me but after about the fourth chapter it picked up and really took off, it was really really good and man am I jazzed for the next installment.

Read it, I promise you’ll like it. This book is the bizomb and Christian Hawkins is HOT!

Grade: 5 out of 5


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9 responses to “Review: Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen

  1. I tried the first book in this series and it just wasn’t working at the time. I knew it was me and not the book so I still have it – hopefully the next time I pick it up it’ll work. I think I was over done on Cont/susp at the time.

    As a side note – I see that I somehow got credit for Template codes – soooo not necessary – I just like tooling around and I don’t know nothin’ bout no codes!!


  2. Lori

    I loved this series, too. The first two, plus Kid & Nikki’s books were my favorites.

    The next one is the one that I really didn’t like all that much. But even so, the series as a whole is fantastic 🙂

  3. Rowena


    You should definitely go back and try it again, I put this series back a few times before I picked it up and I’m glad I did, I love me some military men so this was right up my alley and this book in particularly really rocked my socks!


  4. Rowena


    Isn’t Superman a hottie? I love him very much but I really do think that Kid is going to end up being my favorite.

    Holly and Devon,

    I hear ya. Superman rocks!


    Oh really? I’m not going to like Creed’s book all that much? I read only the first two chapters last night and I liked reading about the boys in South America taking care of business…but I was more jazzed about reading about Kid more than anything. hehe.


    I’m right there with you, LOVE me some Kid Chaos.

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