Review: Crazy Kisses by Tara Janzen

Posted June 11, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 13 Comments

Review: Crazy Kisses by Tara JanzenReviewer: Rowena
Crazy Kisses (Steele Street #4) by Tara Janzen
Series: Steele Street #4
Also in this series: Crazy Hot (Steele Street, #1), Crazy Cool (Steele Street, #2), Crazy Wild (Steele Street, #3), Crazy Love (Steele Street #5)
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: February 28, 2006
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

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 Forces agent comes home to Panama City for some sorely needed R & R…and finds a bikini bottom that can belong to only one woman.

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 local 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….

The fourth book in the Crazy series, I’ve got 2 more books to go before I’m done with this series. Dylan’s book and Travis’ book. But finally, I was able to read my sexalicious Kid’s book.

Kid frickin’ Chronopolous.

The ghost killer, the man of many talents, shooting you from way the hell back, keeping you in his sights long enough for him to blow you to pieces. There isn’t a person on the earth that Kid is scared of, there isn’t a person on the planet that Kid won’t hesitate to take out if you try to harm anyone he cares about.

He’s steady and he’s sure and he’s so hot damn sexy it makes me ache.

I loved Kid, even when he was being stupid and couldn’t get the words right with Nikki, I still loved him. I loved him for all the reasons I loved him in all the other books but more so because of the sweet gesture he did for Nikki. I loved how he loved Nikki even though he was so messed up in the head over his brother’s killing. I loved how even though she was engaged to someone else, he still loved the hell out of her. I just straight out loved Kid Chronopolous. I wonder if he was really stupid in the head and did something that irritated the hell out of me if I would still love him, I’m thinking yes because this guy couldn’t really do any wrong in my eyes, I LOVED HIM TOO MUCH!

Great job on that one, TJ!

Nikki, I liked this girl right from the time we met here in Regan and Quinn’s book, when she’s all into her painting of a naked Travis and not giving a damn what anyone thinks. I love that she acted her age, she was 21 and she acted that way, she wasn’t the most perfect of heroines who always made the right decisions, who was always so perfect in everything, I loved that she talked way too much when she was scared and I loved how her love for Kid stayed with her, every time that he up and left her. I loved that her love for Kid was solid and strong.

Even when he was breaking her heart.

The story as a whole was just great, I mean we’ve got Kid, the best killer in all the land trying to keep the woman he loves safe from HIS enemies, the enemies he made while avenging the brother he was closest too. The brother he loved with all that he had and grieved endlessly over. The killing of his brother changed him in so many ways from the man that Nikki McKinney fell in love with and when Nikki flies out to Panama or wherever Kid was, she’s almost killed by just being in the same house as the ghost killer.

It kind of put things into perspective for her, I think. I mean, it explained why he stayed away from her for so long or why he stayed away from home because he was still trying to kill everyone that was trying to hill him and for him to find the time to do what he did for Nikki, just solidified my love for this man. Goodness, that was just SO sweet, Awwwww…

Kid’s biggest enemy, Juan Consuelos is looking for him and gunning to get him since Kid is the bane of his existance, not only is Kid killing off all of his men, but he’s putting a real wrench in his drug dealing business, the man hates him some Kid and wants to destroy him and everything he loves.

But in true romantic form, the good guys come out on top (YAY KID) and I was quite content with the way this book ended, I loved the very last chapter because it was just sweet of girly girl Nikki to do something for Kid, make one of his dreams come true like he does for her, this entire book was really good and has made me ever so curious about Travis James and his book. I’m not like jumping at the chance to read it (I’ve got too many new books to peep out to be excited about any one book) but I did like the Travis and Jane bits.

It was nice getting to know the Rat Queen and Travis better, I even like Travis’ cop friend, Cody. It’ll be nice to see him try to get at Skeet in her book to Dylan, I started Crazy Love and so far so good but I’m not completely blown away or anything but it’s Dylan and I love him so I can’t wait to keep reading more! =)

The only thing that I didn’t really care for in this book was Kid’s inability to talk to Nikki, everything for him in the beginning (even in the other books) was all about sex with her. He doesn’t know how to tell her exactly how he’s feeling at any given time so he just doesn’t say anything and just kisses her until they’re doing the wild monkey dance, it’s like, COME ON, SAY SOMETHING MEANINGFUL already…but other than that, the book is a sure winner for me!

This book was a good read, I loved Kid’s story second of all, Kid is my favorite Crazy man but Superman’s book is still my fav of the series, there’s just something about that Superman that I absolutely love! Read this book, it’s really good and you’ll totally enjoy it and plus, Kid kicks some serious ass in this book and it’s hot!

Grade: 4.75 out of 5


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13 responses to “Review: Crazy Kisses by Tara Janzen

  1. Kid is my favorite hero in this series! I agree with you that this is not the best book in the series, but it’s still really good. I liked Crazy Love, too. I love this series and there is a new hero coming up in Crazy Sweet, I think you’ll really like. The beginning of his story is told in this book.

    There are some surprises ahead for you in this series. Keep reading! Enjoy!

    BTW-Isn’t just like a man to not know how to talk about his feelings? It friggin’ drives me nuts in books and in the real world!

  2. Hey! I commented on this, dammit. I know I did. Ugh. lol

    I loved me some Kid, too. There were a few things that bugged me about it, but like you, overall I adored him. 🙂

  3. I liked this one but I kept waiting for the big payoff when Nicky told Kid how deeply he hurt her when he kept leaving and she never did. While I liked it, it was a bit of a letdown ’cause of that.

  4. Rowena

    OOHHHH, Is JT still alive? Gosh I keep hoping that he’s going to turn up alive somewhere and that the body that they found wasn’t his at all, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen!


    Yes, I loved me some Kid and I can’t wait to read more of Dylan’s book, I’m sure it’ll be great, I already love the guy and Skeeter…I’m dying to find out what kinds of things Skeeter gets into in this book, she totally rocks!

    And is Jane, Travis’ heroine? I have Crazy Sweet to read but I thought his heroine’s name was Gillian or something, is that Jane’s REAL name?

    YES! When Kid couldn’t get the words out, I want to slap them out of his mouth! But no matter how annoyed I got at him for not talking to Nikki, I loved him still…there was just something about Kid.

  5. I don’t think JT is alive.

    I loved Kid’s book. It’s been awhile since I read it, but I remember lurving it.

    Are you reading the next two books back-to-back? I’m highly curious to see what you think about Travis’s book.

  6. Rowena


    Oh yeah I know what bugged him about you, it bugged me too but it didn’t stop me from loving the ever loving crap out of him. He sure was the bomb1

  7. Kid was def my favorite of this series, not his story necessarily,and he just barely won over Superman. I was a little confused about Travis and the Rat chick too. I still haven’t read his book so I don’t know if she’s in it too or if she just kind of drops off the radar…??!!!

  8. Rowena

    Yeah, I don’t either but that doesn’t stop me from wishing he’d bust a Stefano from Days and rise from the dead. LOL.

    Right now Im reading Dylan and Skeeters book and then after that one, I’ve got one more book on my TBR Challenge book and that last book is indeed Travis’ book…so yeah I’m reading them back to back, why did you like it?

  9. Rowena


    Welcome to the blog, glad to see you and I think that my top 3 favorites of this series is #1 Kid, #2 Superman and #3 Dylan. I love all three of these guys!

  10. Rowena

    Hey Mollie girl,

    I could have sworn that Travis’ heroine is a woman named Gillian something but I could be wrong, I was wrong about Skeeter being Dylan’s heroine so I’ll have to check it out and see what’s what.

    There’s something about Superman that I just frickin’ love…

  11. You’ll find out more about Travis and Jane in Dylan and Skeeter’s book, Ween.

    And no, she’s not his heroine.

  12. Rowena

    I just finished Dylan’s book so now I know who Gillian’s book and I’m not sure what I think about that one.

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