On the Loose
Tara Janzen
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On the Loose (Steele Street, Book 7)
Tara Janzen
403 pages
October 2007
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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On the Loose is tough to believe in. Amid plenty of plotting and confusion, events in South America, spies and more, the central idea - that the government blackmails socialite Honey York to deliver drugs, money and guns to some rebels - just didn’t work for me. Yes, reasons are given as to why she is chosen, but I just can’t see it myself.

Hero C. Smith Rydell, a special forces soldier, who Honey has met (and slept with) before, is sent to be her bodyguard. They reacquaint themselves - in the back of a jeep - before too long. A few side plots include ‘goodie’ drug runner Alejandro Campos, a group of nuns, a ‘baddie’ drug runner and a Russian female assassin, all interwoven throughout the tale.

Although On the Loose is a reasonable read, I was never convinced by events. It just doesn't ring true that the government would enable someone like Paris Hilton to go into the jungle to negotiate with drug dealers - or that Honey would manage so well. Also, some of the secondary characters (particularly Alejandro Campos) are more interesting than the primary. This is part of a series (although it’s the first I’ve read, and it was easy enough to follow the backstory), but I’m not particularly inspired to read any others by this author after this offering.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Helen Hancox, 2010

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