Crazy Love by Tara Janzen
Man oh man I love the Crazy series by Tara Janzen, and Crazy Love is no exception. All those who have read and enjoyed these ones probably know that this one is Skeeter Bang and Dylan Hunt’s story. Skeeter is one kick ass character and in this one she is even more kick assier then ever. Normally I’m not that big a fan of this kind of heroine – Eve Dallas excluded – but there is something so totally appealing about Skeeter. For one thing, she has the best name going. Skeeter Bang. Baby Bang. Ya gotta love it!
In a previous book we learn that Dylan Hunt, the uber cool boss of the Steele Street Special Forces has it bad for Skeeter, but refuses to give into his feelings. When the book opens he still has it bad and he’s still refusing to do anything about it. It’s the age difference don’t you know. Naturally she is just as hot for Dylan. In a hilarious scene in the previous book, he thinks of buying a soda machine for Skeeter and her friends. In this one he is still making the same dumb kind of decisions, his internal dialogue is such a hoot that it had me grinning and chuckling a number of times. I love a book where the hero is so gone, so wrecked for the heroine, he’s dumb with it.
Skeeter has learned a lot since the end of the last book and is ready to be a full-fledged member of the team. In fact, unbeknownst to Dylan she’s already gone on a couple of missions and done a bang up job. But Dylan doesn’t want her being anything more than the computer geek and numero uno ace mechanic. He (very, very) reluctantly agrees she can come on the mission he’s just been assigned; as a driver. The mission appears easy but of course it’s not and Skeeter gets to prove her worth. Past enemies are after Dylan and we go along with the thrill-a-minute adventures. Travis James plays a role in this one and one of the funniest moments in the book is his “very terrifying” ride in a Honda Civic. I think this is her funniest book yet although there is still lot’s of nail biting, high octane excitement.
Once again this book is pure escapism. If one were to sit down and analyze it, I’m sure there would be plot holes, but that’s not what this series is about. It’s about fast cars, hot sex, thrills and adventure. I had no sooner finished Crazy Love, when I went back and started it all over again – a rare thing. I inhaled it in one day. Now I need to go back and savour it. I’ve loved all of the Crazy books so far, but I’m thinking I love this one best of all. I have this "four books in a series and that’s it" rule, but rules are made to be broken and these books break it. I can hardly wait for the next one! And I don't often say that.
In a recent Romancing the Blog column, Katie MacAlister asked the question ‘do other people turn to reading in times of stress and is there a particular genre that works best’. For me Ms. Janzens books do a wonderful job and once again I read this one at exactly the right time! This one is a keeper.
Sorry Sybil – but it’s a special one *grin*
Grade: 5 out of 5