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  • Hardcover
  • 327 pages
  • Up Close and Dangerous
  • Linda Howard
  • English
  • 06 May 2018
  • 0345486528

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Up Close and DangerousThis book won t be for everyone even fans of Linda Howard may have a hard time with it, because a lot of it has to do with surviving a plane crash, and there isn t a heck of a lot of romance or suspense But because I don t mind a plot that hinges on survival in the wilderness, for the most part I d have to say I enjoyed it Not that I didn t wish that LH would have included someof this and less of thatThe heroine, Bailey, is a 32 year old attractive widow from Seattle with huge walls This book won t be for everyone even fans of Linda Howard may have a hard time with it, because a lot of it has to do with surviving a plane crash, and there isn t a heck of a lot of romance or suspense But because I don t mind a plot that hinges on survival in the wilderness, for the most part I d have to say I enjoyed it Not that I didn t wish that LH would have included someof this and less of thatThe heroine, Bailey, is a 32 year old attractive widow from Seattle with huge walls around her heart She was involved in a brief marriage of convenience for reasons I won t get into and now that her rich husband s dead she s forced to deal with his two very spoiled, irresponsible, nasty adult children To take a break from them she decides to go on a vacation with her brother and his wife, and needs to fly to Denver to meet them She decides to fly by private plane and uses the company that her husband s corporation always uses, JL Executive Air Limo The pilot on this trip is one that Bailey considers a grim sourpuss, tall and broad shouldered Cam Justice.Cam thinks Bailey is cold and stuck up, and figures the trip to Denver is going to be a looong one with her on board But less than half way there, over some rugged, mountainous terrain, there s engine trouble, and Cam is forced to make a daring, last ditch landing among the treetops By some miracle, Cam and Bailey survive, although Cam has a serious head injury Bailey then goes into wonder woman mode the woman exhausted and impressed me with all she was able to accomplish and not only pulls the dead weight of Cam from the airplane, but stitches up his head wound, keeps him from dying of hypothermia, and erects a shelter for them All of this while she has injuries herself Cam is grateful, impressed, and turned on by Bailey, and makes plans to get around the walls she has around her heart It will be days before a search team will find them If they can stay alive that long, will that be enough time for Cam to worm his way into a very cautious, distrustful Bailey s heart I really liked Cam He was funny, sweet, and sexy, and appreciated a strong and smart woman like Bailey Bailey was a bit prickly, and it took me a while to warm up to her Once LH explained her past a bit, I saw where her attitude was coming from, and I cut her some slack I liked her and Cam together, although I didn t totally buy the love story I thought their love might have been influenced a little by their dependence on each other for survival, but what the heck, I decided to go along with it and just enjoy it.I appreciated the survival part of the story, with all the ingenuity that Bailey and Cam showed about how to salvage the plane and the stuff they brought with them to keep themselves warm and alive At one point though I was tired of all the suffering they went through and I was ready for them to be rescued The suspense aspect of the plot Well, the suspense of the plane going down was very harrowing and well done, as well as the immediate aftermath as it s up to Bailey alone for their survival Of course we know someone tampered with the plane, but we don t really know who although LH serves up some prime suspects or why The revelation at the end threw me for loop though, as I just did not see that coming.Now the romance This is where I though LH short changes the reader I loved the connection that Cam and Bailey shared as they struggled for days to survive As Cam got better, his amorous side came out, and somehow even while practically freezing to death and wearing layers and layers of clothing he was able to put some moves on Bailey verbally and physically , and the payoff when Bailey finally succumbed was hot and sweet But I needed to see a little bitof this emotional and physical connection Even though the book was over 300 pages, I thought it ended rather abruptly I needed to see Cam and Bailey under normal, every day circumstances, to believe that their connection was true and that it would last A nice little epilogue would ve done that for me.Nothing wrong with the writing, the characters, or most of the execution of the story If LH would ve added just a little , I would ve bumped it up a notch This was a good story, but certainly not one of LH s who has a ton of wonderful reads best 3 1 2 stars Bailey Wingate s scheming adult stepchildren are surprised when their father s will leaves Bailey in control of their fortune, and war ensues A year later, while flying from Seattle to Denver in a small plane, Bailey nearly dies herself when the engine sputters and then failsCam Justice, her sexy Texan pilot, manages to crash land the aircraft Stranded in the wilderness, and struggling to douse her feelings for the ruggedly handsome man by her side, Bailey begins to wonder whether this was a mere accident Who tampered with their plane Who s trying to reunite Bailey and her husband in the afterlife Cut off from the world, and with little hope of rescue, Bailey must trust her life and heart to Cam, as they battle the harsh elements to find a way out of the unforgiving wilds and back to civilization where a killer may be waiting to finish the job I have had this book on my kindle for 5 years Went thorough a bit of a LH phase some years back and bought quite a lot of her books Not sure why I never read this one back then.A bit implausible at times Not as good as some of the other books I have read by Ms Howard.This was Mrs MacGyver Wow, she could do just about anything LOL The hell of of it was, physically, he was an attractive man not handsome, not a pretty boy at all because his face was too rugged for that, but definitely I have had this book on my kindle for 5 years Went thorough a bit of a LH phase some years back and bought quite a lot of her books Not sure why I never read this one back then.A bit implausible at times Not as good as some of the other books I have read by Ms Howard.This was Mrs MacGyver Wow, she could do just about anything LOL The hell of of it was, physically, he was an attractive man not handsome, not a pretty boy at all because his face was too rugged for that, but definitely attractive Bit of a twist towards the end that I did not see coming.Overall, a good read but nothing out of this world Have you ever heard of MacGyver It was a show in the 80 s, I think, and was about some guy who could take a paperclip, a rubber band, and a straw and somehow make a bomb I never saw the show, but I ve seen a lot of things making fun of it.Anyway, this book isabout the ingenuity of a couple who survives a plane crashthan anything else If you are looking for straight forward romance, this isn t the one If you are looking for a mystery uh, no The main thing you are going to fi Have you ever heard of MacGyver It was a show in the 80 s, I think, and was about some guy who could take a paperclip, a rubber band, and a straw and somehow make a bomb I never saw the show, but I ve seen a lot of things making fun of it.Anyway, this book isabout the ingenuity of a couple who survives a plane crashthan anything else If you are looking for straight forward romance, this isn t the one If you are looking for a mystery uh, no The main thing you are going to find here is survival stuff If you know who this guy is, you ll like this bookSo, we have our couple who hate each other get into a plane crash Now, they have to help each other to survive, and guess what The reasons they hated each other was wrong How convenient So, of course they fall in love Who wouldn t fall in love while you are freezing, injured, bleeding, starving, dirty, dehydrated, and sick from the altitude It s so romantic The only way I ll find camping romantic is if it is in a hotel room with room service But, there isn t a lot of the romance Just enough to be kind of gross when you consider how disgusting they must smell Dude A tic tac AnythingSince I enjoyed reading about how they made their own snowshoes and shelter, I liked this book It is Bear Grylls approved no urine was consumed in the telling of this story because they aren t idiots Reading a LH novel after so long feels like coming back home Added bonus, the unbelievably unexpected twist at the end and a hero who s not an ass sigh I live for these 4 stars Romantic Suspense Although I didn t enjoy this quite as much as the other older LH books that I ve read, it s still an entertaining romantic suspense read It s kind of like a Plane Crash Rocky Mountain High version of Survivor The banter between sexy, arrogant ex military Texan pilot Cam Justice and his aloof, yet smart and tough widowed client Bailey Wingate as they battle the elements to survive is loads of fun, and they have sexual chemistry so hot that it melts her frosty demeano 4 stars Romantic Suspense Although I didn t enjoy this quite as much as the other older LH books that I ve read, it s still an entertaining romantic suspense read It s kind of like a Plane Crash Rocky Mountain High version of Survivor The banter between sexy, arrogant ex military Texan pilot Cam Justice and his aloof, yet smart and tough widowed client Bailey Wingate as they battle the elements to survive is loads of fun, and they have sexual chemistry so hot that it melts her frosty demeanor and the snow around them I tell you whatI had a lot of respect for Bailey s character I think if I ever found myself in the same situation, that I d be in big doo doo and complain a heck of a lottoo because I sure wouldn t have thought of all the rugged, survival stuff she did And the whole building a shelter thing sounded complicated and exhausting Overall, this is a gripping romantic suspense read with a likable H H, and it might even make you want to take a survival class NOT THE MOST HAPPY OF WAYS TO GET CLOSE So I read this book a few years ago, and truthfully I was not overly impressed The second time around was a lot better if I do say so I interpreted it a lot differently from the first time and found it amusing and very romantic regardless of the dire circumstances.Cam Justice is a pilot, not for a big airline, but a small independently own air fleet that takes rich people to their destinations He loves his job and shares his work with his best frie NOT THE MOST HAPPY OF WAYS TO GET CLOSE So I read this book a few years ago, and truthfully I was not overly impressed The second time around was a lot better if I do say so I interpreted it a lot differently from the first time and found it amusing and very romantic regardless of the dire circumstances.Cam Justice is a pilot, not for a big airline, but a small independently own air fleet that takes rich people to their destinations He loves his job and shares his work with his best friend and his lioness of a secretary, things are all good On his day off he gets a call saying he has to fly Bailey Wingate because his partner had a serious allergic reaction and his unable to fly, He is not impressed because Bailey rubs him the wrong way, but he has no other choice.Bailey is looking forward to her mini vacation with her brother and sister in law She wants to escape her evil step children who hates her existence because she controls the money left by her husband their father This marriage was basically a business situation, because the step children are money hungry grubbers So until they prove some form of maturity the money remains hers to handle and it is looking like forever Well the vacation will be a welcomed breath of fresh air, until she learns who her pilot is, seems Cam also rubs her the wrong way and this flight looks like its gonna be tortuous.Well there is hardly anytime for uncomfortable moments when the plane sputters and the engine dies, and they crash in the snowy mountains The book now becomes a matter of survival and remaining alive until they are rescued What is surprising is that Bailey is the one who does the work of trying to keep them alive, because Cam is seriously injured and she can t let them freeze to death This woman comes off all man verses wild, and she handles business Builds a shelter and works her ass of to make sure Cam remains alive Nothing brings people together like plane crashes and almost dying it then becomes a classic case of never judge a book by its cover Bailey thought Cam was a hard ass with his sourpuss face, and Cam thought Bailey was a snooty rich bitch and they realize that they were oh so very wrong They come to realize they could love each other and it took a bloody plane crash to do it I find it a metaphor for how ridiculi people can be, take time to get to know each other, take the time.Well we know they won t stay in the cold forever, and some quick talk time and lets keep each other warm sex leads to rejuvenation, and melting snow for water and eating snicker bars A look around the crash proves the plane was sabotaged and now its figuring it out who wanted them dead.Not a blow away by Linda Howard but I did like Cam he is the type of guy I wanna be stuck with if my plane crashes or something equally disastrous happens to me The sex was warm enough and Bailey and Cam are good together, not heavy hitting on plot just a light read I raised it to a 4 stars because I liked Cam, and the other characters are well done, those evil step children are spoiled We had no winter in UK this year This was probably the first winter in my life with absolutely zero snow I know the US had quite the opposite of that but we just got loads of rain I m Polish I miss the snow and I miss the cold, so I asked people to recommend me romance novels with lots of snow and cold and people having to share their body heat to survive or some such Up, Close and Dangerous was a perfect choice The hero needs to crash land a plane with the heroine on board somewhere up We had no winter in UK this year This was probably the first winter in my life with absolutely zero snow I know the US had quite the opposite of that but we just got loads of rain I m Polish I miss the snow and I miss the cold, so I asked people to recommend me romance novels with lots of snow and cold and people having to share their body heat to survive or some such Up, Close and Dangerous was a perfect choice The hero needs to crash land a plane with the heroine on board somewhere up in the mountains Of course they don t like each other at first but they need each other to survive, etcetera, etcetera The survival bits were fantastic I was very happy I was provided with every single detail what they ate, what they drank, what they wore, how they built a shelter, and what afflictions they suffered from I do love me a good survival story The romance itself though, was lacking If you took away all the excitement of being stuck in the wilderness, there just wouldn t be much to it.First of all, there is one lesson I learnt from Sandra Bullock in Speed the Sequel and that is that the relationships formed in extreme circumstances hardly ever survive that s how they explain the lack Keanu Reeves in the sequel , so maybe these two should slow down with their talk of moving in together, marriage and living happily ever after, because even though I m sure they learnt a lot about themselves in those three days of sharing their body heat, I don t know if it is quite enough I mean, they should be a bit traumatized after that ordeal and maybe some time off would actually be useful Additionally, there is that final twist, and while I appreciate the author trying to make thingsinteresting, that twist means that both the hero and the heroine would need at least six months of intense psychotherapy to even be a normal, trusting person again Jumping head first into a super serious relationship would be the last thing anyone in such circumstances would or should do And yet, I gave it four stars Because in the end it did what I wanted it to do and that was to have a good snow related survival story and outdoor sex scenes One of my favorite tropes Plane crashes and survival in the wilderness I just loved this couple They are both good people who dislike one another until they are forced to spend almost a week relying on each other I loved watching their romance develop As soon as I finished reading this I wanted to start all over I wantedof this couple and wished there was an epilogue If detailed wilderness survival is not your thing you may find yourself skimming through I loved all the details Th One of my favorite tropes Plane crashes and survival in the wilderness I just loved this couple They are both good people who dislike one another until they are forced to spend almost a week relying on each other I loved watching their romance develop As soon as I finished reading this I wanted to start all over I wantedof this couple and wished there was an epilogue If detailed wilderness survival is not your thing you may find yourself skimming through I loved all the details The h was a female MacGyver, so unexpected but it showed her determination and true spirit.You should avoid the spoiler I am including Avoiding it will make the storyinteresting view spoiler I had my doubts after awhile about who was the actual villain but I did not expect the twist at the ending I also expected the H h to pull away from each other for awhile after they reached civilization I m glad I was wrong They stuck to the promises they made to each other I loved their romance hide spoiler 3.75 stars I had just finished Prey by Linda Howard prior to reading this book and although I really enjoyed both these reads I do think that Prey was the better book IMO Both novels have their MC s trapped in the wilderness and they are very much dependent on their own wits and skills to survive especially in this book where Bailey and Cam end up stranded on a snowy mountain top after surviving a plane crash It is fairly dire circumstances The slight let down for me here was the 3.75 stars I had just finished Prey by Linda Howard prior to reading this book and although I really enjoyed both these reads I do think that Prey was the better book IMO Both novels have their MC s trapped in the wilderness and they are very much dependent on their own wits and skills to survive especially in this book where Bailey and Cam end up stranded on a snowy mountain top after surviving a plane crash It is fairly dire circumstances The slight let down for me here was the romance itself it just happened way to fast..even though I can see how having somebody save your life in the dramatic way Bailey did for Cam could drastically affect your feelings for them She was awesome So kind and cool under pressure WELL WORTH READING..and lots of ingenious survival tips I do think this type of novel is definitely Linda Howard s forte she just seems to excel at these adventurous romantic suspense stories


About the Author: Linda Howard

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Linda S Howington is an American best selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982 She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.Linda Howard lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F Howington, and two golden retrievers She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.