While this book is not as bad as Linda's last hardcover effort, "Cover of Night," it really is not worth the hardcover price. Case in point.......it wasn't that good. However, I'm stating this based on previous stories like, Kill and Tell, After the Night and Dying to Please. But, quite honestly, she hasn't written a story like that in a long time. So, if we compare it to her last few hardcover efforts, "Cover of Night," and "Kiss Me While I Sleep" to name a few, it was a vast improvement. Go figure.
Actually, "Up Close & Dangerous" was not that bad. It was just missing some of Linda's original flair. Quite simply, it was missing that "secret ingredient" that makes Linda's stories, Linda's. For me, the novel was a pretty slow read. I've had it for a few days and kept putting it down. I had a hard time getting into it, and only finished it so I can start on some other stories. It was kind of boring and I found myself skimming through much of the book.
The main characters, Cam and Bailey are involved in a plane crash. Cam was flying Bailey to Denver where she was vacationing with relatives. However, the plane had been sabotaged, crashing into the mountains. It was only Cam's extreme piloting skills that allowed them both to survive the crash.
In typical Linda fashion, the romance was fast and hard. They were together 24 hours a day for several days, about six, I think. Their romance went from 0 to 60, literally.
I guess I can kind of understand them falling for each other, especially considering the extreme circumstances they had been subjected to. But, before the crash, they barely tolerated each other. After the crash, they were professing their love for each other and contemplating marriage in the span of sayyyyy.........4 to 5 days. Still, this would not have bothered me if we could have seen their love building. Unfortunately, we didn't. Most of the book they were into survival mode. Then, they were in love. There was no build up. And their sex scenes were just as bad, seeming almost clinical, as there was little to no passion involved. I found myself more interested in what her stepson and stepdaughter were involved in, rather than the main characters themselves.
For me, the book was "torturous" to read. It's obvious Linda did a lot of research on small planes and wilderness survival, for she described them both (small planes and wilderness survival) page after page in painstaking detail. So much so, that I now feel that if I survive a small plane crash, I too can survive in the wilderness. It was overkill. And, it was boring.
I only recommend this book to "die hard" Linda Howard fans, (like I used to be,) and then only in paperpack format. Trust me, you won't feel as cheated.