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Flirting with Disaster [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Graves
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Nov. 4 2003
HE WAS THE MAN SHE COULDN'T HAVE . . .

On a humanitarian mission to fly doctors to a remote village in Mexico, pilot Lisa Merrick discovers something sinister lurking behind the organization in charge. Her plane is sabotaged, leaving her trapped in the Mexican wilderness with a price on her head and no way out. Injured and desperate, she manages to contact the one man she knows will help her: Dave DeMarco, a tough but compassionate Texas cop she was once wildly in love with, a man who left her with nothing but a whispered promise that now provides her only hope.

. . . SHE WAS THE WOMAN HE COULDN'T FORGET

Dave DeMarco is stunned when a woman from his past phones him late one night with an incredible story of smuggling, sabotage, and attempted murder. Just hearing Lisa Merrick’s voice brings back memories Dave doesn’t want to face, but a promise he once made leaves him no choice but to help her. Soon, though, his mission to rescue Lisa becomes a struggle for survival against an enemy who wants them both dead. When the danger they face clashes with the passion that still burns between them, Dave vows to protect the woman he never stopped loving–and keep her in his life forever. . . .

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By the end of this smart, deliciously satisfying tale, the third in Graves's DeMarco brothers series (Wild at Heart, etc.), readers will wish they were part of the loud, loving DeMarco clan. The family's easy camaraderie and natural protectiveness add charm to this story, which focuses on single father Dave. When Dave learns that former bad girl Lisa Merrick died in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission in Mexico, he's staggered. But as it turns out, Lisa is still alive, which Dave learns when she phones him to cash in on an old promise. Dave drops everything and travels to the wilds of Mexico to rescue her, only to be drawn into a web of counterfeit drug smuggling spun by a corrupt doctor who's bent on silencing Lisa. Coincidentally, while Dave and Lisa struggle to flee Mexico and forge a relationship (which is complicated by the guilt Dave suffers over his wife's death), Lisa's widower friend Adam is forced to cope with memories of his own wife in order to begin anew with someone else. Graves manipulates the reader too often with the ostensible deaths of major characters, but there's no question that she knows how to create suspense; she's the master of the cliffhanger chapter ending. What sets this novel apart from its peers, however, is not the suspense but the characters and their witty, warm-hearted interactions.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Jane Graves received a B.A. in professional writing in 1978, but several years passed before she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist. In 1999 she was a finalist for Romance Writers America’s Golden Heart award, which led to the publication of her first book. Flirting with Disaster is her seventh contemporary romance novel. Jane lives in Texas with her husband of twenty years.

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1.0 out of 5 stars No spark and just irresponsible June 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't feel the characters. Dave willingly drops everything, which means asking his family to watch his small child, to help a woman he hasn't heard from in 11 years. Once he's safe, he decides to jump right back into the danger even though his family urges him to return home to them and his daughter. Nope, he can't do that because Lisa has no one to help her and because "he knows there is more to Lisa"; this stems from the brief time he knew her in high school. You're kidding, right? Dave and Lisa continue to act irresponsible throughout the book. Lisa had a tough childhood and had some deep issues that she has never resolved. The author could have really made something out of this, but the adult Lisa reminded me of the teenager that never grew up and an adrenaline junkie who used sex to keep Dave, and the implied numerous men, in her life just a little longer. Typical, no suprises here..... Also, I didn't understand why Dave was attracted to Lisa in the first place other than "knowing there is more to Lisa". Lisa's characther lacked common sense. This makes her attractive? I don't get it.. I concluded it was the mind blowing sex she made sure he would never forget. To me, that made Dave shallow. Usually, I am willing to go along for the ride, but overall, I just don't see how lacking common sense and being irresponsible could be good reading....
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is sensational April 27 2004
By Judy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Flirting With Disaster by Jane Graves is another wonderful adventure of the DeMarco family.
Cop Dave DeMarco the calm, logical on of the family, is having issues with his job. His brothers think Dave needs to get a life since it has been several years since his wife died, leaving him to raise a daughter alone. During the middle of the night he gets a phone call from a woman from his past, Lisa Merrick.
Lisa Merrick is doing what she always wanted to do, fly a plane. She is on a mission to bring docs to a remote Mexican village. Lisa discovers some major illegal activity and is almost killed in the process. She turns to her high school friend Dave for help.
As Dave and Lisa fight to escape the people that want to silence them forever. They realize the spark of attraction they felt for each other in high school has grown into something stronger. But first they have to get back home alive and overcome the past.
Flirting with disaster is a must read, its fast-paced and sexy. Dave and Lisa literally draw sparks when they are together.
I am so glad a good friend recommended this author to me. I can't wait for the next story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Page Turner Dec 14 2003
By amie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On the same night he learns from the news that Lisa Merrick dies in the plane crash, Dave DeMarco receives a stunning phone call from the "dead girl" herself. Eleven years ago, Dave promised Lisa that whenever she needed help, all she got to do was call him. Now, Lisa is asking Dave to fullfil that promise. So, Dave drives seven hundred miles from Tolosa to Mexico, to save the woman he never forgets. Then soon, the rescue mission becomes a tempt to survive from people who wants to kill both of them.
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER is the third book of DeMarco's family, which starts with I GOT YOU BABE (John's story) and WILD AT HEART (Alex's story), and it is definitely getting better. The story is packed with great suspense, action, and darn good-hot-and-sizzling romance, that includes a "hot and sexy way to enjoy tequila" scene. Secondary characters are also well written.
Definitely one of my all time favorites. I can't wait to read the next book coming out next year, which will be about Sandy DeMarco, entitled LIGHT MY FIRE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ***** Dec 9 2003
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It's true - Jane Graves has done it again! Her DeMarco series just keeps getting better and better. If you're new to her award winning books, I GOT YOU BABE and WILD AT HEART, started this series about the lovable DeMarco clan. All three books hold places on my keeper shelf.
It's suspense-filled and takes you on an action packed trip from Texas to Mexico and back. It's not hard to picture each location, and after reading this one, I think I just might like to spend the days around and after Halloween in Mexico!
If the action and suspense aren't enough for you, there's plenty of romance in this one. It's definitely hot and sizzling, but touching and delightful at the same time.
Both the primary and secondary characters pull you in from the get go, and as a bonus - you get to be reacquainted with John and Alex DeMarco - not a bad deal at all! This family could be your neighbors and the interaction among them is as real as it gets.
Be prepared to be blown away! It's a page turner that you won't want to put down. Thanks for the journey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Nov. 12 2003
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Flirting with Disaster is a breath of fresh air. Jane Graves has come up with a plot and characters that aren't a rehashing of the same old, same old. From the very first page, she captures your attention, and the characters steal your heart.
Dave DeMarco is a wounded hero who carries a secret guilt about his dead wife and their marriage, guilt that interferes with his life and his job. Lisa Merrick is a woman whose childhood has defined the woman she is today--tough, smart, and independent.
The plot is riveting, with twists and turns that will make you wonder if the characters will survive until the end of the story. The secondary characters have problems of their own, but Graves has you pulling for them from the moment they're introduced. And the setting lends itself to the danger, corruption, and greed that drives the villains.
I loved Flirting with Disaster. Now I'm going to have to go back and find the other DeMarco brothers' books so I can catch up on this engaging family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable and Unputdownable!
Flirting with Disaster by Jane Graves was a lot of fun. I enjoy stories of this nature. This was my first Jane Graves book, and it won't be my last. I like this writer.
Published on April 4 2004 by Kathy Whit
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Graves does it again!
Dave DeMarco lost his wife 4 years ago in an auto accident. Even though he was in love with Lisa Merrick in high school, he married Carla (you'll find out the reasons why in the... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by mahikahn
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read Jane Graves - START NOW!
If you're new to the Jane Graves experience, you're in for a treat. Plots that twist and turn, none of the stale, overdone same-ole. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Jana DeLeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Flirting With Disaster chases away the winter blues
"He was the man she couldn't have....She was the woman he couldn't forget."
"On a humanitarian mission to fly doctors to a remote village in Mexico, pilot Lisa... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Robin RBL
5.0 out of 5 stars She keeps getting better and better!
Ms. Graves' book Flirting With Disaster is a great page turner, which thrills the heart and emotions each step of the way from Texas to Mexico and back again. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Graves Best Yet!
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, Jane Graves latest release from Ballentine, is listed as a contemporary romance, but if this isn't romantic suspense, not much else qualifies. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION: All Romance Lovers
Romance, Action, Danger, Suspense....This book has it all! I LOVED it!!! This is my first book by author, Jane Graves, and it's going on the collector's shelf. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by B. Deese
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick-paced page turner.
Jane Graves has done it again with her latest page-turner "Flirting With Disaster." It's a fast-paced read, that gets you hooked from the beginning and keeps you... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is another wonderful read from author Jance Graves. It is a non-stop action book that has an unusual heroine teamed with her high-school flame... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Barbara Harrison
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