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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345486528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345486523
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Award-winning writer Linda Howard is an expert at mixing danger and romance to create a page-turning hit ... Passion and peril in one heady mix' COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, Dying to Please, Open Season, Mr. Perfect, All the Queen’s Men, Now You See Her, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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By bluegirl on Sept. 24 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of Linda Howard,always will be.But this book is second one that hits me as been slightly rushed.It begins well anough but Cam's complete 360 in regards to his feeling towards Bailey leave me feeling like there should be something more.I can see feeling more charatible towards someone in a life or death situation but come on he's cracked on the head and suffering from lost of blood and he thinks she's all that. I know most guy's think of sex all the time but this was a little to far fetched me.The stepson's attitude reversal was another big problem for me as well as well.I'll continue to bye her books but I think I'll wait till the paperback version comes out from now on.
A good example of Linda howard at her best is Cry no more,one of the best books I've ever read.That book will make you cry and cry some more.
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By craz4books on July 27 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second disappointing Linda Howard book I've read in the last few months and I'm hoping that it isn't a pattern. I keep getting the feeling that she's trying to force the chemistry or she's following some sort of checklist to make sure she's gotten all of the elements covered. Cam's sudden change of opinion of Bailey was unbelievable as well as their kindling romance. Basically I just made myself finish this book because I've been a Linda Howard fan for a long time and did not want to give up hope that the book would end up being as good as some of her older novels, sadly that just wasn't the case.
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By i_luv_chocolate on Aug. 7 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bailey's strong characteristics is a big plus. She's smart and I feel she has a stronger presence even than Cam. I feel almost the entire book was a great thriller. Until the suspence is finally revealed. It just left me feeling disappointed at the whole book that I'd been enjoying so much. The main villain is not only unlikely, it's too sneaky, and I just can't seem to agree with it. It's as though the conclusion was too rushed without warning, or Howard was running out of ideas. Sorry, I love Howard's book and always defend them, but this book just didn't do it for me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger on Jan. 1 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes a reviewer points out that a book follows a formula, and that could be a good thing or a bad thing. This book, unfortunately, follows at least two formulas -- and it's quite a bad thing.

The romance: young Bailey is the widow of a wealthy older man who left her in charge of his adult son's and daughter's trust funds. They hate her, she's walled off her emotions, enter handsome sexy pilot, Cam ...

The survival thriller: Cam pilots the charter flight taking Bailey on vacation, and they crash in the remote mountains of Idaho. He's injured and she saves his life. They realize that the crash was caused by outside interference. Will their resourcefulness and stamina overcome the rigors of weather and altitude and enable them to survive?

Oh wait, segue to Formula Romance: sharing body warmth under a pile of clothing in a makeshift shelter, him concussed and her infected from a puncture wound ... sparks fly.

Neither theme is developed convincingly. The hot relationship between Bailey and Cam feels circumstantial; the Uber-Girl-Scout performance of Bailey is never explained; and by the time we find out what REALLY happened to the plane, we don't care and it seems as if the author doesn't either.

With much more attention to character development and the other elements that make a book worth reading, this COULD have been a decent book. An opportunity missed.

Linda Bulger, 2008
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Wait for the paperback July 22 2007
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I agree with another reviewer that this book is not worth the price. It is not a bad book but it is not a good book either. It reads like a how to book if you crash in the mountains in an airplane and survive. The attention to detail overshadows the short story.

Bailey Wingate was a trophy wife, now a widow. At least that is how it looks to others. The truth is a well kept secret. Her step-children who are older than her actually hate her guts. She enjoys the conveniences that are available to her and not the least is a flying limo service.

Cameron Justice is half owner of the limo-plane service. He doesn't usually fly Bailey anywhere, his partner does. Cam considers her exactly what she seems to be, a gold digger.

When she wants to fly off on vacation, Cam must step in because Bret, his partner, has an allergic reaction and becomes ill. Half way to their destination the plane goes down, and only Cam's ability as a pilot saves their lives.

I was disappointed in the romance and how hurt and cold people manage to have mediocre intimacy is beyond me. If you find yourself in this position hope you have this book with you. It is very detailed on how to survive. But as a romance, suspense thriller, or whatever it is far below my standards and the abilities of Linda Howard. Wait for the paperback if you must read it.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars...better than the last LH book July 25 2007
By iheartjackbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Branded as a gold-digging tramp, Bailey Wingate is used to being ostracized by people that don't even know her. Cam Justice is no exception. It was bad luck that put Cam in the pilot's seat of the plane that would take her to Denver. So excited to get away on vacation, even Cam can't dampen Bailey's mood.

Cam Justice prefers not to have contact with Bailey Wingate. Pegging her as an Ice Queen, Cam has turned all of Bailey's flights over to his partner, Bret. Only Bret being violently ill could ever make Cam fly Bailey anywhere. That's exactly what happens and Cam finds himself enclosed in a small jet with the Ice Queen herself.

When their plane goes down, Cam realizes that his very survival depends on the woman he despises. Cam soon comes to see that there is more to Bailey Wingate that meets the eye. When they both find that the plane was deliberately brought down, Bailey knows exactly who wants her dead. Both her and Cam are determined to get back to Seattle to prove it.

Up Close and Dangerous is not Linda Howard at her best. While this was an entertaining book, it wasn't what I've come to expect from a Howard novel. I enjoyed the story of Cam and Bailey and how they had to set aside personal feelings so they could stay alive. Howard did a really good job of showing how fast things can change when your survival depends on another person.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Up Close and Dangerous May 12 2008
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bailey Wingate had no idea what she was in for when she married her boss James. There was plenty of respect between them when she was his personal assistant, but never love. She entered into this marriage knowing it would be her responsibility to oversee his children Seth and tamsen's trust funds. James had everything planned perfectly before he died, and Bailey took her responsibility very seriously. She was also well provided for, but that didn't take the place of a husband and family. She was still close to her brother, and had planned a two-week trip to meet him along with his wife in Colorado to go white water rafting. Since she was a Wingate, she had access to their private plane, and was excited by the prospect of some peace and quiet with her family. Her pilot for this trip was supposed to be the normal Wingate pilot Brett Larson, but he was feeling ill, so Cameron Justice was taking his place. Bailey was dreading the time she would have to spend with Justice because he made no secret that he disliked her. Just another person that thought she had married for money and had taken advantage of an ill man.

When they had been into their flight for a couple of hours, the plane started experiencing problems. Bailey was alarmed right away, but Justice seemed to have done something to correct it, so she calmed. All of a sudden he was having control problems, and told her to take precautions because they were going down. When Bailey came to, she was groggy, but remembered enough to know she needed to get herself and Justice out of the plane. He appeared to be unhurt anywhere with the exception of the gash in his head. Bailey struggled to get to the first aid kit, and when examining the cut, was horrified to see it would need stitches. She pulled out the instructions took a deep breath, and proceeded to put stitches in his head then made sure there was no additional bleeding. Justice was coming around, but barely, and with so much blood loss, it was up to her to find them shelter for the night. When Cameron finally was feeling better, he realized that the ice princess was nothing but a marshmallow protecting herself from the outside world. He remembered everything she had said to him, and how compassionate and caring she was. He might have saved her life getting them down, but she had in turn saved his by taking care of him after. Cameron and Bailey relied on each other heavily causing them to get close, and that got them thru the next couple of days. When Cameron realized that no one was coming for them, he searched the wreckage only to discover the plane had been tampered with, so he knew they would have to hike out, and rescue themselves to find the person with murder on the mind.

This was a very intense detailed story. The crash and subsequent survival had you on the edge of your seat. Then throw in the connection and attraction between Bailey and Cameron, which was believable and hot. The letdown was the ending. Here you are sitting on this emotional roller coaster with both characters, and then boom, the story abruptly ends. Everything is wrapped up in a few pages.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the Hardcover price........................... July 18 2007
By S. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
No magic formula Dec 31 2007
By Linda Bulger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes a reviewer points out that a book follows a formula, and that could be a good thing or a bad thing. This book, unfortunately, follows at least two formulas -- and it's quite a bad thing.

The romance: young Bailey is the widow of a wealthy older man who left her in charge of his adult son's and daughter's trust funds. They hate her, she's walled off her emotions, enter handsome sexy pilot, Cam ...

The survival thriller: Cam pilots the charter flight taking Bailey on vacation, and they crash in the remote mountains of Idaho. He's injured and she saves his life. They realize that the crash was caused by outside interference. Will their resourcefulness and stamina overcome the rigors of weather and altitude and enable them to survive?

Oh wait, segue to Formula Romance: sharing body warmth under a pile of clothing in a makeshift shelter, him concussed and her infected from a puncture wound ... sparks fly.

Neither theme is developed convincingly. The hot relationship between Bailey and Cam feels circumstantial; the Uber-Girl-Scout performance of Bailey is never explained; and by the time we find out what REALLY happened to the plane, we don't care and it seems as if the author doesn't either.

With much more attention to character development and the other elements that make a book worth reading, this COULD have been a decent book. An opportunity missed.


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