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Review of "Up Close and Dangerous" by Linda Howard

Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard was a really great read, as are all of her books. First, I have to warn that she is one of those "page-skippers." But I love the way this woman writes.

From Amazon.com we find the backliner of the book:
"A mysterious plane crash . . . a dangerous trek through the Idaho wilderness . . . a smoldering attraction . . . and a deadly game of cat and mouse. In her latest tour de force of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard blends these elements into a gripping story that will keep readers breathless–and leave them begging for more. For in Linda Howard’s world, trust can be a weapon, a kiss can be a threat, and intimacy can be deadly.

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 fails.

Cam 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.

Sexy, suspenseful, and lightning fast, Up Close and Dangerous showcases a beloved author at her dazzling best.
Howard takes us on a wild ride through this plot, grabbing the reader from the very beginning, and keep us interested.

The manner in which Bailey is unveiled to us as first the young widow of a very rich man, to a simple straightforward woman crashed on the snowy crevices of an unforgiving mountain. Her core character is revealed, page by page, until you're cheering her on to success as she sacrifices to save the life of a man she has long hated and is beginning to find a little more than intriguing. The revelation as to identity of the evil-doer in this book caught me completely unawares, which is no easy task. Believe me!

I give this book a huge two-thumbs up. I picked it up off the shelves of Barnes and Noble the day it was released and it was worth every penny. If you like fast-paced action, raw emotion and hair-raising adventure tossed with more than a healthy helping of romance, then this book is for you!

-- and, just as an added bit --

This was printed on August 19th in the British Press.

J.K. ROWLING BACK TO WORK!

By DAVID STRINGER, AP
Posted: 2007-08-19 17:06:04

LONDON (Aug. 19) - J.K. Rowling has been spotted at cafes in Scotland working on a detective novel, a British newspaper reported Saturday.

The Sunday Times newspaper quoted Ian Rankin, a fellow author and neighbor of Rowling's, as saying the creator of the "Harry Potter" books is turning to crime fiction.

Upon completing 'The Deathly Hallows,' the final installment in the Harry Potter saga, J.K. Rowling said she was burnt out, "I just want to take a break. I really do." Now it appears she's already back at work.

"My wife spotted her writing her Edinburgh criminal detective novel," the newspaper, which was available late Saturday, quoted Rankin as telling a reporter at an Edinburgh literary festival.

"It is great that she has not abandoned writing or Edinburgh cafes," said Rankin, who is known for his own police novels set in the historic Scottish city.

Rowling famously wrote initial drafts of the Potter story in the Scottish city's cafes. Back then, she was a struggling single mother who wrote in cafes to save on the heating bill at home.

Now she's Britain's richest woman - worth $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine - and her seven Potter books have sold more than 335 million copies worldwide.

In an interview with The Associated Press last month, Rowling said she believed she was unlikely to repeat the success of the Potter series, but confirmed she had plans to work on new books.

"I'll do exactly what I did with Harry - I'll write what I really want to write," Rowling said.

The office of Rowling's literary agent, Christopher Little, was not immediately available to comment late Saturday.

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Review of "Up Close and Dangerous" by Linda Howard Review of "Up Close and Dangerous" by Linda Howard Reviewed by Candace Salima on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Rating: 5