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Up Close and Dangerous

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  6,209 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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 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 d ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published July 1st 2007)
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Auntee
Sep 02, 2010 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Linda Howard; Fans of survival in the wilderness stories
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 some more of this and less of that...

The heroine, Bailey, is a 32 year-old attractive widow from Seattle with huge walls
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Shawna
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
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DarienMoya
^^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
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Kinga
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
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard is the pick for our book club and the first book of Lina Howard that I read. Bailey. Wingate is a youngt widow who was left as trustee to her late husbands estate to distribute monthly funds to her step children who are older than she is. The step children are Seth and his sister Tamzen. They hold resentment towards Bailey. After a nasty bout with Seth, she decides to go white water rafting with her brother and his wife. The Wingates have always used the sa ...more
Miss Kim
Sep 24, 2009 Miss Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic supense
I've never read Howard before, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very good story and it was one of those 'can't put it down' books. It has a surprise ending, and a nice HEA. I recommend for any romance-suspense lovers.
Wendy
I really hadn't heard anything about this book, but when I saw it in the used book store I thought it looked good. I wasn't wrong.

Bailey Wingate is a woman that is taking care of the trust funds of her step children, who are about her same age. she only does this out of loyalty to her deceased husband and former boss. But it is a lot to handle and the "kids" are terrible to deal with. When she decides to take a vacation in Colorado, river rafting, she boards a small plane to take her from Seatt
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Mojca
Although everyone believes Bailey Wingate is yet another throphy-wife, her marriage to Jim Wingate was merely a business arrangement. Jim needed someone to oversee the trust funds of his two adult, good-for-nothing children and Bailey, as his PA and quite investment savvy, was the perfect choice.
Now Jim's dead and Bailey has to suffer through endless tantrums from her step-children, who hate her guts.

Apparently they hate her enough to kill her, since, while flying to her two-week vacation, her C
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Emily
Widower Bailey Wingate is ready for a much needed vacation with the constant verbal abuse from her adult stepchildren is taken to a higher level. When she boards the plane and see Pilot Cam Justice, she knows it is going to be a long journey. although she finds him attractive she knows he thinks she is a trophy wife, which is farther than the truth.

Cam Justice has not been able to break through the icy exterior Bailey casts off, having flown with her a few times she is not his favorite passenger
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Christel
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense readers
Shelves: linda-howard
Picked this one up today at the grocery store after reading the back of the book I was interested. Pretty dang good of I say so myself.
Bailey Wingate has scheming step-children who would rather see her dead then alive. Saying she is younger than her stepkids and have the control of their multi-million dollar trust funds she could see why. After putting up with all the poop she can handle form them for the past year, she decided to get away for herself and meet her brother and sister-in-law in Co
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Glamdring

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I specially enjoyed how the narrator did Cam southern drawl...

I liked Bailey and Cam couple and Linda Howard did an awesome job researching about surviving a crash plan, but I would have loved the book more if there was more romance and suspense and little less surviving stuff.
Zeek
I have seen some of the less than stellar reviews floating around out there for Up Close and Dangerous, and knowing I've been mostly underwhelmed by LH's work here of late, I wasn't expecting much. Still I had hope that maybe, just maybe, she might one day get back to the magic of yesteryear. Once I finally got time to read it, I was pleasantly surprised.

I wasn't really disappointed with this one.

Oh I'm not saying it's all there- all the joyful fangirl glee I used to feel with her work- but ther
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Samantha
This was basically a how to survive a plane crash guide. Each chapter focuses on a new task that was completed to survive the plane crash. The bad guy didn't really make sense to me. The logic was there but it was stupid. I don't recommend this book. Very little romance and too many instructions.
Pamela(AllHoney)
For the mystery/suspense part I'd give it 5 stars but there were times I felt I was reading a survival guide and well, got a little bored. But all in all it wasn't bad and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy romantic suspense.
Kathleen
3.5 stars. Cam's small charter plane crashes in the remote snow-covered mountains somewhere around Hell's Canyon, Idaho. He is concussed. His passenger, the wealthy widow Bailey Wingate, keeps him alive till he's ready to hike out. In the worst conditions, Cam falls in love with Bailey, realizing she's not the cold stuck-up B he always thought.

A book about surviving the cold, similar to Ice -- minus the meth-heads. There are some smexy scenes, some sweet scenes, and a little suspense, with a tw
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Cata
Íntimo e Perigoso foi mais uma estreia para mim! Li-o porque era o livro seleccionado para o BookClub RSunshine!

Infelizmente não consegui encontrar o livro na biblioteca, nem tive possibilidades de comprar o livro, pelo que arranjei um daqueles e-books manhosos em PT-BR [o que foi óptimo, considerando que era ler em e-book ou não ler de todo]. O problema desses e-books são mesmo as traduções que são de meter medo ao susto. Há de tudo: verbos mal conjugados, palavras mal escritas, trocas absurdas
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LaFleurBleue
I have never watched any survival series on Discovery channel, nor any reality TV survival show and cannot compare but I definitely thought a lot of the 80s MacGyver series while reading it. Wow the inventiveness and creativity both of the characters, and especially Bailey, showed in recycling was impressive.
However, all that was not linked to their survival and tramping in the snowy mountains after the plane crash was unfortunately not up to par in my opinion. The characters' history was only h
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MostlyDelores
Umpteenth re-read. Alternate title: "What to pack to survive a plane crash".

Oh my god, Julio would hate this book so much. He'd have some kind of highfalutin complaint about pacing, or about why a romantic suspense novel should not go into the excruciating detail of un-picking the stitches in the leather seats so they could use the material to build a shelter, or point out that a man half-dead from concussion and blood loss wouldn't get a stiffy.

*waves dismissively*

Nevertheless.

This book taps
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Lindsay
I really enjoyed this book. It's not up there with my favorites by Linda Howard, but it was really good and engaging.

In other reviews people complained about the lack of romance in the book, but I thought it had the appropriate amount for the circumstances the characters found themselves in.

My only disappointment was who the bad guy turned out to be. I actually liked the character until he was revealed as the bad guy.

Time will tell if this becomes a favorite, but I would be willing to read it
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Patricia
Oct 29, 2010 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all that love romantic suspense and of course Linda Howard
Recommended to Patricia by: Library
Shelves: linda-howard
Because I live in Portugal, there aren't many books on american authors concearning romantic suspense on the market but I looked it up in the library and surprise surprise, there she was.

I read this book in portuguese and found another one too, lucky me.

I'm not going to review it because my friend Shawna touched all the points and made a great review.

My advise is read it, if you're into action, surviving in the wilderness and a love story, just read it and tell us all about it.
Christine
Very well done! Linda Howard has taken a simple, classic premise and spun it into an exciting and romantic story with twists and turns enough for any lover of suspense.

Bailey and Cam don't like each other much, but when their small plane crashes on a frozen mountainside, they will turn to one another in order to survive. To make matters worse, it turns out that the crash was no accident.

This is one of Linda Howard's best.
Jacqueline
One of my favorite tropes. Survival in the wilderness. Here the actions of the heroine to save them are detailed and what's more they make sense. The emotion and relationship that builds between the two characters seems realistic and believable. Totally enjoy this and highly recommend it.
Daniel Rudge
While I didn't dislike this book, I can't say it was a riveting page turner. Since I'm trying to broaden the scope of books I read, this title was suggested using a random sample generator. I found that while I find most romance fiction unreadable, I was able to enjoy parts of this book and I did hope that the characters would survive (it is romance fiction so I should have just assumed it would have a happy ending!). About those characters. While author Howard does a pretty good job of fleshing ...more
Rhapsody
Bailey married her wealthy boss as part of a deal to help straighten out his messed up kids when he died. She manages their money for them and gives them an allowance, even though they're both older than her. Cam is the ex-air-force pilot flying her to Denver for her vacation. He doesn't like her, perceiving her as a cold, aloof trophy wife. The plane malfunctions and crashes in a remote region of the mountains. Cam manages to land it but suffers from a concussion. Bailey gets them out of the pl ...more
Sandra
Lê-se num instante, tal é a voracidade que surge em nós.

Este livro está muito bem escrito. A fluidez da descrição de acontecimentos e o seu realismo fez com que eu nem desse conta do virar de páginas. Tal e qual um bom filme de ação.

Gostei bastante do casalinho principal, mas achei alguns aspetos pouco trabalhados. Isto adicionado a alguns erros de escrita/ tipografia fazem com que o real prazer com que fiquei seja um pouquito diminuído.

Mesmo assim gostei imenso das primeiras cento e tal páginas
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Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Didn't see that ending coming. Other than that, a nice walk through the Colorado mountains. For me, not for the characters, that is :D
Marsha Spohn
Bailey Wingate’s life got complicated the moment she agreed to marry James Wingate. Sure she got a very nice lifestyle out of the deal – but there is always a drawback to the “perfect” deal. In this case that small detail involved her step-children and their extreme hatred of her.

But did they hate her enough to commit murder?

When James Wingate died he left the care and control of his children’s trust funds to Bailey – with a monthly allowance to be doled out which they thought was well beneath t
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Sari
Gw suka banget nih buku, walau kisah romance nya termasuk cepet, hanya dlm 6 hari mereka jatuh cinta, tapi semua terasa sah2 aja n wajar mengingat situasi mrk. Cuma krn pas awal baca gw sempet baca review yg ngasih spoiler penjahatnya adalah sang mekanik, gw jadi ketipu pas baca endingnya, krn ternyata penjahatnya sesuai dgn yg gw prediksi ketika bab awal ebook ini gw baca. Walau seiring bab kecurigaan gw makin menguat bahwa tuh spoiler bikin keblinger krn agak aneh kok mekaniknya bisa jd penjah ...more
Charlie
Weak in the character relationships, but I still enjoyed the book.

I have read a majority of Linda Howard's books over the years and like many authors that create a number of works I have my favorites. Up Close and Dangerous would fall somewhere in the upper middle category. Maybe it was time spent on "how to survive the wilderness", and which gave less pages that were devoted to flushing out the characters and the romantic scenes. Overall, I still enjoyed the book.
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