• Up Close and Dangerous

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (589 ratings)

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Up Close and Dangerous

By: Linda Howard
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Sure enough, upon her return to civilization, Bailey's suspicions mount: Who tampered with their plane? Who's trying to reunite Bailey and her husband in the afterlife?

Trusting her life - and heart - to Cam, Bailey must outwit a killer who will stop at nothing to finish the job.

©2007 Linda Howard (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about Up Close and Dangerous

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Great survival romance

When I was (much) younger, I did some backpacking in some very remote areas. So I enjoyed this story a lot. The whole "strangers struggling to survive under terrible conditions and falling in love" plot was great fun. And I feel like she did a good job of it. I really enjoyed seeing the heroine figuring out how to make do with what was on hand in order to survive. And I enjoyed the way the two of them worked together, and I liked the way they verbally sparred with one another.

In short, I liked this book. A lot. Try it. I don't think you'll regret it.

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More a survival story than a romance.

What did you love best about Up Close and Dangerous?

The characterization was good. Like many of Linda Howard's novels, it gives you a detailed look at the main characters thought process.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are really only two characters through most of the book, Cam and Bailey. I liked them both. They came across as very real. Linda Howard has a knack for putting normal people into unusual situations and letting us watch the outcome.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of her performances and loved them all. I find she has a nice range and I never catch myself cringing at her male/female voices as sometimes happens with other narrators.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found i had a hard time putting this down. Or turning it off as the case may be. I wanted the drive to last longer so I wouldn't have to pause the book.

Any additional comments?

The romance itself felt rushed. There was a nice twist at the end.

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Interesting Story -- Great Narrator!

Up Close and Dangerous is not a predictable story, but a well written story of survival, romance and mystery.

Although fiction, it's very believable, as a person never knows what they are capable of until circumstances necessitate a need for strength beyond what's normal, as in this story.

Natalie Ross gave a wonderful performance.


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One of my go to books over and over

Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the romance. Survival aspects we're cool and fun to read as were the flying/pilot aspects but if you're looking for action or suspense this isn't the story, other than the crash itself (which was AWESOME!). Having said that I fell in love with the characters and their drama, and with the different perspectives from the characters it's an engaging read, great story and I love the performance which really seems to capture the emotion of each scene, and the narrator captured the essence of the story so well I can't read the book without hearing her voice now.
Anyways, I listen to it over and over again, so much so I'd call it timeless.

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i already had the book and enjoed it

What made the experience of listening to Up Close and Dangerous the most enjoyable?

i liked it a lot i read and i have been getting more books on audible so i can take more books with me when i got out

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Good Story

I liked Cam and Bailey’s story. I really liked that Bailey wasn’t a damsel in distress, she did what needed to be done herself.

Cam and Bailey both came across as real people which I always appreciate. I do wish there was a little more follow up at the end. It kind of felt like the book just ended abruptly.

The narrator did a good job and I enjoyed her performance.

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Great survival story!

Mary Ross was an outstanding narrator! This was a different narrative than the usual Linda Howard “romance focused” plot. Two complex and distinctive main characters, trying to survive a plane crash snd fighting to stay alive until rescued. The romance evolved from mutual trust and caring, and in no way overpowered the main story!

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Timeless story, great narration

One of my favorite Linda Howard books, and although published in 2007, the events are still realistic. The best part, though, since I’ve actually read it a few times, is the narrator. Natalie Ross provided one of the best narrations in my extensive audible library.

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Really?

Stranded after a plane crash. One day so much pain and so cold can barely move. Next day sex. I just kept rolling my eyes

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Narration excellent, survival good, love story meh

Firstly, this narration was absolutely excellent. You can really tell she has a talent for this but also puts in work to make each character distinct. she even does a special phone voice and voice for someone talking from another room (and does so with already already established character voices). It adds a really great element to the story.

The survival aspects of this story were great and very believable. I enjoyed that part and the beginning of the love story.

However, midway through, it got corny and lacked that climactic point that the relationship should have had. I get that the plane crash was a climax but the love story needed one too. It just didn't feel believable at all.

Otherwise, it was a pretty decent book.