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.
An interesting plot, a few twists, and compelling characters is never all you get when reading a Linda Howard book. At every opportunity Howard will make you laugh, hold your breath, wiggle in your seat, and overall make you flip the pages faster and faster. There isn’t an opportunity she doesn’t find, no avenue that she doesn’t explore, no rock she doesn’t look under in order to bring you everything her story has to offer.
Howard does so in this story of two people, one plane, and a hungry wilderness as far as the eye can see. Not only does this book contain strong, practical characters, believable details in survival, and witty, sometimes hilarious dialogue, there is a beautifully crafted plot. One that carefully, and at a wonderful pace, pulls the heroine’s emotional issues to the surface for a little one-on-one with just the right hero. It’s the perfect situation for her, as being in close quarters and having to trust someone with her very life is in direct contrast with what her emotionally scarred heart wants her to do. The plot absolutely does the job of driving this heroine to ditching the baggage and claiming her happy ending.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the perspective from the stepson. I found the character to be annoyingly dramatic, which pretty much matches his character, but still… I didn’t care for him and often skim through those few pages when rereading. However, he takes up only a tiny portion of the book and doesn’t really take away from the over all story.
I have read Up Close and Personal more times than I can count, and in my opinion it’s one of Howard’s best!
This is an older publication (2007), and can pretty much be purchased anywhere. I highly recommend it!
*I received this book via a book store and my own wallet.