February 24th, 2008
Bailey, a wealthy widow, is taking a long awaited vacation from her duties as trustee of her grown stepchildren’s inheritance. Flying in a private plane with a pilot she doesn’t much care for, her vacation is truly ruined when the plane is forced to make a crash landing in a mountain wilderness. The pilot is injured and needs stitches; Bailey is slightly injured and has altitude sickness. It doesn’t help that it’s well below freezing on the mountain either. Fortunately, Bailey is smart and resourceful and able to turn things around for them both. It’s not long before the pilot discovers the plane has been sabotaged, and he’s certain that someone is trying to kill Bailey. Bailey and the pilot fall in love during their struggles to survive and set about rescuing themselves so that they can get to happily ever after.
This was my first time reading Linda Howard. Billed as romantic suspense, I was surprised to find that there is actually very little suspense in this novel. Howard could have made this more of a thriller had Bailey, the pilot, and the saboteur had any real cat and mouse interactions. Because Bailey and her pilot were at the seclusion of the crash site for most of the book, any subsequent danger came from the elements rather than from the killer (whose identity might surprise you regardless). If you are looking for suspense, I’d take a pass on this one, but if you’re in the mood for a romance, take a look at Up Close and Dangerous.