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For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.



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Up Close and Dangerous, by Linda Howard **** I enjoyed this, though I kind of doubt I'll read it again (anytime soon, that is). Still, it was an intriguing read. I liked how Cam and Bailey survived and the creative ideas Bailey had for their various needs. I thought the physical relationship between them was funny, though (probably not the intention) -- but when I'm cold and in pain, I can't imagine wanting anything like that...I guess that's why it's fiction, no? (However, I could see men wanting that, as a distraction, if nothing else.) I did think the 'suspense' part was pretty weak -- it's much more of a survival story with a mystery thrown in (that the reader could never solve, as it involves information we aren't given until the person is confronted). Overall, though, I liked it. The story: Bailey has chartered her husband's (he's dead) company plane to travel to Denver to meet her brother. She's stressed because of her step-'children' (one of whom is older than she is) and their constant demands and petulance. The trip doesn't turn out as expected, however, when the plane runs out of fuel a while into the trip. Thanks to the skill of the pilot (Cam), the crash landing doesn't kill them both. However, both are injured, and Bailey must be creative as she scrambles to keep them both alive. (Adult romantic suspense, released 2008, publisher: Ballantine Books)

On Deck: Spellbound, among others :)

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