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In this captivating novel of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive--and avoid becoming what they never expected to be:
Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Callahan she nurses a simmering rage. After all, why give Dare the satisfaction of knowing he can push her buttons and push her to the edge?

Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural western Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie's. Complicating matters is the fact that Dare has asked Angie out (not once but twice) and has given her a gift of butterflies in the process. Angie has no patience for butterflies. They only lead to foolish decisions. And now the infuriatingly handsome Iraq war vet has siphoned away Angie's livelihood, forcing her to close up shop. 

Before Angie is to leave town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness with a client and his guest, who wants to bag a black bear. But the adrenaline-fueled adventure turns deadly when Angie witnesses a cold-blooded murder and finds herself on the wrong side of a loaded gun. Before the killer can tie up this attractive loose end, a bear comes crashing through the woods--changing the dark game completely.

Luckily, Dare is camping nearby and hears the shots. Forced together for their very survival, Angie and Dare must confront hard feelings, a blinding storm, and a growing attraction--while being stalked by a desperate killer and a ferocious five-hundred-pound beast. And neither will stop until they reach their prey.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345506917
Branch Call Number: F HOW
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm


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Oct 30, 2014

Another reason to avoid US authors. This is such dribble. While there is some tension in the hunt, it is ruined by the unrealistic details. What hunting guides wear trackpants in the wilderness and leave their thermals for the hut? Where else can the bad guy (now the good guy once she falls for his egotistic claims for satsifying her sexual needs) survive being shot by a weapon designed to bring down a grizzly bear? Linda Howard would have benefited from the services of a guide herself, a literary guide, otherwise known as an editor. If you're after a mindless and hopeless romance and don't care about real life, then give it a try. Otherwise leave it at the airport.

Jun 08, 2013

loved this book but I may never go near the woods again. I read late and scared myself silly.

Apr 09, 2013

I always enjoy a Linda Howard book.

LaimaA Dec 07, 2012

This is a pretty enjoyable outdoor adventure thriller. I loved that the protagonists were fighting two predators - man and bear. This is a fast-paced, satisfying read.

grandquilter Aug 05, 2012

First time reading Linda Howard. Would recommend this book and will read other books by this author.

Jun 20, 2012

I particularly enjoyed the chapters written from the bear's perspective and would have liked more of this humour. Linda Howard, however, always delivers some great one-liners that add immensely to the enjoyement of the story.

Apr 24, 2012

I have yet to read a book by her that is not really good. She keeps the pages turning into the night.

Jan 03, 2012

This book was really good. The deadliest and most feared predator in the book was the bear and it was neat to have a little insight into what's going on in an animals head...and kinda gross The dynamics between Angie and Dare really kept me flipping the pages. The final confrontation between all the involved parties is riveting. I caught myself holding my breath a couple times while that played out. It was a fun and quick read and I'd forsure recommend it.

Dec 12, 2011

This book was a prime example of a real page turner. Filled with anticipation and fear of the unknown kept me wanting to read on and on. Howard's description of Angie's struggle to stay alive was intense and haunting. If you're looking for a thrilling story to read on a cold winter's day, this book will not disappoint you.

Nov 16, 2011

I've been hit and miss on Linda Howard's recent contemporary thrillers, but I really enjoyed this book. The depictions of the bear and its predations were excellent, if a little sickening. I definitely felt nervous and on edge for the protagonist. The evolution of the two main love interest's relationship was great and I loved how they resolved their miscommunications. Like most novels where the military aspect is background information instead of part of the story, I felt the cliche "after serving so long, he will always be battle ready" sentiment was a little too pat but that's to be expected. Overall, great one!

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