In this captivating novel of romantic suspense, New York Times best-selling 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: Prey.
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 500-pound beast. And neither will stop until they reach their prey.
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Linda Howard is back!!!
Good premise, too many repetitions
Mostly, cut out the repetitions, and the long-winded exposition. We don't need to hear umpteen times how Chad is underestimated by everyone, that Dare is grouchy or that Angie has low self-esteem in relationships. Linda Howard is normally good at 'show not tell' but she slipped up there. The middle part, though it did a decent job at exploring the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, went on too long for a suspense novel. The bear's point of view was odd - it didn't really fit the book. Enough could be learnt about it from exposition and his grisly actions (and remains of actions).
Not anywhere as good as Open Season or Mr Perfect, but a decent listen. The narrator made the most of the book.
I haven't, but I thought she did a good job.
No, it's fine as a stand-alone.
I love books about the great outdoors, so that hit the spot, and unlike some reviewers, I was not put off by the realistic description of a man-eating bear. I could have wished for more suspense throughout the book, because suddenly, we're stuck in a two-day wash-out, and the action is suspended. Linda Howard's gift for dialogue comes to the rescue to give us some fine exchanges between hero and heroine, but not enough to keep the suspense afloat (despite all that water).
- SJS Nussle