Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dangerously Close by Dee J. Adams

Title:   Dangerously Close
Author: Dee J. Adams
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Adrenaline Highs #3
Main Characters: Mel and Ashley
Release Date:  July 2012

ISBN: ebook

Publisher: Carina Press

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Bad-boy rock star Seger Hughes hit rock bottom after a near-fatal tragedy at his concert. He hates how his life has spun out of control. After changing his appearance and his name, he transforms into a different man: Mel Summers. Now he just needs a place to hide out from rabid fans and paparazzi.

An isolated cliffside mansion is perfect. Ashley Bristol, his only neighbor, is blind—and her assistant is a classical music fan. They have no clue who he really is, but someone else does and she’s waited her whole life to be with him.

Struggling to find her way after an accident that took her sight, Ashley is determined not to feel anything. Yet she gets to know Mel and can’t help falling for him. When her assistant mysteriously disappears, Ashley must rely on Mel more than ever. But then his past comes back to haunt them both, and just when they must pull together to avoid danger, betrayal and lies threaten to tear them apart...

My Review:

*sigh* I just love books like this, that pull me in and don't let go until the final page...and then I just want to start over and read it again. If you can't tell, I liked this one!!

Unlike the other two books in this series, this book did not revolve around the race track. No, this book takes place in Malibu and instead has a rock star, Seger, who's completely burned out and more than a little jaded. He's escaped to Malibu under his real name and is hiding in his mansion that he just recently bought. What he doesn't realize is that his mansion was such a good deal because they split up the property of the mansion from the guest house and sold them separately. He's not thrilled to find his seclusion isn't going to be quite so alone when he discovers Ashley living on the property. The good news is that Ashley is blind so she can't see who he is and his secret hiding place is safe from the paparazzi. 

We met Ashley in one of the other books (I can't remember which) when scaffolding collapsed on top of her and almost killed her. She was in a coma for a few months. That was two years ago and she still hasn't recovered from the physical or emotional trauma of that. She's spent the last year completely unlike the outgoing party girl she used to be. She's just not the same person that she was before the accident. So when she falls and ends up suddenly blind on top of everything else, it's more than a little devastating. You can't help but feel sorry for her. Seriously, how much can one person take? 

It's been just a couple of weeks since the accident that left her blind when Mel moves in. He's really not happy to have her there, but as he gets to know her and her incredible sense of wit and humor, he can't help but to like her. They develop a friendship...which they both desperately need. These are two very lonely people and they are so good together. I love that they developed such an amazing friendship before it moved anywhere close to romance. This romance moved really slow, but I loved every minute of reading it. They have a fantastic repertoire between the two of them and every time they are together the fun dialogue just jumps off the page.

This was just a good book. The characters were really likable and well-developed. I liked every bit of the story line. You get to see life for Seger as a rocker and how bad it's gotten, and you get a feel that Mel was a bit like him before her accident. They both have somewhat wild pasts, but they're becoming different people. I liked that they had that know they aren't going to someday get bored with each other. They are a good fit. 

Then there's the suspense story line. You know who the bad guy is from the very beginning, but still the suspense was fabulous. She is absolutely crazy and you just never knew where her character was going to go next.

Overall, it was just an AMAZING addition to this series. Definitely one going into my re-read pile. I don't know what Dee J. Adams has up next, but I sincerely hope there's going to be more of these!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an  honest review.


julie beasley said...

i liked your review. this sounds quite an exciting read. the characters are believeable. the story has suspense, and romance. definitely 1 for my tbr list

Brianna (The Book Vixen) said...

I loved this one too. It's my favorite in the series so far and I can't wait for more.