Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

by Dee J. Adams

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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…

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426896064
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Adrenaline Highs , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 996,401
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dee J. Adams is a writer, actor, and public speaker. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and RWA. She narrated most of her books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com.  You can find more at her website: http://deejadams.com/ and on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/DeeJAdamsAuthor.



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Malibu, California
Present Day

Bright California sun glinted off the Pacific Ocean and sent shards of light dancing in Ashley Bristol's eyes. She adjusted her sunglasses for the tenth time, surprised at the intensity of the November sun. Ignoring the hazy feeling swimming in her head, she dug her bare feet into the warm sand and leaned her head back on her small beach chair. Maybe if she relaxed and tried some breathing exercises, the oncoming headache would go away.

"This is the life," her best friend, Ellie Reynolds, muttered next to her. "A cliff-side mansion, the beach anytime you want it and perfect sunsets every day." Her sigh drifted with the breeze. "You're tempting me to move back to L.A., you know. Don't think I didn't notice."

Ashley smiled. "Yes, that's me...devious to the bone. I found an irresistible place, then waited until you got married and moved to Indiana before cunningly trying to lure you back. Genius to the core." She breathed in deeply and exhaled slowly.

Splayed next to her like a sun goddess in a pink bikini, Ellie chuckled.

Ashley suppressed a sigh. She didn't take her life for granted. Not anymore. On the contrary, she relished her new house and the picture-perfect scenery of the ocean and sand. Life should have been ideal. But, pretty soon, Ellie would go home and Ashley would be all alone with everything. And nothing. She'd been alone in this house for almost a year, careful to keep herself occupied with remodeling. Ellie's visit had been both a reprieve from the loneliness and a chance to feel human. She'd changed so much in the past two years that it was hard to come to grips with her new life. But now was not the time to dwell on this, not when her old roommate was in town. She took another deep breath and let it out.

Distraction. She needed a distraction.

"Finish telling me about the premiere last night," Ashley said. At least then she wouldn't have to think about her lack of a life or the feeling that these breathing exercises weren't doing a damn thing. "I want all the details. I read that every who's who in Tinseltown made an appearance."

Dangerous Race, an action/adventure/love story, had its Hollywood red-carpet debut. As the star's stunt double, Ellie had been invited to the movie's premiere. Though she'd relocated to Indiana a year ago with her new husband, Ellie used the premiere as a good excuse to visit.

"You should've been there," Ellie chided. "Everyone asked about you." She went on to list a half-dozen people that Ashley had met during the movie's production, including the couple the movie was based on. "They all thought you were coming with me since Quinn couldn't make it. Oh, by the way, Quinn says hi, too."

"How is your studly husband?"

"He's fine. Good. Gorgeous." The girl was all but purring.

"Stop gloating." Ashley chuckled, but she loved that Ellie was so deliriously happy. No one deserved it more. Ellie still lived in Newlywed Land and hadn't come off her honeymoon high. But who would have being married to a handsome, hunky, rich guy who also happened to worship the ground you walked on?

"He wants to know how his Honda is running," Ellie said.

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Dangerously Close 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
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 similarity...you 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. A lot of action and suspense. Not to mention a great love story between a blinde women and a man trying to hide his true identity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was my favorite in the whole series
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. Loved Ashley. Loved her spunk in battling back after yet another horrifying setback to her health after it was sabotaged through no fault of her own. Gagged every time I read the name Seger, as for whatever reason, the voice of very talented musician Bob Seger is like nails on a chalkboard for me. However, Mel Summers, aka Seger Hughes, was a very likeable character and his needs and weaknesses and Ashley's dovetailed perfectly. Loved that we, the readers, got to see these two were in danger, yet THEY didn't know it. Loved the slow build of sexual tension between Ashley and Mel. Loved Roamer, and that the author wasn't afraid to kill off a character we'd come to strongly like. My only complaints was it took perhaps a little too long for the characters to find their way into the bedroom, and that some seeds (the sneezing dog) planted in the early sections weren't continued all the way through. But those are quibbles. This book fits as part of this author's series, but works perfectly as a stand-alone. Really entertaining and fun read, and includes a character with disabilities, something we don't often see.
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