When Tess misses her flight to a corporate retreat, Nat's there with his island-hopper plane and a plot to get stranded in paradise thanks to "mechanical problems." But his plan goes awry when a storm blows them off course and they have to make a real emergency landingand not on the island where he's stashed supplies.
Tess is furious. She's anxious to get to her retreat, and away from Nat. She's even angrier that being so close to him arouses her in a way she hasn't been for a long time. Rescue can't come soon enough, but in the meantime, she's going to have to trust Nat to keep her safe. Even if she's in danger of falling for him all over again.
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About the Author
MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching fourth grade students how to write, and diving into her own writingtraveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to the past.
She's a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist, and she won the 2009 Eppie Award with Hot Shot. Her romantic suspense titles include Hot Shot, Breaking Daylight, Beneath the Surface and Don't Look Back. Her first book was a contemporary romance, Where There's Smoke.
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Nathaniel Reis walked out of the hangar and tossed aside the chamois cloth as he watched the blonde cross the asphalt, her stride confident regardless of the uneven pavement and her ridiculous high heels. Despite the business suit, despite the knotted blond hair, he could see the woman he'd fallen in love with ten years ago.
The woman who'd left him last year. The woman who had no idea she'd hired him to be her pilot.
Yeah, she was going to be pissed.
He stepped out of the shadows and saw the exact moment she recognized him. Her foot in her high heel twisted, the suitcase she rolled behind her bumped into her heel and she snapped her shoulders straight. He thought for a moment she'd turn and walk away, but she'd always been too stubborn for her own good.
He was ready to benefit from that for a change.
"Tess," he greeted. Then all the smart remarks he'd thought to say when he came up with his plan evaporated as he looked into those familiar green eyes. Her lush mouth tightened in a frustrated line.
"You." The word came from the back of her throat. "Please tell me you're not my pilot."
He bowed deeply, sweeping off his grimy gimme cap. "At your service."
"I'm going to kill Carl," she muttered, turning away to yank the wheel of her suitcase out of a pit in the pavement.
Nat hid a smile. Carl, her assistant, had helped him set this up, arranging for her to miss the flight to the resort island with her colleagues, then finding her an alternative means of transportationNat's commuter plane.
She glared, eyes bright with anger, and if he wasn't mistaken, unshed tears.
"I was given to understand time is of the essence." He leveled his voice to a soothing tone, the sight of her tears as unnerving as always. "No time for you to go with someone else if you want to get to the island for your corporate retreat."
She rocked back on her heels and folded her arms. "I suppose you're the only pilot on duty."
She clenched her jaw and looked around. Her gaze fell on the lone plane on the tarmac, his single engine baby, restored by his own hands, and she tensed further. He hadn't thought it possible.
"Tell me that's not our plane."
"You hate it when I lie to you."
Her gaze snapped back to his and a touch of guilt niggled when she sucked her bottom lip between her teeth. She never had cared for flying. But she popped the lip out again as if unwilling to let him see her fear. She never had let him see her weaknesses, not until they overwhelmed her and it was too late. Hell, he hadn't known how miserable she was in their marriage until she'd walked away. Her haughty expression returned and she flicked her gaze up and down the length of his body. He waited for something to warm her eyesattraction, memorybut too much ice buried her emotions.
She squared her shoulders. "Right. How soon can you be ready?"
He spread his arms. "I'm ready now."
Her eyes widened just a bit at his cargo shorts and stretched-out T-shirt, the cap, the unlaced boots. He'd put a lot of thought into how he'd greet her. If he'd walked out wearing jeans and a nice shirt, she'd know something was up. Maybe he'd overdone it the other way.
Apprehension lodged in his chest. Maybe this had been a mistake. Maybe nothing of the woman he loved remained. He'd ruined the carefree girl she'd been, soured their relationship, allowing her to become invisible. Was there anything left to salvage?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For being a short story, I thought the story was okay. I had a little bit of a problem with Tess and the reasoning behind why she left her husband in the first place. I guess with me being a military wife, I expect long nights and days where my husband doesn't come home. It is part of the job. So for Tess to leave Nat because he was spending too much time at work just didn't seem like a good enough reason for me. With that being said though, I did find that the story was entertaining for being as short as it was. There wasn't a lot of information dumping, just short recaps of what went wrong. The only characters that were in this book are Tess and Nat. The story starts off with them in the airport and goes straight to them in the plain landing on a deserted island. However, I liked Nat and his persistence to win back his ex-wife. No matter how many times she pushed him away he always came back trying harder. Even though I didn't feel like the marriage falling apart was his fault, he really manned up and took responsibility and tried to show her that he was a changed man.
Nat chose his Air Force career one too many times over his wife, Tess, basically inviting her to leave their home and their marriage. A year later, he's realized his mistake and has come to sweep Tess off her now corporate feet. Working with her assistant, he's devised an elaborate seduction scheme that involves a missed flight to her retreat, a coincidental assignment that leaves him as her new pilot, and an "emergency" that has them landing on an island that is stocked with tents, sleeping bags, oh, and champagne already awaiting their arrival... What could possibly go wrong??? Mother Nature throws a monkey wrench into his plans by way of an epic storm!!!! Now Nat and Tess truly find themselves stranded on an island, only without all the comforts Nat had planned on having. Will his plan to seduce still work? Will he be able to open Tess' eyes to the man that is in front of her, the man that now knows where his priorities should be, let alone the value of the woman he never ceased to love? Can he show Tess that she can trust him with her heart once more, even though be basically just kidnapped her? ;) Overall rating - 3.5 out of 5 Stars... Three Days, Two Nights was a short but cute read... And OMG packed with not only sensual tension but delivery... I needed a fan when reading some passages. ;) The story is told from both Nat and Tess' perspectives and I found that reading Nat's perspective was far more enjoyable than reading from Tess'. There were moments of some good humor and some moments of heartfelt honesty that were both endearing. An overall entertaining read! Thank you, M.J. Fredrick!
My Review: At only 19,000 words, this is a really short read, but I don't feel like that fact hurt this book at all. This is a book about a couple that had a 10 year long relationship, so the time wasn't needed in the book to establish their connection. These two were already very connected...and still very much are... through their hearts. Tess and Nat were together for 10 years, when she finally got fed up with placing last against his career and divorced him. Quite honestly, the divorce blindsided Nat because he didn't realize how unhappy she had become in their marriage. That was a year ago, and things have changed drastically since then. Nat has left the Air Force and now has his own charter plane company. He still loves Tess and regrets not fighting more for their marriage so he works with her assistant to set up a plan where he has the opportunity to "kidnap" her and end up stranded on a deserted island. His plan goes awry when weather causes them to crash land, but he still ends up with Three Days & Two Nights to convince her to give him another chance. This was a fabulous little read. It's very sexy and hot, and was highly entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these characters and, coming from a background where I was an AF spouse, I can definitely see how their marriage went wrong, even though they both definitely still love the other. Obviously, Tess is MUCH MORE reluctant to give into their passion than Nat is, but she still feels the undeniable pull to him. She misses him and their life together and although she has built a new life for herself, it can't necessarily be qualified as a happy life. It's a beautiful reminder to be sure that you don't take advantage of those that you love because they may not always be there for you, if you do. The book takes place on a deserted island, involves lots of hot passion between two people that truly love each other, and can be read easily in about an hour...what's not to love here?!? It's a GREAT little book!!!