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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,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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Dangerously Close Reviews

  • ~ Becs ~
    2019-03-30 05:08

    This is the third instalment in the Adrenaline Highs Series. I’d not read the first two but this one works perfectly well as a stand alone novel.Seger Hughes is a rock star teetering on the edge of total burnout. He’s been partying too hard, drinking too hard and sleeping with ever younger groupies. He’s adored by millions but they see only the rock star, not the man inside and, despite their constant attention, he is deeply lonely. After waking up one morning with a barely legal groupie and a pounding head, he decides enough is enough. Time for a break.He buys a secluded property on the Malibu coast intending to hide away and just take some time out. He’s very disappointed when he gets there to discover a smaller, occupied house on his property. Ashley is his new neighbour and, due to a couple of serious accidents, she is also hiding away – scarred, lonely and mostly blind. Seger realises she can’t see him and therefore recognise him and introduces himself as ‘Mel’ – his birth name and they become friends. She can’t see what he looks like, has no preconceived ideas about him and they slowly to get to know one another. He enjoys her fresh approach and that she likes him for who he actually is and not the rock star that the rest of the world sees. Slowly, they begin to fall in love and this is very sweet.Of course, this is romantic suspense, so we have a villain. In fact we have a stalkerific, clinically insane, bunny boiler of a villain. She believes she and Seger are destined to be together and will stop at virtually nothing to ensure this happens and very nearly succeeds.And so we’re set up for a very sweet ending and an even sweeter epilogue.Very satisfying 4 star contemporary romantic suspense.I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Carina Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-09 10:15

    Story Rating 4.5 StarsCharacter Rating 5 StarsRomance Rating 4 StarsHeat Level 3.5 StarsOverall Rating 4.5 StarsI can't remember just how I found this book but boy am I glad I did. I really love the whole rock star romance thing so this was an excellent find. The beginning started a little slow but was still good enough to keep me interested in the story. Once the H&h met I was hooked. This story took it's time and the H&h really got to know each other before and real sexual tension started. I was a bit worried because I had never read this author before and in none of the reviews that had been posted for it mentioned the heat factor. You see I love to read a steamy book with no closed bedroom doors. Well I had to wait until after the 50% mark and then yes, I found the heat and it was HOT and made it worth the wait! The characters were well done and I felt I really got to know each one really well as the story moved along. Even the dog Roamer was a great character. There was plenty of dialogue in this book for those of you who love that.This story revolves around a psychopath who has had delusions from an early age about being with the hero. She went to extremes lengths in this book to get what she wanted and let me tell you she was a real piece of nasty work. This part of the story line kept me reading so I could find out just what she would do next.I LOVED reading how the H&h became friends and then best friends to lovers. It was not rushed at all and it was very believable. At a few parts, the hero who of course is a rock star turned out some lovely music and this is one of the songs he wrote and sang for her."Ashley Here with Me"You came into my life, a shooting star you brought hope and faith to this old heartAnd I'll tell you this forever is real Your making me feelSo here I am all alone with you There's nowhere else I'd rather be As long as I've got Ashley here with me.It wasn't easy to conceive You're the one who made ne believe And I won't ever leave your side I'll be with you 'til the day I die.So here I am all alone with you There's nowhere else I'd rather be As long as I've got Ashley lovin' me.Sighhhhhhh, such a romantic song.The ending of course was HEA and I did get an Epilogue which I really love to have.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read a rock star book with a very witty and smart heroine. Throw in some really good suspense, dialogue and heat and that is what you'll get with this book.

  • Emily
    2019-03-29 11:23

    "When Seger Hughes, realizes he can be who he is, Mel Summers, without Ashley knowing he is a rock star, he forms what is a first for him, a friendship."Full review on Single Titleshttp://singletitles.com/?p=7557***reread this is such a good story, love Mel he is conflicted as a soiled rock star trying to dig his way out. Meeting Ashley who is blind and doesn't judge him turns into a beautiful love story.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-02 07:19

    ~* 4.5 Stars *~Rockin' the Adrenaline HighRock 'n Roll icon Seger Hughes has been a very, very bad boy. Stumbling, sexing, and boozing his way through a brutal world tour, he's lucky if he can remember the lyrics to his songs when he's on stage. He sure can't remember the name of the barely legal girl he banged after a recent show.He's burned out, and so disgusted with himself he can hardly meet his own eyes in the mirror. The love of music that once drove him like a demon is silent in his chest. He's desperate for a break, needs to step back and just breathe for awhile. Most of all, he needs to get away from himself.Ashley Bristol knows a bit about playing the hand you're dealt, no matter how traumatic. She was collateral damage to a madman not too long ago and spent months in a coma because of it. Now, courtesy of a bee and the seaside stairs that lead up to her new home, Ashley takes a bad fall and ends up back in the hospital. And she's blind.Refusing to succumb to panic or despair, Ashley returns to her beloved home intent on learning how to be independent. She had worked hard to renovate what was the guesthouse on a wealthy estate, and plans to continue to enjoy the fruits of her labor. She knows she has a neighbor, her realtor told her that's why she got such a deal on the house, but whomever it is has been a no-show since she moved in.Mel Summers wants privacy. He wants to go unrecognized as rock's wild man while he gets his head on straight. He doesn't want to be Seger at all, actually. He certainly doesn't want a neighbor he hadn't known about or anticipated. But Ashley is like no woman Mel has ever met and her blindness allows him to keep his identity a secret. With Ashley he can just be a man.He has no idea that someone is watching him very intently, watching as the friendship between him and Ashley grows and warms. That someone knows exactly who Mel Summers really is, and she wants nothing more than to prove to Seger that she's everything he will ever need in life. That she loves him. And she'll do whatever it takes to prove it.~*~I'm such a big fan of the Adrenaline Highs series. Adams brings a fresh voice and uncommon stories to the romantic suspense genre, satisfying readers with strong, unique characters thrust into life-threatening situations. Since Dangerous Race, the first in the series (which shouldn't be missed, though these books fare well as stand-alone reads), Adams has brought her happy readers into the lives of race car drivers, movie stunt women, and now rock stars. I've enjoyed every single pulse-pounding trip.In this third installment, we're introduced to Seger Hughes, a flawed rock star with more than his share of self-made problems. He's spoiled and selfish, self-destructive and arrogant. He manages to take himself too seriously and life not seriously enough. In short, he's not exactly a nice guy, even after Ashley first wriggles her way into his life.Ashley, on the other hand, is a force of nature. We first met her as Ellie's roommate and best friend in the previous book, Danger Zone. She's fought her way back to the land of the living and is doing fairly well until she falls down the stairs leading down to the beach from her new home and is, quite literally, struck blind. This is not a woman with the best luck in the world, by any means.Despite that, and the occasional (completely understandable) moments of terror and despair that her blindness may be permanent, Ashley doesn't do self-pity or regret. She mourns the loss of her vision with dignity and moves forward, pressing relentlessly onward and drawing people into her sphere with her strength of character and generosity of spirit. I loved her as a secondary character in the previous book and I adored her - absolutely, positively adored her - in this one.Frankly, Mel was a goner as soon as she set her almost completely sightless eyes on him. He just didn't know it.The evolution of their relationship was definitely the high point of the book for me. It's become rare to find a story like this, one that so seamlessly introduces characters, develops a rock-solid friendship between them, then uses that friendship as the foundation for an incendiary love affair. It's a fantastic romance, and the characters are so modern and so clearly adult (if not always mature) in thought and deed that there's a wonderful earthy realism to every aspect of their interactions.I'm slightly more circumspect when it comes to the suspense threads in this book. On one hand, I have to admire the utterly creepy and freakily believable motivations and actions of the antagonist. Who hasn't heard a horror story of a crazed stalker turned homicidal? You don't have to be a rock star to garner that level of crazy in your life.On the other hand, the stalker-turned-killer villain has never been a particular favorite of mine in suspense fiction. Despite the solid execution of the storyline, I have to admit, the concept of a whack job stalking a rock star did seem a little clichéd to me. One of the few things in this series that ever has, actually.Regardless, I think Adams wove those plot threads into the book with a masterful subtlety, including a few scenes from the point of view of the Bad Guy. It was startlingly effective at building the level of tension and suspense throughout the narrative. Not only because the chick is pathologically manipulative, delusional, and batshit crazy, but because when she worms her way into the lives of the main characters, they aren't thrilled with her as a person, but they don't know she's completely off her nut and dangerous as hell.As critical elements go, mine turned out to be fairly minor in the end. I was so in love with the characters, so thrilled by Mel's evolution and the relationship between him and Ashley, and so impressed with the way in which Adams bled an increasing level of suspense and strain into the story, that the whole of the read was a major success for me. And this installment was my favorite of the three book (so far) series.Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Carina Press via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.~*~*~*~Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-04-10 12:56

    Ashley is almost finished renovating her dream house overlooking a beautiful California ocean. Two years ago Ashley was in accident that left her in a coma for two months, so the renovations have served as a form of therapy for her. While visiting with her best friend, on the beach, Ashley feels a migraine coming on and makes a retreat to the house. One minute she’s falling backwards on the steps, the next she’s waking up in the hospital without her sight. Facing the possibility that this might be permanent, Ashley tries to adjust. Mel, or Seger Hughes as he’s widely known, is a famous bad-boy rock star who’s just woken up with some nameless girl in his bed, and the mother of all hangovers. When the girl rolls over and talks, Mel realizes she’s barely legal and can’t get away soon enough. He’s so tired of this life, sick of his songs, sick of people wanting him for his fame and money, sick of abusing his body. Waking up to a girl half his age, and all the disgust he feels at what his life has become, moves him to make a change. He cleans up his life, changes his appearance, and moves into a beach house he bought in his real name. He plans on taking time off anonymously, and getting back to his love of music in peace and quiet. His plans come to an abrupt halt when he pulls into his garage, and finds the guesthouse on the property is occupied, not knowing the property was divided and sold separately. At first, Mel goes into a panic but then quickly finds out that his neighbor, Ashley is blind and her assistant has no idea who he is, and he relaxes a bit. Soon Mel’s running into Ashley on the beach and can’t help but be drawn to her easy carefree attitude and wicked sense of humor. Ashley is beautiful on the outside but it’s the insides that make her truly stunning to Mel, and he can’t help falling for hard for her. Ashley is happy to find out her new neighbor is a solitary man, and the tranquility of the beautiful location won’t be ruined. She doesn’t plan on getting close to him, but they keep running into each other. Mel makes her laugh, and they talk for hours, getting closer day by day. Soon she’s relying on his company, and a growing attraction intensifies, but she doesn’t want to fall for him because she’s “damaged goods,” and how could he want her? Little do they know in the middle of their growing feelings, danger is lurking in the form of a stalker. Mel’s number one fan has found out where he lives, and inserts herself into Ashley’s life when her assistant “mysteriously” disappears. She’s obsessed with Mel and isn’t afraid to take down anything or anyone in her way. This woman was beyond psycho, and I cringed while reading every scene she was in! *shivers*Oh, I just fell in love with these characters! Even in the face of her depressing circumstances, Ashley managed to have a positive attitude and was a caring person. I also appreciated that Mel’s change came from his own disgust at his way of life before he even met Ashley, and not because he found “the perfect woman.” It made it so much more believable. I loved reading about the slow building attraction between Ash and Mel. Their romance was built on friendship first, so when they fell for each other is was so satisfying. I must warn that the spice in this story doesn’t happen until you reach about 60% but its well worth the wait! The scenes were HOT and well-done! One of my favorite quotes:“What are you doing? What are you waiting for?”“You. I’m waiting for you, Ash. I want all of you online and working. I want to feel the heat come off your skin and I want you so hot for me that you can’t think straight.” While this story is part of a series, it’s not necessary to read the others to enjoy this, but I will be checking out the other books now that I enjoyed this one so much. This story had everything I wanted: mystery, good plot, deliciously steamy scenes, and an amazing romance. Thank you to Carina Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read this.

  • Carlyn
    2019-04-16 09:22

    I really enjoyed this book! The plot kept me glued to the book and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Seger Hughes is living the life of a top rock and roll star, in fact he is living it a little to much. So when he wakes up one morning once again with a hangover and beside a strange woman he doesn't recognise the man he has become. He decides to change his appearance and live in a house he bought with his real name to try and escape the media, what he doesn't realise is that he has a neigbour. Ashley can't give away his secret since she has lost her sight in an accident and they quickly become friends, not knowing that they are being sabotaged by someone close.This story had great characters and the plot keeps you reading. It is fantastic and I highly recommend reading it!

  • Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    2019-04-03 08:01

    Review copy provided via NetGalleyWhy I Read this Book: I have enjoyed reading this series from the start and I will continue to read each book in this series as long as the author continues it on. What I Liked: I honestly thought I was going to have a hard time with this book for the simple fact that, at first, I did not like the hero. If you don’t like the hero, what’s the point of reading a romance starring him, right? Everything about Seger rubbed me the wrong way. He’s a famous rock star who’s the epitome of ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll’. His latest conquest was barely, and I mean barely, legal. I thought I was going to have a difficult time getting into this story but as Mel, he grew on me and I grew to love his character. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Mel. And in case you’re confused, Seger and Mel are one in the same; Seger is his stage name and Mel is his real name.Mel and Ashley share a commonality: they’re both starting over. Mel is turning over a new leaf, leaving his sex-crazed, alcoholic former rocker self behind. Ashley is moving forward after a horrible accident, which has forced her to grasp a new leash on life. That girl has been to hell and back more than once. She just can’t seem to catch a break. She loses her central vision and, for all intents and purposes, is considered legally blind. She doesn’t see total darkness but all she sees is blurriness in her peripheral vision. But she never gave up. Girl has perseverance.I love the celebrity falls in love with the girl next door (literally in this case) trope. At first, all Mel wants is solitude. He doesn’t want to make nice with his neighbors; he just wants to relax and just be. He bought the house looking for a retreat, a place to relax and unwind, not expecting to share his seclusion with someone else. So Mel was surprised to realize that he enjoyed spending time with Ashley. Mel and Ashley enjoy each other’s company and quickly become friends. The conversation, the friendship, and the bond between Ashley and Mel came naturally.A good portion of the book, probably about the first half or so, sets the tone and stage for the budding romance between Mel and Ashley. The suspense doesn’t start up until about the half way mark. But once it did build up, it just took off. The ending was very climatic. I was clutching my Kindle for the last 10% of the book. Nothing else existed.The story arc surrounding villain slowly develops. Not too much is given away at any one moment but once things start to unravel, it’s fierce. Crazy girl, that villain. Cray-cray!!What I Didn’t Like: There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like.Memorable Moment: My favorite scene in the entire book is when Mel tells Ashley that he wants to call his best friend to share some happy news. He pulls out his cell phone and dials. A moment later Ashley’s cell phone rings. There is so much more to this scene but all together, in its entire context, it’s a great scene and it shows the friendship and bond that has blossomed between these two characters.Overall Impression: Dangerously Close is hands down my favorite book in this series thus far and it’s easily one of my top picks for 2012. I was completely and utterly drawn into this story. The strong romance balanced out perfectly with the suspense element. This book could be read as a stand alone however you get Ashley’s background from Danger Zone (book two in this series).

  • Lucy Dosch
    2019-04-08 04:58

    What if your dreams came true and one day you realized you didn’t want it anymore? Mel Summers, better known by his stage name Seger Hughes, had it all: fame, fortune, booze, drugs, women…everything he ever dreamed of, but after 20 years, he has had enough of it. He couldn’t remember what city he was in, he didn’t remember the women and he no longer even enjoyed his music. So, he cut his long, blonde hair, grew a beard and went to hide away in the beach house he bought under his real name, away from the paparazzi and the rabid fans. Mel wanted to get away and be by himself, but he didn’t remember that the prior owners had actually split the main house and the guest house and he would now have to share his private property and beach.Ashley Bristol has had a bad time of it lately—a really bad time. After being crushed by scaffolding knocked down by a crazed killer, and spending several months in a coma, she purchased the beautiful guest house with the private beach and she planned to begin enjoying her life. But her bad luck hasn’t run out yet and when she hits her head after tumbling down her stairs, she looses her vision. Ashley is determined by regain her independence and she hires Lizzy to help her learn to deal with the blindness. And things are looking up, she has a new neighbor, even if he only housesitting for his boss, Seger Hughes “Mr. Big Shot Rock Star.” Although Mel originally wants nothing to do with his neighbor, a blind neighbor is a bit of good luck to a rock star trying not to be recognized, and they quickly develop a friendship. But someone recognizes who Mel really is and she’s be waiting her whole life to be Mrs. Seger Hughes and she’s not going to let Ashley or anyone else get in her way, no matter what she has to do.Sometimes you pick up an unknown book and it sounds really good, but you’re so afraid in the end you will be disappointed. I was delighted that I requested a copy of Dangerously Close. This was one of those stories you just couldn’t put down. Usually the review copies of ebooks are only temporary loans but for whatever reason, this one isn’t and I am quite glad because this one is definitely a keeper that I will want to read again. This was one of those stories you can’t wait to see how it ends, but you are sorry when it is finally over. Even though you know who the stalker is and you watch her wedge herself into Ashley and Mel’s lives (and she is as dangerous as she is Crazy with a capital “C”), it is such an intriguing story, and the romance which grows between Mel and Ashley was so delightful. You see the character of Mel grow and change from the selfish rock star to a generous friend and lover and after years of disappointment in his dream, you feel his joy in spending time with Ashley who is so fun and open and who tries very hard to overcome her handicap. His relationship with Ashley not only gives Mel a new leash on life, but breathes new life into his music, which he will come to love once again. If you are love a good contemporary romance, definitely treat yourself to a copy of Dangerously Close. This is the third book in the Adrenaline Highs series, and I am definitely going to be keeping my eyes open for more by Dee J Adams.See more at http://ebookobsessed.com

  • Christi Snow
    2019-04-11 10:16

    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.

  • rameau
    2019-04-10 08:55

    This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.I wish I could say I was disappointed, but I’m really not. I got what I expected to get after reading the first chapter: A bunch of deus ex machinas tied together and with a nice bow on top starting with Ashley’s blindness. I was positively surprised that Adams at least appeared to have done her research into blindness. There were two institutions mentioned and the way Ashley and her assistant, Lizzie, behaved rang true to me. Still, reading about spotty vision or hazy peripheral vision made it clear that Ashley wasn’t going to stay blind forever. That didn’t stop me from hoping that the author would surprise me.There’s a slow build romance with the neighbours, Ashley and Mel, getting to know each other and become friends first. They’re both hiding from the world and trying to learn to cope with their new selves. Ashley at least was being mostly honest with herself, while Mel’s tendency to speak of himself in the third person was understandable but distracting. He had a secret to keep, but it felt more complicated than that; it felt like the character or the author didn’t really know who he was. I think this is why I found the couple’s chemistry lacking. The writing, I mostly liked. Some plot details like Roamer felt more contrived than others like the initial avoidance of Ashley’s accident and the cause to her temporary blindness as well as the final confrontation. If the characters had acted naturally instead of being driven by plot points, Mel would have told the truth to Ashley before leaving. That would have only shifted the emphasis of their argument (view spoiler)[and there wouldn’t have been need for that awkward moment where Ashley recognises Mel from his picture before ever seeing him (hide spoiler)].I hesitate too mention this because I’m not a native English speaker and I could be completely wrong, but some of the expressions used in the book sounded childish to me. Like Ashley’s comments about something being wowie zowie or aces or her and Mel’s nickname for Paula—Smelly. The sex scenes did take a good portion of the book when they finally got into bed together, but luckily they weren’t gruelling. Not worst I’ve read, but not the best either. I was glad to see the unprotected sex addressed though I wasn’t very happy with the conclusion either.If Ashley (view spoiler)[hadn’t regained her vision (hide spoiler)], I would be giving this book three stars.I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Katie_la_geek
    2019-04-22 10:25

    For this review and more check out my blog*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for review* Dangerously close was what I call a grower. For the first 4 or 5 chapters I wondered how the hell I would get through the whole book. After that it dramatically improved. It grew on me.Storyline/PlotGenerally speaking I liked the plot, it was interesting and there was a nice blend of suspense and romance. The big problem was the beginning; it just seemed to be full of useless information. I didn’t need to know in detail how Ashley became blind, got a dog and a live in helper. I just needed to know she was blind, had a dog and a live in helper. I could have done with a few paragraph explaining these things not 4 chapters. Other than that it was good. I did think that maybe Ashley had been through a lot of unnecessary stuff in her life but all in all it was fine.WritingLike so many of these types of books the narrative jumps around a lot, it settles to three characters and that worked well. I liked the way Adams wrote Ashley’s blindness, she didn’t slip up once but also didn’t mention Ashley’s blindness constantly.CharactersAt first I thought Ashley was terrible because she had all those boring chapters. She dramatically improves when Mel comes along because we are able to really see her personality. She has been through a lot but has a wicked sense of humour. I never once thought of her as weak, even when she was at her lowest and feeling self-conscious she had strength which I really admired. In the beginning there is not much to like about Mel, he is just another spoilt rock star that has gone off the rails. Yet, he manages to slowly but surely redeem himself and he turned into a likable guy. Is he perfect? No, but that’s how I prefer my male leads.RomanceWhat I loved about this book was the way the romance grew. There was no insta-love, instead the characters first respected each other, then formed a friendship. What I loved was the way they talked about their friendship when they became lovers. They didn’t just fall into bed overcome with lust. They took their time and that made the romance better. The sex was intense and well written, I enjoyed it but I would have liked to have seen Adams utilise Ashley’s blindness a little more. There is something so sensual about not seeing but feeling.Dangerously Close is a nice romantic thriller that I enjoyed…if you discount the first 4 chapters that is.

  • Erin
    2019-04-22 11:14

    I wasn't completely sold on this book at first, but it definitely grew on me! I love the rocker bad-boys, so Mel was bound to turn me his way at some point! Adams whipped up a suspenseful, sweet, sexy story that caught my attention and then ended up with a death grip on me as everything wrapped up. I loved Adams' multi-dimensional characters, even though I wanted one of them to be dragged across hot coals by her hair *ahem...PAULA*. Mel was cocky in an irritating man-whore way at first, but I love how Ashley's awesome personality brought out his sweet gentlemanly side...and his sexy "I must have you now!" side!! Their neighborly interactions slowly turned into such a caring friendship, and I really liked how their slightly flirty banter allowed them to have that tiny spark waiting. I was worried at first, because halfway through the book there wasn't really much in the way of a physical relationship between them, but WOW Adams went from 0-80 with these two (YES, keep reading even if you're tiring of the "let's just be friends" bit, because it's DEFINITELY worth it!)! And I loved the plot twist that made it all happen, too; Mel's protective, nurturing side flowed smoothly into a desire that he just couldn't stop no matter how much he worried how it would affect their friendship. It was AWESOME!!! And it didn't stop there, because once Mel had a taste, it was all downhill for his willpower! WHEW!!A lot of this story was the thriller/suspense aspect to the plot, based around Mel/Seger's psychotic stalker Paula who takes advantage of Ashley's need for an assistant while she coped with her blindness. This woman made my skin crawl; think "Hand that Rocks the Cradle" or "Single White Female" crazy bitch! Her actions were sickening and completely whacked, and she was just the perfect villain. I hated her, but Adams made one hell of an antagonist!! Overall, this was a well-developed story with lots of suspense and great characters, and it grew into a steamy, heartwarming love story that I really enjoyed! 4.5 stars and a definite recommend!

  • Chrystina Williams
    2019-03-28 13:16

    I loved this book, it made me want to read more romantic suspense/thrillers! Although this is the third book in the Adrenaline Highs series, you could easily read it as a stand-alone.Ashley, the heroine, has been going through a tough time the last couple of years. After two separate accidents, she is almost completely blind and has no idea if she'll ever get her eyesight back. Even though she is scared to death inside, she puts on a brave face for others and uses humor to get through it all. I loved her she was funny and extremely brave, and just an all-around sweet character.Mel Summers, known to the world as rock-star bad-boy Segar Hughes, is hiding out from his fans & the paparazzi under his original name next door to Ashley. He completely stole the show for me, I loved his character. He hit it big when he was younger and has spent the last years living the rock-star dream of music, booze, and women. Then he decides he's had enough, and wants to find himself & his music again. He was funny and sweet, and yeah I was crushing on the rock-star!The bad guy, or in this case gal, Paula was so creepy. I don't feel like I'm giving a spoiler because you know who it is from really early on in the book. The author wrote some parts of the book from her perspective too, and it was so disturbing to see how she saw things. Let me tell you, being in her mind was extremely scary! Her obsession with Mel went above and beyond normal fan-girl behavior!There was suspense, but since you saw what Paula was thinking you kind of know where it is all heading. It was still a really good read, makes me want to get the other books in the series!***ARC received from NetGalley***

  • Beverly Diehl
    2019-04-17 07:09

    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.

  • Lucy
    2019-03-31 06:17

    I have to say I didn't really go into this book expecting much..but wow i really loved it, the characters, the drama, the sex ;). I just loved it from start to finish, i never got bored! which can really put me off even finishing a book at times. I've read the first book in this series but i skipped the second one, after reading this I think I'm going to have to go back and read it just so I can read more from this author!If you love bad boy rockstars who are looking for redemption so to speak..pick this book up!

  • Glenda Bettin
    2019-04-19 13:14

    OMG this book was awesome, a roller coaster BIG TIME but hey love wins in the end. You gotta read it, loved it, can't wait for more of her writing

  • Virginia Hill
    2019-04-02 13:19

    The author’s writing and narrating skills are really very good. I’ve enjoyed this story each time I’ve read it and feel the author’s performance enhanced its impact.

  • Tonja
    2019-04-21 11:16

    I liked this book much better than the first two.

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-17 10:24

    This review was posted at Under the CoversThe first I want to point out is that this book was different from the rest of the series. Of course the first point is that in no way is it related to race car driving. The second point is that there suspense part of this book was a lot less than in previous stories. So for that I've decided to label this more of a contemporary romance instead of a romantic suspense, the suspense was just a dash on top.That being said, this might be my favorite book in this series. Yes, that might have something to do with the fact that there is a hot rockstar hero, and you know I'm a sucker for rockstars. But I think the whole package of this story worked.The third thing I want to point out is that the author must really have a bone to pick with Ashley Bristol. Ashley is the heroine of this book. We met her in book two of this series as the best friend of that book's heroine and then she almost got killed in a scaffolding accident intended to kill Quinn. She survives that and then at the beginning of this book she has another mishap that leaves her blind. Yes, for 90% of this book, maybe more, she was blind. And there are a few more attempts on her life in this book. Ashley is officially the cat with 9 lives! And through all that she is cheerful and happy and positive! I loved her attitude and her outlook on life. How she faced things as they were presented and was able to meet new people and make friendships and connections, even though she couldn't see what those people looked like.So now that I've told you how awesome Ashley is, lets talk about Mel/Seger. As I mentioned before, a rockstar. A rockstar that maybe has been in the business too long, jaded. He's taking a "vacation" at one of his properties and pretending NOT to be himself. He doesn't want to be Seger the rockstar but Mel the man. When his sexy neighbor turns out to be blind and doesn't know who he is he finds he can be his true self with her.Mel and Ashley were really a great couple. One of those couples that are fun and loving, that you just want to hang out with and wish for their happy ever after. Except for the fact that Mel doesn't tell Ashley who he is and lives a "lie" with her. When her biggest dislike is liars. Then there is the minor obstacle of an obsessed girl/stalker/fangirl. Paula is creepy. No other way around that.I think this story was great It was light and sweet with a dash of danger. I was rooting for Ashley and Mel the whole time and I think their coming together as a couple was perfectly timed and believable. I am now very curious to see where this series will go since I wasn't expecting this story to turn out the way it did.*ARC provided by publisher

  • Lady Lioness
    2019-03-27 13:03

    Famous rock musician hero, how could I resist? This was a bit out of norm as it's not a contemporary, but a romantic suspense. The hero's occupation as a rock star was almost incidental. He could have just as easily been an actor or a writer and, with a few minor alterations, the story wouldn't have really been affected. There were two things that made this book stand out for me. One, the Big Bad was clearly delineated and also very bat-shit crazy. Adams switched occasionally to the Big Bad's POV and the reader got to watch as the villain spiraled deeper into insanity. What was interesting to me is that the Big Bad started off very clever, but the crazier they got, the more mistakes they started to make. I thought that was a fairly realistic de-evolution. The other unique-ish part was how Adams handled the heroine's blindness. The role the blindness played in the book was fairly cliched, but the way the heroine approached her disability was not. She didn't flail about and cry 'woe is me,' or stubbornly live like always, firmly in denial. No, she basically said, 'I really, really hope this isn't permanent, but, in the meantime, I have to be able to live my life.' She hired a companion to teach her how to cope, started to learn braille, and tried like hell to adapt to her new limitations. I had a great deal of respect for her. I didn't like the hero as much, but I think that stemmed more from personal preference than flaws with the characterization. He came off a little wishy-washy to me, but not every male is going to be an alpha male and sometimes you're gonna get a hero who doesn't like confrontation. Different strokes for different folks, etc. Dangerously Close worked really well as a stand-alone. I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, having snagged this one from NetGalley. There is some minor references back to the second book, Danger Zone, but I was able to follow along very easily. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a light romantic suspense for vacation this summer.

  • Ann
    2019-04-12 13:03

    Dee J. Adams is my newest "must read" author! I have read all three of her books so far: Dangerous Race, Danger Zone, and now Dangerously Close, and I must say that I have enjoyed all three equally. I guess I thought that since they are all part of her Adrenaline Highs series, that they would all be about racing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that only the first one is. Danger Zone is all about Hollywood movie-making, and now Dangerously Close concentrates more on the behind the scenes world of Rock and Roll, including a couple of great songs (written by Ms Adams herself). Maybe a new career direction for you, Ms. Adams? Anyway, Dangerously Close is a bit of a departure from the first two books, in that it does not really keep the reader guessing too long about who the killer is. I actually like this approach very much, because it allows the reader to see how the killer thinks, to observe the manipulation, and to really experience the evil, which heightens the tension and perfectly sets the tone for the heart pounding conclusion!I also love how Ms. Adams takes the time to deftly define the characters, including the killer. The romance between Mel and Ashley is a slowly brewed, richly flavored, and very satisfying hot cup of java! The killer, on the other hand, is quickly revealed as a conniving, insane, and evil villain, so the suspense is not as much about who the killer is, but about where, when, how, and whom the killer will strike.All in all, Dangerously Close, the third book in the Adrenaline Highs series, completes a trifecta of treasures for the romantic suspense lover!

  • Marlene
    2019-04-12 12:07

    The third book in Dee J. Adams Adrenaline Highs series (after Dangerous Race and Danger Zone) offers close but not quite as many romantic suspense chills and thrills and its two predecessors.Dangerously Close is a story about two people who are hiding, from themselves, from their past, from each other. And, because they are running away from who they really are, they tell themselves lies. Maintaining those lies means they tell them to each other. It's those lies that trip them up when they fall in love.Ashley was injured in Danger Zone, wounded when the killer missed his target. She's still in recovery, and she's hiding from her very justified fear that she might not recover. Seger Hughes is a burned-out rock-and-roll bad boy, and he's hiding from his fans, and himself. He's turned his life around, but he's afraid that no one will want his new sound, or his new "no party" self. Ashley, blinded by her accident, is the only woman on the planet who doesn't recognize him. He can be his new self. Until a crazed stalker gets in the way of everything.VERDICT: Recommended for romantic suspense fans. Fun summer reading but just not up to the level of the first two books in the series.A slightly different version of this review was published at Library Journal Xpress Reviews

  • Abbey Ann
    2019-04-13 09:58

    Also posted at http://abbeyannsbookland.blogspot.com/I first heard about this series months ago. The first book is on my TBR list, but I have yet to read it. When I saw that this one was on Netgalley, I just knew I had to request it, and thankfully, I got approved. If I hadn't, I have no idea when I would have gotten to this series. Even though it is on my TBR list, it is on there with hundreds of other books (666 other books, to be more precise).In the beginning of the story, Mel wasn't really likeable. He was full of himself, and a bit of a jerk. As the book progressed however, he became much more appealing. Unlike Mel, Ashley was enjoyable throughout the whole novel. She was strong, independent, and never let her blindness hold her back. My opinion on the antagonist changed as I read the book. At times, I really liked her. She was creepy and insane, but never over-the-top. At other times, she annoyed me. There were scenes where I would have preferred it if she wasn't in them.The reason I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the ending. There was something that happened to Ashley that felt like a cop-out to me. I can't really go into detail without spoiling it, but it seemed to me that the thing that happened to Ashley happened way too fast. It would have been more realistic if more time had passed before it occurred.

  • Sami
    2019-04-20 12:16

    FREAKING AWESOME READ! Love, love, love it!"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…"This story of Seger "Mel" Hughes and Ashley had me on the edge of my seat! I really couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen. Loved Mel and Ashley, such a cute love story and I totally fell in love with Roamer the dog ha!This books is now firmly one of my FAVS! *5/5 IT'S AMAZEBALLS AND A MUST READ! :)

  • Christine Ashworth
    2019-03-30 06:19

    This was one of those books that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until I'd finished it. From bad boy Seger's meltdown in a hotel room, to almost-but-not-quite-blind Ashley's dance with a bee on the staircase leading up to her home, I knew I was in for quite a ride - and I got it.When Seger, who has buffed his body and cleaned up his act AND changed his name to Mel, moves in next door to Ashley who is now pretty much fully blind, you are primed and prepped to root for these two. And boy, it is a pleasure to watch - from their tentative overture to friendship, to a full-blown love affair, these two are perfect for each other.The suspense sections are pitch-perfect, too, and the villain, one of those people you love to hate, is squirm-inducing. Mel and Ashley don't know why they don't like her, which ups the tension because the reader is very much in the know.In every way possible, this was a fully-satisfying romance. And while it's #3 in the Adrenalin High series, it works well as a stand-alone - but I'm telling you, once you've read this one, you'll go back for more Dee J. Adams. Guaranteed!

  • Stephanie Collins
    2019-04-12 11:01

    i enjoyed this book even with the roll the eyes moments with the baddie of this...Seger/Mel is a sigh worthy leading man with his wish to regroup and regain his sense of self. He has had an extremely eye opening moment and is taking some time at a home his fans don't know about to regroup. He goes thru a lot in this book as he not only falls in love but also regains his love for music and life in general.Ashley is a good match for the man Mel truly is. She has had a lot of things thrown at her in a relatively short period of time and while she does have those "WHY ME" moments you get to see her come in to her own. She doesn't get too melancholy and considering what she is going thru I could understand it. When she and Mel get together it is a wonderfully healing thing for both of them and you want them to get the happiness both deserve.I am going to have to go back and find the others in this series but this can be read alone.Special thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Hsiau Wei
    2019-04-23 13:03

    This book tell the story of Ashley and Seger or "Mel" in their hideout place, hiding away from their past. Ashley who was involved in an accident, decided to move to a guesthouse to recuperate while Seger running away to find his true self back. What they wanted was to have a quiet life and to deal with their life when they are ready. Fate seem to put them together when Seger turned out to be the owner of the mansion where Ashley's guesthouse is. Seger who wanted his presence remained anonymous change his name to Mel and as Ashley was not a fan of his music neither that she can see him, his secret remain intact. However, the only problem present in the form of Paula who threaten their life and relationship.I enjoyed reading this book as there are some mystery element which i find it very interesting. I like Ashley's character and the way her relationship developed with Seger. What have started of from a friendship, it have developed into a meaningful relationship and to read just how much Ashley means to Seger at the end of the book really warm my heart ;)

  • Donna
    2019-04-18 11:06

    A little mystery, a little rock and roll and a wonderful romance. Rocker Seger Hughes has fallen prey to the rock and roll lifestyle. When he wakes up after a show in Boise, Idaho with a girl just turned 18 in his bed and the hangover from hell he takes it as a wakeup call to rethink his life. To that end he cleans up his act for the rest of his tour and arranges to take some time off. He moves into one of his investment properties in L.A. for some peace, quiet, and introspection. He didn’t count on neighbor Ashley Bristol. She is recently blinded and doesn’t recognize him as he is using his given name. They get to know each other without the barrier of his fame. I really liked Ashley as she wasn’t poor pitiful me but neither was she a Pollyanna. It was wonderful watching Mel pull his head out of his ass and who could help but love Roamer the dog.

  • Patricia Ange
    2019-04-01 07:58

    A good story but too predictable if you have read the others in this series.This is the third story in this series. I really enjoyed funding out what happened with Ashley as the last story in this series left her future in question. I even enjoyed the little bit of back story at the start of this story that builds up the character of Mel. My problem with the story is that it generally follows the same plot from the two previous stories in this series with what appears to be only minor changes in jobs and physical characteristics of the characters. In addition, the characters from the previous stories in the series are almost absent from this book altogether.

  • Liz Donatelli
    2019-04-19 12:58

    My favorite romantic suspense novel by Dee J. Adams! Dangerously Close explores the loving relationship that blossoms between Mel, a rock star in hiding, and his neighbor Ashley, an emotionally and physically scarred woman who suddenly loses her sight. Besides overcoming their own self-made relationship roadblocks, the couple must also combat the destructive jealousy of Mel's psychopathic fan. A satisfying read. Super steamy! Mel and Ashley are wonderfully likable. And, the villain, Paula, is one of those characters that you love to hate.