This HaBO (Help a Bitch Out) request is from Andie, who is looking for a book on behalf of her daughter:
I am looking for an older romance novel – 1970s? – that I read (and reread) between 1984-1990, but I cannot remember any of the characters' names, nor the title or the author.
It starts with the main female character – a blonde, ex-lingerie, pantyhose model? with an ulcer – driving through a mountain pass in the late afternoon. She stops at a roadside park, gets the heebie-jeebies feeling like she is being watched and drives on to find a place to stay rather than risk driving at night.
In a case of wrong-blonde mistaken identity she gets kidnapped by the main male character and forced to white water raft down a river with him in an attempt to escape the really bad guys – all the while chugging Maalox, being shot at, ruining a group of innocent river rafters' trip (one gets shot in the leg by the bad guys) and braining one of the baddies with a rock.
Towards journey's end, the two main characters climb a big hill, small mountain, cliff? that the main male character has wanted to revisit, take in the view, share a moment, (as she chugs Maalox) then finish their trip where they get picked up by a contact in a helicopter, plane?, double crossed and delivered to the bad guys.
There are threats, the female character's ulcer erupts – something, something – she ends up in the hospital and all ends well because the main male character saves the day.
What the ever loving hell is this book?! Do you know what this is?