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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345453409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453402
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 3.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

When Sarah Stevens, butler and bodyguard extraordinaire, foils a robbery, she could not have predicted either the tragic chain of events that would be set in motion or detective Thomas Cahill, who responded to the first crime scene. Sarah intrigued, attracted, and aroused him, but his first marriage had dissolved in livid disgust, making him all too wary. Sarah is equally frightened of her feelings for him; she had never before felt so deeply. It might have been bliss had Sarah's employers not developed a habit of dying by murder. This story, aided by Howard's descriptive narrative, translates well to audio, with evocative visual images cascading through every scene. The author also writes the most erotic lovemaking in the business, which Susan Ericksen handles with aplomb. Careful not to overdramatize, she captures the emotional undercurrents, the mood, and tone of the tale with apparent ease. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.
Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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More About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Customer Reviews

I loved this suspense/romance.
Tanya L. Schaub
Make sure you start reading this book on a weekend or have some sick time at work, because you won't want to put it down!
The second thing I liked was that the lead characters both had strongly developed and very realistic characters.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Amber on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Make sure you start reading this book on a weekend or have some sick time at work, because you won't want to put it down! The chemistry between these characters will make you ache to see if they can overcome their obstacles and make their relationship work, and the suspense will keep you turning the pages with vigor!
Sarah is a butler extraordinaire for a retired federal judge. The judge is very sweet and he and Sarah have forged a tight bond during the three years she has worked for him. Sarah is also trained in martial arts and, along with her butler duties, she also serves as a bodyguard for the judge.
After foiling a robbery attempt at the judge's house, Sarah is solicited to do a human interest spot on the evening news, outlining her butler duties. Little did she know the publicity would lure a madman and change the course of her life forever.
Detective Cahill is an investigator on the case, and the chemistry between he and Sarah is too hot to ignore. He has been burned in a recent divorce, and is wary of trusting a woman again. I was anxious to see if he could overcome his she-demons and let himself love and trust Sarah.
Once again, Linda Howard delivers with steamy love scenes, raw emotion, and bittersweet betrayals. I highly, highly recommend "Dying to Please"!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Talley on April 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am NEVER disapointed with a Linda Howard creation. Her latest, 'Dying to Please' was exceptional. Packed full of strong characters and great dialog along with a fast-paced storyline had me reading this in 6 hours! The not-often used story of a very intelligent and strong woman who can not only take care of herself but can also protect herself had me smiling. She is a woman butler and a bodyguard for a retired Judge! Loved it! She doesn't need any man to pick up the shattered pieces of her heart or sanity even when she is faced with a murder charge. She stays strong throughout the entire story and shows her weaknesses appropriately. Oh and the hero...Ms. Howard sure delivers on the heroes as always. :) He is strong, as strong as the heroine and Alpha male to the max. These two were explosive and made for each other. As always Ms. Howard creates a web of suspense and romance that just can't be done by many authors. And her villains are always creepy and real...in this one, the villain is definately not someone you'd want to run into anytime soon...
~Sarah Stevens is not only beautiful and intelligent, but she is the impeccably organized, efficient, professional woman butler/bodyguard for a retired Federal Judge. She takes her work very seriously. She loves her job and she adores the Judge. Thwarting a failed burgarly with her martial art skills, her life is thrust into the limelight for her '15 minutes' of fame. Not enjoying the spotlight, Sarah is disturbed when she recieves an expensive gift from someone and then suddenly finds herself the prime suspect of the brutal murder of the Judge.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By JESSIE on April 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sarah Stevens is a butler extrodinaire, but her current employer also hired her for her secret body guarding abilities. One night, she thwarts a robbery and gets her "15 minutes of fame" on the network news. Problem is, someone who sees the interview becomes obsessed with the need for Sarah herself; and he doesn't care who he has to eliminate to get her in his employment.
Now Sarah's 85 year old employer is murdered but her new romance interest, Dectective Thomas Cahill, assures her she is no longer suspect. However, her new employers are also murdered and it really looks like "the butler did it".
This is a great new book from Linda Howard. The love scenes were hot. I especially enjoyed the strip wrestling game. The book is definitely raunchy, fun, suspenseful. Both the hero and heroine are sharp. It was great to see a relationship where both partners are equally capable and protective of each other.
For those of you who have enjoyed Linda Howard in the past, this will be a great read for you. Read on!
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By DinaC on April 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
O.K., as usual I will get negative votes for not giving her 5 stars, but this is why. I have been reading LH for years and have eagerly awaited all of her books. My favorites and recommended readings are: All the Queens Men, Against the Rules, Midnight Rainbow,Heartbreaker, Duncans Bride, Loving Evangeline & The Mackenzies' series except, Chances story and Mackenzies pleasure. All of these to me were 6 stars, and I have kept and re-read thse often.
Now on to why I gave this 3 stars. First of all, there were one or two phrases that popped up several times in the book. I would literally have to re-read the section because I could not believe that she used the same turn of phrase that closely together.
Then there was the hot and cold between the couple. He was embittered and "hated" women, she was the woman who could overcome it,(sound trite and well used to you?). 1st off, the detective/mystery portion of the story were not well thought out. He said she had receipts w/dated times as the alibi to the 1st murder, but he never followed up and went to those places and asked if anyone had seen her? HELLO!!!
Then after the 2nd murder, they did not even test her for powder burns, and I am sorry, but to have the man that supposedly wants to marry me believe that I could commit this murder, again, what is wrong w/this picture. Seem to me every time she needed support he was gone.
Then there was the sicko, it was like when you got to the part where he captured her LH was told she was running late for her deadline and to hurry it up. You will see what I mean.
If you are not familiar w/Linda Howard, you will love this book, or if you do not look to hard at technical details, if you are a previous fan that likes her unique style, you wont find it in this one. This would be a wonderful 1st effort for a new author, but I feel it falls a little short of the mark for LH.
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