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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2002
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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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.
Detective Thomas Cahill is impressed with the woman's training when he first meets her at the burgarly but when he is called out to investigate the murder of her employer and she becomes the prime suspect, his instincts are on full alert. Soon she is eliminated as a suspect and not a moment too soon, for Cahill finds himself fiercely attracted to her. Now as she is in the clear, he dares to persue it. Soon the trail grows cold and Cahill finds himself falling for Sarah hard. His heart shatters when yet another of Sarah's employers is murdered...did she do it after all? Is she a cold blooded murderer? How had his instincts get so clouded?
In the shadows a killer awaits...waiting for Sarah...waiting anxiously for her to finally be alone, to be his after all this time, for he is 'Dying to Please'...
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2002
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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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2002
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2002
Die hard Howard fans will enjoy this book, as her trademark style is readily apparent. I did so myself, but not as much as I expected. Howard's plot in this one is so thin as to be transparent. There is no attempt to hide the identity of the villain, and he isn't especially menacing. Nor was it totally believable that he was so enthralled with Sarah that he would kill four people to get her. Contrivances were abundant to further the plot, stretching credibility and patience. (I found myself rolling my eyes at the way the heroine landed in the villain's clutches.)
However, many of Howard's recent single titles carry the same faults and are more forgiveable when the romance is more compelling. Unfortunately, the romance doesn't ring true in this one either. The story got off to a slow start, and the romance to an even slower one. Then when things heated up between Cahill and Sarah it happened so suddenly it wasn't totally credible.
I'm going to have to re-read my earlier Howard novels to discover if the endless tedious introspection her characters engage in is a new development of hers, or if I'm just losing patience with that element. It seems a way to fill pages to avoid having to pad it with real plot. There is so little meaningful dialogue between the characters that one wonders how Cahill and Sarah could ever manage to fall in love. Certainly they don't ever really know each other on any real level.
My biggest disappointment with the book is that Howard cheated the readers during the two most emotional moments of the book. Sarah is devastated when Cahill suspects her for a short time of being the killer, but this is glossed over relatively quickly and then never alluded to again. And then at the end, after she's been held captive and nearly raped and killed, and she tells him how difficult it is for her to think about sex again, one good toss in the hay is all it takes to cure her of that. Aside from the huge 'ick' factor here, I was offended on behalf of women everywhere. One would think after reading the book that any time a couple has real problems that a good bout of raunchy sex is the cure all. This is not only demeaning, but disgusting as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2002
Wow - I can't believe all the 5 star ratings on this book. Makes me think I didn't read the same one as everything else. Definitely not one of LH better books. I found the plot to be rather simple and the characters just okay. The sex scenes were a little too explicit for my tastes plus the characters were in lust not love. It will be awhile before I buy another one of her hardcover versions. Reading this book felt like reading on auto-pilot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2002
As a big fan of the author, I was looking forward to reading her latest, but it was hardly interesting. The characters were kind of bland and the plot was barely interesting. There was no sizzle; no really interesting conversations between the characters; no depth. It was genuine blah.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is a fun book with people getting murdered every few days for no apparant reason, a cop that doesn't have much personality at first sight, but is to die for by the middle of the book. The heroine, Sarah Stevens is the best butler money can buy having had all the required butler training, AND being an expert in martial arts as well as a crack shot. AND she looks good. There is a catch though. Her employers are getting killed. The killer is actually stalking Sarah and has his own evil plans for her future. Natually Sara and the cop get together for some great times that stretch the imagination a bit but are great for a fantasy read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2002
Right off the bat I say buy this book since you can't put it down once you start it. It's so Linda Howard with her fabulous Alpha heroes to die for too.
Sarah Stevens is a butler for a wealthy retired judge in the small town of Mountain Brook, Alabama. She is also trained as a bodyguard and hired by the judge's family to watch over him as he's had some death threats in the past. Sarah has worked for Judge Roberts for three years and is almost a member of the family. One night she interrupts a robbery and is in the news and on TV. Unbeknownst to Sarah she has attracted the attention of a stalker who thinks she is perfect for him and a chain of events is set into motion that will have dire consequences for Sarah.
At short time later Sarah walks in to the judge's house one evening and discovers he has been brutally murdered. Linda Howard knows how to build ... tension so well you can feel the steam heat. Whew!...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2002
I am a huge Linda Howard fan. And I was expecting a great read with her latest book. As I started to read I was definitely intrigued by the underlying story. But where was the usual chemistry between the two main characters that are usually in every Linda Howard book? it seemed as though the detective Cahill was hardly attracted to Sarah. And the only time that they showed any sexual connection at all was during the love scence. I am a huge fan of other LH stories like After the Night, Heartbreaker, Kill & Tell, and Open Season. Although the suspense and intrigue is here, the romance definitely is not.
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