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Dying to Please: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2003
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When family friends become bitter enemies, the consequences are deadly. Learn More
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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.
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From the Hardcover edition.
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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"!
~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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good mix of suspense and romance. Loved the chemistry between the main characters and believable development of relationship. Read morePublished 25 days ago by R r
This story was a little dark for me and I almost stopped reading it but decided to finish it. I'm not sure that I can say I would recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Trisha Davis
I’ve read about half a dozen Linda Howard books (mostly early ones written in the 90’s) and liked many of those (Son of the morning, Heart of fire, Touch of fire, After the night,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam21