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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not a classic June 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book a few days after finishing Cry No More, a Linda Howard novel that is very emotionally draining. I wanted to reread Dying to Please because I remembered that it was equally passionate but much more light-hearted. Although the issues it deals with are serious it is definitely not as harrowing as the aforementioned Cry No More. For me, this is a good thing, I like romance best when it is relatively angst-free and the characters aren't tortured beings searching for salvation. However Dying to Please is not Linda Howard's best.
The characters in this book, Sarah Stevens and Thompson Cahill, are likeable and fun but not classics. Cahill is sexy, ripped and outrageous, but for me he lacks the x-factor that made Dane Hollister (Dream Man) and Ben Lewis (Heart of Fire) stand out. His messy divorce and cheating ex-wife have damaged him and made him question his trust in women (a little too much sometimes, if you ask me) and this makes him wary of a relationship with Sarah at first. Suddenly though he changes his mind and the relationship rushes into full swing - it all happens very fast after a fairly small amount of interaction in the first quarter of the book. Sarah is clever and driven and keeps Cahill on his toes and finds herself slightly bemused by how fast their relationship moves, rather as I was.
Overall this was a good book, the chemistry between the couple was white hot. I thought that for a first love scene that the wrestling / handcuffs / drainpipe thing (not as weird as it sounds when you read the book!) was probably a bit too kinky, but it was also passionate and sexy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book March 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. The characters connected and the story flowed. If you are a Linda Howard fan, you know the formula of her novels (cute heroine, hunky hero and a little drama), but due to Linda Howard's exceptional writing, you always have an enjoyable story.
Sarah Stevens is a butler, but not just any type of butler. She makes over $100,000 a year, and only works for top notch clientele. She is also not only a butler but a trained body guard. Sarah works for a retired judge who she loves and considers family. One night during an attempted robbery, Sarah uses her training and skills to stop the burglers. When the police arrive to apprehend the suspects, she meets Detective Cahill, and there is an instant attraction, although neither will acknowledge it. This foiled burglery attempt also attracts the local news media who do a "human interest" piece on Sarah. This newscast attracts the attention of a stalker, who later turns killer, and the story flows from there. Of course, Sarah will have to come into contact again with hunky Detective Cahill and both of them will have to work together to find this killer. I enjoyed this story and would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll be pleased if you buy this Feb. 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a sensational book which is five stars for most of the journey but a little bit too quick simple ending to a major tension building situation results in it having to drop a star. I would still highly recommend purchasing this book, it has a great female character as the main heroine and is a great fast paced read.
Sarah Stevens is the perfect butler and her job is to look after retired Judge Roberts, keep him healthy and safe and iron his newspapers. The usual butler stuff but unbeknownst to the outside world she is also his bodyguard. Upon thwarting two burglars Judge Roberts decides the reluctant Sarah should get fifteen minutes of fame and arranges the media to do a story on her. Unfortunately she makes herself an obsessed fan who will stop at nothing to make her his butler.
If you like books with strong female characters who can take care of themselves and others try Christopher Nicole's novels with the Jessica Jones character such as The Search, The Quest, The Voyage to name a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Linda Howard winner.. Dec 14 2003
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Sarah Stevens is a combination butler and bodyguard who works for a retired federal judge. One night, she stops an attempted robbery. The robbery introduces her to Detective Cahill- divorced and bitter, he is attracted to her and she to him. Unfortunately, the robbery also introduces her to unwanted publicity. Due to this, she draw the attention of a stalker who becomes fascinated and fixated upon her.
The stalker will stop at nothing to get Sarah. When money and lucrative job offers don't work, he begins to kill her employers. Sarah becomes the suspect and Cahill must investigate these murders- thus putting a halt to their new romance.
The relationship between Sarah and Cahill is believable and real- they have great chemistry and tension through out. Cahill, in particular is well written as a man who suspected his lover is a murderer but wants to believe in her innocence.
Linda Howard has done it again- giving us a romantic mystery/suspence novel with great characters and a fast moving plot....well worth 5 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dying To Please Is Death By Boredom!! July 13 2003
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I am a big Linda Howard fan, but this book is definitely not one of her best efforts. A first time reader might find it hard to believe, with this novel as an example, that Ms. Howard has written many excellent romance thrillers in the past. She could have done so much more with her unusual heroine, Sarah Stevens, who has a career as a butler. I don't think she used this unique vehicle to enhance her story, or her character. It is a shame - the idea of a woman butler is an excellent one.
Sarah has been both butler and bodyguard to an elderly gentleman, a retired judge, for three years when the story opens. They have a wonderful relationship, and she is extremely fond of him. The judge's home is burgled one night, and Sarah catches the two thieves before they escape - with her karate chops & kicks. BAM! Wham! Gotcha - me, women, against two guys! Although she is a top marksman, she fortunately does not use her gun to stop the robbers. Sarah is a stereotypical tough gal, who spends much of her time honing her bodyguard skills, but she is also sensitive woman with a tender heart - and beautiful to boot! What else? Couldn't get less complex than that. But wait! The handsome, macho-man detective, who comes to investigate the robbery, is less complex than that. Embittered by a bad marriage and subsequent divorce, he doesn't care for women very much, except as one night stands. He is attracted to Sarah, however. And surprise(!), she is attracted back. So the novel goes. Nothing new, exciting, or suspenseful here.
Anyway, the media is alerted by the thwarted crime. A local TV news producer comes up with the idea of an interesting feature spot starring the female butler. Sarah is interviewed, and a pathological murderer, watching the tube at the time, becomes obsessed with her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
I'm a big fan of Linda Howard and this book didn't disappoint. The suspense kept me turning the pages and I really liked the characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marion G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why hire someone to do the dirty work...
Sarah Stevens had been hired by the insistance of retired federal judge, Lowell Roberts. A kind man who'd received threats a few years back, the family, especially the daughter,... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2008 by GinRobi
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT HER BEST!!
Published on July 8 2004 by Julie Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
"Dying to Please" is my first Linda Howard novel but it won't be my last. All the characters in this book are very likable except the killer, of course. Read more
Published on July 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex scene is hot!
Sarah and Cahill are a match in combat, marksmanship, wit and passion. There is a lot of chemistry between them that you could feel the charged atmostphere when both of them are... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Linda Howard's best book
I have read quite a few Linda Howard books, and was excited to start this book. However, by the time I was halfway through it, I was bored. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I am hooked!
First Mr. Perfect and now this wow I am hooked I love how Linda ties romance, comedy, and mystery all together in one book and also uses things that could REALLY happen !!!
Published on April 16 2004 by K. Geiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Linda
The last book of LH that I read was Open Season, what a waste! Since then I was waiting for a new book, and this one was amazing, it has some boring parts that doesn't have to do... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Jorge Frid
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW...
I first picked up this book after reading some of Lind Howard's other titles. The heroine in this story is a strong charicature, and happen to be a butler. Read more
Published on March 17 2004
Please, if you're going to read a Linda Howard book, make sure you don't have to get up in the morning. These books are like potato chips--you can't just read a page.
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by "sammyjazz"
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