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DYING TO PLEASE [Paperback]

LINDA HOWARD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! March 7 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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. I have three LH books and will continue to add more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why hire someone to do the dirty work... Aug. 24 2008
By GinRobi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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, didn't want the judge living alone. Sarah is a female butler, hired to watch and guard him. Sarah takes care of everything, from the mundane daily living to the higher stuff like parties. She also guards him; drives him wherever he needs to go, watches his back. When two men break into the house intent on burglarizing the judge's home, they are thwarted by Sarah, who calls it in.

In comes detective Thompson Cahill. Cahill had heard of the bumbled burglary and was curious enough to go to the house, mainly because of the 9-1-1 call. He was intrigued. Upon meeting Sarah, he instantly knew that Sarah was more than just a butler.

An attraction forms between them right from the get-go - purely physical at first. But soon both can't get the other out of their heads. However, Sarah has attracted unwanted attention - a certain man thinks that Sarah is wasting her time taking care of the judge. She's perfect, and he accepts nothing less than perfection. Sarah should be his.

While Sarah is out on her day off, the judge is murdered while sitting in his recliner. Guilt assaults her - had she been there, it wouldn't have happened. Of course Sarah becomes the prime suspect, much to Cahill's chagrin. But eventually they rule her out, and Cahill, a year after a particularly nasty divorce, decides to go after Sarah, without subtlety.

Sarah eventually takes on another job, just for both of bosses to be murdered in their house while Sarah is with Cahill. Again, she's brought in for questioning, as a time gap between Cahill and Sarah becomes evident.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific July 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"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. The dialogs between the main characters are funny and the plots are very enjoyable. You can feel the chemistry and heat between Sarah and Cahill and you won't feel like they are just thrown together to make this book a romantic suspense. A must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sex scene is hot! June 29 2004
By Kelly
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 in the scene. The plot is reasonably convincing to support the romance (this is a romance novel first of all). Judge Roberts is such a dear that I am sorry he has to die in the story. I like that the author allows Sarah and Cahill to date a bit before falling into bed, well, not really a bed but an exercise mat. Their first sex scene is hot! The part of how the murderer keeps Sarah captive is a little chilling but a great built-up to the climax. We only hear about the family of Sarah and Cahill indirectly, I would prefer that some of them actually appear on scene. Overall, an enjoyable, above-average romance from LH.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Linda Howard's best book June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
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. I found the characters were not believable, and the interactions between them, had no depth, or interest. Overall, I found it to be a very poor example of a Linda Howard book, and one that I would not recommend.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT HER BEST!!
THIS WAS NOT EVEN AN AVERAGE BOOK. THE PLOT OF THE BOOK SUCKED REALLY BAD. THE BAD GUY IS AN OLD GEEZER WHO IS A BIG PERVERT AND COMES TOTALLY OUT OF LEFT FIELD. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Julie Sumner
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
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... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE IGNORE THE IGNORANT NAYSAYERS
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"
1.0 out of 5 stars So hideously awful there are no words to describe
I can't even begin to comprehend how a book this bad could even get published. I got the unabridged audiobook from my local library for my commute, and on tape 5 out of 8 I... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Laura Fields
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