Dying to Please and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

DYING TO PLEASE Paperback


See all 24 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"

2014 Books Gift Guide
Yes Please, the eagerly anticipated first book from Amy Poehler, the Golden Globe winning star of Parks and Recreation, is featured in our 2014 Books Gift Guide. More gift ideas

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed



Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749933747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749933746
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GinRobi on Aug. 24 2008
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Veronica on 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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Elizabeth on 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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most recent customer reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback