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  • 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 111 customer reviews
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When Sarah Stevens, butler and bodyguard extraordinaire, foils a robbery, she could not have predicted either the tragic chain of events that would be set in motion or detective Thomas Cahill, who responded to the first crime scene. Sarah intrigued, attracted, and aroused him, but his first marriage had dissolved in livid disgust, making him all too wary. Sarah is equally frightened of her feelings for him; she had never before felt so deeply. It might have been bliss had Sarah's employers not developed a habit of dying by murder. This story, aided by Howard's descriptive narrative, translates well to audio, with evocative visual images cascading through every scene. The author also writes the most erotic lovemaking in the business, which Susan Ericksen handles with aplomb. Careful not to overdramatize, she captures the emotional undercurrents, the mood, and tone of the tale with apparent ease. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.
Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA
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“Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension.”
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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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Format: Hardcover
Ha ha! Yup, there's a naked wrestling scene in this book that will make your toes curl! That's one of the best things about a LH book: great sex scenes.
Sarah Stevens is a butler and bodyguard to a retired and wealthy federal judge. When the judge is killed she meets town cop and ex-military man Thompson Cahill. They are immediately attracted to each other but Cahill fights the attraction as he is still recovering from a vicious divorce. But, it's a losing battle for Cahill and they eventually get involved in a STEAMY affair. Then, another of Sarah's employers are killed and both Sarah and Cahill are forced to come to terms with their relationship and true feelings for each other. The big question is: can they trust each other?
I totally understand another reviewer's comment on the betrayal. The one thing that annoys me about LH's more recent books is that the hero eventually betrays the heroine in one way or another. It's not the betrayal aspect that bothers me, but the resolution of the betrayal - there is none! The hero has some excuse, but that's all it is, an excuse. The betrayal is committed, the hero says "I love you" and it's over, i.e., Dream Man. This book, however, did a better job than her other books with the hero acknowledging his blunder. Cahill not only acknowledges his betrayal, but is more than willing to do whatever it takes to make amends. That was the only thing that made my favorite LH book, After the Night, less than perfect.
Oh well, small complaint in an otherwise excellent book. Lots of great dialogue, a mystery that does not overpower the romance, the best sex scenes, and a magnificently sexy hero. LH's hero's are ALWAYS to die for.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read 21 Linda Howard books. To say I am a Linda Howard fan would be would be an understatement. I love her books! I have another 8 of her books that I have yet to read. I know I will savor them each but some of her books are much better than others.
Sarah Stevens has an unusual profession for a woman. She is a butler and a trained bodyguard. She demands perfection from herself and is therefore very good at what she does. Her employer's home is burglarized and Sarah meets Detective Cahill. Shortly thereafter, her employer is murdered and Sarah meets Detective Cahill yet again and gets to know him really well.
I enjoyed Dying to Please. It had so many elements of classic Linda Howard. But it falls short of the excellence of many of her other books. This is written as a romance novel. However, this falls more into the mystery novel category. Linda Howard is one of the best in contemporary romance writing. She is even effective at combining romance with a little mystery writing. But this is not a good murder mystery. As mystery novels go, this could not even come in as average. And besides, when I read a romance novel, I want to read a good romance.
Sarah and Cahill are two vivid characters with lots of possibilities for a great romance. Detective Cahill is a yummy hero but never gets to show his personality much. Sarah is a very strong heroine. This strength has nothing to do with her bodyguard skills. Although there is that tough part of her, she is still very much a lady. The chemistry is great between the two but they hardly have any time to solidify their relationship that we get to read. The sensual scenes rate about a four out of five (see More About Me for rating guidelines).
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