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From Library Journal
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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 7 2014 by Marion G.
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 morePublished on July 8 2004 by Julie Sumner
"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 morePublished on July 4 2004
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by Kelly
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 morePublished on June 28 2004
I picked up this book a few days after finishing Cry No More, a Linda Howard novel that is very emotionally draining. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Veronica
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
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 morePublished on April 10 2004 by Jorge Frid
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 morePublished on March 17 2004