Death Angel: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Apr 28 2009
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“The Howard name is synonymous with amazing entertainment.”—Romantic Times
“A darkly romantic book of second chances and intrigue, as well as hot assassins.”—Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“Linda Howard is a superbly original writer.”—Iris Johansen
About the Author
Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Drea lives with a *bad* guy. The books opens with him making a deal with an assassin. To seal the deal, the assassin demands sex with Drea. The *bad* guy complies and leaves Drea alone with the assassin.
In the 80s, rape fantasy seemed to be a huge part of story telling in romance novels. I honestly thought that authors had gotten past this and realized that it is not every woman's fantasy to be raped.
The books launches into a 19 page description of their sex. Was it lustful? Yes. Was he a giving lover? Yes. Did she want him in the end? Yes. Was it rape?
Could she say no? No. Could she walk away? No. Did she have a choice? No.
Jeez already! Enough! Women writers should know better by now, especially women writers. Even better! By the end of the 19 pages? She is begging him to take her with him.
Now, I am sure that if I continued to read the book, I would learn that they somehow meet up again and fall in love and blah, blah, blah.
It was rape. It wasn't consensual. She was forced to do it.
I know I have written that word too many times, but I am so tired of female writers writing this junk! This was also a huge fantasy that soap operas in the 80s liked to incorperate into their storylines. Sure, the big brute raped her at first, but later she came to love him. He was troubled, so it was o.k.
I cannot imagine, in the real world, any woman ever being raped by a man and later loving him, unless she was mentally unbalanced.
Anyway, I stopped reading the book at that point. I have nothing to recommend about this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
As an arm-charm to a ruthless drug lord and criminal, Drea thought she had it pretty good. She had no delusions about what their relationship was or was not, she was just taking one day at a time always knowing the end was coming. One afternoon he surprises her by treating her rather callously and for Drea that makes the end of their relationship come a lot sooner than expected.
But even as she makes her escape life throws yet another monkey wrench in the works and Drea's life and outlook is irrevocably changed, forever. What once seemed so important isn't anymore and she works hard to make every moment of this second chance count.
I thought this book was incredible; filled with twists and turns and completely unpredictable. From page one it was clear that this tale was going to be daringly different from any other romantic suspense novel I have read. The two main characters aren't nice people and I really shouldn't have cared for either one, but the way they are written, despite their flaws, I felt and fell for both. These aren't two people that you expect to be stars in a romance novel, but it is their unique characters that make this book so great. Both had led shallow and selfish existences and aren't very apologetic about it. But with the second chance that Drea faces, they both rediscover life, one another and are struck by the power of love.
Truly a wonderful story filled with some heartbreaking, fantastic and miraculous moments; I loved ever word of it.
Cherise Everhard October 2008
The only reason I gave this story two stars was because the first part of the book was good and then it started to go down hill from there.
I have to say if you are looking for a Linda Howard romance, it is not happening in this book! There is hardly any romance at all. What a disappointment.