Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman whom Sarah has come to respect and love. But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself. Sarah's perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes: her beloved employer is brutally murdered.
The detective investigating the case assures Sarah that she is not a suspect. Until lightning strikes twice. The only option left for Sarah is to carry on with her life. But she doesn't realize that a deranged stalker is luring her into an elaborate trap For Sarah soon finds herself at the mercy of a man who will tend to her every whim, smother her with affection, and crush her in his all- consuming embrace. You just clipped your first slide! Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.
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Impeccably organised. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman—indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman whom Sarah has come to respect and love as a father.
But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself. Bought from the store in Tharwa, ACT. This story is about Sarah Stevens, a young trained bodyguard, who firstly worked for an elderly judge who was suddenly shot while she was out. She found another job with a husband and wife. 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 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. However, Sarah has attracted unwanted attention - a certain man thinks that Sarah is wasting her time taking care of the judge. Sarah should be his. While Sarah is out on her day off, the judge is murdered while sitting in his recliner. But eventually they rule her out, and Cahill, a year after a particularly nasty divorce, decides to go after Sarah, without subtlety.
Dying to Please by Linda Howard
Sarah eventually takes on another job, just for both of bosses to be murdered in their house while Sarah is with Cahill. Tired and upset, Sarah ends up taking on another job - with the man who wanted her since the beginning, unbeknownst to Sarah. Things move quickly when she realizes that she is now the possession of a deranged man, and Cahill will stop at nothing to get her out. I loved the connection between Cahill and Sarah right from the start. Sparks for sure, and the banter between them reminded me so much of my husband and myself.
Sex scenes erotic. The suspense and mystery were great, the ending twisted. What brought me to tears is what Sarah endures after the judge is murdered. Her actions, her feelings, reminded me of when my grandfather passed away, and I could feel her anguish. There was such feeling in this novel and I identified with so much. Jun 02, Eastofoz rated it really liked it Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee. Shelves: romantic-suspense. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. This is more a 3. It's a bit too long in the middle where nothing really seemed to happen which was starting to bug me but it did pick up like a rocket towards the end. Sarah and Cahill were a bit odd as a couple. They got together too quickly at the beginning whereas I thought it needed more build up. I didn't feel a huge emotional connection even if the sex was good woo hoo on the basement gym scene!
I didn't think the ending was believable at all with her cuffing him and hav This is more a 3. I didn't think the ending was believable at all with her cuffing him and having sex. Someone who's been through being sequestered I don't think would want to "play" like that. The ending with Trevor the psycho was horrific especially when he ejaculated on her and belted her.
He was really creepy and I never suspected him at all to be the bad guy. It's a good story, but you have to be very patient in the middle when things don't really move. Dec 04, Naksed marked it as dnf Shelves: kick-ass-heroine , contemporary-romance , tstl-hero , hero-is-a-big-fat-jerk , romantic-suspense. What do you get when an Alpha male gets together with an Alpha female? Naked wrestling, of course!
These two, a cop the guy and a bodyguard the girl were a hoot even if I did not relate to them at all. Their idea of foreplay was practicing at a shooting range, making love to the background noise of Fox News TV channel, and using their very real handcuffs on each other.
I enjoyed reading about them until the story took a typically Linda Howard path that she has written before numerous times. And as usual, the heroine takes the hero back without much fanfare, even after the Great, Terrible, Big, betrayal. I had high expectations of Dying to Please because the author's creation of one kick-ass female protagonist promised a great read.
This is just not my trope. This book gave me so many feels! I really loved the relationship between the heroine and her boss-the former Judge. I almost cried when he died. I really felt the h's emotions. Then the asshole hero entered the pic. I was chuckling at his unromantic, blunt wooing. Their banter was funny. The hero had ups and downs.
I loved him and didn't like him very much at the same time. Let's just say he didn't always make the right choices. I really liked the heroine. She was a butler who knew marta 4. She was a butler who knew martal arts. She was a badass. The naked wrestling, now that was the hottest scene I've read by LH. The creepy, stalking villain gave me the creeps. He did some fucked-up stuff toward the end. It threw me of my axis if I'm being honest. I almost upchucked my lasagna.
Dying to Please: A Novel
I think it was bc I had such a strong connection with the h and felt her horror. I felt the suspense in spades and gobbled up the pages. View all 6 comments. I would have liked it much more if I hadn't felt it disravel a bit at the end. Both main characters disappointed me a tad, she's written off as such a great kick ass lady, but at the end she's unable to defend herself.
And I'm not talking about the villain either or not only. The last hotel scene with the hero was a big let down to me. She's incredibly weak, and he behaves horribly. You do not "force" sex as a way to establish a connection, above all to such a distressed woman. I might have acc I would have liked it much more if I hadn't felt it disravel a bit at the end.
I might have accepted the forgiveness after the final scene, maybe. As it is, it was lame. View all 5 comments. Shelves: owned , cop-fbi , romantic-suspense. Very good book even on second reading. I was reading a hard copy of this and I kept wanting to press the bookmark button to reference lovely bits of romantic dialog that the hero said to the heroine but dang it, I wasn't reading on my Kindle.
I couldn't bring myself to dog ear my book. Maybe I should buy some of those flag tapes. If you like well done romantic Very good book even on second reading. If you like well done romantic suspense with a satisfying well done romance then you should really read this one. Narrated by Susan Erickson. She's very good, but the story turned me off.
Cahill really let me down. Some hero. Simply not enough trust, dialogue, or relationship development. I didn't laugh or even smile, either. Too much raunchy sex -- and it follows soon after the murder of loved ones. Repeated mention of blood and brain matter. Lest we forget? But my biggest problem?? What a crock! He needed to Audio. He needed to work hard to win her trust again. But nope. She's cheap and easy.
Even tho she decided wisely to end their relationship, when he knocks on her door, she immediately rolls over for him? And the epilogue was a waste. Mostly, it was Cahill mentally rehashing the case, just as if we didn't already know -- all along -- what Dunsmuir had done, and what a sicko psycho he was. There was no mystery. The killer's POV was revealed from the beginning.
Then, after that needless re-chewing of events, more sexy bondage and a declaration I didn't believe in. I felt like I needed to wash this right out of my mind. I think it's Linda's worst effort. In addition to gratuitous sex, underdeveloped relationships, and yet another psychotic killer, her writing is weak in general. Repetitive, plus she focused on trivial details too much. Dump redundancy and trivia. Reduce the internal dialogue.
Replace with dialogue and action. View all 9 comments. This book is so GOOD!!! It has easily become one of my favorite by Howard and I can't believe I missed it before. The male and female leads have helluva chemistry and the countdown to the finale of the book is filled with excitement. I only wish that it would have been prolonged a little more to really get to savor the antagonist and get to know him But all in all it was very enjoyable. View all 3 comments. Dec 02, Saly rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , romantic-suspense , single-titles.
Sep 29, Cheri rated it it was amazing. Even better the 2nd time around :. Sep 17, Carrie rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense , pi-security-service , bodyguard , audio , contemporary , law-enforcement , read , read , re-read.
As the mystery deepens, Sarah finds herself drawn into the investigation. Complicating matters is the attraction that draws Cahill and Sarah to each other. Susan Ericksen, best known for her outstanding narration of J. The pacing and dynamics of her performance are excellent. She proves her versatility by making Sarah and Cahill sound unique rather than copies of Eve and Roarke. Sarah isn't a typical heroine. Sarah, in keeping with her butler training, is reserved and professional instead of snarky.
Ericksen gives Sarah a cool, understated voice, one that conveys strength and humor. Cahill is a great hero, although flawed and not always likeable. At one point in the story Cahill makes a huge error in judgment. Howard does a great job making us feel his pain when he realizes the damage he's done. It was refreshing to see Cahill take full responsibility for his actions, and I admired his determination to make it right. The dynamics between the Sarah and Cahill is especially well done. Their relationship takes some time to develop, and the conflict in the relationship wasn't a misunderstanding that can be cleared up with a five-minute conversation.
Instead, it packs an emotional punch. I recommend the audio version of Dying to Please for any romantic suspense fan. In addition, there is this extremely hot wrestling scene, which is not to be missed. Feb 05, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: romance , audio , contemporary , read , romantic-suspense , law-enforcement. Actually 3. Dying to Please was a great example of a solid, entertaining, and somewhat gritty romantic suspense novel. Although I had a bit of trouble with the villain Linda Howard didn't quite sell me on his motivations, but more on that below , the actions, dialog, and thought patterns of the main characters felt real and believable.
I was so grateful that Howard didn't break the tone of the rest of the novel by trying to "make it all better" in the epilogue or venture into the realm Actually 3. I was so grateful that Howard didn't break the tone of the rest of the novel by trying to "make it all better" in the epilogue or venture into the realm of WTF, as she did in [Book: Dream Man]'s epilogue. I really liked both of the main characters. Sarah was a capable heroine who possessed an admirable inner strength, but she also revealed a believable degree of vulnerability when faced with horror and tragedy.
Cahill was a typically-pigheaded Howard hero, but he was also lovable and quite sexy. I loved the way their relationship developed over the course of the novel. My biggest problem with the novel was the villain, and it wasn't a major problem. I just wasn't quite content with the author's explanation for his actions. There are psychotic, murdering stalker-ish types out there in the real world, but not many.
Furthermore, I get tired of villains whose actions require psychoanalysis to be intelligible.