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Dying to Please | [Linda Howard]

Dying to Please

Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. 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 Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.
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Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. 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 Sarah has come to respect and love.

Then, one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that awards Sarah her requisite "15 minutes of fame" with the local press. 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. There's a second killing - and this time, despite a lack of evidence connecting her to the crime, Sarah cannot escape the shadow of guilt.

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...one in which she, once ensnared, might never escape. 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.

©2004 Linda Howard; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Loy 12-19-08
    Loy 12-19-08

    Born to read

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    "good Linda Howard"

    I love Linda Howard, the idea of a butler and a crazy trying to get her was good

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great story, great reading"

    I've read the book many times. the performance matched my expectations and helped me enjoy it in a new way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-12-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Enjoyable"

    Setting: Present day AL
    Genre: Romantic suspense
    Sarah Stevens is a butler/bodyguard working for a retired judge. She foils a robbery and one of the detectives who comes to the scene is Thompson Cahill. They are attracted to one another, but each has a reason to avoid interpersonal relationships, so they go their separate ways. They meet again when Cahill comes out to investigate the murder of the judge. Sarah is under suspicion, but her name is soon cleared, leaving Cahill free to date her. They get involved, then her new employers get murdered, and Cahill is all like "what the heck? Is she a murderer? Did she fool me?" He has trust issues. There's suspense in the plot as in who's doing the killing and who will die next? Then there's suspense in regards to the relationship between Sarah and Cahill, after he gets all suspicious of her again, and she's all hurt about it.
    I liked the plot because even though bits of it are through the villain's point of view, I didn't know who it was. I also liked the development of the relationship between Sarah and Cahill. Even though they were attracted, they didn't give in right away. Then they actually dated before they had "hot monkey sex" as Cahill calls it. The writing itself flowed well, without superfluous points just to make it longer. It was an enjoyable story, told well.
    The narration by Susan Ericksen was great. The rhythm was good, and she did an excellent job with all types of characters - male, female, adult, geriatric. And she did so well with the villain with his quiet smoothness.
    I definitely enjoyed the time I spent listening to this novel. It was not so suspenseful that it kept me awake, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to get right back to it in the morning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 08-18-14
    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved This Book"
    If you could sum up Dying to Please in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, suspenseful, romantic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line/plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite; liked the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book awhile ago and was delighted to find it in audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Nashville, TN USA 08-17-14
    Michelle Nashville, TN USA 08-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely Enjoyed!"
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    I expected a nice little story but was happily surprised at how fun the plot and characters were. As always, Susan Ericksen was a wonderful narrator. All of these components resulted in a very enjoyable driving experience where even grid lock meant I could spend more listening time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-10-14
    Karen 02-10-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Classic Howard listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dying to Please to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as Susan E. brings all the characters to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    the humorous parts, ie cosmic bowling


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    All, she is one of the best. ie: JD Robb books


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Classic Howard


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy J 09-01-13
    Amy J 09-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Great Linda Howard"
    What other book might you compare Dying to Please to and why?

    It was a typical Linda Howard, it has plenty of sex and suspense as well as a rugged and reserved hero and a strong and sexy heroine.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Susan Ericksen does such a good job engaging the reader that I had trouble putting the book down.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but certain parts were so suspenseful I was anxious for a character and the first sex scene was . . . hot especially for Linda Howard.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely worth a download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Bluestocking 12-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Old School Linda Howard"
    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Only drawback to Ericksen was that I kept expecting her to talk about Eve or Rourke.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why I'd missed this Howard book before, but I'm glad I got around to it. I thought the romance was smoking hot and though the mystery was a little predictable it was creepy enough to keep me guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Indian Trail,N.C. 11-05-12
    Kindle Customer Indian Trail,N.C. 11-05-12

    Dickens mom

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    "Linda Howard Rules!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a rabid Linda Howard fan,and have passed my addiction on to all of my friends.It is so nice to have a story read to you,especially when you're too tired to read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Suspence and romance


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh occasionally,although this is not one of Linda Howard's funnier works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-08-12
    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2008

    I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!

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    "Best Linda Howard"
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    I think this is Linda Howard's best audible book. At first I did not like the idea of a female body guard/ butler, turns out... it worked for me! The plot is very good, the romance is very believable and Susan Ericksen's narration is flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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