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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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    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 08-18-14
    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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 09-01-13
    amy 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 2011
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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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    Dickens' mom Indian Trail,N.C. 11-05-12
    Dickens' mom 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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    Lisa Canton, Gabon 10-05-12
    Lisa Canton, Gabon 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "GOOD AUDIOBOOK.EASY LISTEN"

    NARRATOR WAS AWESOME AS USUAL,SUSAN ERICKSON IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE. STORY DIDN'T KNOCK MY SOCKS OFF BUT I DID ENJOY IT.

    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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    M. Gibs Bloomington, IL, United States 03-27-11
    M. Gibs Bloomington, IL, United States 03-27-11

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    "Pretty Good Book"

    I have never read (or listened) to any of Linda Howard's books. I think this was a pretty good book for the most part. I must say she did a really good job of taking readers inside the head of the villain. That dude was beyond wacko. Very convincing.

    I had issues with the manner in which the romance unfolded. It didn't seem very natural to me but it's just my opinion. In spite of it the book on a whole was good. I really liked the main character, Sarah.

    If nothing else it was an entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 11-22-09
    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 11-22-09 Member Since 2008

    Rootin' Tootin'

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    "Great Book"

    I love her earlier books! Please Keep them coming!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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