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.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
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.
Intriguing, suspenseful, romantic
The story line/plot
No favorite; liked the entire book
I read this book awhile ago and was delighted to find it in audible.
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!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Yes, as Susan E. brings all the characters to life
the humorous parts, ie cosmic bowling
All, she is one of the best. ie: JD Robb books
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.
Susan Ericksen does such a good job engaging the reader that I had trouble putting the book down.
No but certain parts were so suspenseful I was anxious for a character and the first sex scene was . . . hot especially for Linda Howard.
This book is definitely worth a download.
Only drawback to Ericksen was that I kept expecting her to talk about Eve or Rourke.
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.
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!
Suspence and romance
It did make me laugh occasionally,although this is not one of Linda Howard's funnier works.
I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!
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.
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