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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I vaguely remember reading Dying to Please when it was first published at least 15 years ago, so I decided to try the audio version. In spite of being a huge Linda Howard fan, I was disappointed that the romance part was deeply flawed and degrading.
At first I liked that butler Sarah seemed to be a strong, competent woman, able to protect herself and others. In the beginning, police detective Cahill appeared to like and respect Sarah, taking time getting to know her.
I changed my mind when, just before they have sex the first time, they had a knock down, drag out fight on a smelling gym mat, before Cahill hand cuffed Sarah to his bed. Sorry, but violence as foreplay is creepy plus no intelligent woman would willingly place herself in such a dangerous situation.
When Sarah becomes a murder suspect, Cahill's immediate reaction is that she must be guilty, which proved he had no real feelings for her. I wanted to feel sympathy for Sarah's character but thought that she was too weak and pathetic to be interesting.
Cahill proved that he was a chauvinist asshole when he told a friend how he wasn't interested in dating since his divorce, only having 1 night stands, then proceeded to complain about the sleazy woman willing to have sex with him. What a hypocrite!
She is stricken by several homicides and it is true that we are surprised about who did it, but I wish there were more to the surprises. I don't really have to be surprised as much as I need to understand all the people and what they are risking and how precisely things are resolved. This makes it above the bar I provide, but I just wish it were a bit less improbable and more loaded with the kind of protein I need..
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Sarah Stevens is a butler, an unusual position for a woman and her bodyguard skills are equally matched. She is working for a kindly, old judge. They have an amicable relationship to the point of being friends for one another. One night she goes out for a movie and comes home to find him murdered. During the questioning/investigating phase she meets Thompson Cahill. As they try to discover the motives that led to the judges murder, a mystery gift appears for her. What does it mean? Who could've killed this kindly man?
Things follow and take an unusual course. There are more mysteries to solve and feelings to discover. I'm afraid anymore that I give will spoil so I will leave it as; there is a lot of action even more 'romantic' action, investigating and mystery to clear up.
The narrator/performance performer did an excellent job in portraying each character. I really enjoyed her style and professionalism.
I love Linda Howard and never know what to expect from her.
Notes: Mature language, sex and violence
Credit worthy/$space: As with most of my books I got this on a two for one credit sale. However, it is definitely creditworthy and/or paying the membership price.
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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!
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