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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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    Nyrrocdooh Marietta, GA, USA 01-25-09
    Nyrrocdooh Marietta, GA, USA 01-25-09
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening."

    I am a audiobook addict, have just finished listening to Dying To Please and had to write a review straight away. I couldn't stop listening to it, fabulous story, suspense, humor, great characters, raunchy sex and many congratulations to Susan Ericksen for the narration, spot on! She brings this book to life without fault. A MUST LISTEN!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan California 04-23-14
    Susan California 04-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Poorly written garbage, beautifully narrated"

    One of Linda Howard's weakest books. Narrator Susan Ericksen is very good, but the story turned me off. Detective Cahill really let me down. Some hero. Simply not enough trust, dialogue, or relationship development. I didn't laugh or even smile. Too much raunchy sex. Repeated mention of blood and splattered brain matter. Lest we forget?

    But my biggest problem?? I could NOT believe Sarah had sex with Cahill after his big betrayal. What a crock! He needed to work hard to win her trust again. But nope. She's easy.

    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 did, and what a psycho he was. Then, after Dumbo Detective mentally replays the entire case, the book ends with more sexy bondage and a declaration of love. I couldn't buy it.

    Howard's writing is weak in this book. Repetitive, plus she focused on trivial details too much. Dump redundancy and trivia. Replace with dialogue and action.

    Bottom line? Ick. But I do like some books by Linda Howard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 03-12-11
    LeftyMom North Carolina 03-12-11 Member Since 2007

    leftymom

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    "A perfect 10!"

    I would give this book a perfect 10 if I could.
    Story = Excellent
    Narrator = Excellent
    Suspense, twists and turns, creepy characters and a top notch love story. I will listen to this one over again. Susan Ericksen is now my most favorite narrator!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 12-20-09
    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Author needs therapy."

    The story was a bit thin and predictable. Also, the author's infatuation with excessive testosterone and pseudo rape was disturbing. The narrator, Susan Ericksen, did an amazing job, as always.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Spring Hill, TN, United States 08-23-10
    Kimberly Spring Hill, TN, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this story!"

    I've listed to several audiobooks and this one is on the top of the list of my favorites! After listening to High Noon by Nora Raberts I did a search of the other books narrated by Susan Eriksen and found this book. The narrator can either make an audiobook as wonderful as this one is or can completley ruin the story and in this case the story is enhanced by the excellent job of the narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 12-19-08
    Kelley CA, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Go, Linda!"

    I'm a huge Linda Howard fan and this book did not disappoint. The heroine was strong and sympathetic, the hero was charming and only modestly flawed, the villainous climax was tense, and the sexual heat was set on high.

    I'd give it five stars but I want to leave her room to outdo herself.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 01-02-13
    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Juvenile Story...Title s/b "Dying to BE Pleased!""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I purchased this book for my wife and me to listen to on a vacation drive. We were both very disappointed with this book. We were expecting more of a murder mystery, but this book seemed to focus more on an unrealistic "everything woman" (beautiful butler/bodyguard, excellent marksman, martial arts specialist; who does housework, buys groceries, and manages a household), and her lust for pleasure with an unrealistic "everything man" (ex-military doctor, who is now a policeman/investigator with a small town police force). At some point, we asked the question, "Hey, did these people forget there was a murder that happened?" Judging from the reviews (I have seen only one other negative review), this book obviously has a lot of appeal to a certain segment of readers. At the risk of coming across as sexist, I will say that my guess is that this book would be more liked by female readers who possibly lack sexual passion in their lives; or by male readers who dream of having a Victoria's Secret model who does his housework in lingerie, goes to the gun range or fishing with him, and allows him to handcuff her and have his way with her whenever he wants.


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus on and develop the murder mystery story-line more... Be less juvenile sounding in the love (lust) scenes. This book sounded like it was written by a freshman in college!


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

    I don't recall hearing any other Susan Ericksen narrations. With this book, she did a good job, albeit with bad material.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first and last Linda Howard book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 04-11-10
    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 04-11-10
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    "Awesome!"

    Great narration and great story. Linda Howard does it again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-19-08
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2006

    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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    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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