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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 04-23-14
    Susan 04-23-14

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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 08-23-10
    Kimberly 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 04-11-10
    SassiKassi 04-11-10 Member Since 2010
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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 12-19-08
    Loy 12-19-08

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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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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-12-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2008

    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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