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Dying to Please

By Linda Howard

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 November 2003
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 whom Sarah has come to respect and love as a father.
Then one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that rewards Sarah her requisite "fifteen 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.
In a nonstop roller-coaster ride of unrelenting suspense, Linda Howard has written her most chilling novel yet. "Dying to Please is a breathless thriller of desire and obsession.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Open Season, Mr. Perfect, All the Queen's Men, Now You See Her, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers. From the Hardcover edition.

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When Sarah Stevens, butler and bodyguard extraordinaire, foils a robbery, she could not have predicted either the tragic chain of events that would be set in motion or detective Thomas Cahill, who responded to the first crime scene. Sarah intrigued, attracted, and aroused him, but his first marriage had dissolved in livid disgust, making him all too wary. Sarah is equally frightened of her feelings for him; she had never before felt so deeply. It might have been bliss had Sarah's employers not developed a habit of dying by murder. This story, aided by Howard's descriptive narrative, translates well to audio, with evocative visual images cascading through every scene. The author also writes the most erotic lovemaking in the business, which Susan Ericksen handles with aplomb. Careful not to overdramatize, she captures the emotional undercurrents, the mood, and tone of the tale with apparent ease. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) From the Hardcover edition. Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension. Publishers Weekly (starred review) From the Hardcover edition." Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "From the Hardcover edition."" "Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"From the Hardcover edition." " Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension." - "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "From the Hardcover edition."

EAN: 9780345453402
ISBN: 0345453409
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dimensions: 18.44 x 9.45 x 2.84 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. The heroine is delightful. She is capable adn funny in her role as a kick ass butler. The interaction between her and the hero is funny as well as steamy and the storyline keeps you guessing until the end. One of Linda Howard's better books and one I would definitely read again. Romantic suspense at its best.

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