Dying to Please

Dying to Please

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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345452702
Branch Call Number: FIC/HOWARD
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 25 cm.


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FindingJane Sep 02, 2014

Ms. Howard does a fine job of setting up her heroine as being strong, tough and capable. However, I found Sarah Stevens to be a little too quick to fall for the tough guy we are given as her love interest. He knows, she knows and we know that Det. Thompson Cahill shouldn’t be with this woman. He’s involved in her murder case; she’s still a suspect; he’s recovering from the wounds dealt to him by his ex-wife. But he goes after her anyway (mainly because his obligatory happy-go-lucky player best friend urges him to do it) and they fall into a predictably heated affair. Mainly there’s a crazed psycho out there killing people close to Ms. Stevens but everybody seems to overlook the obvious clues of a ridiculously expensive pendant and a note given after a tv interview until there are two other murders. The book doesn’t go into the heavy technical jargon about forensics, DNA testing, telephone call tracing, etc., that some other books do. Instead, it focuses on the interplay between Sarah and Cahill, making this mainly a romance with thriller elements thrown into it. Cahill also uses coercion and sex to break down Sarah’s defenses after she goes into an emotional tailspin and I found that distressing as well as unconvincing. After everything she underwent, a good bout of therapy should be in order not bondage play. This is a book mainly for romance readers who like a touch of mystery with their hot sex. I wouldn’t recommend it for anybody else.


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