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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 respec...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by Ballantine (first published January 1st 2002)
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Aug 29, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
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Why hire someone to do the dirty work…

Sarah Stevens had been hired by the insistance of retired federal judge, Lowell Roberts. A kind man who’d received threats a few years back, the family, especially the daughter, didn’t want the judge living alone. Sarah is a female butler, hired to watch and guard him. Sarah takes care of everything, from the mundane daily living to the higher stuff like parties. She also guards him; drives him wherever he needs to go, watches his back. When two men break in...more
Grade A-/B+

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

As a professional butler, Sarah Stevens is trained to manage large household down to the smallest details. She’s also skilled as a bodyguard, which comes in handy in her present position as butler to a retired Federal judge. When an obsessed admirer sets out to secure Sarah’s services by any means possible, Detective Thomas Cahill is brought in to lead the investigation. As the mystery deepens, Sarah finds herself drawn into the investigation. Complicating ma...more
Girl butler and professional bodyguard, Sarah Stevens, meets speculating boy detective, Thomas Cahill, after a botched burglary in her employer's home.

Sarah and Cahill cross paths again when her employer, a retired judge, is found murdered in his home. An investigation commences. Sarah learns that someone is stalking her.

Eventually a romance unfolds and all sorts of naughty shenanigans take place. (Sarah is trained in martial arts and Cahill has no qualms about challenging her to a game of stri...more
Actually 3.5 stars.

Dying to Please was a great example of a solid, entertaining, and somewhat gritty romantic suspense novel. Although I had a bit of trouble with the villain (Linda Howard didn't quite sell me on his motivations, but more on that below), the actions, dialog, and thought patterns of the main characters felt real and believable. I was so grateful that Howard didn't break the tone of the rest of the novel by trying to "make it all better" in the epilogue (or venture into the realm...more
Jan 20, 2012 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: romantic suspence readers
Very good book even on second reading. I was reading a hard copy of this and I kept wanting to press the bookmark button to reference lovely bits of romantic dialog that the hero said to the heroine but dang it, I wasn't reading on my Kindle. I couldn't bring myself to dog ear my book. Maybe I should buy some of those flag tapes. ;-)

I liked the strong competent heroine and the cop who seems at first to be humorless and cold but when he warms up, wow what a sweetie.

If you like well done romantic...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I listened to this yesterday and, as I remembered from my first read several years ago, this is a solid romantic suspense. I thought that Susan Erikson did an excellent job narrating the story.

I liked the premise of a female butler/bodyguard and she was portrayed as competent and capable, without crossing into hard edged.

I remember reading this story and being dismayed at how easily Cahill lost faith in Sarah and this aspect of the story came across even stronger when listenin...more
Miss Kim
Jun 25, 2008 Miss Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: romantic supense fans
I loved this book! I really enjoyed the realtionship between Cahill and Sarah. Sarah is a butler and bodyguard to an elderly judge. A series of murders makes Sarah look like the top suspect. Cahill is the dectetive brought in on the case.
Barbara M.
"Dying to Please" is a little slow on the take off, but towards the end it gets a lot better. I'm still waiting on one of Howard's books to blow me away, but for right now she keeps me entertained enough to keep coming back for more.
I was most certain that Dying to Please would be getting a 4 star rating but alas, it couldn't. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy it. Rather, something was amiss and I just couldn't bring myself to not be bothered about it. A female butler-slash-bodyguard is a way too intriguing story line for me to pass up on. Linda Howard has a peculiar way of making things heat up or cool down in a matter of minutes and that's what make her books such enjoyable reads.

What I didn't like about the book wa...more
Mar 01, 2014 Farah rated it 2 of 5 stars
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It was too predictable to the point where it got really annoying. The book had zero surprises , like really not a single surprise NOT ONE !! The identity of the villain was too obvious and even the book didn't try to surprise us .. we were told who the villain was before he made his last few moves , even if we weren't told we would have known , talk about a guy appearing with the word villain written on his forehead in BOLD. The author didn't even try to surprise us or confuse us , we were tol...more
Jane Stewart
Liked it, but it was not as much fun as her other books. I wasn't as invested in the characters as I would have liked.

I did not enjoy the two times that Sarah was the main murder suspect. I'm not a fan of stories about an innocent person being accused. It was still an ok read.

Sarah is butler and bodyguard for a judge. Bad guy wants to hire her, but she refuses to leave her job, so he kills her employer the judge. She still refuses to work for him and goes to work elsewhere, so he kil...more
Isis FG
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There are things about this book I like a lot. I find the idea of the female protagonist being a butler / bodyguard quite intriguing, I really enjoyed the interplay between her and her employers. I didn't much like the antagonist, he was almost a caricature of what a villain should be. From the few Linda Howard books I've read, I've come to the conclusion that she doesn't write her villains very well. I was also a little disappointed in Sarah's love interest, Det. Cahill. He was very much a genr...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Although I read this one years ago in print, I'm marking this one as to-read since I have yet to listen to the audio.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one in audio. I still had the same problems with the basic storyline as I did years ago in print - too few pages with just Sarah and Cahill and too much time with the villain. Still, interesting romantic suspense and it filled my occasional need for a Linda Howard. The narration was pretty impressive and this is definitely a case where I...more
Sarah Stevens is a butler to a retired judge. She catches the public attention when she stops a couple of burglars. It is then she first meets Cahill. Later, the judge is murdered and Sarah becomes a suspect. Then she goes to work for another employer and they end up dead. Is Sarah a killer? Can Cahill prove her innocence?

While I don't consider this my favorite Linda Howard book, I did like it a lot. It had the elements I like in her books, action, suspense, romance, humor.
Story line was good with a few twists but the love story and the sex almost over shadowed the mystery. I listen to this as an audio book and I have to say the reader Susan Ericksen was absolutely brilliant. Her ability to change her voice to suite the character really added to book. Would recommend it to those who like a raunchy love story with a little mystery thriller on the side.
Brenda Audiobooks Only
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I listened to this one on audio book. It held my attention the entire time. The author gets 4 stars and the narrator gets 5. I’d give her more but 5 is the limit. Susan Ericksen is a great narrator. I picked this book up because I just got finish listening to Naked in death and she narrated that one.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 01, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense
As a thriller this is tops, fantastic plot. As a romance it's OK. The characters come alive almost immediately and we learn more and more about their motivations as events unfold around them. We even learn a bit about the villian's thoughts and motivations. I'd read this again
WOW! I’ve never read any of Linda Howard’s novels before, and I love this! The characters of VERY strong and witty, the dialogue is realistic, and each detail is the novel is laid out very nicely. The plot is exciting with a touch of action and a big mystery. Great through and through.
Great book! Love LH's plots.. Great suspense, loved the interaction between hero and heroine: talk about direct (and that first sex scene in the bassement??? I needed a cold shower afterwards, lol)! But at least there weren't any misunderstandings:-)
Susan Kat
Linda Howard IS a Goddess.. and I own every one of her books.. but Dying to Please as well as some others are my TOP picks and always on hand for re-reads.
I'm upgrading this to a 4 star book. It was better hearing it than when I read it before.
I have all of Howard's books, and she runs the gamut from very bad to top-notch. This one is somewhere in the middle.

There is a good mystery, with a creepy bad guy, but I never quite get over the murder of one of the nicest secondary characters I've met in years. I wish he wasn't so well-drawn that the loss of him distracts me from the enjoyment of the book. The other murder victim is also a delightful character, so I got a second shock. I think I would have been a lot more comfortable if the vi...more
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Audiobook Narrator Susan Erickson

A good solid romantic suspense novel from Linda Howard. Easy to listen to but with grit and her "good" guys were very well rounded!


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...more
Melissa Levine
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Fanny Roswita Ria
Love it, really2 love it..

Ceritanya bener2 seru&luar biasa gw nikmatin deh alurnya.
Disini heroine-nya sangat teliti&begitu care sama majikannya; menguasai begitu banyak jenis bela diri; tenang; sangat terkontrol; jago menembak&ga neko2. Sdgkan hero-nya itu agak sinis; cablak; memperhatikan segala hal (mgkn krn profesi-nya sbg polisi) lalu pernah dikhianati oleh istri-nya jadi tdk mudah percaya org lain.

Ceritanya dari awal memang menarik yah apalagi dg heroine seperti Sarah. Lalu mak...more
DYING TO PLEASE by Linda Howard

My Thoughts:
This book was amazing! I have now read 2 books by Linda Howard and I can say for sure that I will be seeking out the others, I am a major fan of her novels already. DYING TO PLEASE (like ICE) matches suspense and fear with wonderful characters and hot romance in a perfect combo. In this book I loved Cahill, he was the perfect gruff and manly yet loving and sexy detective, and Sarah, falling for him fast and tipping her organized and routine world upside...more
Mark Soone
I had never read anythin by Linda Howard, so I did not have any preconcieved ideas of how I might enjoy this book. The only thing I had really read was that she was a master at weaving sensual interpersonal relationships into the plots of her books.

I gave the book 3 stars out of 5 (I really wished we had a scale of 100 to rate upon as a 3 could range between 41 & 60,with much more room to place a book)...i would go around 50 on that type of scale. Was it great? Not by my estimation, but it w...more
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe...more
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“What good is having a friend who's a cop if he won't give me inside information?"
"So you can ask him to look at a piece of shit pistol after you've already bought it, and pronounce it a piece of shit.”
“Before you know it, you'll be smiling at her across the breakfast table."

"I don't smile," Cahill said, though he was having to fight his amusement.

"So you'll be scowling at her across the breakfast table. That isn't my point.”
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