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Dying to Please

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  10,643 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
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 August 8th 2007 by Ballantine (first published January 1st 2002)
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Lisa Kay
Okay, I finished the book late this morning. I have a hard time rating it, because a three-star LH is much better than a three-star book written by someone else.

The hero, Tom Cahill, thinking the heroine, Sarah Stevens, (view spoiler)
Aug 29, 2008 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
This was classic Linda Howard and I started reading and didn't want to put down. I liked the plot, the characters and the pace. Our H, Sarah, annoyed me a little with the keeping her cell phone in her SUV versus with her at night. It just seemed weird and out of character - which all means it seemed a little contrived for plot purposes. I went with the flow and the story was good.
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
Apr 13, 2016 Delos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La estructura de la historia es lo que hace que enganche tanto. La voz desconocida de algunos de los capítulos te hace preguntarte mil cosas.
Sarah me encantaba. Comprometida con su trabajo, responsable, una mujer preparada... Pero hay un detalle que me ha descuadrado de toda la historia: los trabajos. Cuando debería estar destrozada, acepta un nuevo trabajo incomprensiblemente. No me lo creo.
Y Cahill. He de aceptar que es uno de los protagonistas masculinos que crea me
Jul 21, 2015 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
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 Eden Creed
This book is so GOOD!!! It has easily become one of my favorite by Howard and I can't believe I missed it before.

The male and female leads have helluva chemistry and the countdown to the finale of the book is filled with excitement. I only wish that it would have been prolonged a little more to really get to savor the antagonist and get to know to speak. But all in all it was very enjoyable.
Aug 28, 2016 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
I would have liked it much more if I hadn't felt it disravel a bit at the end. Both main characters disappointed me a tad, she's written off as such a great kick ass lady, but at the end she's unable to defend herself. And I'm not talking about the villain either (or not only). The last hotel scene with the hero was a big let down to me. She's incredibly weak, and he behaves horribly. You do not "force" sex as a way to establish a connection, above all to such a distressed woman.
I might have acc
Audio. Narrated by Susan Erickson. She's very good, but the story turned me off. Cahill really let me down. Some hero. Simply not enough trust, dialogue, or relationship development. I didn't laugh or even smile, either. Too much raunchy sex -- and it follows soon after the murder of loved ones. Repeated mention of blood and brain matter. Lest we forget?

But my biggest problem?? I could NOT believe Sarah slept with Cahill after his big betrayal, at the police station. What a crock! He needed to
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
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
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
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
Miss Kim
Jun 25, 2008 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing
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.
Aly is so frigging bored
This was good! I really enjoyed the female butler thing :)
Jul 26, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it
Dying to Please by Linda Howard
Romantic Suspence / Contemporary Romance

Sarah Stevens is a trained butler but she's also a bodyguard. When she prevent an attempted robbery at the home of her employer judge Roberts, she is thrust into the limelight for her 15 minutes of fame. Someone sinister sees her on the screen and forms obsessive attachment to her. (view spoiler)
My 5-Facts Review ('Cuz I'm lazy busy reading):

(3 stars)

Linda Howard's writing comes alive on the pages! The story and characters suck you in right at the beginning. This author's books should be a genre on their own. Sometimes I don't have a crawing for contemporary or paranormal book, but specifically for a Linda Howard book, and every time I do, my eyes better prepare for the lack of sleep until I finish the book. They are un-
Mar 01, 2014 Farah rated it it was ok
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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
Jan 09, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it
Another goodie by the always fabulous Linda Howard!
Karla Cabcam
Ya me hacia falta leer un libro así.
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 2002
Length: 415 pages (Large Print)
Setting: Contemporary, Alabama.
Sex: Explicit and frequent
Hero: Detective
Heroine: Butler / bodyguard
Trigger: (view spoiler)

An intense mystery/suspense with an adult romance woven through.

Heavy duty sex scenes. Some dead bodies. (view spoiler) A whodunit mystery.

Straight forward but occasionally
Another enjoyable story by Linda Howard, this time with a kick-ass heroine as well as hero.

Sarah has an unusual job and skill-set, working as a butler/bodyguard for a retired FBI judge. Things have been quiet at her post until a night of an attempted burglary which she stops without much effort and gains the attention of the press.

Her reluctant 15 minutes of fame bring her to the attention of a villain, while her involvement in the burglary led to her meeting detective Tom Cahill, a man whom she
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:-)
Nov 25, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
"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.
Eva • All Books Considered
My favorite Linda Howard novel and, yes, I've read them all!
Oct 07, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-supense
Dying to Please is another great romantic-suspense book by Linda Howard. There are few authors that can deliver as consistently good a product as her. When I pick up a Linda Howard book, I know I will be enthralled and entertained.

Sarah Stevens is a butler/bodyguard to elderly retired Judge Roberts. She gets to use her bodyguard training during a robbery at the Judge's house and is spotlighted on the local morning TV show - as a butler, not as a bodyguard. This set off a chain of events that is
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 f ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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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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