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Dying to Please

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  9,093 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins

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 wh
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Published August 8th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2002)
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Lisa Kay
★★★½☆ 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Karla Cabcam
Ya me hacia falta leer un libro así.
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:-)
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.
Anita Fleming
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
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
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
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Suspenseful story of female butler who attracts the attention of a psychopath that wants her as his own butler. So, he systematically begins to kill off her employers until he gets her all to himself. Over the course of the murders, she hooks up with Alabama detective Tom Cahill. Lot of sizzle between them and hard to put down in the 2nd half. On audio I loved it, but wasn't super crazy over the narrator's Southern accent for Cahill, really began to grate on me. Didn't help with his attitude tow ...more
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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
Kym Collar
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
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
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.
This one was just Ok for me. I didn’t connect with the two characters as I have in her other books. I usually blow right threw her books, and with this one I kept getting distracted. At one point it was just too much, blah, blah, blah...she did this, he did that, and it was going nowhere fast. Then it would pick up, and we would be right back where we started. I guess I’ve just come to expect more from her. On the whole she is a 4-5 star read for me…this one not so much.
P.A. Lupton

3.5 stars

I'm actually surprised I liked this as much as I did. I chose this book because it was available on audio and I needed a good audio book. The story sounded pretty good so I thought why not, even though it's not my usual read. When I first started reading, I could tell it was an older book. It seemed dated. But after awhile I got into the story and really enjoyed it. And I loved the naked wrestling, that was great.
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
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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
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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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