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Death Angel

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  6,664 ratings  ·  459 reviews
In Linda Howard’s gifted hands, second chances, unexpected romance, and unrelenting action combine into a riveting new novel of suspense. In Death Angel, bad girls can wake up and trust their hearts, bad guys can fight for what’s right . . . and dying just might be the only way to change one’s life.

A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Roussea
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Published July 1st 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*


This was a strange book!

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I loved it though the second half not as much as the first :D

This is what started everything:


“Her,” said the assassin. “I want her.”
Her interest caught—who was her?—Drea looked up…and the bottom dropped out of her stomach. The assassin was staring at her with the same cold, unblinking gaze she remembered.
“I don't want to keep her,” the assassin said dismissively, without looking away from Drea's face. “I just want to f*ck her. One time.”




Anyway, everything I say here will
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Crista
I have developed a sort of love/hate relationship with Linda Howard. I tend to love her earlier works and hate what she has written the past 5 years or so, Cry No More being the exception to that rule. Death Angel was excellent and was more in line with the writing that makes Linda Howard one of the most talented authors on the planet!

This book starts out INTENSELY and EROTICALLY. I was hooked from the beginning page and read this book in one day. Drea Rosseau is a "trophy girlfriend" to a mob
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sep 27, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who liked the movie "Sleeping With the Enemy"
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with the True Love ladies
Andie Butts. What a name. I'd change mine too if I got stuck with Butts.

Moral of the Story : If you're going to change your name, you might as well get involved with a drug lord, so you can steal 2 million dollars.

Oh wait. That wasn't it. Take 2.

Moral of the Story : If you're going to steal 2 million dollars, try to outrun the person tailing you, so your reckless behavior gives you a chance to experience some wtf-ery.

I do believe I got buzzed again. Take 3.

Moral of the Story : If you're going t
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Julie (jjmachshev)
I'm pretty sure that only Linda Howard could write a story where the lead characters were an assassain and the arm candy for a drug lord and make me like them! But like this book I did. The characters are fascinatingly complex and their reactions to events and second chances made all the difference for me.

Drea doesn't ever remember being happy. Her goals in life are safety and security and she's used her looks, her brains, and sex to struggle to the comfy position she now holds. Mistress to a NY
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Fani
3.5 stars

Ok, this is one hard book to rate because it was so uneven. The first 150 pages were a solid 5 stars, even if the romance was almost non-existent. But still the suspense, the characters, the intrigue kept me at the edge of my seat and made it hard for me to put it down. At this point, this book was one of the best I've ever read.

And then, the PNR elements arrived. I did not have a problem with the PNR elements themselves, but by the way they were handled. For once, they took over almost
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MelissaB
This book was different. It was pretty much just a fiction book with mostly suspense and a tiny bit of romance. The story wasn't bad but it sometimes went on way too much about exactly how the characters did certain things like escape, move money around, plan their next moves, etc. I was hoping for more romance as well.
jenjn79
Hmmm...what an odd book with such a bizarre dynamic. I'm not quite sure I liked it, but I'm not quite sure I disliked it either.

It's rather atypical to read a book where the heroine starts out as the pampered mistress of a drug lord. I was fully prepared to despise her for the entire book. All she cared about was keeping herself in diamonds and designer clothes. And to steal $2mil from a drug lord...well, not the smartest of life choices. I can't say I truly came around to liking Andie, but she
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Christa
In Death Angel, Linda Howard takes a most unlikely hero and heroine, and turns what should have been unappealing characters into sympathetic ones that pull on your heart strings. This was a great book, and I am still trying to determine how the author created such a wonderful story with a hero who is an unrepentant assassin and a heroine whose last two years have been spent as the pampered mistress of a dangerous drug lord. This fast paced story pulled me in and in no time I was engrossed in the ...more
ElaineY
May 14, 2013 ElaineY rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: touch-of-romance
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 2013:
I couldn't continue listening because what I did not notice in the print version, I picked up on listening and the result is that I lost respect for Drea and felt sorry and sympathetic towards to Salinas. I didn't even get to the part where Simon meets up with Drea again after getting the assignment to kill her. I had to stop because I was wishing (far too strongly for it to be healthy!) that this is one woman who needs to be taught a darn good lesson before she's k
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Mahlet
A very hot, emotional roller coaster. This gets underway immediatley. You learn that Drea has been the arm candy for a dangerous drug lord, Rafael Salinas. The sexy assassin is here again to discuss a contract for a hit, but he rejects the $100K being offered. The only form of payment he'll except? He wants sex with Drea, just once. The assassin is the best at what he does, and as it's clear this is non-negotiable, Rafael gives in and says he'll be back in 5 hours. Drea can't believe she's been ...more
Katie(babs)
Unfortunately I must say that Death Angel is a major pass for me. I was able to finish reading in less than a day and afterwards I felt empty. I was close to making this a DNF, but because of my loyalty to Linda, I finished. Death Angel has an interesting set up, about a mistress of a high powered mobster, and the assassin he hires. The mistress and the assassin end up having a one night stand together. The first chapter grabs you in a way that no other book I have read in recent memory has done ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I haven't read a lot of romantic suspense and it is a New Year's Resolution to amend that for next year.

This book had me after the amazing first chapter. I just felt the chemistry between the unlikely couple from the first and was intrigued to see how it played out. The unlikely twist in the middle of the novel was totally unexpected and made for a very interesting turn of events.

Yes, you have to suspend belief for a few aspects of this novel, both the spiritual and the possibility of falling i
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Kathleen
4.5 stars. I remember I felt a little wary, starting this "unusual" romantic suspense, but it was GOOD, despite its atypical story line — or maybe because of it. More profound, solemn, and poignant than most of Howard's work. One-third romance, one-third suspense, one third philosophy: life-death--good-bad--heaven-hell, second chances, forgiveness and redemption. It's not truly paranormal, but there is an edge of it, with life reaching beyond death. Hence the title. The relationship develops odd ...more
Jacqueline
One of my all time favorites. This was the first Linda Howard that I read. Why am I just now getting around to reviewing it? This is a very different book. The hero is an unapologetic assassion. It's what he's good at and he has no qualms or morals about it. She is a drug lord's money hungry girl friend. These are two of the most unlikely character's ever to be in a mainstream romance. The story is very fast paced especially in the first part where Drea is trying to escape with the money she sto ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Book Summary: A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau was once content to be arm candy for Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord. Then, when he loans her to a cold-blooded assassin as payment, Drea makes a fateful decision and a desperate move to escape, stealing a mountain of cash from the malicious killer. Though Drea runs, Salinas knows she can't hide - and dispatches the same assassin in hot pursuit. Left for dead, Drea miraculously returns to the realm ...more
Christine
This book SUCKED! First time I've ever wanted to ask for my money back. The blurb has very little to do with the book. The plot was slim to none. The characters were not well developed. The romance/character's attraction was not believable. A big disappointment. Her earlier books are much better.
Jane Stewart
Entertaining, on-the-run suspense. I didn’t want to put it down.

It had more suspense than romance, but it still had a good romance. There was not much character development or relationship development, but I liked it for the adventure and escape. It also had some spiritual elements concerning good works earning a place in heaven.

Drea is smart but has been pretending to be dumb so Rafael would keep her as his girlfriend. Rafael is a drug lord. Rafael wants to hire Simon, a hitman. As part of Simo
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D.G.
**3.5 stars**

I have to give serious props to Linda Howard for writing a book with two villains as the main characters and have me believe their relationship and that they really loved each other. If it hadn't been for the weird flow of the book - there were boring parts in the middle dealing with transfering money - the fact that the leads were apart most of the book and the psychic/afterlife plot, I would have given it a higher rating.

The beginning of the book was unexpected and really hot but
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Carisa
Very good at first, slowed by the middle, and I didn’t like the end very much, it was a HEA but made me sad. Great writing though.
HERO is a Loner, he's been a killer for many years, detached from every one and devoid of feelings.
GENRE/TONE: contemporary with fantasy elements/suspense
SCENES/CONTENT: few/hot
LENGTH: 266 pages
Mara
This was a weird reading experience: the story started out great, it was realistic and full of tension (view spoiler) ...more
Ren
NOTE : I WRITE THE REVIEW OF THIS BOOK IN INDONESIA SINCE MY FRIEND ASK ME TO TOLD THE STORY FOR THEM :)

Andrea (haduh lupa nama belakangnya), atau biasa dipanggil Drea, adalah pacar dari mafia Narkotika bernama Rafael Salinas. Suatu saat Rafael didatangi seorang Assasin yang meminta bayaran, dan ketika ditanya ingin bayaran apa, si Assasin menginginkan untuk "ehem2" dengan Drea.

Rafael dan Drea tentu saja kaget, namun yang mengagetkan Drea, Rafael justru mengijinkan si cowo untuk meniduri Drea.
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Sharon
I was sad I didn't like this better. I love Linda Howard and Mr. Perfect is one of my favorites! However, this story just lacked a whole lotta umph in all directions. So there are two major portions to this story: the heroine's personal story and the love story. I was BLAH on both. The personal story got a bit weird with a death experience and was never really exciting. I kept waiting for the big story/climax in the plot, and it never happened. There was SO MUCH background, situation setting sto ...more
Elayne
I found this book holding my attention from the start. When Drea is given to an assassin for a "one time" as payment for a job by her lover, mob boss Rafael Salinas, she is devastated to be treated this way by the man who's mistress she has been for two years. She puts a plan into action to get her revenge on Salinas and hits him where it hurts him the most...she steels a lot of money from him and does a runner! He hires the very same "assassin" to hunt her and take her out. This very dangerous ...more
Hanife
Konumuz bir iş adamın kirli işleri için bir katil tutması adamın başarılı olması ve daha fazla ödüllendirilmesini istemesi üzerine başlıyor. Katilde adamdan paranı değil sevgilini istiyorum diyor. Bir kaç saatliğine. Adamda kabul etmesin mi. Kadın bu katille baş başa. Aslında katilin niyeti tamamen adamın ona ihtiyacını ölçmekti. Ama kız bundan kaçsada bayaaa ateşli bir 4 saat geçiriyorlar. Aslında 5 te katil adamın erken gelmesinide hesaba katıp gidiyor. Kız katil gitmeden benide yanında götür ...more
Holly
As many other reviewers have pointed out, this book had a great premise. And it certainly got off to a great start. The first 3 chapters grabbed me right away, and i was anxious to see what would happen next.

Unfortunately, this book quickly went downhill. The storyline came to a complete standstill after the first few chapters. Suddenly, the author decided to fill page after page with details about the female lead's hairstyle and wardrobe. I found myself literally skimming entire chapters waitin
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Vins
I kept reading and wondering this book is so different from all the books LH has written so far. It was not getting any better as I continued reading. Having read patiently till 50% of the book paid off. Till then I had a hard time liking the H and h. It picks up in the second half of the book .. LH is an awesome story teller . She wrote two unlikable characters with lots of flaws as this books Hero & h .
I liked the way the story took a turn and made me sympathetic and had me rooting for th
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Darkshadow
Vay canına diyorum. Uzun zamandır şöyle bol aksiyonlu aynı zamanda da aşk dolu bir kitap olsa da okusam diyordum. Kara Melek'i iyi ki gözüme kestirmişim. Drea/Andie harika bir karakter. Her şeye rağmen ayakta durabiliyor. Katilimiz ise ayrı bir olay zaten. Onu söylemeye gerek bile yok :) İkisinin arasındaki o bağı öyle derinden anlatmış ki yazar sabaha kadar elimden bırakamadım. Kitabın ortasında yaşanılan şeyin hikayeye bağlanışı harikaydı. İlk Linda Howard kitabımdı ve çok çok beğendim. Artık ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 13, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of suspense romance
Here you have two characters that at first glance have nothing to redeem them. Howard gets you cheering for the one stealing from the evil one, then has the power of love making changes in the lives of each protagonist. The touch of supernatural force involved was very believable.

It is refreshing to read the work of such a skilled author. Unlike some of her work from earlier in this decade, I found there to be enough romance in this novel to offset the heavy dose of suspense elements.
Tina
Loved it. Loved everything about this book. I love that Drea wasn't a Mary Sue, she was actually the anti-Mary Sue. I love that Simon was a stone cold killer and wasn't apologetic about it. Yeah, a hero who is an assassin. For money. GO figure. I just got a kick of how subversive this whole book was to the romance genre. I also loved the mystical piece of it as well. This is the best Howard in ages.
Colleen
I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had actually read it rather than listening to it on CD (trip to Atlanta and back). The narrator's voice for Simon totally creeped me out. It was hard for me to get into and hard for me to root for the hero and heroine. Again, I think I would have liked it more if I had actually read the book.
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