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To Die For (Blair Mallory #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,378 Ratings  ·  533 Reviews
Blair Mallory lives the good life. Shes pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

As the media speculate on the tawdry details
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Published November 28th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This is one of the most unique POVs I have ever read!  photo 279453.gif
The woman here is so epic, it's beyond words  photo 355146.gif
I loved every minute being in her brain, it was lots of fun and craziness  photo 706146.gif
The main guy is uber uber yummy  photo 72866.gif

Well, I went into this book without knowing a single thing about it, and I'm glad for it cause everything was a surprise :D
Huge rec for everyone who likes weird humor, here are a few quotes so you can see what it's like:

"I mean, show-business people are naming their kids things like Homer, for
♡Karlyn P♡
OMG, this was funny. Written in first person and narrated by the heroine Blair. She was a hoot. I’d summarize it as a strong romantic sexy comedy with a very light mystery. Blair witnesses a murder, which brings Lt. Wyatt Bloodsworth back into her life. He was someone she dated a few years back, but it abruptly ended after only three dates. For me, the bigger mystery was finding out what happened between Blair and Wyatt two years earlier, and not who was trying to kill her. Wyatt was such a grea ...more
My second Linda Howard novel was enjoyable read - humor and banter between main characters were the best part, but unlike After the Night, this book had more similarities with Kristen Ashley writing.
Beginning was the weakest point for me because it took me a while to get into the story and at times it was hard to follow narrator's train of thoughts.
I'd give it 4 stars because it made me laugh like crazy, and 3 stars for the writing.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really hated this book. Not because of its feminist tone, but because of it's MASCULINE tone. You read that right.

Even though this book was supposed to be from Blair Mallory's POV, it was really from Wyatt Bloodsworth's. He goes out with the main character twice, and gets cold feet because he thinks she's high maintenance. From what I could see (and I am a man), all he wanted was lots of great sex. But since he didn't get it right away, he exercised his "right" to run to calmer (and easier) wa
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Contemporary Romance
Series : - 1st in the series - but could be read as a stand alone if you did not want to read the 2nd Blair Mallory book.
Writing First person POV (Blair)
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author? - Yes
Rating - 5 stars


I first read this years ago - when I actually still owned paperbacks!

At the time, I prett
*Buddy read with Blacky <3<3<3*

To Die For is the thirty-fourth book out of hers 54 I've read by Linda Howard and saying that I had a lot of fun reading it is an understatement.

Unlike her other books this one is written in the first person. Blair's POV. She's hilarious (among other things her lists of transgressions made me LMAO), sometimes ridiculous (in a funny way), or outrageous but never boring. I also really loved her no nonsense attitude and that she took shit from no one.

I loved this. I adored the heroine and her voice. Countdown to crazy.

I was raised in Texas, went to school in Tennessee, and I could relate to her craziness and her code of conduct as a Southern girl. In some cases, her rules were antiquated by today's standards, but I could really identify with her. I checked Linda Howard's bio, and yes, she lives in Alabama and has the Southern chick sensibilities down pat.

Blair is sassy, intelligent, sexy, self-sufficient, funny and about a thousand times sma
3.75, maybe 4. Definitely comedy-romance, and quite well done! Linda Howard is one talented writer. Vivid action. Vivid descriptions. Great dialogue. Hard hot hottie. But a lame mystery.

This was better than expected, given that some readers despised the heroine, Blair. I actually liked her. It's written in first-person POV -- Blair's -- which I usually don't care for. But I liked this book. I chuckled. Yet too much sex too fast, and I didn't think too much of Wyatt's reason for dumping Blair two
Rating ~ 2.5 stars

I read this during my binge reading session in Jan/feb and well when I binge read, I just move on the next book, especially if I don't enjoy one book so I never got around to reviewing this (or you know many others).

Where to start....hmmmm I love Linda Howard's books and I frequently reread them and never actually thought I'd find a book in which I wouldnt like the protagonists or the couple together. I was confused because Blair thinks she's smart (or I'm supposed to think
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
2nd edition shelved for book challenge purposes. (for re reads of books within the same year)

Full review here -
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
Hmm, I'm having a hard time describing how I feel about this book. I liked it enough, Blair was a decent character, but there was something (or things) missing. I'm not one of those who hate first person narratives (I really have no preference - both first and third person narratives are fine with me, as long as they work for the book), but for some reason it felt weird in this book and didn't quite work for me. Also, I don't know how I feel about Wyatt. His reason for leaving Blair two years ag ...more
Jane Stewart
Not enjoyable because I did not like the heroine. The heroine, Blair, was mouthy, snotty and unpleasant.

My take on Blair is if you're beautiful, you don't need kindness or sincerity. Following is an example of her personality from page 344. She wakes up early at 5 am. She then wakes up her fiance, asking him to leave the room to turn down the thermostat and get her something warm to wear so she can get out of bed. He does so and returns to bed to sleep. She then gets up and tiptoes out of the be
This book was beyond amazing!!!

I seriously love Linda Howard's books, but I tend to forget that she has other books aside from my favorites that I reread over and over again. I know this one has been out for a while (quite a while) but it's one I hadn't read before...and I deeply regret that because this book had everything I could want in a book. It had mystery, suspense, romance, alpha guy, sassy girl, funny bits that had me literally LOLing. I can't remember the last time I read a perfect boo
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Slapstick and sexy, this one surprised me . I didn't expect something so light and fun from Linda Howard but it just shows her versatility . It was like reading a story inspired by both Designing Women and Murder She Wrote. I read this book in one night. Highly, highly entertaining.
Amanda Sheila

I laughed and cried while reading this book. Like seriously. There are times when I don't really like books with murdering theme, or detective theme, but Linda Howard's writing is exceptional. I'm officially addicted. Sure the detective theme is a bit thicker than I usually read, but the romance? Hubba hubba.

Let's just say the police officer is an Alpha male who will not take "no" as an answer. He's demanding, domineering, hard and annoying, yet at the same time ki
Pat Cromwell
Feb 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Love Linda Howard but I will never ever by another Howard book with Blair Witch as the heroine. She is every girl I hated in preschool, grade school, junior high, highschool, college, on the job, at the grocery, visiting the beauty shop.....

I absolutely hated her and I hated Wyatt because he was with her. I wanted her stalker to kill her! The book is collecting dust in my garage.

Yes she is memorable which is one the my criteria as to if I think a book is good are not. In this case, thinking of

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Öncelikle bu kitabı okumamda ısrarcı olan bütün arkadaşlarıma çok teşekkürler!

Rating 5/5

Linda Howard'ın espritüel tarafınıda gördüm ya ben bu yazarı daha bırakmam!

Kimi yerde içimden kıs kıs güldüğüm - bunlar tamamen anneme deli olmadığımı göstermek için bastırılmış kahkahalardır - kimi zaman ise dayanamadım kahkaha attığım çok eğlenceli bir kitap. Yazarın benli anlatımını ilk başta yargılasamda Blair'in iç düşünceleri beni kitabın içine çekmey
This was not a romantic suspense book. Whatever "suspense" it had, it was...not good. But that's so beside the point, because I really enjoyed this one. It was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud a lot. I honestly didn't even know if I wanted to strangle Blair sometimes--I suspect some might get annoyed at her--or be genuinely entertained. Well, I was entertained, and that's all that matters.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars the 2nd time around! Blaire and Wyatt are one of my all time fav book couples
Dec 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG. I don't think I've ever read a book whose main character I hated as much as I hated Blair Malory. I'm a big Linda Howard fan, by the way. I was excited to find a few of her books that I hadn't read yet. By the end of the first chapter, I was rolling my eyes and skipping long-winded monologues that were intended to sound witty but fell flat for me. It went downhill from there.

Blair Mallory, the heroine of this novel and it's sequel "Drop Dead Gorgeous", is a selfish, self-centered, spoiled b
Kara Jorges
Dec 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember the last time I hated a book this much.

The story begins, rather chattily, in a faux-Evanovich or –Kinsella style, with über-fit, ex-cheerleading, health club owner Blair Mallory. Blair wouldn’t have been so bad, though, had she come equipped with a spine. Because she can do backflips, Blair thinks she’s tough. Oh, and because she bought a health club with her ex-husband’s money, too. Blair is on her way home for the night when she sees a crazy club member who’s been copying her
Canan  ^^
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wid
Linda'nın böylesi eğlenceli tarzda yazdığı bir kitap okumamıştım ama bu konuda oldukça başarılı olduğunu söylemeliyim :)
Blair Malory karakterini sevdim...oldukça eğlenceli ve yaratıcı fikirliydi...Liste tutmakta üstüne yoktur hem...
wyatt'ta Blair'in hakkından gelecek kadar sivri zekalı bir karakterdi...Ortada güzel bir denge vardı..
Konusuna değinecek olursa çiftimiz iki yıl önce çıkmaya başlar ama 3. çıkmalarından sonra Wyaat'tan ses seda kesilir...Ve Blair kendisini bir daha görmez..
Ama kader a
I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would like it. The main character, Blair Mallory just seemed so shallow and ditzy and ridiculous, but then as soon as Wyatt Bloodsworth came onto the scene, things turned around and really started getting interesting.

When Blair witnesses a murder outside of her business, the murder of an annoying copy-cat who went to great pains to imitate Blair's style and look, she soon realizes that she might have been the intend
Hilarious and funny! I couldn't stop smiling while reading this book!

Blair was amazing! It was so much fun to be in her brain!

She was sassy and always said what was on her mind. I laughed a LOT while reading her thoughts.

I'm giving this four stars instead of five because I thought something in the romance was off. I liked Wyatt and I liked him and Blair together, but something was missing. I think their relationship got lost in the humor and everything between them developed too fast. I often
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Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
İsim ciddi.. Konu ciddi.. Kapak eh işte.. Ama bu kitaptaki karakterler kesinlikle çok eğlenceliii :D Hep tebessümle hatırlayacağım bu kitabı :) Öyle yoğunlaşmışım ki, çok ciddi bir polisiye okumayı bekliyorum böyle.. Sayfalar ilerledikçe bendeki ciddiyet yerini sırıtmaya bıraktı :D. Çok keyif alarak okudum. Katili tahmin ettim demeyeceğim. Katili, cinayeti unuttum çünkü. Diyaloglar çok hoştu. Tamamen onlara odaklandım. ''Sıkıldım, bunaldım, yok mu şöyle eğlenceli bir şeyler ? '' diyorsanız alıp ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policias, suspense
In my opinion, the H doesn't redeem himself
Ana T.
A few years ago I was a devoted fan of Linda Howard; I read quite a few of her books, looked for her backlist and although not all of them were winners most were. Then, new authors came along, my mood changed a bit and I've been reading other things. But at the beginning of the year I decided to pick up the ones I already had, this time it was To Die For's turn.

I had no idea what it was about and what genre it was. After reading it I am not sure if this is a comedy with romantic suspense element
Mar 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary Romance My old elibrary card is about to expire, unfortunately, that means I'll be down to just one library card. Anyway, I chose this one, categorized as Romantic Suspense, but I stopped reading at the 24% mark. I'm thinking this must be very light suspense, it has the feel of a humorous teen novel more than anything else.

Two reasons I stopped reading. The story is told in first person, which isn't normally a problem for me, but in this case, the inside of Blair's head is not somew
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, sassy-heroine
To Die For (Blair Mallory, #1)
by Linda Howard

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

After witnessing a murder at the gym she owns, Blair Mallory is drawn back into the life of police Lieutenant Wyatt Bloodworth, a man who dumped her two years ago after only three dates (The Bastard!). She's still mad and isn't about to let him get the best of her.
When Wyatt hears about the murder at the gym, he's fearful that it could be the sassy Blair who was the victim. He's very relieved to find out that
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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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