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Death Angel

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  8,321 Ratings  ·  563 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
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published (first published July 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
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Fani *loves angst*
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
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
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
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.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: my GR friends
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
Jane Stewart
Entertaining, on-the-run suspense. I didn’t want to put it down.

This has romance, but it’s mostly suspense, adventure and escape. There is a secondary idea of 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 his fee, Simon asks to have one afternoon of sex with Drea. Rafael says ok. Drea is so mad at Rafael for giving her to Simon th
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: touch-of-romance
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
Claire Scott
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say I loved how this book began would be an understatement. It grabbed me from the first line. Unfortunately, the second half of the book did not live up to this. In fact, it felt like I was reading a completely different book. Even though this was seriously annoying, it was still a fascinating read!
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
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio
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
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
The first half of this book was freakin AWESOME! It was suspenseful and nail-biting, what with the sexy assassin, the heist, the getaway, the chase! So exciting!

And then it got weird.

I can't really say why without lots of spoilers, so I won't. I'll just say that the second half contained an element that felt super out of place and weird in this story.

But this was my first Linda Howard book, it was a total page-turner, and I'll gladly read more from her. 3.5 stars
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book from start to finish.....I just started reading her books and this is the best one yet!
Al *the serial series skipper*
I can't believe I never read this one, it was so good but then again it's Linda Howard, hardly a surprise.
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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
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

This should be an easy 5 stars for me but something happened with Drea which I didn't want that in my Suspense books (view spoiler) because just plain silly! Having said that it didn't ruin the story.

In a few earlier chapters I feel like reading Anne Stuart's book but then our Hero just 'too nice' to our heroine to be a gamma hero and yes I like the heroine more later on too.

If there is a complaint from me, the villain not tha
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
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like maybe if I hadn't read the cover blurb this would've been a 3.5/4 star book. The plot was interesting and though I thought the pacing favored her pre death portion's of the book it was well written. There were strange moments of rooting for an assassin. The author did a good job of taking two incredibly unlikable characters and making them likable, actually likable not just telling us that they were likable after this experience which happens frequently. The ending was too abrupt but ...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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Romantic Suspence / Paranormal
Note: It's not truly paranormal, but there is an edge of it, with life reaching beyond death.

Drea Rousseau is playing the part of ditzy dumb-blond-bimbo-girlfriend to a gangster Rafael Salinas. All is well until one day The Assassin asks Rafael to give Drea to him for sexual favours in return for a hit job. He agrees.
Drea feels betrayed and decides to pay back Rafael by running away with $2 million of his money. But its not that easy to escape him because Sal
Feb 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
*The Angry Reader*
It was different. I was warned that I was likely to love it or hate it - no in between. So I went in with caution and prejudice.

Drea is a wealthy thug's arm-candy. He does something unforgivable and sets Drea on a crash-course with a new life. There are some obstacles, but Drea is pretty cool. I liked Drea's smarts and quick-thinking as she put her plan into action. I loved the chase (and her pursuer) when Drea's past didn't want to let her go.

There was some mysticism. I don't love the woo-woo
**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
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
LENGTH: 266 pages
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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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