Dying to Please

Dying to Please

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When the beautiful, loyal, and lethal butler Sarah Stevens finds her beloved employer murdered, she doesn't know she's caught the eye of a deranged stalker who is luring her into an elaborate trap.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345453402
0345453409
Branch Call Number: PBK FICTION
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 18 cm

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FindingJane Sep 02, 2014

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 friend urges him to do it) and they fall into a predictably heated affair. Mainly there’s a crazed psycho out there killing people close to Ms. Stevens but everybody seems to overlook the obvious clues of a ridiculously expensive pendant and a note given after a tv interview until there are two other murders. The book doesn’t go into the heavy technical jargon about forensics, DNA testing, telephone call tracing, etc., that some other books do. Instead, it focuses on the interplay between Sarah and Cahill, making this mainly a romance with thriller elements thrown into it. Cahill also uses coercion and sex to break down Sarah’s defenses after she goes into an emotional tailspin and I found that distressing as well as unconvincing. After everything she underwent, a good bout of therapy should be in order not bondage play. This is a book mainly for romance readers who like a touch of mystery with their hot sex. I wouldn’t recommend it for anybody else.

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