Dying to Please

Dying to Please

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Skilled at running large households efficiently, butler Sarah Stevens also serves as a trained bodyguard for her elderly employer, but when she thwarts a burglary in progress, getting her name in the local press, she suddenly finds herself the target of a deranged and obsessed stalker, who will do anything to get her for himself.

Baker
& Taylor

Skilled at running large households efficiently, Sarah Stevens also serves as a trained bodyguard for her elderly employer, but when she thwarts a burglary in progress, getting her name in the local press, she finds herself the target of a deranged stalker.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780345452702
0345452704
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOWAR...L
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 24 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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