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Dying to Please - Linda Howard

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Linda Howard / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2003-04-24 by Piatkus Books

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      19.11.2008 13:02
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      -Plot-
      Sarah is a butler/bodyguard who works in a very rich community for a retired judge. After stopping a robbery Sarah is on television and attracts some unwanted attention from an admirer who has seen her on tv. Shortly after this her employer is murdered. During the investigation she meets a detective who she becomes involved with.
      I don't want to say more about the plot because I don't want to give anything away, that's basically how it begins.

      -My Review-
      I picked up this book in a charity shop thinking that it looked like easy reading and might be something different for me to read. I'd read one of Linda Howards paranormal romances before and hadn't been overly impressed but I thought I would give this one a try.
      I looked it up on amazon and it had mostly bad reviews.
      However, I was really pleasantly surprised.
      I enjoyed every part of this book and couldn't put it down.
      The genre was kind of a mix of crime and romance so for me it had everything that I like in a book. There was of course the romance but there was also a really good plot.
      It was quite dark in parts and Linda Howard didn't shy away from the more sinister side of her plot. I think that it's easy when you're writing a romance novel to gloss over the darker side of things and I think that if she had done this it really would have taken away from the book. If you're going to write a sinister plot with such awful crimes then you really need to make sure that you don't play it down. Howard did this wonderfully without taking things too far. The violence was always important to the plot and never there just for the sake of violence but at the same time it was always enough to make the plot more realistic.
      The relationship between the two main characters was also done very well and I thought that both characters were well developed.
      The only problem that I have is that one of the characters suffered some emotional trauma and I felt the author could have spent more time exploring her recovery, it felt a little bit rushed and was too easily resolved in my opinion.

      Over all a good enjoyable read.

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