Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organised. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. Skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her current employer, an elderly judge who has hired her as both a companion and a ...Read MoreLoyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organised. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. Skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her current employer, an elderly judge who has hired her as both a companion and a protector. Then one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that rewards Sarah her requisite 'fifteen minutes of fame' with the local press. But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself. Sarah's perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes: her beloved employer is brutally murdered. The detective investigating the case, assures Sarah that she is not a suspect. Until lightning strikes twice. There's a second killing - and this time, despite a lack of evidence connecting her to the crime, Sarah cannot escape the shadow of guilt. The only option left for Sarah is to carry on with her life. But she doesn't realise that a deranged stalker is luring her into an elaborate trap...one in which she, once ensnared, might never escape. ..Read Less
A female butler/bodyguard seems believable in this plot. While her story unfolds she meets her hero who flutters with suspicion that enhances the story. While you want to root for her love story, it is his failing to believe that makes the best moment in the story. His crushing disappointment in himself and his disgust at his lack of compassion make this believable and humanistic in a way that all plot twists cannot. Human failings make far better love plots than do straight on chemestry (although this is another Howard story - rest assured the chemistry is there). While the end comes faster than expected once it gets going, another story line with these two characters in the future would be believable. Recommended because the hero is human and allows us to believe that we can all have a man like that if we want.
Aug 17, 2007
This is by far my favorite book to read, I am a huge Linda Howard fan. The book is about a butler/bodygaurd named Sarah Stevens working for a federal judge. The judges house gets broken into and Sarah saves the day, all but to soon to find out she has an possesive/obsessive stalker who wants her all to her self, but her fancied police detective from the robbery comes and saves the day. Linda Howard knows just how to keep you on your toes with suspense and your eyes glued to the pages with passion. This was the first book I ever read and enjoyed and have loved it ever since.
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