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Hmmmwhat 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 lordwell, not the smartest of life choices I can t say I truly came around to liking Andie, but she Hmmmwhat 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 lordwell, not the smartest of life choices I can t say I truly came around to liking Andie, but she did grow on me And Simonnow there s an anti hero for you He s a merciless killer, an assassin paid for his services But yet there s something magnetic about him He was a rather interesting character, and the protectiveness he felt for Andie, it was rather endearing.I can t say I found this book to be as exceptional as some other readers did I thought it was interesting and unusual and the story definitely kept me reading, but I never really got attached to the story I don t really know why Maybe I would have felt the connectionif Simon and Andie had been givenface to face time together because for the majority of the book, they are separate from each other.So bottomlineI m not really sure whether I liked it or not It was different, that s for sure and kudos to Howard for going against the norm but I can t really say it was my type of story I know some say the story was uplifting to them, but for me, it had a dreary vibe I don t know why, it just did But anyway, interesting story If you want to read a romantic suspense that goes against the grain, then definitely give this one a try But if you don t like your romances books to venture into the nebulous gray areas then this one probably isn t for you 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 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 NYC drug lord She knows it s a temporary gig and she s taking steps to hide some assets for when it s over But she never expected the drug lord to acquiesce to the demand of his hired assassain for one bout of sex with her And she certainly never expected that 4 hours of sex with a virtual stranger would change her life forever.Simon is as cold and calculating as they come Oh, he has rules sure, like no doing cops, no leaving clues, no feelings, etc At times he can even convince himself that he s doing the world a favor by taking out the trash From the first moment he spies Drea, he seesthan what she shows When his request for her instead of a bonus is granted, he s amazed by the emotions she pulls from him When she gets even with the drug lord by stealing a fortune, he gets the call to hunt her down Will he or won t he I just couldn t put this sucker down I didn t like either one of them at first I m still not sure why I like them now But I found myself wanting them to survive and be happy together Go figureIf you like romantic suspense with about half and half for romance and suspense, you really need to pick up Death Angel by Linda Howard It will surely make you think @Download Book Ì Death Angel ¸ 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 lifeA striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau is than content to be arm candy for Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord who deals with betrayal through quick and treacherous means a bullet to the back of the head, a blade across the neck, an incendiary device beneath a car Eager to break with Rafael, Drea makes a fateful decision and a desperate move, stealing a mountain of cash from the malicious killer After all, an escape needs to be financedThough Drea runs, Salinas knows she can t hide and he dispatches a cold blooded assassin in hot pursuit, resulting in a tragic turn of events Or does it Left for dead, Drea miraculously returns to the realm of the living a changed woman She s no longer shallow and selfish, no longer steals or cheats or sells herself short Both humbled and thrilled with this unexpected second chance, Drea embraces her new life But in order to feel safe and sound and stop nervously looking over her shoulder she will need to take down those who marked her for deathJoining forces with the FBI, supplying vital inside information that only she can provide, Drea finds herself working with the most dangerous man she s ever known Yet the closer they get to danger, the intense their feelings for each other become, and the Drea realizes that the cost of her new life may be her life itself as well as her heart 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 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 to start a new life, make sure to hook up with the hot assassin killer who is tailing you Ding Ding Ding We have a winner So maybe that wasn t really the moral of the story Who cares I liked where we ended up I had no expectations for Death Angel, other than hoping it was as good as Mr Perfect While the great humor from Mr Pee wasn t present in DA, I did alright without it There were plenty of other aspects of the story to keep me entertained Surprisingly enough, I wasn t bothered by how view spoiler rape y hide spoiler things got in the first few chapters This is something which would normally bother me just the other day I ripped on book for having a similar, but less graphic, situation However, the setup of how this particular story started made for an interesting turn of events later What can I say There s no way to predict when or how something will or won t set you off It wouldn t be the first time I ve experienced an awkward double standard pThis is one of those times where I m glad that my in depth knowledge of technology and surveillance is limited, so I didn t have to nitpick anything for being inaccurate From my viewpoint, Drea Andie s escape and time on the run all seemed thrilling and plausible I still don t fully understand why someone would choose to transfer funds to a stateside bank vs an offshore account, but maybe I didn t need to know Finding her didn t take five minutes It took two minutes and seven seconds My lone gripe lies with a scene around the 50% mark and how it didn t fit in as well with the story as I think the author would have liked it to There was a reason for the scene and how it tied in to the characters world view later, but you could have removed the scene and recurring talents of Andie s and it wouldn t have been missed Plus, there wouldn t have been this weird paranormal magical realism thing stuck in there haphazardly for a weak reason I didn t hate what happened, but found it to be unnecessary.Overall, I m still happy This is the second Howard book I ve read and both have been a success I ll definitely be checking outby this author She s shown me that I might not actually dislike suspense the way I thought I had It might have been all along that I was just trying out the wrong authors 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 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 book and wishing for a wonderful conclusion for the two main characters.Drea Rousseau is the mistress of Rafael Salinas, a powerful and wealthy criminal In order to enjoy a life of luxury with Rafael, Drea has had to hide her intelligence and pretend to be a vacuous female who hasn t any idea of what goes on in Rafael s business At thirty, Drea knows her allure will not hold Rafael s interest for too manyyears, so as insurance for her future, she sells the jewels he gifts her with, and replaces them with paste fakes Drea believes she is content to continue her current life as long as Rafael wants her, until he stuns her with what she sees as an ultimate betrayal Rafael s underestimation of Drea s intelligence results in his conducting business dealings in her presence When Rafael meets with a dangerous assassin and offers him a hundred thousand dollar bonus for work well done, the man responds by asking for sex with Drea Drea is hurt and shocked when Rafael agrees and leaves Drea with the assassin Even though she is feeling stunned, Drea expects to be treated brutally by this man Instead, he shows himself to be a very gentle, concerned lover, and he gives her pleasure that she has never before experienced After their physical intimacy, Drea feels a strong connection to this man, and as their afternoon together ends, she begs him to take her with him He responds by telling her that once was enough, and he leaves, refusing to even tell her his name.Drea is so furious with Rafael that she decides leaving with only the jewelry he has given her isn t enough She hacks into his bank account and transfers over two million dollars to herself The next morning she escapes Rafael, making it look as if her disppearance was unplanned Rafael has started to believe that he loves Drea, so he grieves when faced with her loss When he finds out about the missing money that was transferred to Drea, he is so angry that he decides to avenge himself by having her killed He turns to the assassin and offers him two million dollars to find and kill Drea The assassin, who acknowledges to himself that a human life is worth noto him than that of a housefly, is puzzled by himself when he cannot decide whether to take the hit on Drea or not He decides to find and track her until he makes his decision Locating Drea is no problem for a man of his abilities, and within days he is following her as she drives along a treacherous winding highway leading into the mountains Drea s awareness of the assassin s pursuit throws her into a panic and affects her ability to drive calmly As Drea tries to escape him before he has a chance to kill her, an incident occurs that will drastically alter them, causing both to search for redemption, and changing both of their lives forever I am amazed by how much I liked this book When I read the synopsis, I expected to dislike the characters and to be disappointed That was not at all the case I quickly came to care about what happened to the characters, and I enjoyed the engrossing storyline It takes a talented author to take characters of this ilk and turn them into a believeable hero and heroine 3.5 starsOk, 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 3.5 starsOk, 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 100 pages where nothing really happened, beyond the heroine s recognition that there is an after life and how amazing, and peaceful, and serene, and fullfiling and yada yada it is So, it s 2 stars for this part.When I d almost given up hope, the suspense kicked again and the romance too,loudly this time And at least, I had the urge again to see what will happen It was interesting, it was fast, it was almost as nice as the beginning, until the last 20 pages I suddenly felt as if I had jumped right into Buscalia s Living Loving and Learning Love is the answer to everything, to love someone and being loved is the most important thing in life, to do something out of pure love is the most rewarding experience you get the point And how love for an assassin is justified Well, when ordered by a thug to kill someone, that someone must also be a thug, right So he actually did a good thing cleaning up some of the bad guys of the world Sorry, but that is cheesy at best to me I felt it would be better to leave his profession unmentioned and just say he s a changed man To try to justify something usually means there s a wrong in there anyway IMO So it s 3 stars for this final part.I have the feeling that Howard must have gone through a personal tragedy before she wrote this book and wanted to put her belief that death is not the end to quote Nick Cave in her work This wouldn t be so bad, if it was not hammered again and again on the reader and bogged down the story All in all, a nice book with a very strong Anne Stuart feeling which would have been a great suspense had it not been bogged down by so many philosophical metaphysical ideas She was holding her breath, waiting to start living Linda Howard, Death AngelThis book is Five wonderful stars Drea and Simon..Drea and Simon..what a GREAT BOOK I started reading this not expecting much, and never knowing it would land on my list of favorites but that is exactly what happened.You d never expect that a book about a mobster s girlfriend and a Hit man would have this much emotional depth but it does I was enad of this book Did not dig the title but other then that..perf She was holding her breath, waiting to start living Linda Howard, Death AngelThis book is Five wonderful stars Drea and Simon..Drea and Simon..what a GREAT BOOK I started reading this not expecting much, and never knowing it would land on my list of favorites but that is exactly what happened.You d never expect that a book about a mobster s girlfriend and a Hit man would have this much emotional depth but it does I was enad of this book Did not dig the title but other then that..perfect.This book was so unusual..I can honestly say I have nothing to compare it to It starts out as sort of a modern Noir and turns into a mystery and love story combined with a heavy dose of magical realism thrown in Which I LOVED by the way I was so impressed, I read it again shortly after.I love the way Drea stands up for herself and the way she grows Simon too Simon Goodnight..love it I have mentioned this book to a few people who have not heard of it but I d really tell any book lover to read this one and I see by some of the other reviews I am not alone.Death Angel has depth, soul, suspense, danger, and love It is also a heck of a wild ride and the fast moving plot coupled with the extreme and unexpected at least for me Depth make this book utterly compelling and a must read.SPOILERS Could not get enough of this couple and I loved the FBI Agent who saves Drea This was such a great read 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 forromance as well. This was a strange book I loved it though the second half not as much as the first DThis is what started everythingHer, 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 timeAnyway, everything I say here will This was a strange book I loved it though the second half not as much as the first DThis is what started everythingHer, 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 timeAnyway, everything I say here will be a spoiler because you seriously shouldn t know anything before going into it, so I ll try to be vague but still say what worked for me and what didn t.The storyDrea has been pretending to be a dumb blonde bimbo for over two years, and in the meantime stealing from her mob boss boyfriend.After she gets propositioned by the mysterious assassin, she realizes it s time to move forward and rob the guy of everything XDI don t want to say anything , the rest you need to find out for yourself DreaShe was AWESOME I have to admit I didn t know what to think of her in the beginning but OMG it was so great to see a SMART heroine, she was playing the mob boss dude like a pro, OMG it was hilarious and exciting, I loved every second of the whole robbing thing The assassinMe likey MUCHO Nobody knows anything about him, not even his name, but what s known is that he s one of the best He does the job and is uber intelligent to be able to find anyone I loved how he fought with his decision in the first half, he wasn t good but he wasn t bad either.Second part though I was mush 3 Him standing outside looking at her 3The middle of the book SHOCKThe first half of the book I was laughing in glee like a lunatic, I loved it all, OMG it was awesome Then came the middle thing that was a huge shock and I read it all with my mouth open and constantly saying What Is this really happening It isn t anything bad, it was just weird and totally unexpected and when I say unexpected I mean I would never ever think of that kind of thing in a book like this DDAnyway, The whole mood of the book changed after that and it isn t that I didn t enjoy it, it just wasn t exciting any, but the romance waspronounced here so I don t mind.OverallI d give the first half of the book about 10 stars, while the other would get 3 or 4 DWeird calculation but I m still giving overall 4 because I did enjoy it, it was intense and funny and so damn intelligent you have no idea, I admire the author for all the research she must have done for this one So my rec is, if you want to read a book that s unpredictable, go ahead and give this a try 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 wasin 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 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 wasin 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 boss She is happy with this life, hoping to take what she can until he tires of her When his best assassin names sleeping with Drea as his price for service and Salinas agrees, Drea knows that she is a whore at best and vows to leave Salinas ASAP What she doesn t bargain on are the feelings that the assassin brings out in her That s all I m going to say about the plot The rest you simply must read for yourself I have been on a Anne Stuart kick lately because she does the bad boy hero better than anyone else..but I had forgotten what a good Linda Howard book can do to scratch the bad boy itch The assassin is one of the darkest men I ve read about in a long time.I wish I knew him better by the end of the book, but it definitely adds to his intrigue Drea was wonderful She had flaws, but admits them and gets the chance to start again Don t miss this one