Death Angel

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Death Angel

I have to let you know that I love Linda Howard and find her one of the most versatile writers around. In the past some of her books have left me feeling a bit disassociated with a character or two. I never know if there will be a surprise waiting for me.
When reading the summery of her newest book I was a bit leery on whether or not I wanted to read this. After all who cares about a heroine that is stupid enough to become the mistress of a drug runner. And how can a hero who makes his living as a hit man redeem himself enough that we would appreciate him. 
This book does not skimp on Drea’s {our heroine} situation or how cunning, savvy and street smart she really is. She is such a multi-layered character and the next turning of a page brings something more for you to admire, yes admire about her.
The hero is one of the darkest characters that Ms Howard has ever created and has become a favorite of mine. Known only as the assassin he is hired to eliminate Drea. The best of the best and baldest of the bad he starts to stalk his prey. What he finds is that he has begun to admire Drea’s abilities to get out of situations. The more he watches the more he is starting to feel emotions that he thought were long past.
This is not your traditional romantic novel and not for everyone. There is also a small paranormal aspect that adds to the story. I am so glad to see that the edginess that Ms Howard is known for in her novels is still there. Will I be buying her next book? A resounding yes.

Book Blurb for 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 life.

A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau is more 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 financed.

Though 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 death.

Joining 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 more intense their feelings for each other become, and the more Drea realizes that the cost of her new life may be her life itself–as well as her heart.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2008 5.00