Death Angel by Linda Howard is a phenomenal read with a non-traditional couple and the metamorphosis their lives go through. Drea is a survivor and if that means being the arm fluff for a crime lord then so be it, or so she thought until one man made her realize she wanted more from life than the empty existence she has. Desperate to get away from Rafael and his ill-gotten gains, she steals a lot of his money to help her start over somewhere else. Rafael is enraged and sends an assassin after Drea. That assassin is also the man who created the upheaval in her life and her flight for freedom. Left for dead, Drea awakens to a new life and with a new purpose; all the while her assassin watches her in admiration for her ability to become the woman he knew she could be. Otherworldly events stirs the passion for justice in Drea and her quest brings her back into the arms of her assassin, but this time his arms wrap her in passion and safety. They are two lost souls from the cesspool of life that discover a link between them that will forever change their lives….if they can survive the path that death has put them on.
Linda Howard is a long-time favorite author and with her novel, Death Angel, she reminded me again of the talented mind that had brought me such thrilling reads over the years. This is a book of 'shock and awe' with great character building that takes a selfishly content woman and turns her into a strong, enlightened woman. Drea's transformation makes her into a character you will not soon forget when the intense emotions enrapture your heart. Death Angel is an unusual romance with atypical characters, suspense, and a little otherworldly twist, which delivers a fantastic read that goes on my shelf as a definite keeper. Awesome!!
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.