Friday, December 18, 2009

DEATH ANGEL by Linda Howard

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: April 2009
ISBN: 978-0-345-48655-4
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained By: Publisher
Reviewed by Dawn

Drea Rousseau was once arm candy to a ruthless drug lord named Rafael Salinas but after deciding to ditch him, she steals a ton of cash from him to finance her new life. What she gets instead is an assassin after her and a death wish. Left for dead, Drea finds her life changed in ways that has her working with the FBI to take down those who tried to kill her. Can Drea find a way to redeem herself and take down the people who marked her for death?

I normally do not read romantic suspense but DEATH ANGEL was interesting as the main characters were flawed and not great people. Ms. Howard delivers a spine tingling run from the first page to the last as you get closer to finding out whom the assassin is and if Drea will be able to live a normal happy life. It has many twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued and I liked the fact the main characters where somewhat flawed and vulnerable. It made the story a little bit more believable though I have to say, in the beginning I wasn’t sure I would even like Drea at all. Being spoiled and pampered, she comes across as a character that you want to hate until you see the core of her that is hidden from everyone including her drug lord boyfriend and the readers find the real Drea behind the gangster mistress. With a few “Oh My God...” moments, Ms. Howard keeps the suspense up and the reader is scrambling to see what happens next.

DEATH ANGEL is a wild ride from start to finish and Ms. Howard definitely captivates the reader from the first page. With a fast pace, tight writing and flawed yet intriguing characters, DEATH ANGEL will keep the reader highly entertained till the very end. I am looking forward to reading more of this author in the future and if you enjoy a romance that isn’t quite the norm with characters that steal into your heart then grab DEATH ANGEL and settle in for one wild ride.


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