Death Angel – Linda Howard

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I was able to snag this story on audiobook. I love and hate that. It is nice to listen to a story when you are going about mindless activity, but then I found myself looking for mindless time when I shouldn’t.

The heroine, Drea, is a drug lords mistress who is not the dim bulb she pretends to be. She has vowed to get the most out of life. She has no problem in being a mans play toy as long as it gets her money, the finest clothing and jewels. Her existence is very shallow and she makes no apologies for this.

Simon is an assassin, hiring out to whomever can afford him. He is a emotional void and brutally efficient at tracking down his “prey” and killing them.

Drea is betrayed by her current druglord protector Rafael Salinas when he gives her to Simon for one night as payment for a job. Wow what a HOT scene. Drea realizes her time with Rafael has become intolerable now that he has ‘shared’ her like a whore. Hurt and angry, she makes her escape with millions of Salinas’s money. Enraged and embarrassed, Rafael hires Simon to kill her. She can’t run far enough or fast enough and Simon finds her, thus causing her death. But that is not the end…. The remainder of the story takes on a paranormal twist, but it seemed to paler in comparison to the start.

I enjoyed the story, however I had a hard time warming up to Simon. I often like the bad boys best as they provide the best emotional material. I just didn’t feel it with Simon. The story heavily focused on Drea’s second chance at redemption and Simon seemed to be along for the ride when he could have been much more. Howard is usually able to take dark characters and turn them into great, memorable heros. Simon was just “ok” for me. I wanted him to be much more…

That said I did like it better than some of her other latest books. It is worth the time.

Grade: B-

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