Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman whom Sarah has come to respect and love. Then one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that awards Sarah her requisite "fifteen minutes of fame" with the local press. But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself. Sarah's perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes: her beloved employer is brutally murdered. The detective investigating the case assures Sarah that she is not a suspect. Until lightning strikes twice. There's a second killing - and this time, despite a lack of evidence connecting her to the crime, Sarah cannot escape the shadow of guilt. The only option left for Sarah is to carry on with her life. But she doesn't realize that a deranged stalker is luring her into an elaborate trap...one in which she, once ensnared, might never escape. For Sarah soon finds herself at the mercy of a man who will tend to her every whim, smother her with affection, and crush her in his all-consuming embrace.
Linda S. Howington, an American author, was born in Alabama in 1950. She writes romance/suspense novels under the pseudonym Linda Howard. Inspired by the iconic novel, Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, Howard began writing stories for her own enjoyment, until, after 20 years, she finally submitted a novel for publication. That novel set her a on a very successful career.
Linda's husband is a professional bass tournament competitor, and she travels with him and works on her laptop as he is competing. They live on a farm in Alabama in a beautiful, large home, where they raise cattle and have two furry pal golden retrievers.