Monday, February 12, 2007

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard

Kiss Me While I SleepEfficient and unapologetic, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law. Now Lily is playing a deadly, unauthorized game, seeking her own vengeance, compromising her superiors and endangering her life. Fellow CIA agent Lucas Swain's orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope, trying to avoid a major international incident while battling a tenacious foe dogging their every step. Vigilantly watching her back, Lily doesn't see the lethal peril directly in her path...or that loyalty has a price.

Dare I admit, this is my 1st by her. The story was very good, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a terrific twist to have the heroine be an assassin. The story was well thought out, and took enough twists and turns to keep me interested, but wasn't so convoluted that I gave up in frustration. Howard built a tremendous amount of character into Lily. And, even though the surface of Lucas was kept light and fluffy, she let us see inside to know who he was underneath, so that I grew to care about him. Wonderfully written book. But the interaction and dialogue between the H&H is where this book shined.

Lucas is totally into fast cars. At one point, Lily makes him rent a Fiat, prompting this exchange:
"You're such a car snob. A lot of people rent cars with good gas mileage. It's a smart thing to do."
"Unless they have to make a quick getaway...I think I've been emasculated. I probably won't be able to get a hard-on while I'm driving this."
"Don't worry," she soothed. "If you can't, I'll let you get whatever kind of car you want tomorrow."
Like magic, his expression lightened and he started to grin, only to have the grin morph into a grimace of acute pain as he realized the choice she'd just given him. "Ah, shit," he groaned. "That's diabolical. You're going to hell for thinking something that evil."

And here, after a co-conspirator kisses Lily's hand...
"Frenchmen kiss hands. They don't mean anything by it."
"Bullshit. He's a man, isn'y he? He meant smething by it."
"You'd know that from experience?"
"Oh, yeah. Damn Frenchmen kiss everything they can. There's no telling where his lips have been."
"Does that mean I should boil my hand to get rid of the germs?"
"No, but if he kisses you again, I'll boil his lips."

And I loved it when they started to make love in a little sports car and Lily got a cramp in her leg. Hello? Been there, done that.

And near the end, when it looks as though Lucas has killed Lily, the emotion portrayed in his actions and words is so heartfelt. Even though I knew he wouldn't really kill her, she wrote it so well that it really seemed like he did! I thought he was faking her death to steal her away somewhere just the two of them, but then they'd have to be on the run the rest of their lives, and that would suck for him because of his kids. The end wrapped it up much better than the ending I foresaw in my head. That's why Linda Howard gets the big bucks.

I don't know how I've made it so long without reading a Linda Howard, but rest assured this will not be my last. I'm open to any and all suggestions.


  1. Wow... your FIRST? Do you want me to send you any and all Linda Howard books I have? I have the best of the best with the MacKenzie series for sure. Good for you, taking a chance.

  2. Wow Lori, that isn'ty even her best book, although I personally liked it. Like Anne says, you must read Mackenzie's Mountain, BRILLIANT book!

  3. I have had her on my TBB list for a long time. I think I need to do some more research and see if I need to read her books in any particular order. Anyone have any recommendations as to where I should start with her books.

    As usual a great review, thanks Lori.

  4. I'm a big time LH fangirl. I love her writing and she's up there with la Nora on creating fabulous characters.

    Jenn - my personal LH faves are After the Night, Mr. Perfect (both with mystery/suspense storylines) and Son of the Morning which is a paranormal.

    Frankly though, I've never read an LH book I didn't like.

  5. She's my all-time favorite, followed closely by Suzanne Brockmann. Don't forget Kill and Tell, All the Queen's Men, and Dream Man! Oh! and
    Open Season!

  6. Yay,a new fan of LH! :) You'll have lots of fun reading her backlist Lori :) And don't worry, I just discovered her about 2 years ago :P

  7. LOL - the support is great. I was a bit ashamed to admit it. Thanks for the book suggestions! If any of these are in first person (like the new one) speak up now, please!

    I've always heard tons of good stuff about Mackenzie's Mountain. Maybe I'll start there... Thanks all!

  8. Holy Cow!!!! You've never read LH before????!!!!! Hard to believe. My favourite is After the Night. You simply must read that one! And I could go on and on about some others really great ones but it would take too long. Except for To Die For and Drop Dead Gorgeous - Adored those ones too. Boy are you ever in for a treat with her back list!!! Lucky you.

  9. Holy Crap, I thought I read every single LH out there and I can't remember if I read this one?????

    Nothing sounds familar?

  10. I'm feeling that envy...LOL I envy you that you have her entire backlist to enjoy. Sigh.


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