Jan 21, 2011

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Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Romantic Suspense
July 1 1995
Mass Market Paperback
306 pages
Berkley Publishing

Yummy Man – Roarke
Kick Ass Chick – Eve Dallas

From Goodreads
“Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In more than ten years on the force, she’s seen it all – and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire – and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules …more Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In more than ten years on the force, she’s seen it all – and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire – and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about – except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.”

I’ve heard a few decent things about this series.  I knew it had a bit of a following.  After all, there wouldn’t be 31 books out in this series if it weren’t doing okay.  But I had no idea exactly how many people loved JD Robb’s (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) In Death books.  As I was reading and leaving status updates on Goodreads and Twitter, I was getting fangirl *squee* from some and “OMG I love these books!” from others.  I actually made some new GR and Twitter friends just by reading this book!  They are crazy about these books…and now I know why.

Naked In Death is amazing!  There really is no other word for it.  The story is set in 2058, but the futuristic world that that JD has created isn’t too far out of reach or too farfetched.  It was easy to read because I could still place the story and the plot lines today.  There is no build up to this world.  Everything is described and talked about matter of factly.  As though we should all be familiar with an AutoChef or the laser guns.  I thought writing the world this way was quite ingenious.  Then you don’t have a choice but to get sucked right into the story and not get lost in pages upon pages of descriptive passages.

What makes this book incredible is the story, the world and of course the writing.  But what does it most of all are the characters.  They are unforgettable and top notch.

Eve Dallas is a detective who is very confident in what she does.  Even though she has had horrific things happen to her in her past, and is therefore affected by some of the more sensitive cases she is called to, she never lets it get in the way of her job and doing what is right.  But away from the job, she is still strong yet very vulnerable.  She is not used to relying on anyone, or counting on anyone.

Roarke (no last name) is a very Alpha man.  He’s used to getting his way without having to explain himself.  When he becomes the prime suspect in the case Eve is working on, he finds himself really wanting her to believe in his innocence.  This actually surprises him. He is a lot like Eve in how he is not used to relying on anyone personally.  He wants Eve to know Roarke the person and to see that he could be good for her.  He could be someone she can rely on.  And this is something very foreign to him.  If it were the 1990’s, I’m sure he would have said “wtf yo?!”  To watch him soften, and to watch Eve relax to him was a pleasure to witness.  Here you have two hardcore people finding each other, who just happen to be what the other really needs, even if the other is a little reluctant.  It’s a sweet love story, and Eve and Roarke are adorable together.  I liked the awkwardness and the uncertainly.  It made their relationship that much more appealing.

You didn’t find out a whole lot about Roarke and Eve’s past…or even given much insight as to where their relationship was going exactly.  You were teased about it though.  Not enough to really tick you off, but just enough to have you want to keep reading the series in the hopes of finding out every last detail about these two.  And already Eve and Roarke are dangerously close to ending up on my favorite character list…Yup, already.  Usually, it takes me a few books before deciding on that.

The mystery thriller part of this book was great.  I had no real idea who was responsible for these crimes, and then the clues that were shown but then rebutted then not…very clever.  It kept you on your toes.

Naked In Death is not a light and fluffy romance.  So if that’s what you’re looking for just keep on moving.  It’s a real romantic suspense/futuristic mystery thriller book.  Which means it’s gritty and raw – and not just the story but the emotions too.  The murder case is gruesome.  But the writing is impeccable and the characters truly are unforgettable.  I’m still thinking about them.  And I’m starting to see why people refer to this series as being addictive.  There are many crazy fans of this series, and their madness is completely justifiable.  I’ve only read one book and I’m already there.  Now, if I can fit in one book per month, and taking into account that JD Robb writes 2 books per year, I should be caught up with this series in about…*sigh* 2014.  But you know what, totally worth it.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“‘Okay, but you can tell me if he looks as good in person as he does in pictures.’
‘Better,’ Eve muttered.
‘Jesus, really?’  Mavis moaned and let herself fall onto the sofa.  ‘I think I just had an orgasm.'”
“Crouching, Roarke picked up a photo taken at the scene.  He stared at it.  ‘Christ Jesus,’ he said softly.  ‘You believe I’m capable of this?’
‘My beliefs aren’t the issue.  Investigating –‘  She broke off when his eyes whipped to hers.
‘You believe I’m capable of this?’ he repeated in an undertone that cut like a blade.
‘No, but I have a job to do.’
‘Your job sucks.'”
“‘You got a button fetish, Roarke?’
‘I’ve been carrying this around like a schoolboy carries a lock of his sweetheart’s hair.’
Her eyes came back to his, and something sweet moved through her.  Sweeter yet as she could see he was embarrassed.  ‘That’s weird.'”

  1. Ahem, I claimed Roarke a loooong time ago, so not grabbing or we may have a catfight on our hands.

  2. Love Roarke. The early books showing the growth of their relationship are my favorite of the series. Nice review, Julie.

  3. Katie – I suppose I can be satisfied with just looking at him from afar. Maybe. 😉

    Eva – Thanks! I am looking forward to seeing more of these two together.

  4. Ok after your review I am scheduling this book for February, no questions about it. Great review!

  5. I’ve only read this book, but I can see now why there are around 32 books and why so many people luvvvvvvvv him.

  6. Eve and Roarke are one of my favourite book pairs and even after so many books in the series I’m always super excited when a new one is coming out.

  7. Yay! I love Eve and Roarke and am happy that you enjoyed the book! I’m still new to it as well. I’m only book 3 and can’t wait to read more. Great review!

  8. Jessica – Read It Now!

    Colette – Totally understand the love now. 🙂

    Sabrina – That’s great to hear…and rare. I don’t know of another series that has as many books as this one that readers still love them.

    Bells – Book 3 is still further along than book 1! lol

  9. Great review Julie. I’ve been curious about this series for a while. *sigh* Another one to add to the long list of ‘Series to Start’ list. You’re killing me woman!

  10. Jen – I know right?! Damn bloggers…lol

  11. Such a good review! I so enjoyed the first book I now have the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th to keep me company while I’m full of cold and snuggled up on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself!

  12. Cybercliper says:

    Oooooh great review! I haven’t read the ‘In Death’ books yet either. I do have the first three on my TBR pile. Everyone seems to love this series not to mention hot stuff Roark so I figured I’d give the first three a try.

  13. Fantastic review and I’m happy to see that you really enjoyed this first book. I have this series on my list and I can’t wait to start it!

  14. Ally – At the rate I read, it will be 2014 by the time I catch up. At the rate you read, you’ll be caught up by Tuesday. 😉

    Cybercliper – It’s an extremely well written book. Different from the other stuff I usually read too. 🙂

    Deanna – I can’t wait to hear what you think when you read it! 🙂

  15. I have read all the books in the series twice, I would love them to be made into a tv series, but who would you get to play Roarke, also a little to hot for tv……

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