Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Posted January 20, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb
Naked In Death

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Series: In Death
Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 1995
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

It’s about cotton-picking time, right?  Yes, I have finally started the In Death series.  It’s to be my own personal series challenge for the year (okay, perhaps we should say years since last I checked there were nearly fifty installments and that’s just the novel-length ones).  Futuristic murder mysteries, gritty and tough female cop, and commanding, charismatic male businessman.  He can get shady and she can get tough.  Oh yes, sign me up.


So, Naked in Death, is the series introduction.  There is a whole future world to establish and the characters.  The future setting props were there, but this definitely leaned more toward the romantic suspense than sci-fi.  I liked how it paced out with a grisly murder investigation at the heart to keep the story moving.

And, by grisly, I mean that it might not be for the faint of heart or for those who have triggers when it comes to rape.  Near the end, there are some particularly pointed scenes that don’t do details, but do get descriptive.

Eve Dallas and Roarke hit the pages as larger than life and i like that.  I even have decided to be magnanimous about the instant attraction and deep feelings as a result.  He is bossy- and a bit man-handly- and she has her walls up though she is totally into this bad boy multi-billionaire.  I like the idea of a tarnished wealthy hero and a hardworking by the book heroine together.  She stands up to him and stands up for herself and pushes him to take a walk on the wild side with a woman who is worthy of being pursued.  They had some banter and sizzle, but I look forward to seeing things develop further.

Incidentally, this book was written several years ago, but I got the chills a few times when I was reading about things that are pretty relevant these days.  Gun control controversy, legislating morality, political cover-ups, men in power abusing women?  Ring any bells?  Guess nothing new under the sun and all that.

So, I’ve begun the series.  It’s early days, but I have a feeling this is going to be a good match for me through and through.  I was engaged from nearly the beginning.  Eve’s an abso-fab heroine and Roarke definitely has my attention.  The mystery wasn’t that tough to figure out, even the twist, but I enjoyed being along as Eve worked to solve it.  If, on the outside chance, there are others who haven’t started the series yet, I will toss in my own recommendation that romantic suspense fans do indeed need to read this one.


Romance Roundabout #19 RS
Literary Pickers #19 
Murder Mt. TBR #13
Series #1 




About J.D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • This is a series that has always made me very curious, Sophia! And a bit scared, too, because really – over 50 novels? At the same time, I love spending time in a series universe if I enjoy it. And it really sounds like I would enjoy this one.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your first entry into this futuristic world, the female cop sounds fantastic!

    • Yeah, I am still very intimidated by all the titles in this series. I figure I’ll read a book a month for a year toward the series challenge and see how it goes. 😉
      It’s definitely worth starting and meeting the characters and the futuristic world. She’s a great cop heroine. 🙂

  • So…it turns out I’m the outside chance. LOL I can’t pick up this series, because I have a feeling I will want to devour it! I guess this would be a good series to remember if the question ‘what book or series are you saving for retirement’ ever comes up in another tag!

    Fantastic review, Sophia. 🙂

    • Hey! LOL Yes, save it for a tag. I didn’t know retirement series reading was a thing. Yes, this one will work for that. I had a couple on the shelf and checked to see my library had a bunch of them, too. I am only going to do one or two a month so it will take me a while.

  • Oh this book sounds pretty fantastic. I have been itching to pick up this series and I am relieved to hear that the writing is easy to read.

    • I’ve been putting it off for a few years since Anna @ HCBS first told me about it. I’m glad to get to them finally. I’ve picked these for my yearly series challenge. I suspect with so many books that I’ll be picking away at this series for a few years. 🙂

  • I loved this series for a long time. Luckily for me I found bunches of them at yard sales, etc. before even starting them. And then I got to the point where I had to have them in hardback as they came out. You will fall in love with all the characters. Wait until you meet Peabody! She’s like my favorite side-kick if all time. And Roark? Wow! He gets better with each book. A few years ago I quit reading them and I can’t even say why. I have two sitting here in paperback ready to go. I got up to maybe thirty of them read? Can’t remember. Glad you liked it!

    • Yes, I was the same. I picked up a few at the library sale and then didn’t start them. LOL I don’t know why I do that.
      Oh wow! Good to know that there are great characters to still meet and so glad Roarke gets even better. 🙂

      • Oh and they do go in order in case you didn’t know.

        • Buahaha! You know me well. I’ll try to resist skipping around. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this series but I have read a few of her books and liked them.

    • I’ve seen her books for so many years and thought about picking them up, but didn’t. Anna’s enthusiasm for this series finally made me cave. Glad to know her other books are pretty good. 🙂

  • Wow that sure is one long series. I have heard great things about it, but I have to admit that series length does make me pause. It does sound like a great start to the series. Although I don’t really care about too much descriptions or grisly things, but usually you can skim over those.

    I like the sound of the attraction and banter between the two lead characters. I like being surprised by the mystery, but sometimes I also enjoy figuring it out and just seeing how it all plays out. As seeing how they figure it out is fun to read too. Great review!

    • Yeah, no kidding. I’m going to read one a month this year for the series challenge, but I’m not to worried about getting caught up. I’d never start the series if I did. Haha.

      Yes, the chemistry between the pair was nearly from the first moment they are in the same room. It was great.

      It gets descriptive at the crime scenes where the killer does a number on his victims. I’m not sure if that’s just this book or if others will be less violent at the murders. Yeah, you can probably slip around the rough parts.

  • I’ve never read JD Robb or Nora Roberts. I am on the waiting list at the library for Roberts new book. I’m excited to try it. I think the number of books in this series would prevent me from starting. Too many books. I would never get through them all. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, the number of books is intimidating, but I figured I’ll read one or two a month and take my time.

      Oh yes, Year One, right? I’ve been listening to it. It’s just getting past the beginning intro to the situation and characters and getting pretty exciting. She’s done a great job with the worldbuilding.. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • I have had this series on my tbr list for such a long time. Why haven’t I started yet?! I really do think that I would like it and your review reinforces that. I think that the length of the series is a bit intimidating to be honest. One day I will get to this one.

    • Oh yes! Based on what I’ve read of your reviews, I’d say you’re a good match for these, Carole. I thought about how long it is, but decided to dive in anyway. Might take me years, but oh well. LOL I’m only going to read one a month at this point so I can keep up with other books, too.

  • Oh I like this book’s cover. 😀 OMG. July 1, 1995??? That’s basically when I was born! Well, I was July 5th, but 1995… eesh, 22 years ago. This definitely isn’t my type of read if it’s chilling and whatnot, but I do want to get into more romantic suspense. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yeah, I’ll bet its weird to think of the release date like that. I’ve read a few re-releases lately that I had no idea the books had been around long enough to have 20 year anniversaries.

      I think you could probably handle the squeamish stuff in this one or at the very least just skip some of the more graphic descriptions. That is, if you’re interested. I’ve really been enjoying the romantic suspense I’ve been reading.

  • Love this series! It took me about 2 years to get caught up but I’ve loved every second.

  • Love Nora Roberts but I’ve never read her as Robb….one of these days.

    • I’m listening to my first Nora Roberts, Year One, and plan to read about one of these JD Robb’s a month. I love what I’m getting from both so far. Hope you get the chance on the In Death series, Melissa. 🙂

  • RO

    Every time I look at the cover of a Robb book and read the blurb, it always amazes me that she actually seems to be someone else as she writes these.(lol) Even though I do read this genre, I still haven’t read one. Loved your review! Hugs…RO

    • Yeah, I am all over impressed with how some authors can literally write so that the books under one name are so vastly different as the ones under another name.
      I think it is pretty near impossible to be caught up on every series and book in even just one genre the way book releases are so prolific these days. But… slowly, but surely, and also the knowledge that we’ll never run out of good books. 🙂