Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

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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It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome... and the leading suspect in the investigation.

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

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

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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.