Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 1995
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.
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