Review: Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted October 23, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

Tags: , , , ,

Review: Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb
Loyalty in Death

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Series: In Death #9
Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on October 1, 1999
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
add to goodreads

The Delight

Eve is pitted against a cunning terrorist organization and it will take everyone to the brink to save her city.  Each installment in this series is emotionally engaging, clever, gritty, and a page-turner.


Loyalty in Death is book #9 in the In Death series.  Okay out of order, but works best in order to catch the intro to characters and build in their relationship stories.

Loyalty in Death starts out with two single murders for Eve and Peabody to investigate only to snowball when one of her murders is the tip of the iceberg in an atrocious terrorist organization bombing sites around the city not caring about innocent life.  And, if that is not enough, Eve and Roarke discover that she still struggles to believe in his love, Peabody discovers a surprising attraction while Peabody’s brother Zeke visits the Big Apple only to get caught up in the dangers of the case.

One of the best parts of this series besides Eve and Roarke together, Eve’s tenacious casework, and the circle of regular characters, is the gritty, dark, and cunning villains Eve must face off against.  I enjoy when the villain is a real challenge and doesn’t make it easy.  This one is chilling as a secret group who planned ahead, are ruthless, and have the same- if not better- skills and tech than Eve and her group.

The ongoing struggle Eve has to face down her nightmare past and struggle to be in a committed relationship with Roarke doesn’t allow the reader to ever get complacent with this romance angle.  Not that one can the way they pair so well when fighting evil with a crackling hot chemistry that grows rather than stales.

And, Peabody!  Dear funny Peabody meets her match and I loved seeing that antagonistic relationship with McNab come to a boiling point.  Look forward to seeing where that goes.

But yes, suspense-filled and pulse-pounding in the end left me utterly satisfied and itching to pick up the next installment.


Romance Roundabout #334 RS
Mt. TBR #106
Series That Never Ends #11


Review Kill Shot by Liliana Hart 


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.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
The following two tabs change content below.
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.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
3 years ago

I love this series! Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

I’m still in the earlier books, but I am right there with you on loving these, Anne. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That sounds good. It’s been many years since I’ve read one of her books.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It had some real heartstopping moments, Mary. I think you could slip right back in where you left off.

3 years ago

Love love love Nora Roberts. I need to make time to start this series!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melissa

Definitely, Melissa. They are so addicting. 🙂

Laurie | Bark
3 years ago

I recently reread Naked In Death thinking I’d reread and catch up on the series but there is about a 100 of them now, lol.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Laurie | Bark

Ah man, yes! I hesitated starting this series when I saw how many there were, but then finally took the plunge. Even if I don’t get to them all, I’ve read some really good ones. 🙂

3 years ago

So worth the read aren’t they? Glad you finally got to Peabody and McNab’s boiling point! I loved that. Sigh. I so need to dive back in!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Definitely worth it. I just got the next one from the library waiting list and I’m loving it so far.

Haha! Naturally, I wasn’t surprised by that pair, but it was funny how it happened.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I’ve read this one. I am enjoying the refresher from you!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It’s fun knowing I’m helping you narrow down where you left off. 🙂

3 years ago

It is good to know it is still going strong.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I just started the series this year, but its a fast favorite. Now all the books I haven’t read seem like treats rather than scary because there are so many.

3 years ago

I’m reading the 1st one now! I can’t believe how many books are in this series.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Christy

I know, seriously. I was intimidated, but now I just enjoy them now and then and maybe when I’m all gray I’ll catch up. LOL

herding cats
3 years ago

Aren’t all the characters wonderful together? I love the community/family that’s created with them. So easy to become attached to them 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yes, exactly. That sense of community is strong and I love getting to know them better.