Every time I mentioned LE to my Mother-In-Law, she would start to talk about Nora Roberts’ (aka J.D. Robb) “In Death” series. Then I got jury duty and needed to take a paperback since they wouldn’t allow e-readers at the courthouse, so I borrowed the first of the series, Naked in Death, to try it out. I started reading it the day before I was to start. Naked in Death never made it to jury duty; I finished it that night (luckily I had a backup paperback).
In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line–between seductive passion and scandalous murder…
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all–and knows 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.
Set in 2058, with legalized prostitution and off world resorts, New York Police Detective Eve Dallas finds herself investigating the murders of a cereal killer who is killing prostitutes with “antique” firearms. Eve is an orphan who doesn’t remember her past. She’s not very glamorous, but somehow she catches the eye of one of the suspects, an extremely rich eccentric named Roarke. And frankly anyone who will feed my coffee addiction is good in my book.
A very fast paced book, I enjoyed Naked in Death. The characters were great, not a whole lot of personal relationships (except for Eve & Roarke), but it’s early in the series. I like Eve, she’s a rich character with flaws and advantages and a weakness for real fresh coffee. Roarke on the other hand seems a bit of a “Mary Jane” character to me. He’s good at everything illegal and has enough money to do whatever he wants at a snap of his fingers. He fits into the category of guys I just don’t like because everything always goes right for them. His only weakness is the main character, Eve. I did like the idea that he wanted her because she was unattainable, and the wrong kind of girl for him. She needed something to go right for her.
In all, I’m glad I borrowed Naked in Death from my Mother-In-Law. It’s not my favorite series, but it’s still pretty entertaining. Robb must be doing something right to have over 20 books in the series, and it’s still going. I’ve already borrowed the next two. (By the way, a P-90 is not a handgun. It’s technically classified as a carbine. They are near and dear to my heart as I made a P-90 doily for a friend who said that doilies couldn’t be manly. He loves it.)
Spoilerish: Unfortunately I think Eve caved into his whims way too early in Naked in Death for me. I figured who the killer was right away, sort of. I had the motives all wrong. It surprised me about the original murder and the plot, but it takes all kinds of sick people out there.