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Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“Truly fine entertainment.”—Publishers Weekly
“Superstar Nora Roberts dons a new pseudonym and proves why she is one of the world's most remarkable storytellers in this ground-breaking novel of life and death in the 21st century...Superbly suspenseful and strikingly original.”—RT Book Reviews
“Danger, romance...a masterpiece of fine writing.”—Rendezvous
“Eve, Roarke and the rest of the cast will enchant you, and the murder plots will enthrall you.”—The State (Columbia, S.C.)
More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
About the Author
- ASIN : B000P2A47M
- Publisher : Berkley (July 1, 1995)
- Publication date : July 1, 1995
- Language : English
- File size : 3043 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 381 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,745 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found this book listed on a website as a must read romance. I'm completely baffled as to how that happened.
This book is set in the future where it seems humans have become hedonists and the entire world has run amuk. Prostitution is a high paying career and guns are outlawed. I found it disappointing that there had to be a political element to the story. Why was the Conservative Senator a bad guy right off the bat? The future in this world looked bleak, dangerous and shallow.
I did not finish this book. I wasn't at all interested in any of the characters that were introduced. They all seemed selfish and unrelatable. The "romance" was nothing more than a simple attraction between two adults. I wasn't interested and I truly can't believe anybody else was. Five thumbs down.
Now onto the things i hate in this series.. I will admit to liking romances.. or rather books that have some element of romance in them.. without it I rarely find a book interesting.. don’t know why.. but the “romance” in this book? I simply have no words... I first heard about these book because of a “best couples in books” list and roarke and eve was at the top.. after having read the series I cannot understand why... you put eve with roarke and you get the transformation from a steelspined intelligent cop to pathetic spineless doormat.. she lets Roarke do whatever he wants and even when she gets mad he just have to yell a bit about all he does for her and she caves... and this is most apparent when it comes to other women... here are some facts.. the series are 40 something books plus novellas but only covers about 3-4 years.. and in every single one of them Eve has to deal with a beautiful clever acomplished woman that has slept with her husband.. that is over 40 women in about 4 years she gets thrown into her face, many of them telling her how they where together how he was the best sex of their life how they would steal him from her if possible etc. that is about one woman a month she gets a graphic reminder of her husbands past. and ALWAYS roarke’s reaction is oh it was just sex no biggie.. and it is often remarked how these women are only a small fraction of the ones he’s had sex with.. he also constantly comments on beautiful women.. incl the ones he’s slept with.. like Eve says about one of his exes that she prob. paid for her body and he is all but how well spend those money where... and all of this Eve just accept.. in book 4 she comes home to see before mentioned bought body kiss her husband... and he does nothing, in fact laughs at her when she gets a little bit jealoux... and these sort of situations constantly happens.. he works with many of the women and a LOT of them wants him back... but Eve just has to deal... and then there is THE ex.. the one he was actually in love with.. the one he keeps meeting alone and not telling Eve about even though she told him she didn’t want him to.. you know basically cheats on her with even if he didn’t sleep with her... and again Eve does nothing... and in fact later on feels like she can’t tell Roarke how she didn’t like a woman because she reminded her of THE ex, because oh no what if it hurts HIS feelings... and in all of this we are ever only told about ONE, I repeat ONE of Eves former lovers.. and what happens? Well he’s in love with Eve and decides to kiss her (something one of Roarkes exes did to him in front of Eve without Roarke doing anything) and Eve pretty much punches him for doing it.. and Roarkes reaction? He goes balistic and ends up FIGHTING this other man that Eve so very clearly is not interested in... in other words Roarks past is okay but Eve’s is not? She should be okay with him having slept with half the women in the world but really how could she not be a pristine little virgin when he decided he wanted her... I can’t decide if this is general societal view on genderroles or just a really screwed up relationship.. probably both...
And while we are on relationships... Charles Monroe and Louise Dimatto... I refuse to believe if you love someone you are just going to be completely 100% okay with your significant other sleeping with other women, romancing them.. no matter how much you tell yourself it is only a job, it is not... as a man you can’t exactly fake being sexually aroused now can you.. you can’t go oh look at my super realistic strapon and no that is not my D hanging limp there it is a third ball... their relationship is not that of people who love each other.. it is one of two F buddies who think they love each other because they haven’t found one they actually do yet.. they’d know the difference...
There are two things that intrigue me most when I got started on Book 1 of this fantastic series; firstly, to know more about this futuristic world where interplanetary travel is very much possible, and secondly, to follow the development of the lead couple who seem so different in characters, yet so perfect for one another.
Reading this series is like watching a TV serial for me. I love it that the books are still coming out year after year. I strongly encourage those who love crime-related cum romance novels to get started on these!
In the beginning, it threw me off a little to have a story about a cop set in a time when guns are considered collector’s items. But once I got used to the premise, JD Robb’s style of writing swept me up and I had to find out whodunnit.
So many times the tension in a book like this is fabricated in the romantic relationship instead of naturally developing from the crime. Not here. Neither of the people in the relationship are perfect, and they have baggage and lots of issues, but they communicate and respect each other. Their ability to have a healthy relationship despite lots of roadblocks allows the reader to stay focused on the crime and where the story is going.
I’m ready for the next in the series!
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I'm not really sure if it's even worth writing a review of this book since pretty much everyone I know seems to have already read it and there are certainly no shortage of other reviews out there but I feel like I probably should though just in case you're one of those people who, like me, have been feeling intimidated by the series and wondering if it's really worth all the fuss it gets. I want to say categorically, based just on the first book, that yes, YES it is worth grabbing a copy of Naked in Death and I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did!
Even though this book was first published just over 20 years ago it doesn't feel dated thanks to the futuristic setting J.D. Robb has created, the series starts in 2058 so it's not so far into the future that it feels alien but it's just far enough that the author is able to include some interesting technology and make her own rules regarding current laws etc. The setting is well done and we were given enough information to catch my attention without it feeling overwhelming. The focus of this story is definitely the mystery and I though that side was very well handled, it kept me completely hooked and I enjoyed seeing how Eve worked the crime scenes and slowly pieced everything together.
Eve is a tough, no nonsense cop who loves her job and wants to help people, she doesn't remember much about her childhood thanks to repressed memories but readers get a hint of the things she has been through in the form of flashbacks that she suffers. I'm sure there is a lot more left to learn but seeing the vulnerable side of her was quite heartbreaking and it makes me sick to think of the things that she's been through. Eve doesn't want sympathy though, she just wants to focus on the future and doing her job to the best of her ability. It seems like she has a tendency to use her work as a shield against her emotions and she can come across as a little cold at times but that quickly starts to change when she meets Roarke and he starts to get under her skin.
Roarke is a character I've heard so much about so I was really excited to meet him. He's a billionaire businessman with a bit of a shady past and it's hard to tell whether he's 100% on the right side of the law even now. He obviously has a code of honour and there are lines that he won't cross but I suspect that all bets are off when the people he cares about are in trouble. When Eve crosses paths with him it's because he's a suspect in her murder investigation and she's left feeling very conflicted by the attraction she feels towards him, she can't decide if he's really innocent or whether her hormones are leading her astray but at least she is aware of the way her feelings could be affecting her decision making. Roarke is the kind of character who really should raise loads of red flags, he's very possessive and definitely shows more than a few stalker tendencies that I would find REALLY off putting in a real life situation but somehow J.D. Robb pulls it off and she had me falling head over heels for him in spite of the warning signs. So much about him is still a mystery and I can't wait to dig deeper into his past and find out what makes him tick.
As we get to know him it becomes clear that Roarke is just as messed up as Eve and they understand each other on a level that people who don't have their experiences would never quite be able to achieve. As a couple they just work so although things to progress between them very quickly it didn't feel unbelievable. I do wish the author had taken more time to get them to this point of their relationship, considering the length of the series I think we could have had that delicious will they / won't they pull between them for at least a couple of books, but even though things have moved quickly they still don't know each other that well and I'm sure we're going to enjoy seeing them open up and share more of their secrets. In fact, I'd rather have them become a couple in the first book than have to deal with yet another dreaded love triangle so I'm not going to complain about the romance even a little bit!
Naked in Death is a fantastic start to this series and it's definitely left me eager to spend more time with these characters. I think my bank balance will suffer when I rush out and buy the rest of the series but I'm looking forward to having so many books to binge on!
Naked in Death is a fast paced, gripping thriller full of mystery, suspense and crime with no holding back on the gory details and some twists in the tail so nothing is too predictable before it reaches a satisfying conclusion. The addition of just the right amount of romance adds to the story and the chemistry between Eve and Roarke was tangible. All in all this was a great start to the series and I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters develop as the series progresses.
I am a big fan of books by Nora Roberts and I have known for a while she had this crime series out under J.D. Robb but I was hesitant to start it. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations and would be too different from the Nora books I love. Also it is a long series of 50 books and growing so quite a commitment to start!
Well, I can tell you, I shouldn’t have worried because it blew me away! I spent every second I had reading a page here and a page there until it was finished! I now regret not starting it sooner and books 2 and 3 (of 50 😯) have been ordered!
I love Eve Dallas the cop and her uncertain past and no nonsense attitude! I love Roarke and how mysterious the wealthy businessman is! Written 25 years ago but set in a futuristic time, this book captured me from the get go!
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