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Review: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Naked in Death
Book Info

Released: March 8, 2004
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: In Death #1
Pages: 294

Can you believe that this book was published in 1995? I was seven years old when it came out! Robb’s In Death series contains thirty books and is still going strong. I know it’s daunting to start a series with so many books, but there is a reason why it’s still alive and kicking. The reason is…Roarke.

Simply put, Roarke is dynamite in this book! From his very first mention in this book, that penetrating stare he gives Eve Dallas, is enough to keep me swooning for days. There’s just something so compelling about Roarke that I can’t exactly specify. I think it’s a combination of his intelligence, his allure as a wealthy business man and the fact that he is so loyal and believing in Eve that makes me love him so much! He is definitely the newest addition to my harem list! I want more Roarke!

“I don’t like the idea of you shivering unless I cause it. Stay warm. – Roarke”

As if Roarke wasn’t enough reason to keep reading this series, there is another character who is just as compelling. Despite her washed out appearance and stone-cold exterior, Eve Dallas, a veteran cop kicks some serious ass in this book. Her single-minded focus and sharp-tongue gets the job done and I love her determination when dealing with investigations. How can I not love a heroine after saying something like this:

Unable to resist, she swung by the bench, leaned close enough to smell sour vomit. “That was a charming invitation,” she murmured, then arched a brow when the man peeled open his fly patch and wagged his personality to her. “Oh, look, kitty. A teeny-tiny little penis.” She smiled, leaned just a bit closer. “Better take care of it, asshole, or my pussy here might mistake it for a teeny-tiny little mouse and bite it off.”

Clearly, she is a woman who can hold her own, one who doesn’t rely on a man to get what she wants. In fact, that’s one of the problems Eve faces in this book. Being independent all her life, Eve isn’t comfortable with men. But Roarke comes barging into her life and as he pursues her relentlessly. And as a result, he slowly gains her trust. I loved their chemistry and their developing relationship. And I look forward to reading about them more.

In addition to the great romance, there’s a plot! When a young prostitute is murdered, Eve finds herself singlehandedly investigating the case. And as more and more deaths occur, Eve is starting to believe that more is happening than meets the eye. There’s a great bit of action that goes on in this book and I really enjoyed Robb’s writing style. It had the perfect amount of gore, violence and sex and with strategically placed humorous scenes, I had a ball reading it! Now I simply have to find more time to read the rest of the books in this series!

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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.

Thirty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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  1. This is a great series. I buy and read each episode as soon as it is available. I love watching the relationship between Eve and Roarke grow — and the mysteries aren’t bad either 😉

  2. I love this series! Love it! In fact, this is a series I turn to whenever I’m in a reading slump. I’m not quite caught up with all of the books yet but I do know that when I catch up I plan on going back and rereading them all. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one as well!

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