Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 20th 2008
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 9 hrs 46 mins
Source: Amazon, Audible
9 hrs 46 mins
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that 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 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.
Naked in Death
(In Death #1)
By J.D. Robb
Let’s try again…
You’ve got to love a prolific writer. If you’re fortunate enough, you might even find a good prolific writer. Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb is one of the best. There is one problem though…it’s expensive to become a fan. It can be intimidating to find an author that is already established. In the case of J.D. Robb, we’re talking about a series that is heading towards 45 books ALREADY. That is a lot of moola, and when you’re at #1 it can even put you off starting the series. It has the potential to start you on an adventure of epic proportions…or…an addiction where you may never see the light of day again. Well, in my case, I read #1 and #2 a wee while back and enjoyed them, then I got distracted…next thing I know we’re past 30 and 40. I’m stressing that there is no way I can catch up, let alone afford to catch up. So, I put the In Death series on hold determined that I will get back into the series…soon…ish.
WELL, THAT DAY HAS COME!!
I have a shocking memory and back in those days, I didn’t write reviews so it was back to square one and re-reading from the beginning. I had heard good things about the audio version, so I splurged and stepped forward in time and met Eve Dallas and Roarke. Now, remembering that I have a shocking memory, I vaguely recalled some of the details as I went along, but it was more like a first-time read, to be honest.
I enjoyed it. The problem is that when you start an already established series that has been around for a few years, it can seem a bit dated. What makes it even weirder is that the story is set in the future. So, while it’s attempting to be shocking with new and exciting technological advances, in some ways, it’s not that new and exciting anymore. We’re kind of already there and it’s not 2058. Obviously, it’s not the author’s fault, but I wasn’t left gasping in awe and wishing for it to be 2058 now.
The storyline, while probably shocking when it was first released, isn’t that shocking now. There are plenty of stories with miserable characters who get off on power and use their authority to get away with a crime. Sure, the crime committed in this one turned my stomach, but again, I’m not shocked by it. Maybe “dark” has become more mainstream…or…maybe authors are feeling more accepted in revealing their darker side (while still staying in the Romance genre).
Naked in Death provides us with an intriguing look into the future. We get to see a serial killer case as it plays out and how the police will solve it. The dialogue, storyline and characters are interesting. The steamy scenes between Dallas and Roarke show an intense connection between two people not used to feeling anything more than sexual satisfaction. I loved that Roarke knew way before Eve that he was in for the long haul. Their coming to terms with having a relationship was quite amusing. I enjoyed meeting the additional characters and hope some of them will pop up in future reads.
I’m looking forward to going on with the series but it will take time…lots and lots and lots of time. I will not be reading them one straight after the other because I can’t afford to not see the light of day for the next month or two. I will continue listening to them. The audio price is not much more than the Kindle price (which is bloody scary). So, listening to them should take me approximately 10 years…and I may not be joking. I kind of wish that I could have the first 30 downloaded into my brain and I’ll start reading/listening from 31 onwards. Because, there’s always the worry that if I read out of sequence, or skip a few…THE WORLD WILL END!! (First World Reader Problem #1).