Also in this series: Glory in Death
Series: In Death #1
Published by Berkley on July 28 1995
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Futuristic Romance
Source: Self Purchased
Reading Challenges: Romanceopoly 2020
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.
Naked In Death is the first book in the “In Death” series. And this is a series I have been wanting to try out for such a long time and boy I am really forging into a lengthly series and boy is it overwhelming. I have read many long series, however, in those series I got caught up in those early on. In this series I have 50 books that are in this series. And I do love the epic love theme for this series where this series revolves around this one main couple and I ADORE that so much. Naked In Death was quite a fun and thrilling ride, I was nervous for it, but it ended up being a win for me!!
Eve had no trouble picking Roarke out of the crowd. He was alone. There were others lined in the pew with him, but Eve recognized the solitary quality that surrounded him. There could have been ten thousand in the building, and he would have remained aloof from them.
Naked in Death features our heroine, who is a police investigator for New York City, and its year 2058. In this world technology has advanced, physical books are rare, coffee is pricey and the real stuff is unheard of and the gun laws have been practically abolished for the public but our heroine Eve, is about to be startled into a reality that violence and crime will happen even without guns being so easily accessible. When the granddaughter of a senator is brutally murdered, Eve is called on the case and her prime suspect is Irish billionaire Roarke. And even though evidence is pushing her to investigate Roarke…..an instinct is telling her it isn’t him and someone she would least suspect. But as she draws closer to the real criminal, a connection is formed with Roarke, a powerful desire builds within Eve to explore with Roarke but will she and Roarke find the killer in time?
Then he’d sensed something, something that had coiled his muscles, tightened his gut. He’d felt her gaze, as physical as a blow. When he’d turned, when he’d seen her, another blow. A slow motion one-two punch he hadn’t been able to evade.
Naked In Death was such a fun book and I admit I had SO many doubts about starting this series. Its such a hyped series and anyone that knows me knows HYPED books hardly ever work for me. I will say that this was such a refreshing read and I love crime solving thrillers and this was such a great book. I haven’t read too many futuristic books in romance but I always get a kick out of them when I do and I am definitely exciting to go on this “In Death” journey. But boy its going to be a long journey.
I respect the privacy of the people I care about. And I care about you, Eve. I don’t know why, precisely, but you pull something from me.
Naked In Death was such a captivating story and I was pulled in pretty quickly into the mystery and I quickly fell in love with our heroine. She was so strong, capable and yet had so many vulnerabilities that the reader will find relatable. She can kick booty but at the same time has weaknesses like everyone else does. She stands by her principles but is also open minded and once she meets Roarke, her priorities take a unique turn. I really loved how driven she is in getting justice for these women being murdered.
But Eve had already scented it, already—despite herself—begun to smile. “It’s coffee,” she murmured, unaware of the way her voice softened as she reached for the simple brown bag Mavis held. “Coffee.” Illusions shattered, Mavis stared. “The man’s got more money than God, and he sends you a bag of coffee?”
“Oh, well then.” In disgust, Mavis waved a hand. “I don’t care what the damn stuff costs a pound, Dallas. A woman wants glitter.”
Eve brought the bag to her face and sniffed deep. “Not this woman. The son of a bitch knew just how to get to me.” She sighed. “In more ways than one.”
The world that J.D. Robb creates is quite political at times, but I honestly didn’t find that it overtakes the story at all and I breathed a sigh of relief. Its just part of the world but the author doesn’t get overzealous in the politics of the world. I really respected the balance that you find in that. The futuristic world was so intriguing and I was really stunned by the details but it didn’t overwhelm this reader in any way. I didn’t feel like there was a overload of world building details so I applaud J.D. Robb for this.
The romance that builds between Eve and Roarke was such a beautiful one and I was stunned by these in between moments that sparked such sensuality and strong connection between these two. Even though there is a serial killer on the loose, Roarke is prime suspect through it all, it doesn’t stop their relationship from forming in such a pivotal way and whew does it get HOT in some parts. I love seeing Roarke break through those barriers that Eve puts up and get to the feminine part of her that she hides beneath the toughness of being a police detective.
It stunned him how much he could want her still, baffled him that she could be blind to how helpless he was under the clawing need for her. It infuriated him that she could, simply by existing, be his weakness.
Overall I got a kick out of Naked In Death and I am so eager to begin this journey with Roarke and Eve in their relationship and in solving crime….bring on the sensuality, the danger and thrillers and plot building I fell in love with in Naked in Death. THRILLING IN EVERY WAY!