Naked In Death by J.D. Robb


It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Review :

This year I pledge myself to read all the books of In Death series in one year. Officially started January 1st, ended December 31st 2013. This JD Robb reading challenge was held by Ren’s Little Corner. Actually I had read few of the books, well just scan it honestly,  but for this challenge I will re-read it from the start.

Must been said than JD Robb impress me with this series. I knew JD Robb as Nora Roberts first. Her’s MacGreggor series was my favorite of all time. Though I’ve heard about her pseudonym as JD Robb, I never got myself interest enough to look for it. Last year this series catch me and I started to find out what were they gushing about. I was surprised to know that the series, which already got more than 30 books in it, had the same heroine and hero. Wow, I was totally curious how JD Robb made the reader keep following them for more than a decade, with basically the same theme. How awesome was that?

Yeah, JD Robb was awesome. Absolutely great author. She created Eve Dallas and Roarke, made them as one of the most known couple in romance novel history. For years she never bored her readers of their story and the suspense off course.

The first book, Naked In Death, was about how Lieutenant Eve Dallas met Roarke, one of the richest businessman in the planet. I must explained that the background story was in the future, 2058. And it wasn’t realistic at all because if JD Robb created a world which droid ( was part of the human daily life, there were colony outside the earth, etc etc and just said that the technology was more than advance, it would never happen in less than 50 years from now.  So, it was one of the weakness. Back to the story : The case which Eve was investigating, lead her to Roarke as one of the suspect. The victim was a high class call girl, in the books they called the profession as licensed companion. She also granddaughter of US Senator. The murder left message that this woman was “one of the six”. A week later another licensed companion was found dead with the same MO and a message “two of six”.  There’s no link between the two victim except the same profession. But Roarke name came across again. In this point their attraction was brewing, though Eve fight it hard, realize that it would caused problem.

When the third victim came to surface, Eve and Roarke had started their relationship. Their intimacy caused havoc in Eve’s mind. She wasn’t ordinary woman with ordinary past, so did Roarke. Eve never had memory of her first 8 years. She was found in the street, battered and almost died, then put into the system. Eve Dallas wasn’t even her real name, it was given by the place she was found, Dallas. Though she didn’t remember her past but she got herself a glimpse about the abused she’s got. Eve knew she didn’t had mother and that her dad abusing him, sexual, emotional, and physical. Those memories created nightmares in her life. It made her detach herself from life, from created any intimacy with another human being, and her feeling toward Roarke made her more vulnerable, which was something she hates the most. Roarke had no better childhood, with violence and crime enveloping him while he was growing. They were both two lost souls who finally found each other.

The last murder weapon registered under Roarke name, and though Eve knew Roarke had alibi she have to put him under interrogation, to clear his name and put him out of the suspect list. By then people already knew about their relationship, even her job was under a threat for that. Roarke was hurt by Eve action, he thought she didn’t believed him and it made him treat her rude. Thankfully the misunderstanding didn’t last long. In the nutshell Eve got the real murder, and she and Roarke tried to handle their relationship. Who was the murder? Read it yourself ladies 🙂

The storyline was great, impeccable and smooth. The mystery of the murder was nicely done. I didn’t had any clue whose – and it got another plus from me. I love the characters, definitely adore the couple, and the secondary were described wonderfully. Eve’s friend Mavis was sweet additional to described how opposite attract between girl friends could happen – they were totally like heaven and hell but they become best friend. Roarke’s buttler, Summerset, was intriguing characters, for his hatefulness toward Eve. Eve’s colleague also had quite big proposition in the story.

It was no sweet romance with slight suspense. It was high suspense with romance. It’s about gruesome homicide police duty. It was about Eve, the troublesome police woman, and her relationship with Roarke. The suspense always came first, Eve’s life second then their romance. I always prefer heavy romance with nice suspense dose, but this books hooked me from the start. Okay, I admit, Roarke made me fall for this book. Yeah, he was amazing. And it was only the first book, which you only see Roarke and Eve in the skin only, you haven’t found they deep darkest secret. Now I knew why Robb’s reader keep their faith and loyalty to this series. Because I was one of them for sure 🙂



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