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.
Why I Read this Book: The In Death series is the #1 series that gets recommended to me the most. I had not read anything by Nora Roberts so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. But all this talk about the infamous Roarke and his relationship with Eve got me curious. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Naked in Death as much as I had hoped.
What I Liked: The futuristic elements were interesting. The book is set in 2058 (the book was first written in 1995 so it was originally a 60+ years look into the future). Most people drink fake coffee since the real stuff is hard to come by and is quite expensive. Same goes with flowers. Guns are outlawed and prostitution is legal.
I love crime solving reads and TV shows and I enjoyed it in Naked in Death. I don’t know what it is about forensics but it fascinates me. The suspect in this book wasn’t the obvious choice and I liked that it wasn’t predictable; it was a bit complex of a case. There was a personal, yet sad, connection for Eve with this case. It made sense why she was so affected by this particular case.
What I Didn’t Like: I wasn’t buying the Eve/Roarke relationship. It was a big disappointment for me. Roarke came on really strong and Eve was so resistant. I wasn’t feeling the connection or the attraction, especially from Eve’s POV. The relationship felt extremely one sided. Roarke seems to be more of a guy with connections than a lover. And Roarke was a little too carefree about things. Hopefully in the next book I’ll feel more of a connection between them. I don’t know how it going to work out for Eve and Roarke. Actually, I know the end result because I inadvertently saw a spoiler when I was reading about the author on Wikipedia but I don’t know how it gets to that point.
I wasn’t expecting such a dark read with grim subject matter. Naked in Death for those with a weak stomach. There was rape, child abuse, and incest. *shivers*
Overall Impression: With all the recommendations I got for this series, I had set the bar kind of high and unfortunately Naked in Death didn’t quite meet my expectations. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. I enjoyed reading it. But I didn’t LOVE it. I know I’m in the minority by saying that; this seems to be a favorite series among readers. I had heard about the infamous and sexy Roarke but I just didn’t see it. I’m still undecided in regards to this series. I’ll give it one, maybe 2 more books, before deciding to continue on or throw in the towel. I have to admit that I find long series, especially one 30+ books deep, a bit daunting.
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