Title: Naked in Death
Series: In Death
Author: Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb
Publication Date: July 1, 1995
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Personal Collection
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
I’m a little late in the game when it comes to this series, considering I think there’s about 50 books out already, but with the In Death Readalong that is being hosted this year, I thought this was as good as a time as any to start. And I am so glad I did.
Naked in Death is a fast paced, futuristic suspense novel set in the year 2058. Life as we know it has changed. Guns have been outlawed, prostitution has been legalized, and everything is done electronically. Pens and pencil is completely outdated, as are keyboards and cars as we know them. It’s a pretty cool take on the future, and even though this book was written in 1995, it’s held up well over the years. Eve Dallas is a lieutenant in the New York police department and she’s on the hunt for a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, including the granddaughter of a US Senator. It’s through this investigation that Eve meets Roarke, who is every bit the man that everyone has described.
The best thing about Naked in Death, and this series is the characters. Eve is a prickly, smart, and sassy hero, who will do anything to find the killer that she seeks. She has a dark past, that she has buried away, and it isn’t until she meets Roarke that she begins to deal with it. Roarke is a classic Irishman. He’s stunningly attractive, ridiculously smart, and incredibly sexy. He’s intrigued by Eve the very first time he meets her, and no matter what, he isn’t able to forget her or let her go. I’m so excited to see how this relationship grows in later books!
Naked in Death was such a great start to this series, and had all the classic Nora Roberts elements that I’ve grown to love. Even with her writing as JD Robb and in a different type of romance genre than the normal contemporaries that she writes, it’s just as well done as her previous books. This is going to be a series I will be sticking with this year, and I can’t wait to see how far I get throughout the year!
Rating: 4 Stars!
About the Author
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.