Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING IN DEATH SERIES
It is 2058, New York City. Technology now completely rules the world, but for New York Detective Eve Dallas, one irresistible impulse still rules the heart: passion...
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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||J. D. Robb|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 May 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,319 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
163 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
230 in Police Procedural Mysteries
1,098 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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Not sure how I feel about the heroine Eve, who is a pretty focused, bad-ass detective. Her love interest - Roarke - is Irish, rich, charming, a businessman and I'm not sure what he sees in her as yet because it was pretty much insta love/lust. The back story is really interesting and grizzly re the murders and the crimes are well thought out. I have the next few books on my readers and on audio, so I'll see if this series draws me in or not after the next couple of books. I think it can only get better though as the characters develop. The books ends abruptly and the first few pages of the next book were in the back and it seems quite good. (I have the next book in the series ready to read). 4.5 stars.
Definitely a series I think I’ll read right through!
quite enthralling and i loved the story and the beginning of their little family of friends,
Top reviews from other countries
I'm not really sure if it's even worth writing a review of this book since pretty much everyone I know seems to have already read it and there are certainly no shortage of other reviews out there but I feel like I probably should though just in case you're one of those people who, like me, have been feeling intimidated by the series and wondering if it's really worth all the fuss it gets. I want to say categorically, based just on the first book, that yes, YES it is worth grabbing a copy of Naked in Death and I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did!
Even though this book was first published just over 20 years ago it doesn't feel dated thanks to the futuristic setting J.D. Robb has created, the series starts in 2058 so it's not so far into the future that it feels alien but it's just far enough that the author is able to include some interesting technology and make her own rules regarding current laws etc. The setting is well done and we were given enough information to catch my attention without it feeling overwhelming. The focus of this story is definitely the mystery and I though that side was very well handled, it kept me completely hooked and I enjoyed seeing how Eve worked the crime scenes and slowly pieced everything together.
Eve is a tough, no nonsense cop who loves her job and wants to help people, she doesn't remember much about her childhood thanks to repressed memories but readers get a hint of the things she has been through in the form of flashbacks that she suffers. I'm sure there is a lot more left to learn but seeing the vulnerable side of her was quite heartbreaking and it makes me sick to think of the things that she's been through. Eve doesn't want sympathy though, she just wants to focus on the future and doing her job to the best of her ability. It seems like she has a tendency to use her work as a shield against her emotions and she can come across as a little cold at times but that quickly starts to change when she meets Roarke and he starts to get under her skin.
Roarke is a character I've heard so much about so I was really excited to meet him. He's a billionaire businessman with a bit of a shady past and it's hard to tell whether he's 100% on the right side of the law even now. He obviously has a code of honour and there are lines that he won't cross but I suspect that all bets are off when the people he cares about are in trouble. When Eve crosses paths with him it's because he's a suspect in her murder investigation and she's left feeling very conflicted by the attraction she feels towards him, she can't decide if he's really innocent or whether her hormones are leading her astray but at least she is aware of the way her feelings could be affecting her decision making. Roarke is the kind of character who really should raise loads of red flags, he's very possessive and definitely shows more than a few stalker tendencies that I would find REALLY off putting in a real life situation but somehow J.D. Robb pulls it off and she had me falling head over heels for him in spite of the warning signs. So much about him is still a mystery and I can't wait to dig deeper into his past and find out what makes him tick.
As we get to know him it becomes clear that Roarke is just as messed up as Eve and they understand each other on a level that people who don't have their experiences would never quite be able to achieve. As a couple they just work so although things to progress between them very quickly it didn't feel unbelievable. I do wish the author had taken more time to get them to this point of their relationship, considering the length of the series I think we could have had that delicious will they / won't they pull between them for at least a couple of books, but even though things have moved quickly they still don't know each other that well and I'm sure we're going to enjoy seeing them open up and share more of their secrets. In fact, I'd rather have them become a couple in the first book than have to deal with yet another dreaded love triangle so I'm not going to complain about the romance even a little bit!
Naked in Death is a fantastic start to this series and it's definitely left me eager to spend more time with these characters. I think my bank balance will suffer when I rush out and buy the rest of the series but I'm looking forward to having so many books to binge on!
Naked in Death is a fast paced, gripping thriller full of mystery, suspense and crime with no holding back on the gory details and some twists in the tail so nothing is too predictable before it reaches a satisfying conclusion. The addition of just the right amount of romance adds to the story and the chemistry between Eve and Roarke was tangible. All in all this was a great start to the series and I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters develop as the series progresses.
I am a big fan of books by Nora Roberts and I have known for a while she had this crime series out under J.D. Robb but I was hesitant to start it. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations and would be too different from the Nora books I love. Also it is a long series of 50 books and growing so quite a commitment to start!
Well, I can tell you, I shouldn’t have worried because it blew me away! I spent every second I had reading a page here and a page there until it was finished! I now regret not starting it sooner and books 2 and 3 (of 50 😯) have been ordered!
I love Eve Dallas the cop and her uncertain past and no nonsense attitude! I love Roarke and how mysterious the wealthy businessman is! Written 25 years ago but set in a futuristic time, this book captured me from the get go!
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