Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts for those somehow not in the know)
Page Count: 314 pages
Genre: first in a series, futuristic romance, police procedural
Copy for review compliments of the public library
50 words or less: Eve Dallas is a police lieutenant who's overcome a terribly traumatic childhood to become a respected, contributing member of society. When a high-profile murder investigation forces her path to cross with that of Irish-born superindustrialist Roarke, her life goes into a tailspin and may just get ended altogether.
Believe it or not, I am relatively unfamiliar with books by Nora Roberts (or her pseudonym, J.D. Robb.) I think I've read a couple of other books in this series, possibly, but I couldn't tell you titles or anything like that. I know that's something of a sin in RomanceReaderville, but there you have it.
Anyway, this was a fun book with interesting story elements, some cool, others kitschy. The original publication date for this book is 1995 so there were some parts that were supposed to be futuristic but kind of had that Outer Limits (or maybe Scooby Doo) feel to them. Nutrition in the form of prepacked bars? It must be THE FUTURE!
The storyline of Naked in Death is equal parts romance and police procedural, with each side getting its turn in the spotlight, which is nice. The murders in this book are fairly grisly, as a warning, but the descriptions are quick and not something that isn't common in other books in the same genre. Likewise, the romance between Roarke and Eve is spicy, but much of the spice comes from the tension between them, the forbidden aspect of their relationship (she's a police officer, he's, for awhile anyway, a murder suspect) and the need both of them have for the kind of relationship that develops. The evolving relationship between Eve and Roarke is what makes me want to read the next book in the series.
All in all, this is a fun book and a good start to a series that is readily available in the public library. There are a ton of books in this series at this point, which is always fun since there will be no shortage of new books to read, and I can see myself enjoying future installments as well. While there's nothing truly memorable about the setting or the murder mysery (I figured it out fairly early on,) the romance aspect is well done and is what will make me return to this series in the future.
Overall Grade: B+
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