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by J.D. Robb
Released: March 8, 2004
Series: In Death #1
Published by Putnam
Can you believe that this book was published in 1995? I was seven years old when it came out! Robb’s In Death series contains thirty books and is still going strong. I know it’s daunting to start a series with so many books, but there is a reason why it’s still alive and kicking. The reason is…Roarke.
Simply put, Roarke is dynamite in this book! From his very first mention in this book, that penetrating stare he gives Eve Dallas, is enough to keep me swooning for days. There’s just something so compelling about Roarke that I can’t exactly specify. I think it’s a combination of his intelligence, his allure as a wealthy business man and the fact that he is so loyal and believing in Eve that makes me love him so much! He is definitely the newest addition to my harem list! I want more Roarke!
“I don’t like the idea of you shivering unless I cause it. Stay warm. – Roarke”
As if Roarke wasn’t enough reason to keep reading this series, there is another character who is just as compelling. Despite her washed out appearance and stone-cold exterior, Eve Dallas, a veteran cop kicks some serious ass in this book. Her single-minded focus and sharp-tongue gets the job done and I love her determination when dealing with investigations. How can I not love a heroine after saying something like this:
Unable to resist, she swung by the bench, leaned close enough to smell sour vomit. “That was a charming invitation,” she murmured, then arched a brow when the man peeled open his fly patch and wagged his personality to her. “Oh, look, kitty. A teeny-tiny little penis.” She smiled, leaned just a bit closer. “Better take care of it, asshole, or my pussy here might mistake it for a teeny-tiny little mouse and bite it off.”
Clearly, she is a woman who can hold her own, one who doesn’t rely on a man to get what she wants. In fact, that’s one of the problems Eve faces in this book. Being independent all her life, Eve isn’t comfortable with men. But Roarke comes barging into her life and as he pursues her relentlessly. And as a result, he slowly gains her trust. I loved their chemistry and their developing relationship. And I look forward to reading about them more.
In addition to the great romance, there’s a plot! When a young prostitute is murdered, Eve finds herself singlehandedly investigating the case. And as more and more deaths occur, Eve is starting to believe that more is happening than meets the eye. There’s a great bit of action that goes on in this book and I really enjoyed Robb’s writing style. It had the perfect amount of gore, violence and sex and with strategically placed humorous scenes, I had a ball reading it! Now I simply have to find more time to read the rest of the books in this series!