Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Naked in Death

While I have always enjoyed Nora Roberts, I have shyed away from JD Robb because of the futuristic aspect. After hearing a lot about it, I decided to pick up the first in the series, Naked in Death, from the library. Unfortunetly, I was unable to finish it.

New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting for a ruthless killer. In more than 10 years on the force, she's seen it all- and she knows that her survival depends on her instincts. Still, she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved... with Roarke, an enigmatic 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 honestly do not know why I was unable to finish it. I really enjoyed Roarke and Eve, and the mystery was intriguing. I was engaged in finding out the resolution of the murders, but just could not stick with it. It may be because I just started another semster of school and have been working a LOT lately, or it could be the futurstic part of it. Every time it mentioned something that doesn't exist now, I stopped reading and analyzed it. Could that really happen? How old will I be when the book is set? Will I ever live to see anything being described? I just really do not like science fiction or futuristic stories, and I think I will not be able to overcome it. I hope to try another time or another book in the series, but I don't know how successful I will be.

For now to get my reading "groove" back on, I am going to fall back on my favorite type of book, a suspense or thriller. If it is a romantic suspense, all the better. I am going to start "The Nanny Murders" which I got from the library. I hope to read through this one fast!

If anyone has any favorite In Death books that they can recommend for me to try, I would love to hear! I really want to enjoy this series!


Kristie (J) said...

If it's any consolation, like I said earlier, it took a couple of tries for me to get into this one so maybe some other time you could try it again if you're in the mood. I wouldn't recommend reading them out of order though - at least the firs 3 or 4 because there is a progression in them that makes them special. Over the course of the books, you Eve mellowing out as she begins to accept herself. She's pretty hard and brittle at first but she softens quite as bit as love begins to work it's magic. And she slowly develops a close knit group of friends along with of course Roarke. Without wanting to spoil things - but you might already know this, they get married in the third book and over the course of the next books, you see them struggle to adjust to each other as a married couple deeply in love but with such opposing view points on life. And while some of the things in the time period it's set in seem almost impossible, Naked in Death was written in 1995. eleven years ago, long before cell phones had the capabilities they do now. I think the links (or cell phones) are entirely possible now. I just find that very interesting :)

Holly Mercer said...

I agree with Kristie(j) on this 100%. At first I had a hard time getting into the series, but everything seems so POSSIBLE it's hard not to get sucked in.

Of course, they aren't for everyone, but I love them. ;)

Good luck!

Kristie said...

I probably will go back and try it again. I really really wanted to love this book. Like I said, I love the way that Roarke and Eve are together and would like to see them over the years with their love blossoming. Eve is very tough and I would like to see her soften. I will probably try it again.