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Naked in Death (In Death #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  85,426 ratings  ·  3,133 reviews
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 bi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Berkley
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Aug 22, 2011 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
... and I was enjoying it up until too swift of a turn into Romancelandia.

The popularity of Naked in Death is completely understandable to me. The attraction here is the same as in the most of urban fantasy IMO. Mystery-solving, some world-building (in this case, futuristic instead of paranormal) - it all is only background noise. What you are actually anticipating is the heroine's hookup with some handsome hunk. (That's what I read urban fantasy for anyway.) And the hunk here is something speci
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
May 03, 2014 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Ren, and Buggy's and Jasmin's review becoming "Roarke Groupies"
4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Okay, here’s the quick and dirty... well, sort of. Naked In Death is the first book in the daunting (almost 40 books!!... and still growing) “In Death” series by Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb. I kept putting off reading it, for that very reason.

Though, after recent reviews by Goodreads friends who have joined the growing legion of “Roarke Groupies”, I was most curious to read this book to find out for myself what the fuss is over Roarke.
Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense, tough heroines, & mysteriously delicious alpha heroes
Recommended to Shawna by: My mom & several GR friends
Shelves: romantic-suspense, author-nora-roberts-jd-robb, scifi-futuristic-fantasy-misc-pnr, series-in-death, 2010-reads, best-top-favorites, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, favorite-romance-series, favorites, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, hero-addict-excon-lawtrouble-thief, hero-alpha‎, hero-bad-boy-playboy-player, hero-commoner-self-made, hero-i-wanna-marry, hero-im-gaga-over, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, heroine-i-wanna-bitch-slap-annoying, heroine-i-adore, aar-top-100-romances, 5-stars-plus, hh-post-traumatic-stress-disorder, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, hh-love-commitment-marriage-phobic, heroine-tomboy-lady-in-pants, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob, hh-across-the-tracks, best-fave-reads-of-2010, hero-brooding, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, horror-mystery-suspense-thrillers, i-read-no-longer-own-sold-swapped, heroine-undeserving-of-awesome-hero, hero-besotted-so-smitten-its-sexy, hero-or-heroine-or-setting-irish, hero-too-yummy-perfect-to-be-true, cop-bodyguard-govop-merc-military, heroine-miss-independent, a-all-time-favorite-hero, hero-entrepreneur-mogul-tycoon-ceo, hh-famous-celebrity, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous, hero-sharp-dressed-man, hero-hot-car-sexy-costly-ride, hero-my-romancelandia-husband-harem, heroine-wtf-does-hero-see-in-her, hero-husband-worthy-swoonalicious
5+ stars – Romantic Suspense

Yes! I've finally read the first book in J.D. Robb's, aka Nora Roberts', vastly popular In Death series, and now I understand why there's 30 books and counting...'cause it's an awesome romantic suspense/futuristic mystery thriller and very addictive. In fact, it's a good thing that I brought the first three books with me on my trip since I wanted to immediately jump into the second book after finishing this. I loved it! And all the flattering Roarke talk is totally ju
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick


5 stars!

No, wait! 5+++++ Amazing, Thrilling, Provocative Stars!

The Story -

Naked in Death is the first book in J.D. Robb’s insanely popular In Death series. It’s a fantastic mystery thriller and once I started, I couldn't put it down...errr...turn it off!
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator's daught
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I liked this as a mystery just as much as I liked it as a romance. Love a good mystery that keeps me guessing. I had my ideas about who the culprit was, and I was more or less right, although I had that kernel of doubt. I liked how this was a very well-plotted mystery. I think that it helped that the underlying aspects were so dark that I didn't think the story would go there.

Eve is a great protagonist. She's tough, intelligent, but vulnerable in some ways. She's a very good cop, and she goes a
*Originally read 12/10/10 - 12/11/10*

I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pick this series up. There's about a billion books out in the series. What if I ended up loving it? Then I have to commit myself to buying those billion books just to catch up! But after hearing such glowing things about this series from most of my Goodreads friends--especially about Roarke--I had to finally bight the bullet and get the first book.

Emily May

I see why Nora Roberts wrote under a different name for this mystery series because, even though there is a romantic element, this book is so much more than that. If they all follow a similar pattern, then I can also see the In Death series fast becoming a favourite. It was an interesting, disturbing, thought-provoking read with a very sweet and sexy romantic subplot.

There are three key elements that make up this novel and make it the triumph that it is: a psychological murder mystery, a slowly
Dec 05, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Auntee (LOL!), Tammy, Crystal
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Julie (JJ)
I have to say when I started this book I thought to myself «why all the fuss?» in terms of romance when it reads more like a general murder/mystery. Well after you manage to patiently wade through the first 175 pages more or less you’ll understand the hype for this 28 (so far!) book series (!) It’s very good once the h/h get together and the romance gets going. I wavered between a 4 and a 4.5 star rating but settled on the 4 because those first 175 pages were tough without the romance ;)

Roarke a
Jul 21, 2011 Buggy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Buggy by: Lokster
Opening Line:"She woke in the dark"

What can I say about NAKED IN DEATH that hasn’t been said already? Well obviously I don’t need to go into the plot because that’s been done to DEATH (sorry) I will say though that because so many people recommended this book to me and because my friend Lokster eventually gave me a copy I did feel somewhat obligated to read it. Robb’s 'Death' series is 30 books long now (and counting) which is somewhat daunting when starting a
In 2058, New York cop Eve Dallas uses advanced technology and good-old sleuthing to catch killers, deals with her history of abuse, and falls in love with businessman Roarke (yep, that’s his entire legal name, yeesh). I picked these up for the romance, and so I will talk about that instead of what I want to do, which is alternately praise and bitch out the science and future worldbuilding. There are like twenty-five books in this series, I have time.

I came in prepared to really dig these, and en

Though first published in 1995, Naked in Death is still fresh and entertaining, even after nearly eighteen years.

A woman murdered, naked in death

The smoking gun

The cop

The squillionaire suspect

'You don't really think we're going to make anything out of this, do you? Roarke and the cop?

'I guess we'll have to find out.'

* Thanks to my friend, Wendy for the buddy read. So glad you've finally met Roarke.

Steam: 2.5-3

Sep 22, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Livvy
Shelves: audio-book
4.5 Stars

Naked in Death
was a thrilling mystery with excellent pacing, exciting twists and turns, and a sizzling romance!

Eve Dallas is a Lieutenant in a futuristic New York City Police Department and has just caught the murder case of high-priced paid companion, Sharon DeBlass. The murder is brutal and bloody, and “one of six” so unless the police can stop this lunatic, more women will die. Eve has been handpicked as the lead investigator by her Commander for her impeccable detecting skills. Th
Thirteen years from now, on October 6, 2023, a baby boy will be born. He will grow up into a sexy, mysterious man who will someday own 28% of the world. His description: black hair, blue eyes, 6 feet, 2 inches, 173 pounds. His name will be Roarke.

In this near future, specifically 2058, when JD Robb talks of cars flying, the cars are literally flying. You could buy a more pointed nose and a different eye color. You could be anyone you ever dreamed of. There aren’t any diseases spreading about, e
I have seen many of my friends reading the books of this series, but I have never really had any desire to read it. Then I was recommended this book for the We Love Lisa Kleypas My Secret Santa Picked It For Me Challenge and I decided to go with it. I'm glad I did. Although there are 30+ books in the series, and it's still on-going, I'm glad I started it now. Oh, and I totally loved this book.

I normally don't read a lot of romantic suspense (this was more on the "suspense with a little romance"
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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David Gandy as Roarke

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 en
The Holy Terror
Sep 14, 2011 The Holy Terror rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Stephanie Plum who want a tougher heroine
Eh, what can I say that hasn't already been said in over 800 reviews? My thoughts, I suppose.

I give it 2.5 Stars - and I only rounded up because the sex scenes were hot.

Roarke is too perfect; you can tell he's created by a romance author, but he is sexy, even though he should quit his nasty smoking habit. Gross. I can understand Eve's attraction to him, but not his attraction to her. I figured out who the villain was before Eve, and I don't even read that many mysteries. The futuristic setting
I am addicted to this series, I absolutely love it, and it gets better as it goes along (I'm on book 5 now).

It's romance/mystery, so if you like a splash of sex with your serial killers, this is the series for you!!
So, this one was recced by my friend Zanne and as a result of Fandom Wank (an internet community I belong to) -- someone linked a romance novel kerfuffle where Nora Roberts was being awesome. So I decided to check out one of the books she wrote that was not explicitly a romance.

The In Death series is a police procedural set in a future NYC. The main character, Eve, is a cop who gets the case to investigate the murder of a prostitute who also happens to be the granddaughter of an influential cons
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Audible Edition**

*3.5 stars*

Did anyone else get a Back to the Future Part II vibe here? I mean, it was almost adorable how Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb) portrayed the future. Everything was holograms and automated robot voices. I kind of loved that part. I wasn't expecting Nora Roberts to actually predict what would come to pass, but reading this book 20 years after it was written makes the "future" technology seem so dated, you know?

I'm surprised that more people don't mention trigger warning
Originally posted here:

I’ve heard a few decent things about this series. I knew it had a bit of a following. After all, there wouldn’t be 31 books out in this series if it weren’t doing okay. But I had no idea exactly how many people loved JD Robb’s (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) In Death books. As I was reading and leaving status updates on Goodreads and Twitter, I was getting fangirl *squee* from some and “OMG I love these books!” from others. I actually made so
Mar 08, 2012 Erika rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nora Robert fans, suspense readers
Roarke's love rules #1. She worth every seconds, he doesn't waste time.

The romance
I thought the romance of this story was slightly overwhelmed by the mystery. A lot of time spent in investigations because there's more than one murder happens throughout the story. However, the difference portion between the suspense and the romance wasn't significant and the fast-paced romance wasn't disappointing. It started with instant attraction that was strong enough, it had the sparks to live it up, and co
Wow, so it's been a while! I've been spending my weekends watching Castle instead of attacking the teetering TBR pile, but I just finished the last episode of Season 3, and I was struck by a weird desire to re-read the Eve Dallas series.

But on further reflection, it's not so strange. Note the similarities: kick-ass female homicide detective in New York city with a tragic past meets suave, handsome, debonair millionaire who assists with her investigations and acts as the supportive sidekick as s
Oct 20, 2008 Mahlet rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of exciting, romance mysteries more on the darker side
Recommended to Mahlet by: Shazzy
If you’re interested in a sexy, dark thriller with passion, tension, and an awesome strong female heroine, you will love this book! The author gets right to business with NY homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas arriving at the grizzly crime scene of a murdered “licensed companion” or “LC”. The year is 2058, and prostitution is now regulated, but legal. Not only was this LC the granddaughter of a U.S. Senator, she was also brutally killed with an antique weapon. The killer has promised 5 more ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Corrine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of mystery with strong romantic elements
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Normally Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb) tends to take her strong heroines one step too far for me, but Eve Dallas was a nice mix of vulnerability and strength. And even though this was more mystery than romance, I was still enthralled in the storyline and the world-building of this alternate future.

NYC and the world in this future are quite jarring: prostitution is legal, but guns are not; real food is so rare as to be thought a luxury; space
Well, they say "practice makes perfect" - would love to know who THEY are. Read Nora Roberts years ago and thought it was the greatest load of shite I had ever read - an Irish themed book - I am Irish so a bit sensitive. So totally avoided her forever. Read some forums on Amazon and GRs about Roarke and Eve and thought who are they - In Death - J. D Robb aka Nora Roberts - NO THANK YOU. But then again I saw that a lot of my GR friends are fans of JD so decided to bite the bullet and jump on the ...more
 Anna Wicked Book Addict (Wicked Book Blog)
My all time favorite ;*

The number of books in this series might be a no-go but don't be mistaken, it's worth all of your precious time.
Meet a badass Lieutenant Eve Dallas in a story of mysterious crimes, hypocrisy, passion, greed, love and hatred, and a futuristic, modern society.

And above it all, add New York as a background

Excellent plot with a lot of twists and turns, smart ass comments, ghosts of past and skeletons in the closet.

Ohh...and of course richer than God, a bad boy, sexy as hell
Duchess Nicole
What do you even say about a Nora Roberts book that hasn't already been said?! I love her, I love her.

I love her heroines...they're strong willed modern women that can also be soft and smooshy.

But my GOSH, do I love her men. Roberts can write this perfect blend of alpha male/intuitive sweetheart. In this case, it's Roarke...the new LOVE OF MY LIFE!!!!! I listened to the audio of this. Can I please, please encourage anyone NOT Irish to listen to this series instead of reading it? Because our he
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Naked in Death – JD Robb

FIRST: The general definition of the romance genre, as embraced by the RWA and publishers, includes only the focus on a developing romantic relationship and an optimistic ending.(now before anyone corrects me, and feel free to, I got this from somewhere on the internet, so it's gotta be right, right?)

I had to look this up because I was confused as hell… I’d read three of the In-Death series already and in no way, shape or form would I have ever thought that they fell unde
4.5 stars

Now that's what I call romantic suspense. And it helps that the male MC's name starts with ROAR, very fitting :))

I almost had a heart attack when I found out this was written by Nora Roberts. WOW! Definitely gonna read more of her books now. 38 more books to go, piece of cake.
Lisa Kay

Second "reading" May, 2011
★★★★★ Five whole stars! I listened to this audiobook and it is still as riveting as it was way back when. The narrator, Susan Ericksen, does an excellent job in start of this futuristic New York cop murder mystery series featuring the infamous Eve Dallas, written by Nora Roberts AKA J.D. Robb. Check your library for the downloadable format - it is well worth it.



Update: March 23, 2012
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) So, I did th
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline.
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In Death (1 - 10 of 41 books)
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“I want to see you again." He stopped, took her face in his hands. "I need to see you again."

Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. "Roarke, what's going on here?"

"Lieutenant." He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. "indications are we're having a romance.”
“You--Roarke." Eyes watering, she reached for more tissue. "Jesus, Eve. Jesus Christ, you never sleep with anybody. And you're telling me you slept with Roarke?"

"That's not precisely accurate. We didn't sleep.”
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