If you know me, you know that I love this series. There are almost forty books published so far, and I have read every single one of them. I was recen...moreIf you know me, you know that I love this series. There are almost forty books published so far, and I have read every single one of them. I was recently inspired to re-read this, the first in the series, when I convinced Becky @ Escapism Through Books to give it a try.
Eve and Roarke are two of the most compelling characters I have come across. You will fall in love with Roarke, no doubt about it. I dare you to find anybody more romantic, ruthless, gorgeous, charming and tortured than he is. They both come to have so much depth as you get to know them, they feel like real people. When you spend so much time in their world (35+ books worth), how can they not feel like real people you've gotten to know? The same goes with the other regular characters in the series. I adore everyone. When you are first introduced to the characters in this book, you are just scraping the surface of the things you will learn about them as time goes on. However, from the very beginning, Eve and Roarke should both fascinate you.
The futuristic part of the series is also very cool. So many things are different, yet enough things stay the same that it really does just feel like our world advanced a few decades. As you are introduced to different laws, gadgets and ways of living, the series becomes even more fun and exciting to read. I love this aspect of the books.
The mystery/suspense part of the series isn't lacking either. There are always enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. In this book, the murder of Sharon DeBlass is the first in what proves to be a case that keeps Eve and her co-workers on their toes. Roarke's involvement in it only makes Eve's position even more precarious and the story even more tense.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Romance, mystery and suspense all in a futuristic setting: there is something for everyone. I dare you not to get addicted to the series.(less)
This mystery isn't quite as compelling as in the first book of the series, Naked in Death (see my review here)...but it still easily kept my interest...moreThis mystery isn't quite as compelling as in the first book of the series, Naked in Death (see my review here)...but it still easily kept my interest throughout. Roarke and Eve's relationship continues to develop...and (in my opinion) the first hints that Roarke is indeed a BAMF start to come out. As the series develops, you find out quite a lot about this man, but one of my favorite parts of the series is this early time when you still learn about him and his past bit by bit.
Another thing that develops is the tension between Eve and Summerset. While their mutual dislike already runs incredibly deep, Summerset learns that Eve has more beneath the surface than he thought and he learns to care about her (in secret of course). He is quite the nurturing man, despite his outward snobby surface.
Another fantastic thing introduced to the series in this book is Peabody. She goes on to become one of my favorite characters in the series, and I love reading about the way Eve came across her totally by chance.
The futuristic elements are such an interwoven part of the story that sometimes I forget that it isn't our world being described. I love the Auto Chefs, flying cars, off-planet habitations and other various technological gadgets. So cool.
Love this series, if you haven't given it a try yet, you're missing out! (less)
I know that nothing new really ever develops...and if it does, it happens slowly...but really, who cares? I still dare you not to think Roarke is smok...moreI know that nothing new really ever develops...and if it does, it happens slowly...but really, who cares? I still dare you not to think Roarke is smokin'.
I thought it was interesting to see how intrigued Eve was by Father Lopez...funny that a priest reminded her of Roarke.(less)