LOVED this one!! I think I fall more and more in love with Eve and Roarke with each book!Also, if you're a Mavis fan, this story goes into detail abou...moreLOVED this one!! I think I fall more and more in love with Eve and Roarke with each book!Also, if you're a Mavis fan, this story goes into detail about her life growing up, before she met Eve. So sad!!
Right before I read this book though, I had just finished reading Takedown Twenty, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, so I couldn't really help but compare the two. I used to love Stephanie Plum novels. No so much anymore. Here are three reasons why I prefer J.D. Robb's In Death series:
Eve is continuously evolving and growing as a human being. She is more empathetic and understanding with each new book. There are grey areas in her life now, not just black and white. There is no growth whatsoever in Stephanie's life. For the past 20 books, she has lived in the same apartment, has had the same job, same financial situation, and is still not willing to choose between Ranger and Morelli. Seriously, this love triangle can only last so long. I think I can officially state that 20 books is my limit!
2. Depth of plot.
Eve's police adventures are kinda like the television show Bones. Although each episode is somewhat similar, they never get old or boring, I can watch for a long, long time, and you always learn something new about the characters. In Concealed In Death, the reader gets a really intense look into Mavis's life growing up, before she met Eve. We learn about her drug addicted and abusive mother, her life on the streets, and why her outrageous clothes and hair are deeply meaningful and represent her independence.
On the other hand, in Takedown Twenty, we get more tales of bad juju from grandma Bella, more inside scoop into Lula's incredible eating abilities, and a runaway giraffe. All of which were hilarious and entertaining...15 books ago. It's the same humor, recycled.
3. Roarke blows both Morelli and Ranger away.
Roarke is pretty much the ultimate book boyfriend. It's hard to even compete when he's around. (I'm pretty sure he likes it that way!). He is super hot, extremely charismatic, loves Eve more than life itself, and has no commitment issues whatsoever. He isn't wishy-washy, you always know where he stands, and that place is right beside Eve. Morelli seems more into his dog, and Ranger will never commit more than one, or possibly two, nights.
In the end, I think that Stephanie Plum has many books ahead of her, simply due to the fact that readers really like Janet Evonovich. I include myself with that group, I just don't think I can stand any more funeral viewings with Grandma Mazur or Stephanie's cars blowing up.
I seriously love Travis Maddox. He's in my top 5 book boyfriends of all time. If you ABSOLUTELY LOVED Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, like I...moreI seriously love Travis Maddox. He's in my top 5 book boyfriends of all time. If you ABSOLUTELY LOVED Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, like I did, then this is a MUST READ.
An added bonus is that you get both Abby and Travis's perspectives. And I have to say...Travis always always makes me swoon!!(less)
Ok, Stephanie Plum, you and I are DEFINITELY done this time. I know I've been saying this for the past 3 or 4 books now, but I serious this time.
When...moreOk, Stephanie Plum, you and I are DEFINITELY done this time. I know I've been saying this for the past 3 or 4 books now, but I serious this time.
When this series started out I absolutely loved it. It was hysterical, interesting, mysterious, and romantic. What's not to like? I mean, it was literally laugh-out-loud-funny. Everytime a new book would come out I'd rush to the store to pick it up. This probably went on for the first 14 or so books. Ever since then though, the storyline has seriously gone down hill. I mean, come on now, we're on book 20 and Stephanie's life has not moved AT ALL. She's STILL a bond agent, living in a crappy apartment, has no money, no decent car, and there's still the back and forth between Joe and Ranger. I've never seen a storyline so static in my life. And don't get me started on the plot or jokes in this one. The plot was ridiculous and the jokes have been used countless times over.
I feel bad for writing negative thoughts about a book. Usually, if I don't like something I've read, I'll only give it a couple of stars and leave it at that. But I just couldn't hold this one back. (less)
One of the best series I've read in a VERY long time. This book did not disappoint. Juliette finally takes charge...moreOh, Warner....you have me smitten!!!!
One of the best series I've read in a VERY long time. This book did not disappoint. Juliette finally takes charge of her life, Warner is everything you could want and more, and Adam, well, I think he has a bright and happy future ahead with his brothers.
SOOOOO worth the wait! This one is definitely going to be re-read soon. (less)