After much resistance and reluctance, I finally took the plunge on the dauntingly long In Death
series. I know Nora Roberts can write, and I love the books she has written in her name, so I'm not sure why I waited so long.
I suppose there's was my the reluctance to commit to an ongoing series that spans nearly 40 books and shows no sign of stopping. The futuristic setting did not appeal overmuch to me either. I am not a lover of sci-fi, particularly in novels.
And then there's Roarke. How could he possibly live up to the hype that surrounds him in the romance world? I was worried that he couldn't possibly come close to my expectations and the magic wouldn't happen.
Well, as I expected, the novel was well-written, and the characters were multi-dimentional and appealing, even the prickly Eve. The author, whether writing as Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb knows how to create depth in her characters and writes relationships that just feel right and give you that warm, tingly feeling.
The futuristic setting, though, was a disappointment in that it wasn't fully realised. It seemed almost wall-paperish, just some random name-dropping of futuristic devices and elements with no depth or even explanation. I found this distracting initially and felt it really did nothing to enhance the novel. That said, it is very easy to ignore and didn't overly detract from my enjoyment.
And then there's Roarke. Even though I was reading with such heady expectations, he still managed to shine and provide some sigh-worthy moments. Although I can't yet name myself among the legion of fans ready to forsake all others, I can definitely see the potential. I imagine that as I get to know him better in future books, I may be willing to make that declaration.
So, yes, my TBR will happily be increasing by 38 and counting.
ETA: My Roarke