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Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
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Aug 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: abandoned, romancelandia
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Recommended for: romance readers

... 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 special - (1) he is drowning in money; (2) super hot; (3) has morals; (4) buys the heroine stuff; (5) feeds her; (6) he adores everything about the heroine from the get-go; (7), (8), (9) and (10) HE SPEAKS WITH AN IRISH ACCENT. What's not to like, right?

Unfortunately, Roarke never managed to work his magic on me. I thought he was controlling, patronizing, stalkerish even, always forcing Eve out of her comfort zone and himself on her (in that signature way - I am going to make you have the most intense orgasm you've ever had, no matter if you want it or not, because I know what you need better than you ).

Plus, as I've noted above, the switch from mystery to romance was too early in the book. Quarter in, second meeting, and already "her small, firm breast weighed gloriously in his palm" and "he wanted to forget the patience and control he'd taught himself to live by, and just ravage." This bodice-ripperish language totally killed my mood. At that point, I already knew how it would unfold, with "throbbing," "wetness," "I want you but I can't" and so on.

Sorry ladies, but romance is not quite my thing.
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Reading Progress

August 20, 2011 – Started Reading
August 20, 2011 – Shelved
August 20, 2011 –
page 30
August 22, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 14, 2011 – Shelved as: romancelandia
January 29, 2016 – Shelved as: abandoned

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Emily the in death series are one of my favourites. I've a soft spot for J.D.Robb/Nora Roberts :)

Emily May oh, I seriously hope you like this!

Tatiana I like it so far:)

message 5: by Tatiana (last edited Aug 20, 2011 05:37PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Tatiana It's a good audio. Doesn't require a lot of concentration and it's entertaining. Fingers crossed I will continue liking it.

Giselle Hope you like this series. I read the first 14 or so. They're pretty good.

Giselle I agree Roarke can be a bit asshole-ish at times haha. I guess they're not for everyone.

Emily May Aww, I'm heartbroken :( but thanks for trying anyway!

Tatiana Emily wrote: "Aww, I'm heartbroken :( but thanks for trying anyway!"

Sorry, Emily. I was liking it for a while. But I just can't do too romance-driven novels any more. This is probably where out tastes differ the most. Almost everywhere else we seem to be in sync.

Emily May Okay, no romance in future - I promise :D

Kat Kennedy Oh dear! I was about to start this one too! Good review! Love your comment about Irish accents - so true!

Tatiana Kat wrote: "Oh dear! I was about to start this one too! Good review! Love your comment about Irish accents - so true!"

The narrator did it so well too. Swoon!

But hey, don't let me stop you from trying this. Works for many.

message 13: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Very entertaining review. Sounds like my kind of book, although if you ask me, I'll deny it!

message 14: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Hm - I've long been thinking about picking these up because, well, I though they were mysteries with a sub-current of romance. I put off starting because there were so many of them. However, even though I'm sometimes okay with plenty of romance, your description makes it clear this isn't a male-female dynamic I enjoy.

Thanks for the review. :)

Kat Kennedy I think I already have at least the first one so I might still give it a go - but I hate that pushy alpha male bullshit so I might end up tossing it if your review is anything to go by!

message 16: by Andrea (last edited Dec 09, 2011 10:05PM) (new)

Andrea Hehe, too bad you didn't keep reading this series so you could add "and the guy never gets to have a first name. " Terrible repetitive books with very one dimensional chars; I don't get her popularity - pure self insertion fantasies?

Tatiana I don't get popularity of many bestselling authors (Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, Nicholas Sparks, etc., etc.), but there must be something compelling about their books that makes people buy millions of them.

message 18: by Nearly (new)

Nearly Thanks so much for saving me from this tripe. Nora Roberts writing as "JB Robb" -- how disingenuous if she's publishing the same pablum for the 50 Shades crowd.

Emily hmmmm....a little harsh Pkhunter...#1 Nora Roberts has been writing well before the 50 Shades phenomenon and #2 the only reason she used a pseudonym was because the genre she was writing in (romance) wouldn't allow her to foray into other genres like mystery & suspense. As soon as it became obvious that her In Death series became popular, all her new books (after Judgement in Death) have "Nora Roberts writing as J.D.Robb". You are of course, entitled to your opinion on whether you think it's tripe, however, she's not disingenuous.

message 20: by Yui (new) - rated it 4 stars

Yui Wow. Romance is just my thing so I'm taking this out of the dark room where I stock forgotten books. I like a good UF but I admit the only reason I read a long series is to get to the HEA and the after after. There is much to praise in almost tragedy books that test our emotional investment which should have been solid esp. if you have yrs of time and money investment but very few live up to the bittersweet satisfaction of having our hearts broken in the end. So romance is safer. Thanks.

Kimberley Can someone please explain to me the fascination with the alpha male lead? Almost always, as shown in this book, they're borderline crazy (if not utterly over the border living comfortably in Lunaticland. I'm looking at you, Christian Grey). I just don't understand. At one point in this book, Roarke/Edward/Christian let's himself into her empty apartment without her permission. HE BREAKS INTO HER APARTMENT. This is not romantic. This is illegal and something a stalker would do.

message 22: by Yui (new) - rated it 4 stars

Yui Wow. I just can't resist championing Roarke after being addicted to this series, I resent him being included in any list with Edward and Christian. I wish you continued on with the series Tatiana. the romance didn't really slowed or died but it's not as annoying. it's rather like a comforting constant thing inthe background after a while.and Eve stands up for herself and only get bullied when she isn't sleeping or eating.(^-^)

message 23: by Yui (new) - rated it 4 stars

Yui I reverse myself.. i just remembered that breaking into her apartment scene. I apologize, but i'm blurring the scene from my mind again after this post.

message 24: by David (last edited Jul 20, 2014 05:08PM) (new) - added it

David Ha! I wish I read your review before I started reading this. I hate to say that I quit about when the girl's parents told our Seamus that they asked Roarke to help their daughter. I really read ALL fiction genres and I typically enjoy them. This book has so much potential as a thriller, but it focuses too much on the romance for my personal taste.

This may come off as terribly sexist, but I did not enjoy the protagonist is the cliched id of every shrinking violet and, from what I have read, Roarke seems simply too perfect. OH! BUT HE'S JUST SOOOOO ARROGANT (but that's just because he's SOOOOOO PERFECT, no?) ;) ...

Anyway, Robb is an excellent writer all around so give me a reason to finish this one. Tell me.... IS IT WORTH IT? I read and enjoy the Robert B. Parker Spenser series and he revels in a lot of those same cliches for his characters as Robb does (just flip the gender and the stereotypes) so I think I can finish this if you think that the pay off is enough.

message 25: by Oki (new) - rated it 4 stars

Oki I love the mix between crime and romance, and I really love Eve Dallas. Her way of thinking and her ability to get into criminals mind is awesome though a bit frightening.
One thing I bit dissapointed about is how fast the romance come, and how perfect Roarke seem to be. Sure, he was a perfect fantasy, but maybe it's bit too much.
At least it got bearable as the series go, so it's kind of okay.

message 26: by Leslie (new) - added it

Leslie This review is absolutely nuts! If course he has to get her out of her comfort zone. She is all work and no play. He isn't controlling he's besotted. She needs him as much as he needs her. She is also a very strong woman who would not ever let anyone controlling her. She goes where he does because she wants to, even though she won't admit it. I love all the books in this series. She's a kick a__cop who knows how to get what she wants. Rourke is FABULOUS!

message 27: by Joshuanna-Marie (new)

Joshuanna-Marie Thank you so much for this review, you told me all I needed to know about this book! Thanks again! :)

message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

LOVE all of the J. D. Robb books in the In Death series, each one is unique and different in thier own way. There is just the right amount of drama, action,romance and suspense to keep the reader interested.

Sherri F. I part way in this book #1 so I haven't gotten to all the romance-y stuff people are complaining about, AND I'm not a Romance fan (exc some RomCom's) AND don't think I have read any of NR's romance books, BUT before writing this series off, try a couple out. I just started now in 2015 with #40 & 41 and there was much romance in those, at least not enough to complain about...so I don't know if it is just #1 or where the switch was BUT if 1-39 are even half as good as 40 & 41 were (&not stale after so many), reader's will be missing out just b/c this initial one has a little too much romance

Joanna I agree. I like for the attraction to grown into romance. It was way too soon in the book for them to be so intense. The book wasn't for me either and I hate that since there are so many books in this series.

message 31: by Adi (new) - rated it 1 star

Adi Adi Roarke was soooo perfect soooo handsome, rich, famous etc, etc and that makes sooooo boring for me..

message 32: by William (new) - added it

William Yeesh

message 33: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Bright Thank you. I can tolerate some romance, but it bores me silly. I tried starting this series a number of times and was thinking about trying again, and now I remember why I quit. Thanks.

Belynda Reidda I love this series. I adore eve. She is strong,fiesty and Cares about. The victims she stands for. Considering her background. I find it amazing she was strong enough not to let it rule her life.

Kathleen Cumbie Honestly what did you expect? Nora Roberts IS a romance author....

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