Lately I’ve needed the mindlessness of re-reading rather than choosing new titles, and I thought I’d start a little feature to give you my thoughts on some old favorites that I’ve revisited.
This week’s re-read is Naked In Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts.
Originally Read: July 2013
Original Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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 daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.
Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.
I’ve always been a sucker for a good police procedural, and I think this book benefits from the fact that it’s set slightly in the future, so that we can ignore any foibles that may not quite mesh up with what we know of our current penal code.
I also forgot just how much I loved Roarke. *dreamy sigh* Rich, ruthless, handsome, and with an Irish lilt to his voice, Roarke is probably my favorite hero at the moment. He’s almost unwillingly fascinated with our heroine, Eve Dallas, and often resents the strength of his attraction to her, since he values control in his life.
Eve, too, is a favorite of mine — tough as nails on the outside, but oh so human on the inside, and with a tortured past that we’re not quite privy to in this first installment.
As a re-read, it’s hard for me to put aside some of the things I know from having read further in the series, but even so, I was bowled over by the chemistry between Roarke and Eve. Not only that, but I’m lucky enough to have read enough books in the interim that I’d actually forgotten who the culprit was, so it was almost like reading it for the first time.
I was still a bit squeamish about the semi-public nudity, but I think it bothered me less on the re-read than it did on the original, if for nothing else than the fact that Eve was able to ignore it far more easily than I could.
This go round, too, I noticed that Eve fell for Roarke just as fast as he did, and while I still feel as though the I Love You’s came a bit fast from Roarke, I was no longer left feeling as though it was out of place.
With delicious chemistry, fantastic mystery, and a very interesting vision of the future, I stand by my original rating.