This week I popped in the audio of Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (the alter ego of Nora Roberts) for my commute to work. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard plenty about the long running series from my wife who thought I’d be into it. I think one of the reason’s I was hesitant was the blurb. Check it out:
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she’s seen it all–and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire–and suspect in Eve’s investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about–except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.
So this seems as mushy a romance as it gets and not really my kind of story. Now take a look at the cover.
Well, the answer is you’re getting both.
Everything about the romance in the blurb is in the book. It’s a major part of the story taking it well out of the realm of a romantic element.
The murder mystery has the familiarity of the many I’ve read. The unusual crime, list of suspects, a highly intelligent killer and (my favorite) the profiling of the killer.
I think Nora Roberts tapped into something really cool by creating this series. She doesn’t abandon her romance bread and butter, but she’s able to take it in a direction that doesn’t quite fit the Nora Roberts brand.
And we, the reader, are treated to super tough heroine, Eve Dallas who could solve any crime in the mystery section and be totally comfortable trading war stories with Sarah Connor.
As this is my first Nora anything, I can already see why she’s as popular as she is. In addition to the entertainment value, this book is a great lesson on writing with emotional depth along with a gripping plot. She hooked me seconds into the audio. And with so many books by her, I’m bound to find something cool besides J.D. Robb stuff.
Maybe there’s something in her catalog for YOU.
Are you a Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb vet? Any recs based on what I liked about this book? Think you might want to dip your toes in a Nora after reading this?