I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book is the second in the series - and I am reading them in order. It was just as enjoyable as the first, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters I met in the first book. The sexiness from the first book for sure carries over to this one... the chemistry between the main characters is definitely still there.
The 'who-done-it' part of the book was more transparent than in book one, however. I had the mystery figured out by the early middle of the book... then it was just a waiting game until Eve figured it out.
Enjoyable, though. I'll be moving on through the series - because I'd like to see what happens after this book's surprise ending.
I purchased the first 8 books in this series because I got a great price. I thought they were mysteries - I didn't realize there would be so much corny romance. I will continue to listen because the stories are ok, I'll just keep fast forwarding through the supposedly "steamy" sex.
I wouldn't buy a book at full price. I will listen to the ones I have already purchased.
Overly dramatic and she makes the main character seem really hostile - I think this is why I dislike her so much.
Obviously a lot of people enjoy JD Robb's books, so I'm sure this was a anomaly, but I was disappointed in the predictability of the plot and the contrived situations the characters found themselves in.
The characters were shallow and one dimensional. I have read Nora Roberts and thought JD Robb lend a rich dialogue, and but these characters did not live up to my expectations.
The accents she uses were very good, but I didn't enjoy the way she made the main character sound. Instead of being likeable, she was whiny and abrasive most of the time.
I wouldn't necessarily cut one of the characters, I would instead build more depth to their stories, and give more than one side to their character.
Say Hello to the characters you will come to love. Enjoying the character development as the books proceed adds immeasurably to the enjoyment. Read the series in order if at all possible. You won't regret it. And it is Impossible to believe that one woman provides all the narration. I honestly forget I'm not listening to multiple people!
I love this narrator! She is excellent. As for the story, it's good. The plot was a little bit predictable in some places, and very suspenseful in others! It's a good listen if you like some mystery, murder and a bit of unbelievable romance. It's a good listen.
The interaction between Dallas and Rourke
The relationship with Roarke is one to be envied, of course fiction.
This was intense... I liked it better than the first book in the series- while the murders were more violent, they were without the graphic sexual component of Naked in Death's crimes.
I love the repartee between Dallas and Roarke (their, ahem, intimate scenes are a little more, um, vivid and vigorous than is to my usual reading taste, but are never crude and the writing is good). I only wish Dallas didn't immediately get her dander up when his name pops up in relation to anyone/thing in a case - she is immediately on the defensive about it and weary of his every tie and involvement, ready to both think the worst and shield him and/or her from it becoming public knowledge... Frankly, I think she overreacts. And while I can understand her emotional baggage causing some of the issues, I was a little bit in disbelief about their sudden split and re-connecting circumstances, if she was having that much trouble, believing something like that if she (admitted that she) loved him and needed him, that that made her less independent and strong and therefore lowered her self esteem and degraded her ability to do her job. Thus far she has never defined herself by anything but how well she does her job, so it's a big hurdle, and i think somehow they flew over it really fast while she's still working it out in her head... I'm glad she's talking to the department psychologist more though (both case and no-case related).
I also love Dallas' working relationships, with Feeney and the Commander. I share her distaste for the media. This was a good mystery, and solid procedural, going through the evidence and suspects and revisiting the scenes. Oddly enough, I had picked out the murderer by the second death - almost fingering them on a hunch, but my suspicions were confirmed by the circumstances and aftermath of victim number three. I was glad Dallas caught onto the same clue I did there, even if it took a while for it to come to light. I liked Officer Peabody too, I got a kick out of her no-nonsense demeanor and how she got on with Dallas as they continued to investigate together.
Narration was good. Only had one or two spots with voice-swap confusion, and those were in heated dialogue. Ericksen gives just the right tone and cadence to match Lt Dallas' demeanor and the narrative style.
Can't wait to see where the next book takes Eve and Roarke. ^_^
this is only the 2nd book we have listened too and we have enjoyed it as much as the first.
Naked in Death as it is the first book in this series.
Her voices for each character make it seem more real. Very impressive she can do so many.
I honestly can't understand why anyone would bother to read a second book in this series, after reading the first. But tens of thousands obviously do just that. That is the biggest mystery of this book.
Yes! I never suspected it would be this disappointing and annoying. I don't know why people who read this author even bother to read at all. Why not just watch soap operas? I expect much more from books.
The performance could have been less melodramatic; also, she sounded like an actress from the 1940s, which I found particularly annoying given that this was a novel set in the future.
I will allow that it is a promising sign that such an independent and competent career woman can be the protagonist of such a long and successful book series.
This is a romance novel that masquerades as a police detective/futuristic novel. It was disappointingly easy to figure out who-dun-it. And the romance was so shallow. The protagonist Eve Dallas is beautiful but doesn't know it, has no fashion sense, and is from a disadvantaged background. But she still snags the most eligible bachelor ever to exist! He is Irish, handsome, incredibly wealthy (a self-made man), but also so sensitive that he likes her cat. Dreamy! Ugh. And the sex is repetitive, several times a day--seemed like clockwork.
I am not sure I would listen to these types of books again as they are more for enjoyment. There are too many other books in the world that I want to read/listen to.
There is a tendency to for JD Robb to repeat background information about Eve Dallas in each novel. That gets a bit annoying at times. I also am not overly find of Dr. Mira and her psychoanalysis but I see how it fits into the plot.
I thought the plot was well done and it was not overly obvious who the killer was.