I’m so happy I haven’t been caught out by Nora Roberts again. I started off reading knowing full well this is part of a larger series of books written about Eve Dallas – sexy and sultry detective.

Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an ‘admirer’, who just can’t stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her – again and again…

With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate – and dangerous – psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide – approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk – along with those she cares about the most.

“Well now, this must be love. You sharing the biscuits.” “They’re cookies. Biscuits are hot bread you smother in butter or gravy. Remember which side of the Atlantic you’re on, ace.”

With writing like this, who can say no?

I had some fun trying to stop my eyes from rolling when I was reading yet another saccharine prose about Eve and Roarke and had to skip over the mandatory sex scenes that tend to appear like mushrooms after the rain in all of Nora Robert’s books.

“Roarke glanced over at the monitor briefly, saw Eve on screen facing a woman who’d tried to make herself her twin. The hair, the eyes.
She didn’t come close, he thought, then forced himself to look away from the beat of his heart, and work to save her.
Roarke tuned it out, all of it. Just the sound of Eve’s voice – not the words, just the sound of her voice – was all he let in as he worked to lift the most important lock of his life.”

The plot is basic, (overdone even) and the climax of the story (hah! there are quite a few) is unsatisfactory for the reader. I’ve failed to meet the target audience for this book (yet again) and I hope I don’t run across any more of J.D. Rob’s books.

“It’s too easy to become discouraged when no one values your skills and your efforts.”

True, true, so true, especially when J.D. Rob’s skills and efforts are spent in re-hashing to death a very basic love story with little to no entertainment.

Eve is called in to investigate when an attorney she came up against comes up dead. A message left for Eve telling her that this person is their only true friend and that they are going to root out the bad guys for Eve since she can’t.

3d0ydy.jpgThis leads Eve into finding out about more and more of the people who have grown fascinated and obsessed with her and Roarke. Eventually those around Eve are concerned that if this person doesn’t get what they want, they will turn on Eve and kill her.

So even though that is all said, there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency at all. We have Eve feeling some twinges about somehow being killed because of her. But it also seems that Eve thinks that the attorney that died was a horrible person because they were a defense attorney.

Frankly every In Death book reads like the same thing and you don’t miss much if you just read the first few chapters and skip to the end.

1/5