Book Review: Naked In Death

I picked this audiobook up because it had been a monthly read for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout back in February. I’ll admit even before this was a monthly pick there I had no desire to read this series. I can’t really explain it but it just didn’t appeal to me, perhaps it was because I don’t care for books written by an already pretty well known author under a pseudonym. But I decided to give the book and author a chance.

So let’s start with the good. The narrator, Susan Ericksen, did a very good job bringing this book to life. Her narration was appealing for the most part and she gave a nice distinctive voice to each character. Even though I didn’t find the story itself appealing I didn’t necessarily mind listening to it because of the narrator.

That being said, I really hated just about every other aspect of this book.

It was boring, I didn’t feel like anything was really happening even though clearly there were a number of events happening, some connected to each other, some independent but could influence the others. The characters, while a few were somewhat interesting, were overall annoying to me. As far as Eve is concerned her strong attitude was somewhat annoying, I understand she is is dedicated to her job but sometimes her stern ways and quick temper (not temper but the way she would just shove away all the other things that weren’t the case back in others faces ignoring they exist) was really annoying. Why does she have to throw everything in others face and be all “I have a job to do, the rest of the world can fuck off til I solve this”. Yes, people can be passionate and dedicated to their jobs but Eve just went full on bitch at nearly every turn.

And then there is Roarke. I know a lot of people love Roarke but I couldn’t stand him. Rourke was far too perfect of character. He was very ‘oh I’m a collector of guns, I’m perfect in this, I’m interested in this, I just happen to be interested in/a master of whatever is tied into the case’.  It made everything seem completely orchestrated, that the only reason Roarke had or did those things was so that he would be the convenient suspect and thus become the love interest to Eve.

The few characters that I did kind of like were of minor roles and therefore they didn’t get enough screen time, so to speak, to really let me see more of them.

Their relationship or whatever you could call it also bothered me. Of course she ends up with the rich, hot Irish guy who was initially a suspect but then proves his innocence along with his love for her. It just made me cringe.

Finally, the random Pepsi product advertising really got on my nerves. For all the things that don’t exist in this world or are damned hard to get (example real coffee), this product seemed out of place and was like a random advertisement as if the author was getting paid each time it was mentioned. Could it not have been some generic cola made by a company in the future?

Overall, I clearly didn’t like this book. I know J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, has a pretty huge following with this series and many people absolutely love it. It’s clearly not my type of book, I just had too many issues with nearly every aspect of it, but hey if you are one of the many people that love these books than good for you, I’m glad someone out there is enjoying them and making it worth while for Nora Roberts to have this pseudonym. Would I recommend these books? Most likely not, unless I had a very strong feeling that that particular person would like them. Would I read any more of the series? Nope, though I do have the second book on my shelf since I found it at a library sale, so I may read that one but I don’t see myself continuing on with the series. Besides the series is over thirty books long and after reading the synopsis on a few of them it seems like it’s the exact same thing in each book where Roarke, or on occasion Eve’s best friend, are suspects to a murder. I’d get severely bored with thirty similarly plotted books.

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