Guest Review: Indulgence In Death by J.D. Robb

Indulgence In Death
by J.D. Robb
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Available: November 2nd 2010
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher

First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort stabbed through the heart with a bayonet.

Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life – and death – are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer.

As time runs out on another innocent victim’s life, Eve’s investigation will take her into the rarified circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in – and into the perverted heart of madness….

Guest Reviewed by:  Jackie AKA Insane Hussein

Thanks to the awesome Fiction Vixen for having me here to guest review Indulgence In Death by J.D. Robb!!

I’d heard, and was jealous, of other reviewers getting to read this book for review before its publication date, so you can imagine my incredible happiness when I was told I could get this book for review!! I may have have shouted. Out loud. Very loudly. *angel face* I’ve been a fan of this series since I first discovered it, a few years ago, then promptly devoured all the books currently published in the series, in little less than a month (and my monthly budget was blown all to hell LOL).

However, After I began to read Indulgence, I became disappointed and slightly bored. I love Roarke and Eve and their world, don’t get me wrong, but I felt that this was a lackluster mystery romance. The plot outline is the same as in the last 10 or so books, following the same outline and so wasn’t very different for me from the other In Death books. We knew who the killer(s) are/were by the middle of the story, even though the situation and murder victims were different (as they ought). I felt like I was having a continuous deja vu throughout most of the book, starting with chapter 4.

I loved the beginning of the book. Eve and Roarke spending quality time together, and Eve giving Roarke two sweet and thoughtful surprises, from the heart. I also liked Eve’s handling of a situation in the first 4 chapters, which brought her world, of crime and punishment, back to her, through the eyes of a small boy.

However, that’s where most of the liking stopped. Sure, I liked the fact that the story is very well written, but I miss the flavor. I miss the panache that I found in the first half of this series–that oomph that that says, “hey, I’m an interesting and unique murder mystery!”

Eve and Roarke have a great relationship. They’ve settled in to a routine, as do most married couples, especially those who dominate and are the feature of such a long-lasting series. They have their ups and downs, and are still surprised by each other, which is sweet and beautiful. In addition, Roarke is still hot and Eve is still kick-ass “Lieutenant Bitch” (from an early book). Both still have their vulnerabilities yet they are complemented and balanced by their strengths, both individually and as a couple.

I appreciate the cameos by key characters, friends of Eve’s and Roarke’s, who have helped them and each other become better, closer friends and a better couple and individuals (wow, that was way deep).

I think this series has such great potential to be more. To have some really amazing plot developments that will this loyal reader go “wow, that was awesome!” and “I did not expect that!” Also, bringing in Eve’s mom, since she just left, instead of dying. Maybe the woman Eve remembers as her mother really isn’t her mother. Wouldn’t THAT be a kicker?

I recommend this book to those who want an easy read and for hot, sexy Roarke time. Especially for hot, sexy Roarke time. Did I mention Roarke? Yeah, Roarke, mmmmmmmmmm! *swoon* ROARKE ROARKE ROARKE ROARKE ROARKE!!!!!!!

I will, yes, continue to read this series, because I’m a die-hard In Death fan. And I love Roarke. Did I mention Roarke? Yeaaaahhhhhhhh ROARKE ROARKE ROARKE ROARKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Insane Hussein

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Comments

  1. says

    I'm on #9/Loyalty in Death so I have some catching up to do before this one. I have listened to the audio books from the first In Death and love the narrator! She captures Roarke's sexiness like no other. Did I mention Roarke? Lol. He alone keeps me coming back for this series. I savor every moment with that Irish hunk of manmeat! Great review. Glad to know Roarke and Eve are holding strong!

  2. says

    I'm with you Sophia, every time I want to delve in to this series I'm going *eek* 31 books o_0 Then I'm going: Where can I purchase these books because I don't have actual space for 31 books on the shelves. Me wants e-books!! I partially read the first book (don't ask me why only partial) and I loved Eve and Roarke together! Yeah, Roarke is made of awesome hero material!!