Friday, May 16, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Seduction in Death" by JD Robb

Seduction in Death (In Death, #13)
Seduction in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense -- Science Fiction Romance

Berkeley -- Published in 2001
Audiobook,12 hours and 56 minutes
Read in May 2014
Purchased from Audible

THEMES
Alpha Hero, Kick-Ass Heroine, Murder Mystery, Secondary Romance

SUMMARY
Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars. Detective Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed—a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn’t intended to kill her. But now that he had, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt. Or start hunting again...

FIRST LINE
"Death came in dreams."

MY THOUGHTS
Time for the first blog review for an installment in one of my favorites series!  I have been slowly making my way through JD Robb's lengthy, but addictive In Death series for almost five years now.  I have recently had an epiphany that I am never going to catch up with these books unless I buckle down and get serious.  I absolutely adore these books and I'm happy to feature them for the first time on my blog...at least through a review.

For newbies to the series, I'm going to provide a quick introduction to the world and the main players.  Fans can feel free to skip this section of the review.   The In Death series is a unique combination of romantic suspense and science fiction that is approaching the forty book mark at this time.  It follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a homicide detective for the New York Police and Security Department, during the mid-twenty first century.  Each installment focues on a specific murder mystery that Eve is trying to solve with the help of her colleagues and friends.  Another major aspect of the series is Eve's relationship with Roarke, the original sexy billionaire hero.  Christian Grey and Gideon don't even come close!

Seduction in Death deals with the trend of cyberdating (online dating) and how it can go terribly wrong.  The victims in this installment are women who meet the perfect guy through the Internet and, during their first date, are drugged, raped, and eventually murdered in their own homes.  I found the cyberdating concept to be one that many people can relate to nowadays.  It is thought-provoking to imagine both the benefits and the unfortunate dangers of searching for a soul mate online.  I just thought the whole story line was intriguing and creepy.  It is a joy to watch Eve work her way through the finer points of the murder to decipher the motive, potential future targets, and ultimately the identity of the killer.  The only issue that I had with this plot was the fact that readers get to see inside the killer's head from time to time.  It was definitely an interesting depiction, but hard to listen to at times.

Besides the mystery, this installment (like the others) focuses on Eve and her Irish billionaire husband, Roarke.  I absolutely adore this couple and love seeing how their relationship develops from book to book.  By this time, they have been married for a year and are pretty comfortable in their personal lives.  But, that doesn't mean things are always perfect in paradise, these two are notorious for getting into minor spats that show how much they truly care for another at the end of the day.  JD Robb does a great job showing that there is plenty of interesting stuff to show about a couple even after the happily ever after.

For this particular book. I loved how the author showed the parallel between the 'love' that the killer felt for the victims and the love that Eve and Roarke have discovered.  The sexual nature of these murders opens up more wounds from Eve's own childhood trauma and it was great to see her lean on Roarke during her times of need.  At the beginning of the series, Eve would have done anything to avoid showing weakness to someone else.  These scenes show how much she has grown as a character and how well-connected she and Roarke are.

There are also many side characters that make up the eclectic and well-developed cast of the In Death books.  For Seduction in Death, readers get to see Eve's assistant, Officer Delia Peabody, finally come to a conclusion about her on-again, off-again relationship with E-Detective Ian McNab.  There is the reintroduction of fan favorites like Dr. Louise Dimatto (Conspiracy in Death) and licensed companion Charles Monroe (Naked in Death, Holiday in Death).  And plenty of other great characters make fun cameos with my favorites being Roarke's snooty butler, Summerset, Eve's kooky best friend, Mavis, and the terrifying, but brilliant cosmetologist, Trina.

One reason that it is taking me awhile to catch up on this series is the fact that I prefer to listen to the audiobooks.  Susan Ericksen is a true genius with this series.  She excels at providing unique voices for the all the characters that I am easily able to imagine while reading the print copies.  Her Irish brogue for Roarke is particularly impressive and swoon-worthy.  I do want to warn potential listeners that Seduction in Death was the first book that Ericksen recorded years ago and she wasn't as in tune with the characters at that time.  She has re-recorded this and the next book to showcase the character voices that are so familiar so make sure you buy/borrow a version that was released in 2013.

Overall, I cannot recommend this series enough!  It is entertaining, creative, and very romantic.  The murders do get a bit graphic so be forewarned on certain books.  While I am OCD about series and am starting from the beginning, I believe that they are written in a way that new readers can jump in at any time.  If you like developed (and realistic) characters, a romance that is sexy and believable, and plenty of action, I think you should give the In Death series a try.



4.5 STARS



STEAM LEVEL
Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.


FAVORITE QUOTE
"There was never anybody before you...I didn't want anyone to hold on to me. Until you. And I got through and I got by, and it was okay. But I think, maybe, if I'd just kept getting through and getting by, I'd have come to a point where I couldn't do it anymore. And if I couldn't do it anymore, it'd be the end of me, Roarke. So when you hold on to me, You're helping me stand up, one more time. And the dead, you're standing for them, too. I just wanted to say that."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
There are too many to show here, but I'm providing a link to the Goodreads listing and the listing from JD Robb's website.


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1 comment:

  1. Woot! I love this series too! So glad you're featuring it :) It's been a while since I've read them (back in 2011 I think) when I powered through and read ALL of them in like 2 months. lol The side characters are really great. I so want to do a re-read of them some time. Happy listening!

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