Our Comfort Reads: Glory in Death (In Death #2)

Our Comfort Reads
Our Comfort Reads is our own blog feature that Cait and I use to highlight and recommend books that we read when we need a little pick-me-up.  Whether we’re overwhelmed with our TBR pile, need a break from a bad run of books or just want something familiar to read that we know will deliver a good story and a happy ending, these are the books we turn to and we hope that you’ll enjoy them too.

I dithered a bit this week about my pick.  The J.D. Robb series is just hands-down my favorite series ever and there are two in it that are in my top twenty favorite books written post-1960 (you’ll probably see the other one at the end of the year).  It’s a long, long series – even without the novellas and short stories in anthologies, there are more than thirty (!) books by now.  It’s more than a little daunting to imagine starting it from the beginning now but it’s so worth giving it a try, even if you only read the first book or two and decide it’s not for you.  Eve and Roarke are legendary – they met in Naked in Death, but Glory in Death is one of my favorite books in the series because it’s the book where they really began cementing their relationship.

(My dirty little secret is that even I’m quite a few books behind in the series – shhh)

Glory in DeathGlory in Death (In Death #2)

By J.D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: Originally published in 1995
Genre: Romantic Suspense (some sci-fi)

In a time when technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion–in the heart…

The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects–including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead … to investigate every scandalous rumor … to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.

Goodreads Summary

Prickly homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas and billionaire businessman Roarke have barely settled into an uneasy affair when she’s assigned to a case investigating a killer who’s slashed the throats of two well-known women – women Roarke was involved with at one time. Partially because of her single-minded pursuit of justice, but mostly because she still can’t accept that he would want her, Eve uses the investigation to drive a wedge between them, all but openly declaring him a suspect.

They both know the real killer is out there though and his targets are all women with high visibility, those who like to live their lives in the spotlight. To do her job the only way she knows how, Eve starts calling in favors to make sure she puts herself right where she’ll be the one he picks next.

Probably the first thing anyone new to the series should know is that these aren’t really romance novels. They’re sort of mysteries/police procedurals with a dash of science fiction (since they’re set in the future) and there’s some hot romance in them on the side. Each book is a new mystery – and they’re usually really good – but what keeps most fans around is the evolution of Eve and Roarke’s relationship.

Eve is a complex woman who isn’t always easy to like. She can be rude, crude and seem mean when she’s digging into a case. She has a horrible time expressing her emotions but she feels them deeply and is sometimes desperately afraid of making any emotional connections to people. Aside from the cop who trained her, Roarke is really the first person that she’s let in and she lashes out at him because she doesn’t know what else to do. She was the victim of a horrifically abusive childhood that robbed her literally of herself, and this gorgeous billionaire Roarke of all people is the one who has the ability to help put her back together.

For Roarke, Eve began as some baffling puzzle – as a man accustomed to the most gorgeous, enhanced women, here he was obsessed with a cop who was usually in bloodstained mismatched clothes and hair she cut herself. Now he recognizes her as a woman with a huge heart and an unmatched sense of justice and in her background as a lost child, he sees a kindred spirit. There’s only so much he’s going to take from her though and in this case, she goes too far and he won’t be the one to go to her and fix it anymore.

Obviously since the series is about them, they make up. Spectacularly. It’s my favorite scene in the book when Eve finally gives in and admits what she feels for Roarke and he finally admits that he didn’t really think she ever would. Then there’s wild monkey sex. This book also sets the rather famous pattern for the rest of series, with Roarke always poking his nose into Eve’s cases. Yeah, you’d think a billionaire businessman would have better things to do, and sometimes it gets annoying and sometimes it’s hugely romantic.

Eve and Roarke have gone through some major ups and downs over the course of the series so far, from confronting ex-lovers to the demons of their pasts. Some of the cases Eve’s been assigned to have been really fascinating and brutal and the romance a little more scarce – so the series takes some work to follow, but I think if you start from the beginning and see how Eve and Roarke came together, you’ll love them enough to stay with them. This is one of my favorite books because it delivers on the romance of their relationship and reminds me why I love the series so much.

Barbara

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Comments

  1. I love Nora Roberts, and I've read almost everything she's ever written. Even the recent stuff that isn't so hot. For some reason I have never bee interested in this series. I have no idea why.

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