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Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J.D. Robb

Echoes in Death (In Death, #44)Eve angled her head. “Good. That’s good. Either way. If Mira’s right, we’re looking for a schmuck with an Edison thing.”
“Edison? Like Thomas?”
“Who’s Edison Thomas?”
“I mean Thomas Edison. The inventor?” Peabody explained. “The lightbulb?”
“No, for Christ’s sake, this isn’t about lightbulbs. Like the sicko guy who married his own mother, then whined about it.”
After a moment’s confusion, Peabody’s own lightbulb went off. “That’s Oedipus. I’m pretty sure that’s Oedipus.”
“Edison, Oedipus, platypus. Whatever.”

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Dallas hunts a serial killer targeting rich married couples

Review: 44 books into this series and J.D.Robb is nothing but consistent in her greatness.

For those trying out this series for the first time, you will enter a world that despite being set in the future and having all the benefits of superior technology (Autochefs, gliders, droids …), there are still some things which have never changed from the present day: humans still kill each other and human detectives are still needed to solve these crimes. Dallas and her tightknit team, including her billionaire husband Roarke, will always make sure justice is served.

For those who are familiar with Eve and Roarke then whilst the case does not involve or directly affect Dallas or her small circle of family and friends, it hits a little too close to home given what she went through as a child and it is interesting watching her try to solve the case whilst keeping those memories at bay.

As ever some of Dallas’s banter with Peabody and Roarke is one of my favourite things about the book, as is the ever faithful cat Galahad.

I think it’s fair to say that this is an all round welcome addition to this solid series.

“I thought we’d dive right in to The Avengers rather than take you through the individual vids establishing the characters.”
“Superheroes.”
“Exactly.” He went to her, took her hand. “Ironman, for instance.”
“Like Cal Ripken, Jr.?”
“Sorry?”
“Ha – got you on one. Cal Ripken, Iron Man Ripken – late-twentieth-century baseball player, Baltimore. Third base, shortstop. Still holds the record for most consecutive games played.”
“You often amaze me,” he said as they started out.
“Well, it’s baseball. Ironman, but not like Ripken.” Her eyes narrowed. “Is this porn?”
He laughed. “It isn’t, no.”
“Ironman sounds suspicious to me. What are the others?”
“There’s Thor, the Hulk,” he began.
“Sounds like porn.”

2016 Love Is … Book Awards

What better way to celebrate my birthday and kick off the flood of end-of-year posts then picking out my favourite books of 2016:

2016 Crime – Procedural
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Crime – Thriller
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Non-Fiction
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Non-Fiction – Biography
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Cop
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Enemies To Lovers
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Fake Relationship
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Festive
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Firefighter
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Friends To Lovers
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Friend Of Sibling
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Novella
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Reconciliation
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Sport
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Suspense
Winner & Runner-Up

In order to qualify all books have to have been published in 2016

Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Dallas and Roarke stop at nothing to stop a couple of snipers targeting New York City

Review: Even though I am far from caught up with this series, tuning into a new J.D.Robb book is like coming home. The characters, relationships, setting, future, technology, Galahad (<3) all become familiar after a couple of outings with this series and it’s as comfortable to read as it would be to slouch on your settee watching the latest episode of a CBS procedural crime drama.

If you are a fan of such TV dramas, then the crime in this book is not necessarily a new one but where Robb does continuously well is the characterisation and dialogue that makes it all seem so real, even if it is set 40 years into the future.

Whilst the main characters in the book obviously have history with each other built up in the 40 preceding books and there are small mentions of events that have happened previously, this should not stop the casual reader from giving this a go.

As for me, I’m just waiting for my personal AutoChef to arrive to provide me with a steady stream of coffee before I start work on getting up to date with this series.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The ObsessionARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Trope: Nora Roberts

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: A typical Nora Roberts standalone

Review: If you’ve read a few of Nora Roberts standalone novels that the plot of this one will seem eerily familiar: a young lady with a tragic past moves to an isolated small town to make a fresh start where she meets the perfect, stubborn, guy who won’t give up on her even when her dark past inevitably comes back to haunt her.

So, yes, this book plot is nothing new. However, since this tried and tested formula works so well for Nora Roberts and it’s something she does splendidly, you have to admit that there’s no point fixin’ somethin’ which ain’t broke.

You can’t help but fall in love with the well written characters and the setting (and the obligatory dog of course!). Where this story does fall down a bit is that it feels overly long and I figured out who the bad guy was ridiculously early on.

The best bit of the book for me was the first part where you see Naomi as a child. It really drew me into the plot and had me hooked. Everything that followed was pretty formulaic but Roberts does have a wonderful flair for storytelling so I’ll be back to see what she brings to the table next year.

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41) by J.D. Robb

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

Review: Hmm, I never know what to shelve the “In Death …” books under: crime or romantic suspense? I figure since they’re heavily procedural crime-based then it has to be crime, especially since Roarke/Eve starting doing it in Book #1 (granted, they’re still doing it 41 books later – that must be love!) but then they keep appearing under ‘romance’ when it comes to Goodreads Choice Awards. Hmm, a conundrum.

A bit like this gem of a conundrum that confuses Eve in this book (and one that I find myself asking of every unfortunate American which crosses my path):

“Up from southeast Texas, hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas. Why is S-A-S pronounces S-A-W? It should be Ar-KANSAS. Did Kansas object?”
Oddly enough, he found the question perfectly just. “I can’t tell you.”

Anyway, here we are 41 books down the line and still going strong. Whilst I have read a few of the earlier books, I can’t claim to have read even close to half of them and I usually loathe to read a series out of order but when I got an ARC of Robb’s latest masterpiece, I had to dig straight in.

And good news, not much prior knowledge required! There are mentions of an event, which I can only assume happened in the previous book, but this book hardly dwells on it which is convenient for the casual reader.

For those who need the basic 411 then here goes: Eve Dallas is a crime-fighting cop in NYC. In the future. She works mostly with her sidekick called Peabody. Eve also has a gazillionnaire, incredibly good-looking hubbie in the form of Roarke. There are a multitude of secondary characters who drift in and out of the books and who you will grow to like. Especially Gallahad the cat.

The crime in this book is something which I am 99% sure I’ve seen in an episode of Criminal Minds or some other crime drama I’ve been known to gorge on: a madly-in-love couple takes a roadtrip across America, killing people because the excitement enhances their lovemaking. Nothing too original. What makes this story original is the fact that it is Eve and her lovable crimefighting team that are intent on taking them down: the cops make this book interesting, not the crime itself.

No doubt hardcore fans will enjoy this book but if you’re a first-timer looking to get into the series, then this book is as good a place to start as any.

“Take Banner,” she told Roarke, then walked over to poke Peabody’s shoulder.
“Not now,” Peabody rolled over. “We can do it in the morning.”
“Ick,” was Eve’s opinion, and gave her partner a firmer poke.
“Uh-uh, in the morning.” But her eyes blinked open, stared blindly at Eve. Then cleared. “What? You? Where?”
“Get McNab up, go to bed, and I don’t want to hear about the morning.”

Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts

Daring to Dream: The Dream Trilogy #1There’s no denying it, Josh/Margo’s relationship was incredibly passionate and one of my favourite story arcs in romance novels is when two people who have been friends for years discover that they want more than friendship.

However, I didn’t really understand Margo herself. I cannot conceive how anyone, even a millionaire, could have so many luxury goods and designer clothes to warrant opening a shop to sell off her stuff. Okay, maybe if she was born into money but earning that much money from a modelling career and buying expensive vases with it?! Yes, I get blowing it on a house, expensive car, luxury travel but I still don’t understand how she could have accumulated so many ludicrously priced knick-knacks. She would have been better off giving me the money instead. Hmpf.

Book: 4*

Cover: 2*

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)I liked the Jack/Emma romance more than the Carter/Mac in the previous book. My favourite part of this book was when Emma thought that Mac had had a past with Jack and the whole conversation that followed. Very amusing.

Also found the scenes where Ms.Roberts is blatantly laying the groundwork for the next 2 couples very intriguing and can’t wait to read their stories.

This book was solid straightforward contemporary romance, nothing to make waves.

Book: 4*

Cover: 3*

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

Montana SkyThank the heavens for another stormer of a novel from Nora Roberts with none of those pesky supernatural, paranormal happenings. This is a straight forward awesome romance with a bit of suspense thrown in to keep the stakes high of course.

I loved the setting. I have always wanted to go to Montana and stay on a ranch but I figure I would be a mix of Tess and Lily once I’m there. Anyway, beautiful, gorgeous setting.

And the three sisters! Awesome characterisation and you fall in love with all three of them. Probably the best story based around sisters who don’t know each other but are forced together by circumstances.

And the romances! Gah! Adam/Lily – so freaking sweet! Ben/Will – loved their banter. Nate/Tess – the least interesting romance but also very loveable.

I could actually have done without the ~drama~ but I guess it kept the plot flowing.

Book: 5*

Cover: 3*

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Chasing FireI expected more from this book but as it stands it was 2.5* in some places and 3.5* in others.

I think the main problem I found the secondary characters more interesting than the main characters of Gull and Rowan and I didn’t fall in love with their relationship like I usually do with romance novels.

The fire jumping ought to have provided more heightened drama than it did and I think the author took it for granted that we knew all about it before embarking on this book. Personally I never realised there were people out there crazy enough to do this for a living; we certainly don’t have any in the UK!

Book: 3*

Cover: 3*

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #1)I’ve never read a non-JD Robb Nora Roberts book before so I thought this would be a good place to start.

It was ….. pedestrian would be a word I’d use to describe it, I think. Enjoyable but lacking the wow factor.

I detest any sort of paranormal-type creatures so I thought Lizzie the ghost was highly unnecessary in this type of book but I guess towards the end I grew to find the “ghost” element bearable.

One can’t help but compare this book with Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series and there’s no doubt in my mind that Jill Shalivis’ books about running an inn as a family business were much more engaging but then, I guess, to make a fair judgement, I shall have to finish reading this trilogy before giving my final verdict.

Book: 3*

Cover: 4*