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Sunday Spotlight: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted January 22, 2017 by Casee in Features | 4 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Naked in Death is the first book in Nora Roberts’ In Death series. It’s the beginning of Eve and Roarke. Roarke and Eve. Oh how I love these two. Naked is the foundation of Eve and Roarke’s relationship. This is where it starts. This is where it grows from. Rereading it, I was reminded about every reason that I adore this series.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death
Also in this Series: For a full list, go here.
Genres: Futuristic, Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Release Date: July 1, 1995
Publisher: Berkley

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all—and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire—and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about—except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

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Excerpt

This is the first time Eve and Roarke laid eyes on each other. Swoon.

He was alone. There were other lines in the pew with him, but Eve recognized the solitary quality that surrounded him. There could have been ten thousand in the building, and he would have remained aloof from them. His striking face gave away nothing: no guilt, no grief, no interest. He might have been watching a mildly inferior play. Eve could think of no better description for a funeral. More than one head turned in his direction for a quick study or, in the case of a shapely brunette, a not so subtle flirtation. Roarke responded to both the same way: he ignored them. At first study, she would have judged him as cold, an icy fortress of a man who guarded himself against any and all. But there must have been heat. It took more discipline and intelligence to rise so high so young. It took ambition, and to Eve’s mind, ambition was a flammable fuel. He looked straight ahead as the dirge swelled, then without warning, he turned his head, looked five pews back across the aisle and directly into Eve’s eyes. It was surprise that had her fighting not to fold at that sudden and unexpected punch of power. It was will that kept her from blinking or shifting her gaze. For one humming minute they started at each other. Then there was movement, and mourners came between them as they left the church. When Ee stepped into the aisle to search him out again, he was gone.

Even though Eve fought it, fought him, she couldn’t make Roarke go away.

“I’m sorry.”

“For what?”

“For whatever’s upset you.”

Except for that one flush of temper, she’d been pale when she’d come into the apartment. But her cheeks were colorless now, her eyes too dark. When he started toward her, she shook her head once, fiercely.

“Go away, Roarke.”

“Going away’s easy. Too easy.”

Very deliberately, he put his arms around her, felt her stiffen.

“Would it matter, really matter to anyone but you, if you took one minute to let go?”

She shook her head again, but this time there was weariness in the gesture. He heard the sigh escape, and taking advantage, he drew her closer.

“You can’t tell me?”

“No.”

He nodded, but his eyes flashed with impatience. He knew better; it shouldn’t matter to him. She shouldn’t. But too much about her mattered. “Someone else then,” he murmured.

“There is no one else.”

Then there is Mavis. How can you not love Mavis?

“I slept with him,” Eve blurted out, and Mavis responded with a fit of helpless choking.

“You–Roarke.” Eyes watering, she reached for more tissue. “Jesus, Eve. Jesus Christ, you never sleep with anybody. And you’re telling me you slept with Roarke?”

“That’s not precisely accurate. We didn’t sleep.”

Mavis let out a moan.

There are just so many wonderful things about this series and they all started with this book. If you haven’t read the series, give this a try and you will love it!

In Death

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About the Author

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With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.


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Guest Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Posted April 12, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Obsession by Nora RobertsReviewer: Tracy
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
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four-half-stars

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

Naomi is a few days away from her 12th birthday when she follows her father into the woods.  At first she thinks that he’s going to the creek to cool off since it’s so hot outside but he goes into the woods and ends up in a root cellar by a burned out house.  When he finally leaves she sneaks down thinking she’ll find that he’d put together the new bike she’d asked for for her birthday. What she finds is that her father is a monster.  He had been kidnapping raping, beating and then killing women for a long time. Naomi becomes a hero that night.

After her father is arrested Naomi, her younger brother Mason, and their distraught mother go to live with their maternal uncle and his partner who Naomi and Mason grow to love (they had been cut off from him because he was gay).  They all change their name to Carson, their mother’s maiden name, and try to live normal lives but the crimes of their father never were far behind them.

Naomi grows up to be a photographer and moves from place to place, getting attached to nothing and no one.  She likes it that way until she finds Sunrise Cove when she’s 30 years old.  She falls in love with the town and in one house in particular.  She buys it and starts to renovate it and finally puts down roots.

She starts to become part of the community and starts a relationship with a local businessman and mechanic.  Xander is wonderful for her and though he finds out her past he still treats her the same – not like she’s tainted because of who her father is.  Unfortunately, there’s someone out there who has a thing for Naomi and it’s not all champagne and roses.  When Naomi finds out about this villain she has to decide to put her past behind her and move on with the strength to help find the guy or to wallow in her past and let it beat her down once again.

This book was a great one.  I really loved so many things about it.  I loved seeing Naomi as a child and my heart broke for what she discovered about her father – seeing everything first hand.  Then with her mother being broken she really had Mason and her uncles to rely on.  They were always there for her, however, and I loved their strength and support.

Naomi’s relationship with Xander started off kind of strangely, imho.  I didn’t really feel the attraction and quite frankly wasn’t sure if I liked Xander or not.  I started to warm up to him when I saw how much he was falling for Naomi and soon really liked him.  Naomi had closed herself off from caring for anyone except her brother and uncles.  She felt she couldn’t get close to anyone for fear they’d find out about her background and she couldn’t take the attention.  Once in Sunrise Cove it took her a while but she soon realized that she could be truthful and up front about her past and they would not think less of her.  It took time for her to accept but most good things in life do.

The suspense aspect of the story was brought up near the end.  Yes, the obsession had been going on for a while but we’re not made aware of it til later in the book.  I personally thought it came to a kind of abrupt conclusion (I guess I just expected it to be a bit more drawn out) but it got the job done.  Though the book is called The Obsession I didn’t feel like that was what this book was about.  Yes, it was there, and happening in the background, but to me this was a romance novel through and through.  That’s what kept me reading – along with Naomi’s personal growth.

Overall a really good book and one I’d most certainly recommend.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Retro-Review: Born O’Hurley by Nora Roberts

Posted August 11, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

ap3.2Rowena’s review of Born O’Hurley by Nora Roberts.

Dance to the Piper

Though her name was up in lights, Maddy O’Hurley cared nothing for the trappings of stardom. All that mattered was dancing. But Reed Valentine’s only passions were wealth and power. . .until Maddy engaged the mesmerizing mogul in the daring dance of love.

Do opposites really attract?

They do in this story. No one could be more completely different than straight laced, business before pleasure, Reed Valentine and fun loving, free spirit Maddy O’Hurley. She’s a dancer, he’s a big time business mogul. He’s the backer for her next Broadway play. They couldn’t have been more wrong for each other, but they had love on their side and just when you think there’s no hope for them, love comes out and saves the day.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it had all the necessary drama mixed in with a dallop of witty banter and what really drew me to the story was the hope that Maddy never really lost sight of. She knew what she wanted and instead of playing the coy seductress, she seduced Reed with everything that she was.

Herself.

It’s a feel good story of two people’s journey from friendship to lovers to husband and wife. You’ll enjoy this story as much as I did, I’m sure. Very light, which is exactly what I was looking for and NR really delivered with this story.

A treat.

The Last Honest Woman 

As the widow of an infamous car champion, Abby O’Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets?

Assumptions really have a way of kicking us in the ass. That was very much the case with one, Mr. Dylan Crosby, investigative reporter turned biographer. His next project was about the greatest race car driver of all time, Chuck Rockwell who’s last race turned out to be the last race for him period, the crash that killed him. Chuck Rockwell was by all means, known to the world to have lived his personal life, just as fast as he drove his cars. He married one, Abigail O’Hurley when she was 18 years old and for the first couple of years, she was beside him at every race, at every celebrity function, cheering him on. Then, she fell off the face of the earth. In order, for Dylan’s book to really work, he had to get some answers from someone who knew Chuck like no other person did.

Which is where Chuck’s widow, Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell came into play.

Chuck had been dead for four years and Abby had turned away book deals before because she didn’t want her boys exposed to the half truths and secrets about their father’s past, things she didn’t want ANYone to know, her boys in particular. But money was really tight and she wanted her boys to have something for their futures, the only way to ensure her boys were taken care of was to finally allow, Dylan Crosby write their father’s story. But Chuck’s story was going to get written the way she wanted it to get written, she wasn’t going to let anyone tell her anything else.

Dylan was going to get to the truth if it killed him, and it damned near did. In order for anything written by him be published, he had to make sure that Mrs. Rockwell understood from the beginning that he would get the answers he sought, he was nothing if not persistent, she better be prepared to be point blank honest with him. Nothing was going to change that.

And then they met.

Dylan’s first impressions of her weren’t what he expected them to be, instead of finding the spoiled princess type “trophy wife”, he found a soccer mom who did everything by herself, with help from no one. What an odd thing to find from a celebrity’s wife. Especially, a celebrity such as Chuck Rockwell, who was an all balls to the wall type of guy. He was mighty intrigued by the woman who was indeed the mother and wife of Chuck Rockwell, but who was anything but spoiled and and princess like. She was as refreshing as they come, but honest? The woman was anything but. He would dig and dig until he got the answers he came for, of that you can be sure.
And Abby will protect her secrets with all that she is, because her sons futures depended on it.

The wild rollercoaster of this book was seriously, one of the bests I’ve read in a very long time. Nothing seriously spooky or action packed or anything, it was an easy fun loving story with the drama of a family who spent years on the road entertaining different crowds, it was a story dedicated to family and the love that comes automatically. I really enjoyed this book and recommend all to read it. Dylan and Abby’s story was wonderful and it was one that had me thinking of the characters long after I finished reading it. Ben and Chris are to die for and two of the sweetest boys I have ever had the pleasure of reading about, Nora Roberts does a wonderful job weaving us into this intricate plot to get to the end. There’s lots of ups and a fair share of downs, but the ending is sweet and it ends just as it should end.

LOVED it.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Sihouette. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. I bought my copy of this book.


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PENGUIN GROUP (USA) AND NORA ROBERTS HELP TACKLE HUNGER IN MARYLAND

Posted December 4, 2013 by Holly in | 0 Comments

FeedingAmerica-500x276The “Be Thankful” initiative urges support of our less fortunate neighbors

 

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family around an extravagant meal and be thankful for all the security and stability in our lives.  But it’s also a reminder that a cold winter is ahead, and it is therefore important to acknowledge our less fortunate neighbors, which is why Penguin is proud to support The Maryland Food Bank, with Penguin’s first ever “Be Thankful” initiative.

 

#1 New York Times bestselling Penguin author, Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and has a deep affinity for her home state, having set many of her more than 200 novels in Maryland.  Her recent NY Times bestseller, “Thankless in Death” is a suspense thriller which centers around loved ones coming together for Thanksgiving.  The brutal reality of hunger in Maryland sadly has its own frightening narrative. “I was shocked to discover that the Maryland Food Bank distributes more than 34.6 million pounds of food – the equivalent of almost 29 million meals each year – and despite that significant effort, families still go hungry in our region,” stated Nora Roberts.  “I am proud to help raise awareness of this issue and to applaud the incredible work that local food banks do daily to eradicate hunger in Maryland.  The holiday season is a great reminder to capture the spirit of giving thanks and helping those in need.”

 

Penguin would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Governor Martin O’Malley, who is committed to ending childhood hunger in Maryland by 2015.  “One hungry child is one too many,” said Governor O’Malley. “Because of its connection to student achievement, workforce strength, physical health, and behavioral health, we’ve made eradicating childhood hunger a priority in our State.”

 

“We are delighted to support The Maryland Food Bank for the first time.  The negative cascading effect that food insecurity can have on a person, a child or a family, is devastating. Penguin is proud to recognize the tireless efforts of The Maryland Food Bank and its commitment to lead the fight against food insecurity and hunger,” said Leslie Gelbman, President of Mass Market Publishing, Penguin Group (USA). To mark the occasion, Penguin Group (USA) is making a $10,000 donation to The Maryland Food Bank.  “There are more than 457,000 people in our service area who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and more than a third are children,” says Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Deborah Flateman.  “The emotional toll of hunger is especially high during the holidays.  Families are struggling to put food on the table, heat their home, and at the same time keep traditions alive, so their children feel normal – at least for one day.  This gift will go a long way, and help many, many families in need.”  The donation ensures that over 20,000 meals will be made available to the citizens of Maryland who are in dire need of food assistance.

 

You too can become involved in the “Be Thankful” initiative by donating food or volunteering; to view a complete list of the affiliated food banks and or participate in a Virtual Food Drive, please visit Feeding America’s national Food Bank Locator at http://bit.ly/9ociO.

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Maryland-Food-bank-339x500About the Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than thirty years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need.Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing 79,000 meals per day – nearly 29 million meals annually – the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.

 

The Maryland Food Bank www.mdfoodbank.org operates from three facilities: one in Baltimore, one in Salisbury, and one in Hagerstown. Through an extensive network of soup kitchens, pantries, schools and other community-based organizations, food is distributed throughout 22 counties, including Baltimore City, and Somerset, Wicomico, and Washington counties – some of the most food-insecure regions in Maryland.

 

Penguin-group-logoAbout Penguin Group (USA) 

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com) is part of Penguin Random House plc, the international media company.


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Review: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Posted February 27, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Published by Berkley, Penguin

Rowena’s review of The Perfect Hope (The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts.

Hero: Ryder Montgomery
Heroine: Hope Beaumont

A new novel of starting over and star-crossed love.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be—except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome—and embarrassing—appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…

This is the last book in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy and it’s Ryder Montgomery’s book.  His heroine is Hope Beaumont…and of all of the books in this series, this was my favorite.

I’ll admit that the previous books were kind of slow going but it was this book that I was really looking forward to reading.  Ryder and Hope had some pretty intense sexual chemistry in the previous books and I just knew that their story was going to be the best of the bunch and I wasn’t wrong.

Ryder and Hope are opposites.  Ryder is a man’s man and Hope is pretty fancy in his eyes.  She’s Perfect Hope and he wouldn’t mind messing her up a little bit.  Hope is annoyed with herself for noticing Ryder as much as she does because well, he’s mean to her.  When things with the ghost in the inn pushes them together, they both seem to fall in line with the idea of being a couple and I liked that there wasn’t much fuss with the romance between Ryder and Hope.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first met Ryder and Hope in Beckett and Claire’s book.  These are the characters that brought me back to Owen and Avery’s book and when I finally got around to reading this one, I wasn’t disappointed with the story at all.  This book wraps up everything that we’ve been dealing with in the last two books.  Lizzie’s story is uncovered, the chemistry between Ryder and Hope burns bright and leaves you feeling like rainbows and cotton candy.

I really enjoyed getting to know both Ryder and Hope.  Ryder was everything I hoped he’d be and Hope was great.  Ryder was my favorite character in the entire series (even more than his Mom, who was great herself) and I really liked seeing him, getting to know him through his own thoughts and not through his brothers or his mother.

Of all of the girls, I liked Hope the best and I thought her story pulled out even more of her to like.  I loved the way that she was always there for everyone around her, I liked the way that she ran the hotel and I really liked the way that she came to love Ryder.  She was a great woman and she was perfect for Ryder and really, I just liked this book.

This was the perfect way to end the trilogy and it was an overall great story.  I’m so glad that I read it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley Trade. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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