Here is my review for Memory in Death book number 22 in the In Death Series by J.D. Robb. If you are familiar with the series (and by now following me you should be), you will know that this novel follows Eve Dallas, a New York City cop. Here is a brief background on this novel provided from Goodreads: Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.
Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.
This novel was interesting because you see more into the childhood of Eve Dallas. Trudy Lombard (the victim) was Eve’s foster-mother after Eve was found on the street bleeding and abused. This was a great storyline because I wanted to know more about Eve’s past and her time in the foster care system. Eve had talked about her time before as a reason why she joined the police force. So seeing her completely shocked and off her game was interesting. It always seemed like nothing really fazed her besides her husband. And after reading this novel, I can see that there is more to Eve than what you have seen. This novel had a bit of a mystery in it, not so much because this is a cop drama not a mystery series. I like how Eve works through the problems and how she really counts on all her co-workers to help her out. It’s interesting to compare this novel to the first one where Eve did not have that many friends and now she has a group of friends. I love to see characters grow and evolve and this novel really showcases that growing.
As for the steamy, sexy, grab a fan cause the temperature just rose moments in the novel, those scenes were great. It’s not just about sex for the sake of sex in these novels. And that is what I love most about them. The sex adds depth into the relationships of the characters. You see a more vulnerable and compassionate side. Also there’s sex, so that’s always good to read especially in a romance novel. Roarke is still my all time favorite male lead. He is just perfect…*sigh* If only he were real… There was also a relationship scene with Peabody and McNab which was great to read about. I like their relationship their personalities are very different from that of Roarke and Eve, so it makes their relationship different but good.
Overall, I give this novel 5 out of 5 star, cats, pumpkins(anything really). It was simple fantastic and i cannot wait to finish this series. Each novel makes me love it more and more. If you don’t like Sci-Fi romance, don’t worry I will post something shortly on a different sub-genre. Happy Reading!