Marco of Honor At Stake by Declan Finn has some competition as my favorite fictional heartthrob. Roarke from J.D. Robb’s Naked in Death gives him a run for his money. Roarke is both interesting and irritating. My favorite combination for a fictional male.
Eve Dallas of the NYPD is investigating the serial deaths of prostitutes by a killer who deposits videos of the killings on her front doorstep. She gets involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire, who also happens to be a suspect in the deaths. Her involvement with him makes for some interesting obstacles during the investigation. In the end, she gets her murderer and Roarke. (Was there any question?)
My Favorite Parts
Holy hot sex scenes Batman. There is nothing overly graphic about the sex in the book, but if I were Eve, I think I’d have a hard time saying no to Roarke about anything.
There is a scene where Eve has Roarke doing some illegal snooping via an awesome computer setup. I’m totally jealous of the toys he has to play with.
The characters are well developed and come to life.
The romance storyline adds too rather than distracts from the overall plot.
The Not So Great
Not to give too much away, but there is a key piece of information revealed about one of the victims towards the end of the book that is vital in finding the killer. What annoyed me was that Eve also just happens to have a similar event in her background. It comes across as contrived and too convenient. And frankly, a bit pointless.