05 October 2011

Review: NEW YORK to DALLAS by JD Robb

NEW York to Dallas
J.D. Robb
ISBN #: 978-0399157783
Publisher Name:  Penguin Putnam
Date Released:  September 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense      
Book Format:  Print
Retail Price: $27.95


It was one of Eve Dallas's earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he's not behind bars anymore.

After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent – when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes. His other goal: to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago, now a high-profile lieutenant in the NYPSD and married to one of the city's richest men.

Commanding Eve's attention with a chilling and brazen crime, McQueen sets off the chase – forcing Eve down a road marked with blood and tears, a road that eventually leads southwest to Dallas, Texas, the home Eve fled long ago. And each new twist brings her closer to the harrowing memory of when she wasn't a hardened detective but a vulnerable girl just like McQueen's innocent prey. As her husband, Roarke, tries to rescue her from the nightmares that claw her mind, and her partner, Peabody, doggedly works to support her, Eve must confront – and call upon – the darkest parts of her own soul in order to survive.


(Lynette) Oops. Returned the book to the library before I could copy them down. My bad.


“How white is an Irishman's ass?" Eve wondered out loud.
"You should know, darling.”

“Oh thank you, Jesus."
"It's Roarke." He tapped a finger on Eve's head. "You really shouldn't forget your own husband's name.”

“I'm not putting up with this," she continued. "You can't even go out and buy a solar system without worrying I'll fall apart. How are you supposed to get anything done?"
"Actually, I'm not in the market for a solar system right at the moment.”
 “I once stood in a field in Ireland, alone, a little lost, and wishing for you more than I wished for my next breath. And you came, though I never asked you, you came because you knew I needed you. We don't always do what's right, what's good. Not even for each other. But when it counts, down to the core of it, I believe we do exactly that. What's right and good for each other. There's no rule to that. It's just love."
Just love, she thought when he stepped out. She may have been going into her own personal hell to face a killer, but right at that moment she considered herself the luckiest woman in the world.”


I loved NEW YORK TO DALLAS. While NEW YORK TO DALLAS was a little different from previous In Death novels, I embraced the difference. I thought the difference fit in well with Eve. She and Roarke needed to go through this chapter in their lives in order for their relationship to grow into the next level.

I enjoyed seeing Eve and Roarke thrown outside of their comfort zones. NEW YORK TO DALLAS was more about Eve and Roarke's growth as a couple rather than the case they were working on. Yes, there was a case, but the twists and turns Eve has to make to solve it were more emotional than physical. NEW YORK TO DALLAS is a book that reaffirmed to me why Roarke is the best romantic hero being written right now. And I must admit that what draws me to these books even after all these years and why they haven't gotten stale like other long series is to watch the progression of Eve and Roarke's relationship from book to book. Since that's what I love most about these books, this is why NEW YORK TO DALLAS is among my favorite in the series so far. If you're draw to the books is something different, like the cases or the supporting characters, you might not be so keen on this installment as I was. NEW YORK TO DALLAS was all about Eve and Roarke.

As always, the dialogue, the writing was above par. I love the clipped fast-paced style Ms. Robb uses for this series, IMHO much better than the Nora Roberts style, which I have never been able to get into. Whenever I read an In Death book, I'm constantly laughing, at the banter and dialogue. This time was no different, even with the somewhat bleak circumstances.

If I have some minor quibbles about this book. The first is a quibble that I have about most of the In Death books and I wish to goodness that Ms. Nora the Queen of Romance would just listen to me, but I know she's not going to but this drives me bat sh-t crazy. There is no freaking way Roarke should be so involved in these cases as he is. No freaking way, no matter how much they put that 'expert consultant' tag on him. It makes me cringe every time I see him given the access he has to open cases. Really. Stop. Eve is good enough that she doesn't need Roarke still going all her E work for her. Please, please, please stop. Also, the ending to NEW YORK TO DALLAS was a little to similar to something that happened in NAKED IN DEATH, which lacked the punch that I was looking for.

But other than that, this is a great read.

Borrowed from the library.


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4 people posted their 2 cents:

Blodeuedd said...

So many books, I kind of just get scared thinking of it ;) But I do want to read about Roarke one day

Lynette said...

Once you go Roarke you will never go back. Trust me. Start with Naked in Death and keep reading!!!!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Uuuhhh I need to read this series. You are making me really feel like I am missing out. Grr... Must. Read. More.

Lynette said...

You are missing out. Totally!

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