Monday, April 10, 2017

REVIEW: Devoted In Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Devoted In Death (In Death #41)
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: September, 2015
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Urban Fantasy
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Description: Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

My Thoughts: First of all, I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to see what Eve and the Scooby gang are going to be involved in. Devoted In Death does not disappoint and delivers a solid story that has Eve and the gang racing the clock to track down two sick twists who are on a killing spree because they love each other and will do anything to stay together. Never mind the idea that living legitimate lives and contributing to society as functioning and responsible people never crosses either of their minds. No, they much prefer to take what they want, from who they want, no matter the outcome. I hated these two immediately and was rubbing my hands together in glee, knowing what’s in store for these losers once Eve gets her hands on them.

Ella-Loo and Darryl, forever known as “The Losers” find their way to New York City leaving a trail of violence and bodies in their path, a trail that began in Arkansas. The Losers get off sexually killing people and they have increased the stakes by grabbing two victims to torture simultaneously. Let me tell you, I was biting my nails down to my elbows with the anxiety of wondering if Eve will be doing a rescue or a recovery. Have no fear, Eve Dallas fans, she never disappoints and the loss of my manicure is well worth the outcome.

I especially loved that Peabody finally gets her shot to be “the bad cop” and what a treat that was. I am so proud of how our Peabody has evolved into the kick-ass Detective she is now. She has come so far from when she first got assigned to Dallas. It has been a real joy to see it and if Eve were here, she would tell you the same thing…if she were sappy and sentimental, that is. I did get a little misty-eyed at some of the events with Baxter and Trueheart. I enjoyed Carmichael and Sanchez’s role in this story on assignment out of state and the arrival of Arkansas Deputy Banner to assist Eve and the team. As always, Eve and team provide excellent comic relief. When you get to the “my boot in your ass” part, you will understand completely.

My Final Verdict: Devoted In Death is number forty-one in this series and there is no indication this series is nearing a conclusion, to my extreme delight and happiness. Some books in this series are better than others, but overall, I highly recommend this entire series to anyone who craves entertainment and an escape from reality with characters that make quite an impression and leave their mark on your mind and in your heart long after the story ends.

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