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Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

Innocent In DeathInnocent In Death
(2007/08/28)
J.D. Robb

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#28 in the "In Death" Series

When history teacher Craig Foster is found dead in his classroom, his young wife is devastated, and his family, friends and colleagues all shocked. The two ten-year old students who discovered his body may be traumatised for life. Magdalena Percell, an old flame of Eve's billionaire husband Roarke, has turned up in New York, and she's anything but innocent. Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdalena's maniuplations, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. But Eve will have to put aside her potential heartbreak, for a while at least- because another man has just turned up dead...

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Please pardon me while I rant. I have a lot to say about this book.
I hated the way Roarke acted in lots of situations in the book. There were a few scenes where I wanted to punch him in the face (maybe not in the face...) until his blinders fell away. And there was this one scene where I really wanted to flog him.

I know very well that it was mostly that conniving Magdabitch's fault and due to miscommunication between Eve and Roarke. However, I just couldn't forgive Roarke for putting 'that' look on Eve's face... the look when she woke up from a nightmare, the look when she went to that hotel room in Dallas...
It's just beyond my comprehension how dense and oblivious Roake is in Innocent in Death. He is usually exact opposite of what he is in this book, when it comes to his Eve, the love of his life...
How can he not see what's happening and that he is actually hurting Eve? I just don't get it...
Didn't he vow himself to do everything in his power to prevent her from getting hurt and make sure that she is safe and happy? He is supposed to be the one who protect her, not the one who hurt her! And he might not do anything to cause this, BUT he did absolutely nothing to prevent it!!
The other thing I was mad at him is the fact that he shut Eve out, even though he swore to Eve that he would NEVER shout her out again in Portrait in Death. He didn't tell her everything about Maggie even though Eve had asked him. She had to hear it from Summerset. He should have told her everything when she'd asked him about Maggie. If he did, Eve would have dealt with this Maggie issue much much better. When I think about what Eve went through, it rips my heart out.

Okay, there are more reasons why I am very sympathetic to Eve;
a) That horrible horrible nightmare she had in her office. It broke my heart.
b) She was humiliated at work. With a few exception, nearly everyone at Cop Central looked at her with pity.
c) I'm not blaming Roarke here, but he ALWAYS knows and sees stuff in her even before she does, she never had to tell him. So she doesn't know what to do. She is totally clueless and has absolutely no idea how to deal with the situation. She is not used to handling the situation like that. As we all know, she is very very clumsy in the relationship department and very insecure. So I totally understand the way she behaved in this book. (Which doesn't necessary mean she did everything right. There were some "she should have" moments...)
d) Even though Maggie totally screwed Roarke over, betrayed him, hurt him 12 years ago, (and hey, she is after all a criminal, a thief, a con artist!!) he thought it was just a friendly visit, no ulterior motives. How come Roarke didn't put his guard up? How come it didn't even occur to him that she might be up to something? How come he wasn't suspicious at all? And above all, how could he take Maggie's side, telling Eve that she misconstrued. He shouldn't have brushed Eve off like that.

"I'm not, no."
"Then she's a liar?"
"If she said I was, she misspoke, or you misconstrued."
"I misconstrued?"
"Christ Jesus."




As for the case, there was no surprise at all because the title of the book was a dead give away. I figured who-dun-it very early in the book.

Having said that I LOVED Innocent in Death. It's a kind of book you don't want to put down until you've finished it completely. Then you want to re-read it to catch something you might have missed. I've lost count of how many times I've re-read/re-listened to this book.
Almost all the Eve & Roarke moments after making up were priceless. There were lots of "awwww..." moments between the two and made my heart melt.

Here is one of them.


Roarke is overflowed with emotions and presses his face to Eve's neck. She feels him tremble.
He tells Eve never to leave him again. "A part of you left me and I couldn't stand it."
Eve wants to sooth Roarke so she takes his hands and feels the broken skin on his knuckles.
(Roarke had abraded knuckles because he'd demolished a sparring droid while he was waiting for Eve and worried that she wouldn't come home.)
Eve kisses Roarke's abraded knuckles and tells him to put something on them, and he tells her that she just did. A major "awwww..." moment!!


This is one of my favorite scenes in Innocent in Death.

When Magdelana flings herself into Roarke's arms, he shoves her back instead of catching her (YAY!!), and later Eve punches her in the face then she tells Roarke to get that mess out of her house (Go Eve!!) and leaves. Roarke steps over that mess and tells Summerset to take care of that and follows Eve. I just LOVE that scene. Makes me feel soooo good!!


★★★★★


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