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Friday, October 14, 2011

Remember When (In Death, Book 17.5) by JD Robb and Nora Roberts


I wasn't sure if I was going to like Remember When or not for a good fifty or so pages. As it turns out, it was a darn good book

Before I talk about it this time, I'll give the blurb:

A thrill-ride of a novel that blends present-day romance and futuristic suspense, featuring novellas from Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb. New York City Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas comes to the aid of Laine Tavish, a woman whose past has just caught up with her—and whose answers lie in a hidden fortune that will change not only Laine’s life, but also the lives of future generations.

I'm not sure the blurb is exactly right, but to keep from giving spoilers, I won't argue with it just now.

Nora Roberts and JD Robb are the same person, one pen name writes futuristic murder mysteries, the other writes present day romances. So, Nora Roberts writes the first half of the book, a romance that happens close to our present day. And JD Robb writes the latter half, when the unsolved mystery from the first book comes front and center into Eve Dallas' domain and time.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was exceptional.
  • Pacing was mostly okay, with a few issues.
  • Prose and dialogue were also exceptional.
  • Character development was nice.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books.
I'm not sure how much I can say about Remember When without giving spoilers. I want to talk about Eve's part in it, but that will give spoilers for the first half of the book. 
    • Book Rating: Remember When: 10 of 10
    • Series Rating: 9 of 10

    1. Naked in Death
    2. Glory in Death
    3. Immortal in Death
    4. Rapture in Death
    5. Ceremony in Death
    6. Vengeance in Death
    7. Holiday in Death
    7.5  Midnight in Death
    8. Conspiracy in Death
    9. Loyalty in Death
    10.Witness in Death
    11. Judgment in Death
    12. Betrayal in Death
    12.5 Interlude In Death
    13. Seduction in Death
    14. Reunion in Death
    15. Purity in Death
    16. Portrait in Death
    17. Imitation In Death
    17.5 Remember When
    18. Divided in Death
    19. Visions in Death
    20. Survivor in Death
    21. Origin in Death
    22. Memory in Death
    23. Born in Death
    24. Innocent in Death
    25. Creation in Death
    26. Strangers in Death
    27. Salvation in Death
    28. Promises in Death
    29. Kindred in Death
    30. Fantasy in Death
    31. Indulgence in Death
    32. Treachery in Death
    33. New York to Dallas


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