This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by Elise Logan, who rules. This book finaled in the Romantic Suspense category.
Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life – and death – are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer.
As time runs out on another innocent victim’s life, Eve’s investigation will take her into the rarified circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in – and into the perverted heart of madness …
And here is Elise’s review:
I love the In Death series. Like, don’t get between me and the new release or you lose body parts. Roarke is so ridiculously awesome and Eve is so baffled by relationships, especially her own, it creates a special sort of magic. Point? I knew going into this book that I’d like it. The question was how much.
Indulgence faces a serious difficulty– how to keep the reader’s interest in characters known so intimately? This is where this book stood out from the standard murder/mayhem/witty-dialogue/banging-sex-with-Roarke pack. Yes, the murders (and, by the way, I really wanted to go Rambo-vigilante on these assmonkeys) are the engine that moves the story along, but Eve figures it out fairly early, so it’s more about the process than the answer. The fuel that keeps the plot engine going is the characters. In this one, particularly, Morris (love him) is the impetus for Eve to make a giant leap in her ability to connect. What’s fascinating is how Eve’s desire to help Morris translates into other relationships.
Still, there was a lot here that seemed predictable. Granted, this far into a series you aren’t expecting big surprises, but, honestly, I think Eve and Roarke need some shaking up to move from predictable to fresh again. Though I’d pay dearly to be able to predict having Roarke pick out my clothes.
I loved Eve’s stretching in this one, but the predictability of her relationship with Roarke pulled the overall story down a bit for me.