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    Top 5 Reasons I Would Love To Be Eve Dallas by Gannon Carr
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gannonEve Dallas is the heroine of J.D. Robb’s hugely successful futuristic romantic suspense In Death series—book #29 will be released in November.  She jumped off the page from book #1, and she is still, in my humble opinion, one of the most unique and fascinating characters out there.   Here are just a few reasons I’d love to be Eve:

1. She’s married to Roarke, the richest, sexiest man in the world.

This definitely makes Eve Dallas the luckiest woman there is.  Roarke is, quite simply, the cream of the crop.  Yes, my husband is aware of my prurient fantasy starring Roarke.  But that’s okay, since he’s a character in a book.  But what a character! Lucky Eve!

Robb_Kindredindeath2. She’s a kick-ass cop, who never backs down.

Eve is a Lieutenant in the NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department) Homicide Division, and she has advanced through hard work, smarts and sheer determination.  She doesn’t take crap from anyone and expects the same dedication to duty in her associates that she shows.  There is no situation that is too much for her.  Even when her life is in peril, she never backs down.

3. She has all sorts of amazing gadgets at her disposal.

Eve Dallas resides in the mid-21st century where technology is king.  Automobiles can be programmed for autopilot and they can also fly.  Body sculpting, change in hair and eye color, and other cosmetic procedures can be done with ease.  Food and drink can be programmed into the Auto Chef—think the Jetsons, where you punch in your choice and it pops out of a slot.  Now, that is something I could totally go for.

4. She lives a completely mag mansion….with Roarke.

Did I mention Roarke already?  Oh well, he is worth mentioning many times.  Roarke’s home is more than just a mansion.  It’s more like a magnificent fortress built of stone and glass, right at the edge of the city, yet isolated from the noise and madness of the masses.  Lush, sweeping grounds surround Roarke and Eve’s haven, which is filled with every luxury imaginable.

5. She is loved and adored by the inimitable Roarke.

In case you haven’t guessed, Roarke is the main reason I’d love to be Eve.  He’s tall, dark, and handsome with piercing blue eyes, more money than God, and a melodious Irish brogue.  Is it any wonder I love him?  Or Eve?  Roarke is fascinated by Eve from the moment he meets her, when she is interrogating him as a suspect.  He finds her irresistible, and before he knows it, attraction and lust quickly turn to love.  Eve has difficulty understanding why Roarke would love her.

“Okay, it scares the shit out of me, and I don’t know why.  I’m not used to having someone there, having someone look at me like—the way he does sometimes it’s unnerving.  Because I haven’t done anything to make him care about me as much as I know he does.”

At first Eve is afraid of her growing feelings for Roarke and his for her.  She’s never felt this way about anyone and is not sure how to handle it.  Those who know her describe her as strong, valiant, troubled and dependable.  Love and romance confound her.  When she discusses this with Dr. Mira, the NYPSD psychiatrist, Mira has this answer for Eve:

“Eve, even strong, self-made women have weak spots.  Don’t be afraid of them.”

Eve and Roarke both had horrific childhoods and despite that, they have made something of themselves.  They were two lost souls who found each other and finally have something and someone that grounds them.  Eve may be a strong, take-no-punches cop, but on the inside, especially where Roarke is concerned, she is a loving and sometimes vulnerable woman.  In Roarke’s words, here is just a small part of what he loves about her:

“…your courage, your absolute dedication to balancing scales, that restless mind, and that sweet corner of your heart that pushes you to care about so many.”

Complex, intriguing, brilliant, and devoted to her job, her friends and her husband, Eve Dallas is one of my favorite heroines, without a doubt.  Lucky for me, J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) continues to write the addictive In Death series, so I can always get my Roarke, I mean my Eve fix!

Here’s a question for all of you.  Have you ever wanted to be the heroine in a book you’re reading?

20 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons I Would Love To Be Eve Dallas by Gannon Carr”

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  1. Dee
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:15 am

    Yes, I have wanted to be the heroine in books I’ve read. When I first started the Outlander saga, I used to think I’d want to be Claire just to have Jamie. The more underused logical side of me pointed out that the author throws the kitchen sink at them and I’d probably not deal with it all the way Claire Fraser does.

    The books I’d actually want to be the heroine in would be: Bride from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Night Play [one of my favorite books], Amanda from SK’s Night Pleasures, Jane from Rachel Gibson’s See Jane Score, Diana and Cassandra from Lori Handeland’s Crescent Moon and Midnight Moon and finally Savannah and Tess from Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control and Flashpoint.

    [and that was all from the top of my head…if I put more thought to it that list would be longer.]

  2. Stacy ~
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:36 am

    So many reasons to love our dear, prickly and passionate Eve. It’s amazing how this series still manages to capture my attention after so many installments. Eve definitely would be a heroine I’d want to be, and believe it or not, not just because of Roarke either, though that would certainly be a lovely perk 😉

    Wonderful post Gannon!

  3. Marisa
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:47 am

    Amazing post Gannon and I couldn’t agree with you more; Eve Dallas is one of my favorite characters. J.D. Robb has continued to amaze me with each successive book – and after 29 books, I still want to know more about Eve. Her quick mind, determination, fierce loyalty and ability to love, even though the machinations of friendship and love continue to confound her, are just some of the things I love about Eve.

    I guess , it’s not so much that I would want to be a heroine I’ve read about – but perhaps it’s that I would like to befriend a heroine I’ve read about. For me right now that would have to be Xhex in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series or any of the four woman in Nora Roberts new Wedding Series (Vision in White, Bed of Roses) or Cat in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series, or … oh let’s just say, I’d actually like to give a dinner party for at least 10 fictional heroines that I love and get to know them better.

  4. katiebabs
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 7:40 am

    Being married to Roarke sounds good to me! Also he has real coffee and she gets as much as she wants.

    At one point I wanted to be Anita Blake but now I wouldn’t be able to handle all those men, creatures, zombies, plants…

  5. PJ
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 7:45 am

    Eve certainly sounds like a fascinating character, Gannon. Yet more books to be added to my tbr! 😉

  6. Andrea
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 7:57 am

    Great post, Gannon! I’ve not read this series (big surprise), but Eve sounds awesome!

    I’d love to be the heroine I wrote about. She’s my favorite. Plus, I’d love to be Victoria from Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles. She’s amazing!

  7. Gannon
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 8:21 am

    PJ and Andrea, you must read the In Death series one of these days. Of course, with the 29th book being released in November, that’s a whole lot of books to add to your TBR pile! 🙂

    Dee, Claire is another one of my favorite heroines…and yes, Jamie is the main reason. *g*

    Stacy, Eve continues to fascinate me. With each book, another layer of her personality is uncovered. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this series.

    Marisa, what a fun idea–dinner with your favorite heroines! How fun that would be!! Could we invite Roarke as the token hero?! LOL

    Glad everyone enjoyed the post. I’m off to work, so I’ll check back in later. Have a great day!

  8. Buffie
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 9:19 am

    Great blog Gannon!!! I have heard so much about this couple. I guess I really need to read Nora/J.D. some day.

  9. Kati
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 9:21 am

    Ah Gannon, now you’ve made me want to go grab some in Death books and read them.

    Eve and Roarke are my all time favorite romance characters. Mostly because we’ve had the luxury of watching their relationship evolve and grow. Plus it must be said that the secondaries in this series are among my favorites ever.

    Great choice!

  10. Joy
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 10:57 am

    Eve Dallas is my all time favorite character. Roarke, of course, is a huge plus to be Eve (or Dallas as she’s normally called). But, she’s collected such a great group of friends. I love Mavis, Peabody, Mira, Nadine…and the list goes on. Eve’s my all time favorite; but,as someone was asking earlier about who would you like to have to dinner. I think I’d like Mavis to come to dinner. She’d be a hoot.

  11. Wendy
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 3:09 pm

    I enjoy Eve and Roarke so much. I just finished Promises in Death and now I want to go through my books and read them some more. I have those days I would not mind being Eve as well, especially with the Roarke end of things.

  12. Gannon
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 3:19 pm

    Kati, I agree that the cast of secondary characters are incredible in this series. Or as Mavis would say, “mag”!

    Joy, I think Mavis would be an absolutely hilarious dinner guest. You know there would never be a dull moment with her around.

    Wendy, I’ve definitely been in reread mode. It’s so much fun rediscovering Eve and Roarke and watching their relationship grow…again.

  13. Cyndi
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 3:54 pm

    Gannon, I know you have been talking about this series since I met you and I have yet to pick it up….maybe I will now. Eve sounds fascinating. Off the top of my head a few of my favorite female characters are Merry Gentry, Claire. I love Laurell K. Hamilton , as you well know, and Merry is great. I would love all of her men and the magic–just not the assaination attempts. I also love Claire–mostly because of Jamie, but I think she is pretty impressive on her own. And lets face it…if I were here I would have Jamie!
    Okay off to buy some J.D. Robb books! Great post!

  14. Nancy Northcott
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:13 pm

    Hi, Gannon–

    Great post–I can’t argue with any of those reasons. They’re all fabulous. And I agree that Eve is a wonderful heroine.

    I want Roarke’s gadgets. 🙂

  15. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:26 pm

    Gannon – Eve is kick ass. I want her leather coat!

  16. Marisa
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 8:28 pm

    Gannon, we can invite Roarke to our dinner party if you let Baxter come along – he’s a character I feel is crying for an In Death book that centers on him. He’s a secondary character I really want to know more about.

  17. Gannon
    on Aug 28th, 2009
    @ 6:52 pm

    Nancy, I would love to have Roarke’s gadgets, too. As long as he came with them. 😉

  18. Gannon
    on Aug 28th, 2009
    @ 6:53 pm

    Maria, Eve is definitely kick ass. Who wouldn’t want her leather coat?!

  19. Gannon
    on Aug 28th, 2009
    @ 6:54 pm

    Marisa, I hope Baxter gets his own book someday. You know he has a great story to tell.

  20. Clare
    on Sep 16th, 2009
    @ 8:28 pm

    Yes, I love InDeath! Yes, I LOVE Roarke!! Yes, I love(and wanna be) Dallas, Lt. Eve!!! Thanks for this post Gannon. I always love hearing ANY mention of any character from the series. Lets me know I’m not alone in my madness…heh heh.

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