Fatal Affair by Marie Force (Fatal Series, Book 1)
Publisher & Release Date: Carina Press, May 26, 2010
Time and setting: Present Day, Washington, D.C.
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Length: 416 pages
Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flame
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Walking the thin blue line…
Detective Sergeant Sam Holland of the Washington, DC, Metro Police needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O'Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can't afford—especially when the bodies keep piling up.
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This is the first book of the Fatal series by Marie Force. When I read the pre-quel, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but due to commitments, I didn’t want to start this series, but after several weeks, I broke down and downloaded the audio version, and then purchased the book when it was on promotion. I could not stop reading/listening to Fatal Affair!
Sam Holland, a detective with the D.C. Metro Police, was involved in a situation that led to the death of a child present at a drug bust on a crack house. She needs to redeem her image. When U.S. Senator John O’Conner is viciously murdered, she has her chance.
Nick Cappuano, best friend and Chief of Staff, for John O’Conner discovers his friend with a knife through his jugular and dismembered. When Sam arrives to investigate, he is startled. He’d had an unforgettable night with her six years before. He’d never been able to forget, and his attraction for her flares to life, even hotter than before.
In a race against time and murders occurring that are linked to John O’Connor, will Sam risk her career––her chance to redeem her reputation and solve these terrible murders––by giving into the overwhelming attraction to Nick, a man from her past?
Wow! Just wow. Fatal Affair dropped me into a violent murder scene. That grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. I love when that happens. Although I’ve never been a huge fan of romantic suspense, especially ones involving police investigations, this book was so exciting, I could not stop reading/listening to it. I’m also not a fan of women involved in traditionally masculine roles, but again, that didn’t matter. I LOVED this book!
While Sam Holland is a sergeant with the D.C. Metro Police and came across hardened at times, she still had a vulnerable side that clearly came through. Her character earned a master’s degree against all odds, since she has dyslexia. I admired her ability to do that a great deal. Her inner core of strength blew me away.
Nick is a great hero. While he didn’t have a privileged upbringing at all, he took every opportunity that came his way and excelled. He’s an honorable man with a boatload of loyalty to those he loves and respects. He’s a quiet giant, bent on protecting Sam, even when she does not want to be. Oh, and he’s hot!
If you love getting totally enmeshed with the characters of the story and like following them from one book to another, then you will love Marie Force’s writing style. I’ve read her entire Gansett Island series, and I’m totally hooked. Happy reading!