I recently finished Fatal Affair by Marie Force and wow. I was looking for a series similar to JD Robb’s In Death books and I think I found it. I love a series where you follow the same characters across several books in a romantic suspense series so I am excited about this one. Fatal Affair has everything I love in a good story – a blend of romance and suspense that evokes many emotions from me while reading it.
Samantha “Sam” is a very strong female character. She can be sensual and passionate when she wants, but given her life as a Metro Cop, she has to mask emotions when necessary. Nick is a strong male character but is willing to show his emotions to Sam more often and he usually does so in public to rile her up which is hilarious.
The characters are what pulled the emotions out of me the most. Nick’s raw grief over losing his best friend was enough to make me tear up. Sam did the best she could to distance herself emotionally from the case but was also be there for Nick. I warmed up to her as she showed her compassionate side to him. I wasn’t sure I liked them together at first, but by the end of the story I loved them as a couple.
Marie does a fabulous job with the story. She weaves an intriguing mystery and lets you figure it out with the characters. I actually had no idea who the murderer really was until the very end. I was constantly turning pages and on edge about what would happen next.
Something else that stood out to me in Fatal Affair is the relationship Sam has with her father and other superiors on the force. It would warm my heart to see them all interact. Sam does seem to have an enemy and I am looking forward to how that will play out in future books. If you are looking for a solid romantic suspense that had a nice balance of both sensual romance and gripping suspense, I highly recommend you give Fatal Affair a try.
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About the Book:
Author: Marie Force
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Category: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland 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.