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.