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"Sizzle, mystery and suspense...FATAL AFFAIR has it all! Nick and Sam are a perfect pair and Marie Force is definitely an author to watch!" ----Christy Reece, NYT Bestselling author of the Last Chance Rescue series
"This novel is The O.C. does D.C., and you just can't get enough." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars for FATAL AFFAIR
About the Author
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!
Her goals in life are simple--to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
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Samantha, a DC Detective is assigned to the murder investigation of a young U.S. Senator. When she goes to the scene of the crime, she learns that the body was discovered by the Senator's best friend and Chief of Staff, Nick. Sam and Nick had previously met six years ago and had a one night stand. They have not seen each other or spoken since then. This unexpected reunion brings back a lot of memories to both of them as they try to work together to solve the murder. I couldn't put the book down trying to figure out who had killed the senator and what was going to happen between Nick and Sam.
This story if filled with lots of characters that were surprisingly well developed considering the length of the book. You come to love a few of them by the end. Some might find parts of this book too gruesome or violent, but if you can see past these, you will find yourself immersed in the plot from start to finish.
The hopeless romantic in me only wished the romance played a slightly bigger part in the book, but I read somewhere both Sam and Nick come back in Ms. Force's next book. So hopefully I will get more romance there and see what happens next! :) I cannot wait for her next book!
I highly recommend this book, it was a highly enjoyable read!
Sam is a police detective. She is assigned the case of murdered Senator John O'Connor. Six years ago she and Nick had a one-night affair. He called her several times afterwards, but her roommate intercepted the calls and never gave her the messages. Sam later married and divorced Peter.
Nick is chief of staff for his best friend John (the senator). When John doesn't show up for work, Nick goes to John's home and discovers the body. He helps Sam throughout her investigation. He also shows her that he loves her and always has. She is reluctant to have a relationship with Nick until after the murder is solved.
A secondary minor story is about the Johnsons. Sam was involved in a crack shooting incident. The Johnson boy was shot and killed. Sam did nothing wrong but felt guilty. The mother threatened to kill Sam. Some attempts are made on Sam's life.
The story is primarily a police procedural. The reader is with Sam as she talks to many different people: cops, medical examiners, witnesses, suspects, the press, etc. We slowly uncover details and secrets about John's life. This was well thought out, no plot holes, no major problems. Sam is an excellent detective. She's strong, competent, and does some smart things while solving the case. Although there are attempts on Sam's life, I didn't feel fear or suspense (which I would have liked). It was more the feeling of old-time hard-boiled detective fiction. I did have one unanswered question. The killer cut off a body part before killing/stabbing John in the neck. Why would John lay in bed naked and be still while the killer cut off his part? There was no evidence of a struggle. How this was done becomes more of a mystery after learning who the killer was.
A secondary story is the wonderful relationship between Nick and Sam. He loves her and shows it in ways that would melt any woman (I think). That was the best part of the book. After one of the sex scenes my thoughts were: that's a really neat one, very sensual.
On balance, the police procedural was too dry for me. I would have liked some weird or interesting personalities thrown in. Everyone here was predictable, reasonable, normal. The only surprise or unexpected parts were "uncovering the facts" of John's life and the mystery of "who done it." I'm not sure what was missing for me to give it more stars - probably not enough emotional pull. It was an ok read.
Minor error: Patricia Donaldson was a character. The author called her Patricia Davidson at the 5246 count. It may have happened more than once.
Ebook story length: about 6 hours. Kindle count story length: 6081. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 6, each one about 1 to 2 pages long. Setting: current day Washington D.C. and Virginia. Copyright: 2010. Genre: mystery with romance.
So here we are, six years later, when Sam and Nick meet again, over the dead body of a US senator. Nick was the senator’s top aide and discovered the gruesomely mutilated body after the senator failed to show up for an important meeting. Sam is the lead detective assigned to the case. Her last case ended in a disaster (not her fault, but she still feels responsible), her stomach is acting up and she really needs a success to salvage her career. These seem slightly less than ideal circumstances to rekindle an old flame, and Sam does fight her attraction to Nick, but he is just as gorgeous as she remembered him, and so she finally caves in…
I liked the mystery of the book, though I felt the resolution was a bit of a let-down and could have been handled differently. I also liked all the attention to detail with regard to police procedure, at the same time this was one of the areas I had problems with. I don’t know enough about police guidelines and whether it would be considered a conflict of interest if you investigate a case, where you have a history (however short) with one of the witnesses/potential suspects, without disclosing this fact to your superior. Or, for that matter, whether it is viewed as ethically correct if you (re-)start a relationship with a witness before the case is closed, especially if it’s very high profile. When her superiors learn of the relationship, they just sort of gloss over it and it is no big deal…
The other problem I had was actually the hero, because he is just so freaking perfect. Sam appears more a real person: she is difficult, has a chip on her shoulder about being a female detective and the daughter of the former commissioner, she tells white lies, she is a slob and she is emotinally closed-off. Nick, on the other hand, is not only good-looking, nice, tidy, he also has a gorgeous physique, has (or rather had) a well-paying job end is emotionally open, and on top of all that he is also a god in the sack. I’m fed-up with alpha-a**holes, but a character needs some rough edges to appear real.
Overall I liked the writing and tone and the suspense of this book very much, and also the well fleshed-out secondary characters, even though some of them stretched the limits of my suspension of disbelief. But I am certainly going to read the next installment in this series!