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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition edition (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491538996
- ISBN-13: 978-1491538999
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,909 customer reviews
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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
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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!
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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!
Sam is a police detective just back from leave. She was involved in a shooting that took its toll on her emotions & confidence. What a case for her first one back, a high profile high publicity murder. On top of that, the Chief of Staff just happens to be the man she had a one night stand with years ago that never called her afterwards. The chemistry is still there between them but she has to fight it so she doesn't get hurt again.
I loved this book. Marie uses her background to make sure that the police procedures & details are correct. The plot line is well thought out, complex & seemed free of any missteps. The characters were well developed & three dimensional. The supporting characters were just as well developed & helped to get you involved in the story. They helped to add to the balance of the story & the relationships between Sam & her dad were emotional to read. The conversations (dialogue) was true to life. She was able to express the emotions & feelings of the characters perfectly & bring rise to the tension with in the conversation. The killer is someone that I did not feel could do it but after the reveal, I could go back & pull bits & pieces that gave substance to the plot & it's ending. A truly masterful tale of suspense that managed to engage me throughout & is sending me on to book 2.
I was under the impression from reading the first few chapters of the book that I had come in on the middle of the series, not the first book. The heroine, Sam (naturally, as "dad wanted a boy") and the hero, Nick, had a one night stand six years before that apparently was the best either one of them ever had, as even after all this time Sam "feels the heat" when ever she sees him, thinks about him, or his name is mentioned. And all three happen...a lot...to the point that you could do a drinking game to her repetitious wanderings down memory lane. Even though Sam had apparently been involved in some sort of Waco-type stand off in Washington D.C. prior to the opening of the book, and finds her reputation in a tangle as a result, her boss puts her in charge of the high-profile investigation of the murder of a United States senator, who also happened to be the best friend of her former lover, because, of course, the boss "believes" in her. Nick can't decide if he is devastated by the murder of his best friend, or whether he wants to rip off Sam's clothing every time he sees her..
Because this is romantic suspense, the author doesn't have to follow the normal rules of conducting an investigation, and Nick is included in many, many ride-alongs with Sam as she "investigates". Actually,Sam's investigations seem to take the shape of virtual interrogations of grieving family members in the most ham-fisted manner possible (all that is missing is a bright light)..for someone who messed up so badly on a case that resulted in the death of a innocent child, Sam seems to have no real talent for understanding how to deal with people. She spends almost as much time fussing about her low calorie salad dressings on endless lunches at vegetarian eating places, and her diet sodas, as she does about thinking about interviewing suspects. I figured out who was the murderer long before the end of the book, as there was almost a neon sign flashing over the individual from the get-go. Not the brightest crayon in the box, our Sam.
There are strong sexual aspects to this book that some might find disturbing, especially those who do not go in for the latest craze in the genre -- "romantic" erotic fiction. These are primarily confined to the senator's sex life prior to his death (bondage, three ways, etc.), but subsequent victims of the killer are subjected to horrific sexual torture before they are killed. Pretty unsavory stuff in my opinion. I cannot feature reading any more books in this series, as I felt the first one was full of cliches, and you know what they say about cliches --- avoid them like the plague.