Series: Fatal #9
Published by Carina Press on September 15, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Lieutenant Sam Holland is on leave, recovering from an attack that shook her to the core. With no case to distract her, she's trying to stay busy—even voluntarily meeting with her new White House staff. But it's not enough to keep the horrific memories at bay, and her family is worried…especially her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.
Nick is dealing with his own demons where his wife's safety is concerned, losing night after night of sleep as he works to make sure what happened that day will never happen again. The pressure is building inside the Cappuanos' marriage, and something's got to give before Nick takes the oath of office.
When two college girls go missing in the midst of inauguration madness, the chief of police needs the one cop he can count on to find them and save the Metro PD from disgrace. In a case full of ugly twists and turns, Sam will have to confront her past and find her strength again…before it's too late.
As Sam and Nick prepare for the upcoming inauguration, she’s still recuperating from her physical and emotional injuries sustained from Stahl’s assault. Clearly suffering silently from the effects of PTSD, Sam wonders if she’ll ever be able to return to the job. In the meantime, her team is grappling with a tough case that appears to be a potential serial killer at large.
This was a gripping story addressing some very tough issues, including PTSD, survivors guilt and grief. Sam’s path back wasn’t easy and she’s still a work in progress. I liked how her situation was addressed even if her recovery seemed a little fast. Of course, her husband, Nick, the Vice President-Elect is always the perfect balm for anything that ails you.
The book is aptly titled with all the inauguration preparation wrapped around the normal chaos associated with Sam’s job. I liked that the fusion of that with her role as Second Lady was dealt with much more realistically. There are many heartwarming moments interspersed with the tragic ones, making this a much more interesting and layered story, if not terribly exciting. (I needed a break after the last book.)
I’m still in love with this series and looking forward to the next phase of Sam and Nick’s lives. We were also left with a sense of coming political intrigue, just enough to leave me wanting.
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