Author: Marie Force

Audio Review: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Posted September 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Fatal Threat by Marie ForceFatal Threat by Marie Force
Series: Fatal #11
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Published by Harlequin Audio on July 25, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours, 31 minutes
Source: the Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

With a killer on the loose, it's the worst time to be on lockdown ...

It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything--including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

This isn't the first time the couple's lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam's past returns to haunt her, she can't help but wonder if there's a connection. With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam works to tie the threat to a murder that can't possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband's career is irrevocably damaged...

BONUS SHORT STORY: Bringing Noah Home


Homicide Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Holland and her partner Freddie Cruz are called to a scene where a body was found on the banks of the Anacostia River. As they begin their investigation, agents suddenly show up, surround Sam and whisk her away without explanation. A serious and credible threat was received against the Vice President’s family and that means more than just Sam and son, Scotty.

This was a solidly interesting case that went in some strange directions. I liked that the resolution came about through dogged police procedurals involving the entire team. It was engaging and allowed me to follow the case and make my own deductions that turned out to be on target. That works for me in a mystery.

My biggest issue continues to be with Sam operating without a net when she’s the Second Lady. I just can’t suspend reality enough to swallow her not having protection. Here I felt she was particularly stubborn and unreasonable and it threw me out of the story. It’s the reason why I dropped a half star.

I opted to listen this time and am glad I did. Eva Kaminsky normally is a voice I enjoy and that held true here. She does a great job with character distinctions, especially Sam and Freddie who she just nails. I may never go back to reading the series as I really enjoyed her performance and the story despite my issues with Sam. And, the bonus story at the end was an unexpected delight and so, so necessary. You’ll have to read/listen to it yourself to understand what I’m talking about.


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(See Anne’s earlier review)

About Marie Force

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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Audio: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Audio: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Posted July 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

           I have read ebooks for the entire  Fatal series  until now. I LOVE this series and these characters. I am absorbed into many of the overall plots which carry through multiple books.  I love how Samantha is strong and smart; she cares for her team and for the victims of the crimes. The humor in her banter with her co-workers is fun. Nick is smart and caring. He has such compassion for others. Others like Scotty, Shelby, Skip, Celia, Samantha’s siblings, their families and her team, are all well developed and dear. Fatal Threat, as makes sense, starts with a threat to Nick’s family while he is out of country. Sam did not handle this situation well. I did not enjoy her […]

Release Day: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Release Day: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Posted February 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

        This is the continuation of the much loved (by me) Green Mountain series with a different publisher.  I loved every book and probably should have rated them all higher than I did. Will Abbott from All You Need is Love, book 1, will be my book boyfriend forever. While so many books are quickly forgotten,  I remember these. The relationships of other couples are shared in little vignettes of precious dialogue which touch the heart, scattered in the new book. The characters in the series have become so important to me. The Abbott family with its 10 kids, their cousins and their friends in this small town in Vermont are caring, funny, sexy and interesting. Emma and her daughter, Simone, were in her […]

Thrifty Thursday: Fool for Love by Marie Force

Thrifty Thursday: Fool for Love by Marie Force

Posted August 11, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

     the purpose of thrifty thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on June 5, 2016 Overall rating 4.24 with 8,816 rating and 415 reviews The first book, Maid for Love, in the Mcarthys of Gansett Island series, is also a freebie which I read 4 years ago.  The series has been released over the last 5 years and now has 15 books available. The first book was a quick, easy read but while I enjoyed the characters it was just my least favorite troupe, rich guy meets girl with less than nothing. Some of it was just ridiculous, even for fiction. So how did I end up reading book 2, Fool for Love?  First, it was […]

Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie Force

Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie Force

Posted July 26, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

       Anne’s Review I started reading the Fatal series since romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres. This is a unique concept which I must praise the author for tackling. It features one couple throughout showing the growth of their professional and personal lives. I LOVE it so much. These people feel so real to me after ten books. I care about them and what happens to them. I’m glad Sam is such a strong heroine; she is not overshadowed by her guy. I felt her more in this book than Nick. Both Sam and Nick have great connections with their co-workers and I enjoy all their relationships. The layers of family and friends with their joys and issues add so much to […]

Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Posted April 21, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

      I’ve enjoyed every book in the Green Mountain Series. It’s somewhere between traditional contemporary romance and the newer, more realistic contemporary romance.  The setting is a small town in Vermont with limited to no cell phone service.  It’s close enough to New York and Boston to draw in elements of them.  The romances have been happening to the ten children in the Abbott family. Marie Force has managed to use some traditional tropes without being cliché. There are shades and layers to make the “trope” more realistic.  There has been insta-love, friends to lovers, and unrequited love, for example.  In particular, unrequited love has been used with Megan, Hunter, Ella and Tyler, in various degrees and interesting ways.  It’s something so relatable; […]

Thrifty Thursday: Fatal Affair by Marie Force

Thrifty Thursday: Fatal Affair by Marie Force

Posted March 17, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point).   Currently, it is $ 2.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.   I’ve become a big fan of Marie Force in her recent Green Mountain series  so I decided to try this series since I had the first book in the Fatal series as a freebie on my Kindle.  This is sort of romantic suspense. Sort of. Fatal Affair is a real dichotomy. I looked to see when it was published after reading since in some ways it reads like an old Harlequin romance.  Yet, in other ways, it is very contemporary.  The old feeling is perhaps since some characters feel a bit cliché, with their speech or actions […]

Chaos! Fatal Frenzy by Marie Force

Chaos! Fatal Frenzy by Marie Force

Posted February 15, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    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 […]