Series: Fatal

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
three-half-stars
four-flames

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Finally! One Night With You by Marie Force

Finally! One Night With You by Marie Force

Posted June 23, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Until now, we’ve only imagined that infamous first encounter between Sam Holland and Nick Cappuano. The real story far surpassed my imagination. The younger Sam is no less brash than who we know today and Nick was just as charismatic then as he is now. Their chance meeting was set up nicely, with banter and steam worthy of these two. I loved it and am glad to have finally seen the start of their wonderful romance.   Now I understand why Sam didn’t have a chance of keeping her distance from Nick in Fatal Affair. It puts a whole new flavor on that story.


I’m Loving This Series! Fatal Deception by Marie Force

I’m Loving This Series! Fatal Deception by Marie Force

Posted May 1, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    The story centers around the murder of the wife of the White House deputy chief of staff. Also egregious is the kidnapping of their 13-month old daughter. As the investigation progresses, shocking discoveries are made that will impact the political landscape.   I really enjoyed this story as the investigation is front and center. It was perplexing to unravel, even though early suspicions point in an obvious direction as the details weren’t as apparent. Relationships continue to move forward and provide plenty of depth to the story. Sam and Nick are fast becoming a favorite couple and the people surrounding them make interesting secondary storylines. There’s lots of humor to accompany the obvious heartbreak and the romance. I’m loving the series.


Murder & Romance! Fatal Flaw by Marie Force

Murder & Romance! Fatal Flaw by Marie Force

Posted April 29, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    This is a series you should really read in order!   There’s so much going on in this story! Sam and Nick return from their honeymoon and everything seems to be running amok. Among their wedding acknowledgements are some cards that are threatening, Skip Holland gets ill and there are a series of inexplicable murders that don’t seem to be connected. If that’s not enough, Sam has her detectives looking into the one case Skip was never able to solve.   I enjoyed how the police work and the relationship issues were woven throughout the book. It’s not just Sam and Nick’s romance either as Freddie, Jeannie and Terry all have secondary storylines that contribute to a meaty installment. The cases were very […]