Series: Fatal

Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie Force

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

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

Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie ForceFatal Identity by Marie Force
Series: Fatal #10
Published by HQN Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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four-stars
four-half-flames

Every family has its secrets…

As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.

Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his "father" is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh's family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets?

With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam's plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?

 

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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 the story.

The case here was an odd mystery which devolved into murders. There was more interaction between the FBI and the police department, also between Avery and Sam. I am tired of the love triangle / Avery obsession.  It seemed a bit like Sam was being a bit entitled with her department problems, too.  So it didn’t feel like as much personal growth happened with our couple. Sam did speak about some issues which hopefully will go somewhere.

What I really wanted was more on Skip, his health and his case. It wasn’t here.  I have a wild idea about who shot him; we will see.  I am so excited for the next book as their story continues.

 

Jonetta’s Review

Sam Holland is waiting to learn her fate following her assault of fellow detective Ramsey who made fun of her ordeal with Stahl. She faces suspension and possible loss of command, in addition to legal charges. In the middle of all this, Sam’s approached by Josh Hamilton for help in investigating his questionable parentage. He thinks he was stolen as an infant. What makes this explosive? His father is the FBI director.

It was interesting to see Sam blend home and work as she investigates Josh’s case from the sidelines. There’s a surreal sense abound when she has to deal with issues at home in her role as a wife and mother, too. It felt like a life test for her, which she seemed to pass with exceptional ease. Josh’s situation quickly ramps up to a dangerous level and Sam threads that needle between her need to explore things on her own versus when to escalate the situation to her command.

I really liked this story as we see Sam seeming to have learned from her past “lone wolf” experiences and embracing all aspects of her life, including wife, mother and Second Lady. The case has shocking results and the procedural aspect was intriguing. Sam just may have taken the steps to master having a career, being a mother and supporting her husband by owning her White House role. There are secondary storylines, too, that were heart wrenching and poignant. This was a good one and I cannot wait for the next book.

Review Breakdown
Writing
four-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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.

Review Breakdown
Writing
four-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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 […]


Fatal Destiny by Marie Force on Audio!

Fatal Destiny by Marie Force on Audio!

Posted July 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review, Hot & Deadly | 0 Comments

  This novella was primarily focused on Sam and Nick’s wedding but also used the opportunity to queue up a pretty interesting case. Sam is true to character, struggling with all the wedding planning but actually cooperating more than I would have given her credit. Having the wedding covered in a novella worked for me. I’m looking forward to the next professional challenges for both Sam and Nick, along with how they will impact their relationship. I’m also looking forward to the outcome of the Gardner situation. Nicely done. This was also the first book I listened to narrated by Felicity Munroe and can honestly say I couldn’t tell the difference from the previous one. That’s a great thing as I liked her narration.   […]


Fatal Consequences by Marie Force

Fatal Consequences by Marie Force

Posted July 3, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

I keep waiting for this series to lose momentum, become a little less interesting but it’s just not going to happen. I even switched to the audiobook format and found one more reason to love the books. Everything about it seems to work, striking that perfect pitch between the suspense and romance.   Quick summary D.C. Detective Samantha (Sam) Holland and U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano (VA) are fresh from their romantic engagement when he gets a desperate call from Arizona Senator Henry Lightfeather, a good friend. A young woman has been brutally murdered and Lightfeather’s in the thick of it. Sam’s stuck with yet another case that tests the boundaries of their professional careers.   The mystery This case has political intrigue mixed with plain […]