To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
A fantastic first book in a new series. The opening chapter hooks one immediately and doesn't let go till the end.
Even though I guessed early on who the perpetrator may be it still was a very good finish.
Give this book a read, a lil gruesome in certain areas but that adds to the mystique of the finish.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Emotional realism makes a story by Marie Force totally believable. All the way through FATAL AFFAIR, feelings are depicted with complete genuineness as sincerity backs any responses. Whether a character is in a jovial mood or is frightened by a traumatic event, their candidly honest thoughts are communicated with outspokenly frank words. Several of the discussions between Nick and Sam are exceedingly amusing with quick-witted humor, and other times their conversations are overflowing with compassionate concern. I became emotionally involved in the lives of these two when they are first met, and every additional fact about them only made my connection more powerful. There are some issues they must both deal with before their relationship can become a lasting one, and any struggles are clearly portrayed with careful examination of generally undeclared beliefs. Being privy to their inner way of thinking let me come to understand the driving force behind many carried out actions, and these stirring descriptions frequently touched my own feelings. The sexual awareness between Nick and Sam is sky-high, and this causes some scenes to be packed with tension while any intimate encounters are blazing with steamy heat and heartfelt emotions. A number of other characters are particularly distinctive, and the moments when Sam's partner, Freddie Cruz, is featured show his sharp mind with innumerable witty comebacks. As each mystery unfolds, the suspense mounts concerning who is behind the killing, and my own imagination continuously took various paths as new details about the possible suspects came to light. Ms. Force has created an outstanding story where the truth is masterfully divulged after more than a few unforeseen twists. FATAL AFFAIR engages the mind with rivetingly suspenseful mysteries while your heart is grabbed by the intense emotions.
Felicity Munroe was great with the delivery of the story. I can't wait ti read the rest of the series.
This was my first Marie Force book and I loved it. The storyline is gripping with the murder of a US Senator being found brutally murdered and dismembered. Found by his best friend Nick. The Detective Sergeant who is assigned to the case needs this as she is dealing with her demons from a previous case. This is where the love story comes in as Nick and Sam had had a one night stand 6 years previously in which Nick lost the love of his life being her. The story is full of twists and turns, secrets and deception. The ending just blew me away fantastic listen.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I was looking for a series to tide me over until the next IN DEATH came along. This is it.
I really enjoyed the first book. The male voices were a little off putting but not enough to stop me from listening.
This is a wonderful murder mystery with an intriguing plot, well developed characters, and perfect narration. After the privileged senator is murdered, his kinky secret life emerges, adding a host of characters to the list of suspects. The intense romance between Samantha (the chief investigator) and Nick (the late senator's chief of staff) appropriately evolves within the plot.
I'm disappointed that this is the only book from Marie Force. Please, Audible, add more of her books.
Sam is a compelling human with flaws and foibles who overcomes stereotypes and the disability of dyslexia. She wants to serve her community, catch the bad guys/gals, succeed at her aspirations, make her dad proud, and, as do we all, be loved by someone who understands her and accepts her just as she is.
As with Sam, except for our villains, Nic and the rest of the characters are complex and multi-dimensional. The scenes and environment are described well, not overtaking the storyline with prosaic nuance but painting a picture enough to allow us to see the world around us as we hitch a ride through Washington, D.C. and the upper crust of Virginia and political society.
Being a female in a traditionally male-dominated profession (and a female in general), I can identify with the demoralizing self-recriminations of a person who as to work twice or three times as hard to not only survive but also to succeed and achieve advancement. "Too pushy, "Too bossy", "Too *itchy", "tries too hard"...
Though I appreciated the unabashed chemistry between Sam and Nic (and the book .5 to explain so much), I think crafty innuendo to indicate what happens between the sheets would have sufficed. Heavy, detailed sex can detract from good storytelling.
I've loved reading since I found 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase' in my Easter basket. I've been hooked on books ever since. I was 9.
I read Fatal Affair a couple of years ago, and found I enjoy listening to it, more than reading it. Made me excited to listen to the rest of the series.
Audiobooks are my JAM!
Yes, I probably would. But I'm already off to buy book #2 to start that! Really enjoyed the narrator, she made the story so enjoyable, and really brought things to life in this book! I've listened to all of the other Marie Force series via Audiobook, and they have all been really good listens! This one was probably one of my favorites from this author due to thepolitical suspense involved!Stayed on the edge of my seat the whole way through! Great writing!
I really enjoyed that this book had a "Scandal" or "Castle" type feel to it. My favorite character in the story was the lead female Sam. It's not often that the detective in these type of books are female, and that made her strong, yet narrator was able to portray her vulnerable side so well also.
There were many great scenes throughout. But I think I enjoyed the ending, and finding out who the killer was!
I've listened to other books narrated by Felicity Munroe, and enjoyed them as well.
If you are a fan of political romance dramas, this book will be right up your alley!
This series is absolutely amazing. I love all the characters and their relationships that only grow as the series continues. Having listened to all the narrators I will say this, Felicity Monroe does an alright job at narrating but something about her portrayal of Sam and a few other characters rubs me the wrong way. This story is amazing but could be even better with a different narrator. Eva Kaminsky is the BEST narrator for this series, hands down. I almost wish she'd go back and record the few books narrated by Monroe and Katie Sparer. She narrates most of the other books so I say if you don't want to read the first two books get the audio and you won't be disappointed with the story and it just gets better and better especially with Eva Kaminsky as narrator starting book 3.
Marie is a good writer, and this story got tedious quickly. I ended up skimming the last third. I found much of the law-enforcement stuff unrealistic. The romance was really quite awful. I did not believe that after a one night stand in the six-year separation, they could be madly in love in just a couple of days. This author has enjoyed phenomenal success, and I really don't know why. I won't be buying any more of her books.