Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford - especially when the bodies keep piling up.
©2010 Marie Sullivan Force (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"[L]ightning-quick and intense. This novel is “The O.C.” does D.C., and you just can’t get enough.” (RT Book Reviews)
As another reviewer mentioned, this series reminded me of the In Death series by J.D. Robb. There are some of the same elements except one is what might be considered present day and the other is in the future. As with the In Death series you'll probably want to listen to them in order to get the developing relationship between Sam and Nick.
Sam is a police officer who is investigating the death of a Senator. Nick was the Senator's Chief of Staff. They had met once years before but hadn't seen each other since although they had thought about each other. All of the characters are well developed and add to the story. The mystery of whodunit was well crafted and kept you guessing to almost the very end with all the twists and turns.
When I first started the book I hadn't realized it was a series. Since I'm sort of a series person it was a nice surprise.
Yes.. I like the twist to the book, thought it was well written
I liked the pitch to her voice it allowed me to connect with the characters
Special thanks to my girls Stacy, Sash and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and for being there during my multiple recoveries
After reading the reviews my expectations for this book were high. At times it delivered. I had several problems with the story however. First I have never read a book about today's world where police officers had the amount of power Sam and her colleagues did. Second an investigating officer sleeping with someone involved in an investigation? The level of romance in his book seemed to be preponderantly heavy vis a vis the amount of police work. though the book had it's moments it isn't one I can recommend.
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.
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.
The main character has a one night stand years and years ago, meets the guy and has a sudden overly obsessive school girl crush on him that she can't do her job of solving a murder. Yet we are suppose to believe that she is a strong capable police sergeant. The story lost me because this woman's and man's adolescent relationship is so absolutely school-yard, surgary-sweet and unbelievable.
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.
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