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 30 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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The story has to be more believable - Sam was pushing it a bit. I do find her character is becoming too obnoxious. I also don"t believe that anyone takes the role of vice-president too-seriously - seems more like a hobby.
I like the narrator. She is now the voice of the Fatal series for me.
Sure it does - i like how the supporting characters roles are evolving.
I still look forward to the next book in the Fatal series.
Love a Damsel in Distress
I am a huge fan of the fatal series- it is one of my favorites and Nick and Sam are among my top couples in literature. Perhaps this is why I feel so let down. The murder plot became boring to me almost instantly. I found myself forwarding through the audiobook. The romance between Nick and Sam also fell short. I am not sure what the intention is of Agent Hill's inappropriate crush on Sam other than making Nick jealous. That signals to me that the story might be running out of true substance. I hated the flu plot. For some reason I only like it when Nick dotes on Sam, but when he falls ill it was just like another day of me being a mom and wife!-I admit, guilty pleasure of escapism through reading stories of man caring for woman. I hope the future brings more Sam drama, ER trips, pregnancy, etc. The final thing that did not work for me was the secondary character stories. There were just too many things going on with everyone at one time, but I really wasn't in to exploring any of those. For example, I love Hill, but Shelby acts like a fluzy (and is portrayed as a glorified nanny,) and she is supposed to capture the amazing Hill (who seems uber sexy) and we are supposed to believe that? Meanwhile we are told he can't get over Sam. Why not make Shelby super cool? The Gonzo PTSD thing was too much for me-a big downer. All in all, this installment could easily be skipped.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
In this otherwise engaging novel, the author inserts snippets of domestic abuse into Sam & Nick's supposedly loving relationship. This subtle attempt to convince women that our gender deserves to be beaten and abused is insulting to all intelligent women.
In the first 4 books of this series, I loved how Nick admired Sam's strengths and accepted her flaws. Likewise, I totally bonded with Sam, who was bold, smart and assertive with a heart of gold under her gruff demeanor. In book 5, when Sam suddenly turned passive & pathetic and Nick morphed into an alpha jerk, I wanted to cry from frustration.
Each time a new book is released I hope that Marie Force has jumped off the sadistic FSOG bandwagon and brought back the original loving Nick who would NEVER hit or humiliate Sam. It's laughable that original kick-ass Sam would ALLOW a man to hit her without kicking him in the balls and arresting him for assault & battery.
Since this author is incredibly talented and capable of writing entertaining books that don't promote violence against other women, I am baffled as to why she is stooping so low. I am honestly afraid that books romanticizing sexual violence are dangerous. How many naïve gals are brainwashed into thinking "the harder he hits me the more he must love me".
FYI, Spanking is hitting, a deliberate act intended to inflict pain, humiliation, and fear. Does anyone imagine that a sane man would enjoy being struck in his genitals?
Love the characters, the story line was suspenseful but had to give only 4 stars because of the explanation given for the murders. But don't let that stop you from reading it, it was one of Marie Forces best.
In this case, No. Perhaps hearing the voices in my head would have been preferable to the narrator's voice.
Most interesting/fascinating: That this storyline has gotten to the point where the heroine can react to an obnoxious statement from a malicious colleague by punching him in the face while standing on a staircase, watch him fall and blithely walk away borders on psychopathic. Least interesting: the long, drawn out, detailed sex scenes. Enough already.
I find her narration to be a bit shrill and high pitched. I think she started out (Fatal Affair) with more diversity of voice changes that in the latest productions. I could always tell Skip's voice by the slightly breathless voice one would expect from someone in his condition.
I prefer Eva Kaminsky's voice. It's a bit more modulated and soothing.
Sadness for loss of a recurring officer; and Sam's reconciliation with her mother were tender moments.
As seems to be the inevitable pattern with series, Sam has gotten so cocky (a la Eve Dallas), rude and the whole 50 Shades thing is something I can do without.
I don't know if I'll be in for the next story, only reason would be curiosity to see if Sam gets pregnant, Jeannie gets married, Skip's condition improves any more, Grand Jury indicts Sam :)
Wow, indeed, wow, Seriously, yowza. I have seen and read every scenario, all kinds of perverted, but this story is seriously whacked. The FBI director and his deputy being and doing what they did is really mind boggling. As if child abduction is not enough, they have to add that? Marie Force never seizes to amaze me. I don't know who my favorite character is anymore, Sam or Eve of the 'In Death' series by JD Robb. It is a toss up right now.The whole gang is here, and their personal lives is okay and nobody died. Thank God for that. The previous book was hard because of the loss of Gonzo's partner. He is yet to fully recover from that loss . So, long story short? Another winner.
I can't believe how much I love this series
It was a short wait for this one but I expect a much longer wait for the next one. These stories are funny, intense, sad, sexy and happily ever after. The writing and performance are amazing. I hope there's many more and that Nick and Sam are always happy and in love.
HURRAY FOR MARIE FORCE!
Loved it. Thought it was one of the best of the series. The characters are so rich in thlis series, as in the McCarthy series, it could go on for many more books & I'm waiting to read all of them.
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