I love the Fatal series, and most of the books in the series are outstanding and fascinating. A few haven’t been as interesting as I’d hoped, but the series overall sets the standard for love/intrigue/erotica stories. Unfortunately, this one to me is a little on the “not quite as good” side. Skip’s death, Sam’s reaction, and overdue justice are the center of the story, but I feel like Ms Force belabors the point. Most of the book is continuously repeating how great Skip was, to the point where it was just cut and paste storytelling. The reason it bothered me so much was that it made the investigation rushed and kind of pointless. It seems like the whole case was investigated and wrapped up in a very small portion of the book, and most of it pretty unbelievably. Characters who’ve never appeared in the series, and didn’t actually appear in this book, other than being talked about, were responsible for these heinous crimes. I thought it was a flimsy slapped-together reason that was just thrown in to wrap up the story line. The one recurring character involved in the crime didn’t make much sense to me, as there had been no foreshadowing whatsoever to indicate he was an evil person willing to see one of his best friends killed to protect himself. It would have been more in character for him to have set up a sting to catch the bad guys than to have him set up his friend to be murdered. This was a huge miss to me.
Another plot point I found unbelievable was Sam wanting to set up and be centrally involved in a support group for relatives of violent crime victims. In every book, Sam is so overworked and overwhelmed by her job, she rarely sees her family. It stretches the imagination for her to be Second Lady, dedicated homicide detective, wife, mother of 3, and have time to lead a support group. It’s really not necessary for her to be Superhumanwoman. That’s probably nitpicky, but it’s really not feasible the way the character is written.