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.
The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…
When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.
For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Publisher: Carina Press
Date: March 2014
Format: Kindle eBook
Genre: Romantic suspense
Source: Own book
Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, have been looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with their son. But any thoughts of a restful holiday are dashed when Sam and Nick return home to a gruesome scene: Sam’s seventeen-year-old niece Brooke, barely conscious and covered in blood on their front stoop.
With lines between personal and professional blurring in this emotionally charged, deeply personal case, Sam is relying on Nick more than ever for support.But when suspicious images from the night in question appear on social media, Sam begins to wonder if her niece is telling her everything she knows about what really happened. And when Nick questions her tactics—and her ethics—as she races against the clock, Sam will need to decide how far she’s willing to go to prove Brooke is a victim, not a murderer.
Title: Fatal Mistake (#6 in Fatal series)
Author: Marie Force
Publisher: Carina Press June 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Own book.
Summary from Goodreads.
D.C is recovering from riots after one player blew the D.C. Federals’chance at the World Series, and Lt Sam Holland is determined to unravel the twisted web of motives behind the star centre fielder’s death. Was it a disgruntled fan, a spurned lover or a furious teammate?
While Sam digs through the clues her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, fights for his political life in the final days of his reelection campaign as financial irregularities threaten his future. Its a distraction Nick can ill afford with Sam in the middle of a high profile murder investigation and both of them trying to help their adopted son Scotty, cope with the murder of a ball player he admired.
I read the first five in this series straight, one after another, but had to wait for this one! It did take me a little while to re-orient myself into the characters, but once I got going I enjoyed another great story by Marie Force.
For some reason I really like this series. I like her other series, but don’t rush to read them when they are published. This series though is different. I pre-order! I have come to love the variety of characters. Sam and Nick are adorable together and Scotty their adopted son has added another fun dimension and some challenges for both Nick and Sam as they adapt to their new role. One laugh out loud moment was with Nick and Scotty when Scotty is trying to fathom out some school yard chat, and Nick has to negotiate it delicately.
As always the police that work with Sam are another hook into the book. There was no story line involving any of them this time although Hill the FBI agent continues to ‘develop’ a relationship with Sam. After the last book, fans were horrified at Hill’s appearance, but Marie Force has it all in hand!
There is murder to solve, as I was reading I began to think of the In Death series by Nora Roberts. In truth these series are quite different, the Fatal series is more of a ‘cosy suspense’ The death details are usually not too gruesome, and the hard edge while there, is on the lower end of a continuum.
There is enough at the end of the book to make me want to read the next in the ongoing saga of these people. What is going to happen to Sam’s dad will certainly make me want to keep reading. Looking forward to March 2014.
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