Fatal Affair. Marie Force

Fatal Affair
Marie Force
Published: Carina Press 2010
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 294
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Own book.
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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.

My thoughts banner
Fatal Affair by Marie Force is the first in her Fatal series.  It is a reread for me as a couple of years ago I read through this series obsessively until I had caught up to date.  Now I wait each time with anticipation for the next one  ….. coming out early in 2015 by the way.
I think Nick and Sam might just be my favourite couple in romantic suspense books, although Eve and Roarke from the J.D. series are in the mix too!
I loved this book every bit as much as I did the first time reading it.  In fact I will be giving it an increase of one star from the first time I read it!
I remembered who was responsible for the main murder, but had forgotten quite a few details and that there was more than one murder.  ( Sorry that is a bit of a spoiler).  
I loved refreshing my mind about both Sam and Nick – their background histories and the beginning of their relationship.  Many of the other characters that we meet and get to know as the series progresses had minor parts to play and it brought back the pleasure of later reading their developments.  
I may not get to reread the rest of the series just now, but I believe it would stand the test.  My sense of delight with the book and series was still there as I finished.  Heart hit.
If you enjoy romantic suspense and have not read this series – try it.  
5 stars

All You Need is Love. Marie Force

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All You Need is Love
Marie Force
Publisher: Berkeley
Date: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
Genre: Contemporary
Source: own book.
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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.

My thoughts
All You Need is Love is the first in Marie Force’s Green Mountain series.  I fell in love with it straight away because of the ….. setting!  It is set in Vermont, which I know nothing about, however after a virtual trip thanks to Google, I so wanted to visit this place.  Marie Force must have enjoyed her research of this place.  The author speaks of the Vermont Country Store – it’s real and I could visit that online too.  After my virtual ‘research’ I settled in happily to the book and enjoyed the story and the family that runs the store in the book.
Cameron, arriving at a small town in Vermont, comes off second best with the local moose – Fred. However she is rescued by Will Abbott, who while he may seem a little grumpy, actually soon falls under her spell.  Will comes from a very large family, the exact opposite of Cameron who has grown up as an only child. Her mother is dead, and her rich father is rather aloof.  Cameron finds that while Will’s siblings initially resent her and the job she has come to do, they soon come around. Cameron finds herself enveloped by this family, and especially loves Will’s dad and mum and grandfather.
Cameron loves the country store the family runs, and soon has wonderful plans for the website.  Her relationship with Will develops, yet they both recognise it has a limited life span.  Will is a country boy and Cameron… she’s a city girl.  What will happen when the job is done and Cameron wants to return to New York?  
It’s a warm, cosy, family oriented story, with a couple who are attracted to each other and know it. In such a large family – the Abbotts have many a story to tell, so I know I will be looking forward to each of them finding ‘true love’. I would even love to read the story of the grandparents and parents.
Readers of Robyn Carr and Jill Shalvis would love this series. 
4 stars
Green Mountain series
#1  All You Need is Love
#2  I Want to Hold Your Hand – published June 2014
#3  I Saw Her Standing There – to be published November 2014
#4  And I Love Her – to be published 2015


Fatal Jeopardy. Marie Force

Fatal Jeopardy.  Marie Force

Fatal Jeopardy
Marie Force
Publisher: Carina Press
Date: March 2014
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 287
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.

My thoughts
Fatal Jeopardy is #7 in the Fatal series and again like the rest of this series I thoroughly enjoyed it.  On one hand these books are short and to some extent there is a simplicity about them – they are easy to follow and there is no great passages of description.  They remind me of a TV drama series, with great characters and a drama that grips the viewers.
So as you would sit back and enjoy a drama on TV, I sit back and enjoy the next segment of Sam and Nick’s lives, with the family and friends that they each have.  I love the updates on Scotty their adopted son, and their joys and fears around this. 
All things seem to be set for a week’s vacation for Sam and Nick, when they are catapulted into another case for Sam to get her teeth into, only this time it is close to home, her niece Brooke is seriously hurt and in deep muck.  Teenagers, drink, drugs have ended in a nasty conclusion.  Sam because of her family tie with Brooke has to hand the investigation over – and if you know Sam, that does not sit well.  Nor does she just sit by looking pretty. 
Meanwhile Nick is not a happy camper.  He is feeling somewhat miffed that Sam has prevented them from going on the vacation – which is very needed and deserved.  Also his usual jealousy of Agent Hill  is showing up.  I often wonder why Nick feels a little insecure about this, as Sam and Nick do have a solid relationship.  I guess he’s imperfect!!  There is a big decision for Senator Nick Cappuano to make, after a visit with the President. This lead up to his decision created a considerable amount of tension to the story, and as it built I had no idea what his decision would be until he made it.  I was interested to see that neither did author Marie Force know until she wrote that part what it was going to be.
This is a very good read for the beach or by a winter fire.  If you haven’t read the series do start with the first one, no book really stands on its own.  Too many back story details.  #8 Fatal Scandal is to be published in January 2015. I have already pre-ordered my copy.
5 stars
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Fatal Mistake

Title:  Fatal Mistake (#6 in Fatal series)
Author: Marie Force
Publisher: Carina Press June 2013
Version: Kindle
Pages: 317
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source:  Own book.

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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.

My thoughts.
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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