Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: Fatal Affair (Fatal #1) by Marie Force

Title: Fatal Affari (Fatal #1)
Author: Marie Force
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Romanctic Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: May 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—
again. His best friend and chief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O'Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator's killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.

It soon becomes clear that the Senator’s past holds secrets that not only led to his death but now endanger Nick and Sam as well. Working together to find a killer and to rediscover the love they thought they lost long ago, they must put the past behind them and build a future that offers a world of new opportunities for both of them—including an offer from the Virginia Democrats for Nick to finish the last year of John’s term.
I think I may have found another favorite hero - Nick Cappuano is just an amazing character.  When he finds his boss dead (in a particularly nasty fashion - although don't worry - it isn't gruesome) he does what any red-blooded man would do.  He gets sick!  It was such a human reaction and it set up a book full of very human characters.  Characters led by emotion instead of logic at times, characters that were doing their best to do good but not always succeeding, characters with a twisted mind and sense of justice.

The murder seems to have no suspects for a very long time.  Then it seems to have too many suspects.  I was constantly drawn into each person as they looked into them.  Several times I was convinced they had found the guy only to find out otherwise.  It wasn't until they very end that I was finally able to put a name to their prime suspect - just a few page before Sam does herself.

It was quite a wild ride - both with the investigation and the romance.  Sam and Nick have some baggage that needs to be cleared up, plus the fact that it's unethical for her to get involved with a witness.  They surpass these obstacles very nicely and are an amazing couple together.  This is a series I'll have to start keeping up with, although since there are eight of them currently it may be awhile before I manage to do that.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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