Book Review - Fatal Affair (Fatal Series #1) by Marie Force

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. -

Jenn gave me a copy of this book to read and review, and if you know my sister, getting her to give up her personal copy of a book is no small thing.  She was confident, though, that I would find something worth writing about.  And what do you know?

The characters are well developed.  Sam and Nick are people.  I won't go so far as to say they are real people, because, come on.  This is fiction.  The Senator is obviously John F. Kennedy on a very, very bad day.  Nick is tall, dark, handsome, smart, articulate, and earnest.  Sam is tough, sassy, foul mouthed, tall, big-boobed, and broken.  Even knowing that the characters are about the farthest thing from real as you can get, I couldn't help but be drawn into their characters, their chemistry, and the solid whodunit procedural at the heart of the story.

The story is fast paced and enjoyable and does everything a good novel should do, namely, keep you so engaged in the story itself that you don't notice the sleight of hands being pulled until the story is well over.  The love scenes were very well written and live up to the 18+ rating we grant here.  Importantly, the steamy interludes were effectively and seamlessly woven into the overall plot.  In moments of reflection, yes, there are SEVERAL moments in the story that stray into eye rolling territory and some PC problematics, but Ms. Force gets a lot of good will just by being able to spin an entertaining story.

A heavier hand in editing may have benefited the overall book as some parts are overcrowded with plot points that have to be resolved but don't necessarily do anything for the narrative itself.

Recommended for:  The fabulously sasstastic tall curvy girls who like to see themselves as the main characters for once instead of those teeny little waif girls we could eat with our morning breakfast of Skyr and the tears of those who kneel before us (ooooo...and strawberries).  Those of us who lust after tall Harvard educated men who are still humble from their upbringing but also love the gym.  Mystery lovers who don't mind their main characters throwing around the L word like candy from a parade float.

Not recommended for:  Cops.  Politicians.   Anyone with any knowledge of psychology.  Blondes.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force.

Her goals in life are simple--to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.  -

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