Lieutenant Samantha Sam Holland and her homicide team s latest case is a house fire in an affluent area of the Washington, D C area where two people died and it wasn t an accident More ominously, they appear to be the owners and their 5 year old twins are missing Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Tommy Gonzo Gonzales is battling his own demons, spiraling downward following the murder of his former partner, A J Arnold, right before his eyes His home life is in shambles and now it s starting to affect the job All this as they all prepare for Sam s partner, Freddie Cruz approaching wedding This was a challenging case I found really interesting as it involved classic police procedurals, taking unusual and unpredictable turns as the homicide team investigated emerging clues The one thing I loved about it was how they truly operated as a team under Sam s focused leadership despite the many distractions The mystery is my first love and this one had all the elements to make it intriguing but heartbreaking Another aspect of the series that keeps me coming back is the depth of character development, not only of the main characters but the host of secondary ones that enrich the stories Gonzo s story was chillingly realistic and gut wrenching no corners cut, no glamorizing I wouldn t recommend reading these out of order though you can as you would miss out on how backstories are often reintroduced when they continue and become relevant again It all just makes for asatisfying reading experience I switched to the audio editions for this series after book 3 and am loving it Eva Kaminsky does a great job managing a large cast of characters and giving voice definition to some of theprominent ones notably Sam and Freddie with distinction I love this series and this story in particular There are some stunning developments with far reaching implications You ll have to listen or read for yourself to discover the details without my spoilage The author states in her acknowledgment that there is no end in sight for this series and I m extremely happy about that, especially if they re as interesting as this one and those that came before 4.
5 stars I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review A brutal home invasion, a double homicide, and an arson The only potential witnesses are two five year old twins who have been traumatized beyond imagination Lieutenant Sam Holland has vowed to not only solve the case and find justice for the victims, but to ensure the safety of her young charges With her very unique brand of police work and her bevy of equally entertaining support characters, this story turned out to be a thrilling whodunit I met so many wonderful people in this book and I mthan a little annoyed that I haven t read any of the other books in this series Nick and Samantha have the sort of marriage that every marriage should aspire to be They re best friends, lovers and partners Their love is felt in each and every scene, whether they share it or are apart After getting to know them in this book, I can t wait to see how they fell in love.
I m going to start this series from the very beginning However, that isn t necessary in order to understand and follow along with this particular leg of their journey It s one case and a glimpse into the lives of the people who help bring it to a close This particular book will definitely tug at your heart strings and it will be so worth it Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr Google Right up there with the best of them Such a great story told here gotta love Sam and Nick, bantering, action, some nasty people, some set backs and new challenges This is one of the best in the series I couldn t stop reading Thank you Marie Force.
From the blurb A brutal home invasion Two small traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five year old twins But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career.
While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle inways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy Gonzo Gonzales battles his own demons Months of unbearable grief and despair come to a head in an unimaginable way that threatens Gonzo s status with the department and his relationship with his fiancee, Christina.
With trouble both at the precinct and on the case, Sam struggles to keep her priorities straight at home and at work while trying not to lose her heart to her latest crime victims.
5 stars which I don t give out very often and 2 thumbs up 2018 saw me inhale Marie Force s Fatal series to date, and the 13th instalment is as fresh, fast paced and emotion driven as each of its predecessorsIf there s one thing we ought to know by now, it s that there s nothing predictable or guaranteed about this life of oursAs always, Force balances suspense with romance as Sam is faced with solving a heart wrenching homicide case resulting in 5 year old twins becoming orphans, alongside juggling being a mum, Nick s imminent trip overseas, her partner s upcoming nuptials and her Sergeant spiralling as he continues to cope with past events And everything knits together perfectly, creating tension, feeling and humour, and opening the way for future developmentsBadass cops are not adorable Mine isI have some serious love for both Sam and Nick and if you ve yet to introduce yourself to them and their family, friends and colleagues, rewind to 1 Fatal Affair and experience it from the start as these characters will welcome you into their fold as one of their tribe, share their highs and lows with you and you ll laugh and cry alongside them Whatcould you ask for.
Thank God I was so afraid that this series was going downhill after the 12 debacle, but this one was actually very good Here we have action, investigation, insight with other couples, sweet moments And everything is perfecly balanced It is still too perfect, but there s just enough bad to balance things I m happy that it got back in track
I seem to be surprised by where the story goes in each new book I make assumptions based on the blurb and they were wrong That s ok The key events going on in the story are Nick s trip overseas, a home invasion homicide case, Cruz s wedding and Gonzo s struggle with his partner s death.
In Fatal Invasion, as with the previous book, we spend muchtime with Sam and her character than with Nick Often the female is the key point of view in a romance, but I do feel like I am losing my feeling of Nick s character His interactions are standard for him with no depth The primary action and issues here are related to Sam s work though, so his role isa supporting one I am sort of annoyed with Sam s attitude here and in the last few books I m a special snowflake so I don t have to follow the rules.
The five year old twins were a key piece of the mystery and I loved them I felt for their fears and uncomfortable situations Sam, Nick and Scotty were amazing with them and it was awesome I felt so proud of Scotty.
Gonzo s difficulties were a layer of realism thrown in like so many things we all experience In daily life, we have multiple factors, problems, ideas and worries The wedding was a great time of connection and celebration for co workers, friends and family.
I wish we hadpage time with Sam s siblings and her father Sometime I hope someone will solve her father s shooting I enjoy each story as the characters and relationships progress, along with a homicide case or two I m attached to these characters for the long haul Narration I ve listened to Eva Kaminsky on the last few books in this series She is the sound of Sam for me, but she gives a great voice for Nick and the other characters, including the children Each character has a distinct tone I was able to listen at 1.
5x speed which is new for me recently Her performance is a pleasure for listening.
Listen to a clip Excerpt of Chapter 1 This is a classic case of be careful what you wish for Nick placed a stack of folded dress shirts in a suitcase that already held socks, underwear, workout clothes and several pairs of jeans Only Nick would start packing seven days before his scheduled departure for Europe next Sunday, the day after Freddie and Elin s wedding That s the lesson learned here Only anal retentive freakazoids pack a week before a trip Sam sat at the foot of the bed and watched him pack with a growing sense of dread Three freaking weeks The last time you were gone that long, I nearly lost my mind, and I don t have much of a mind left to lose Come with me, he said for the hundredth time since the president asked him to make the diplomatic trip, representing the administration on a visit with some of the country s closest allies Since President Nelson was still recovering inways than one from his son s criminal activities, several of the allies had requested he send his popular vice president in his stead.
Sam flopped on the bed I can t I have work and Scotty, and Freddie is going on his honeymoon for two weeks and I can t No Nick at home to entertain her No Freddie at work to entertain her The next few weeks were going to totally suck monkey balls Actually, you can Nick hovered above her, propped on arms ripped with muscles, his splendid chest on full display You havevacation time saved up than you can use in a lifetime, and you have the right to actually use it Scotty will be fine with Shelby, your dad and Celia, your sisters and the Secret Service here to entertain him We could even ask Mrs Littlefield to come up for the weekends Their son s former guardian would love the chance to spend time with him, but Sam didn t feel right about leaving him for so long However, the thought of being without Nick for three endless weeks made her sick His trip to Iran earlier in the year had been pure torture, especially since it kept getting extended Why d you have to tell Nelson you wanted to bethan a figurehead vice president She play punched his chest Everything was fine when he was ignoring you He kissed her lips and then her neck You re so, so cute when you pout Badass cops do not pout Mine does when she doesn t get her own way, and it s truly adorable She scowled at him Badass cops are not adorable Mine is Leaving a trail of hot kisses on her neck, he said, Come with me, Samantha London, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Amsterdam, Brussels, The Hague Come see the world with me Sam had never been to Europe and had always wanted to go, so she was sorely tempted to say to hell with her responsibilities Come on He rolled her earlobe between his teeth and pressed against her suggestively Three whole weeks together away from the madness of DC You know you want to go Gonzo could cover for you at work, and things have been slow anyway There hadn t been a homicide inthan a week, which meant they were due, and that was another reason to stay home Don t say that and put a jinx on us Come away with me Scotty will be fine We ll FaceTime with him every day and bring him presents He ll be well cared for by everyone else who loves him He kissed her neck as he unbuttoned her shirt and pushed it aside You d get to meet the Queen of England Sam moaned She loved the queen speaking of a badass female And the Pope Plus, you ll need some clothes and shoes Lots of shoes Stop it She turned her face to avoid his kiss You re fighting dirty Because I want my wife to come with me on the trip of a lifetime I need you Samantha As he well knew, she could deny him nothing when he said he needed her Fine, I ll go But only if it s okay with Scotty and if I can swing it at work Yes, her husband said on a long exhale We ll have so much fun Will we actually get to see anything He pushed himself up to continue packing I ll make sure of it Um, excuse me What s up My temperature after your attempts at persuasion A slow, lazy smile spread across his face, making him the sexiest man in this universe and the next Is my baby feeling a little needy She pulled her T shirt over her head and released the front clasp on her bra More than a little We can t have that Stepping to the foot of the bed, he grasped the legs of her yoga pants and yanked them off Lock the door Scotty s asleep Lock the door, or this isn t happening With Secret Service agents all over their house, Sam couldn t relax if the door wasn t locked This is definitely happening, but if it ll make you happy, I ll lock the door It ll make me happy, which will, in turn, make you happy She splayed her legs wide open to give him a show as he returned from locking the door, and was rewarded with gorgeous hazel eyes that heated with desire when he saw her waiting for him You little vixen, he muttered I don t know what you re talking about Sure, you don t, he said, laughing as he came down on top of her and set out to give her a preview of what three weeks away together might be like.
They broke the news to Scotty the next morning at breakfast So, Nick said tentatively, what would you think if Mom came with me to Europe Thirteen year old Scotty, never at his best first thing in the morning, shrugged It s fine Really Sam said You wouldn t mind Shelby, Tracy and Angela would be around to hang with you, and Gramps and Celia too We thought maybe Mrs Littlefield could come up for a weekend or two if she s free Sure, that sounds good Sam glanced at Nick, who seemed equally perplexed by his lack of reaction They d expected him to ask to come with them, at the very least Is everything okay Sam asked her son Uh huh He finished his cereal and got up to put the bowl in the sink I m going to finish getting ready for school Okay, bud, Nick said Something s up, Sam said as soon as Scotty left the room I agree He didn t even ask if he could miss school to come with us I thought the same thing We ll have to see if we can get him to talk to us before we go and not in the morning, Nick said I ll ask Shelby to make spaghetti for dinner That always puts him in a good mood Sam s phone rang, and when she saw the number for Dispatch, she groaned Damn it You jinxed me So much for getting out of Dodge without having to worry about work She took the call Holland Lieutenant, there was a fire overnight in Chevy Chase The dispatcher referred to the exclusive Northwest neighborhood that was home to a former U.
S president, ambassadors and other wealthy residents We have two DOA at the scene, the dispatcher said, reciting the address The fire marshal has requested Homicide detectives Did he say why No, ma am Okay, I m on my way Thankfully, she d showered and gotten dressed before she woke Scotty Please call Sergeant Gonzales and Detective Cruz and ask them to meet me there Yes, ma am Sam flipped her phone closed with a satisfying smack That smacking sound was one of many reasons she d never upgrade to a smart phone You ll still be able to come with me, right Nick asked, looking adorably uncertain.
Sam went over to where he sat at the table and kissed him I ll talk to Malone today and see if I can make it happen Keep me posted A ringing phone woke Christina Billings from a sound sleep Two year old Alex had been up during the night with a fever and cold that was making him miserable and her sleep deprived Her fianc , Tommy, had slept through that and apparently couldn t hear his phone ringing either He was due at work in an hour and was usually up by now Tommy She nudged him, but he didn t stir Tommy Your phone He came to slowly, blinking rapidly The phone, Tommy Answer it before it wakes Alex He neededsleep and so did she, or this was going to be a very long day.
Tommy grabbed the phone from the bedside table.
Christina saw the word Dispatch on the screen Gonzales She couldn t hear the dispatcher s side of the conversation, but she heard Tommy s grunt of acknowledgment before he ended the call, closing his eyes even as he continued to clutch the phone.
Christina wondered if he was going back to sleep after being called into work She was about to say something when he got out of bed and headed for the shower.
Nine months ago today, his partner, A J Arnold, had been gunned down right in front of Tommy as they approached a suspect After a long downward spiral following Arnold s murder, Tommy had seemed to rebound somewhat during the summer But the rebound hadn t lasted into the fall.
In the last month, since his new partner, Cameron Green, had joined the squad, Christina had watched him regress into his grief He d said and done all the right things when it came to welcoming Cameron, but he was obviously spiraling again, and she had no idea what to do to help him or how to reach him Even when lying next to her in bed, he seemed so far away from her.
Sometimes, when she had a rare moment alone, she allowed her thoughts to wander to life without Tommy and Alex at the center of it She loved them both desperately but she wasn t sure how muchshe could take of the distant, closed off version of the man she loved They were supposed to have been married by now Like everything else, that plan had been shoved aside to make room for Tommy s overwhelming grief It d been months since they d discussed getting married In the meantime, she took care of Alex and everything else while Tommy worked and came home to sleep before starting the cycle all over again.
They didn t talk about anything other than Alex They never went anywhere together or as a family They hadn t had sex in so long she d forgotten when it had last happened She was as unhappy as she d ever been Something had to give and soon, or she would be forced to decide whether their relationship was still healthy for her She did not want to have to make that decision.
Only the thought of leaving Tommy at his lowest moment, not to mention leaving Alex, had kept her from making a move before now She loved that little boy with her whole heart and soul She d stepped away from her own career as Nick s chief of staff to stay home with him and had hoped to add to their family by now When she thought about the early days of her relationship with Tommy, when they d been so madly in love, she couldn t have imagined feeling as insignificant to him as a piece of furniture that was always there when he finally decided to come home.
Christina hadn t told anyone about the trouble brewing between them In her heart of hearts, she hoped they could still work it out somehow, and the last thing she needed was her friends and family holding a grudge against him forever and they would if they had any idea just how bad things had gotten Her parents had questioned the wisdom of her giving up a high profile job to stay home to care for her boyfriend s child, especially when she d mademoney than him But she d been ready for a break from the political rat race when Alex came along, and she had no regrets about her decision Or she hadn t until Tommy checked out of their relationship.
This weekend they d be expected to celebrate at Freddie and Elin s wedding, and she d have to pretend that everything was fine in her relationship when it was anything but She wasn t sure how she would pull off another convincing performance for their friends Tommy was one of Freddie s groomsmen, so she d get to spend most of that day on her own while he attended to his friend.
Dangling at the end of her rope in this situation,than once she d thought about taking Alex and leaving, even though she had no legal right to take him Another thing they d never gotten around to her adoption of him after his mother was killed What would Tommy do if she left with his son Call the police on her That made her laugh bitterly She d be surprised if he noticed they were gone.
Tommy came out of the bathroom and went to the closet where he had clean clothes to choose from thanks to her Did he ever wonder how that happened He put on jeans and a black T shirt and then went to unlock the bedside drawer where he kept his badge, weapon and cuffs.
She watched him slide the weapon into the holster he wore on his hip and jam the cuffs and badge into the back pockets of his jeans, the same way he did every day Holding her breath, she waited to see if he would say anything to her or come around the bed to kiss her goodbye the way he used to before disaster struck, but like he did so often these days, he simply turned and left the room.
A minute later, she heard the front door close behind him.
For a long time after he left, she lay in bed staring up at the ceiling with tears running down her cheeks She couldn t take muchof this.
This is one of the ONLY series that deserves my 5 stars every single time I absolutely LOVED this book I m so in love with all the characters, but especially with Sam and Nick, they are true relationship and couple GOALS I had the BEST time reading this book And lucky me I could read it in one sitting, no interruptions, just me, Sam and Nick and the rest of the cast.
I feel almost bad saying it out loud, but I love the FATAL series eventhan my beloved JD ROBB In Death series, and this is the reason why I gettime with my favorite couple.
The author balances the suspense incredibly well with the romance It s not just about the case It s about the main couple Sam and Nick, their dynamic, their life and how passionately in love they are But it s also about their families, partners and friends.
I could gush about this series for HOURS I m not kidding But I m not going to And since this is book 13 in an ongoing series, me talking about the plot is not going to happen either But what I can talk about is the way the characters pull me in.
Sam and Nick s relationship is incredible It s exactly how a relationship should work A give and take, a balance of compromises and hard work A deep love and respect for each other, unlimited support and an equally unlimited supply of trust Both, Sam and Nick, work so hard on being a happy and supportive family, if needed they move heaven and earth to make this happen It doesn t hurt that they passionately love each other, and it speaks volumes about the kind of relationship they have.
Each book in this series, delves deeper into the different relationships between the cast members With each novel, each character becomesdeeply layered, complex and fascinating In contrast to JD ROBB, the individual POVs in the FATAL series, allow for adeeper and meaningful glimpse into the thought process of some of the most important cast members in this series The connection between reader and cast is so muchREAL and raw at times because of these individual POVs At this point all I can say is read this series If you are a fan of romantic suspense put Fatal Affair 1 on your tbr If you love a power couple that kicks ass, is devoted to one another, and understands each other on an incredibly deep level you must give Sam and Nick a chance I have And now I m so in love with this series, and will be binging on it every year ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram Forof my reviews My Blog Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog Another fantastic installment to the oh so popular Fatal series Sam and Nick are at it againsuspense,wit and sass and, of course,ROMANCE FULL REVIEW WILL BE POSTED CLOSER TO RELEASE DATE.