Published by Carina Press on June 21st 2010
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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.
~~Reviewed by Meril~~
This is the 11th in Marie Force’s “Fatal” series, and is a great addition to the series. Sam Holland, detective for the DC police department, has been given a chance to redeem herself after an arrest gone bad has jeopardized her career. Unfortunately, that puts her in contact with Nick Cappuano, who never called her back after a passionate night six years ago. Nick has his own painful memories from that one night with Sam, also. As they work to solve the murder of Nick’s best friend and boss, they also need to resolve their own issues and battle their continued attraction to each other.
Sam is a strong, feisty character, determined to make it on her own in the man’s world of police work. She has a number of problems to deal with- her disabled father, her learning disability, hostile co-workers, but earns our admiration for how she competently deals with everything. Nick is also a strong character whose kindness and compassion in the midst of a terrible situation makes him even more attractive to Sam. They face danger together and learn to trust each other.
This book is essentially a murder mystery, with the romance between Sam and Nick as a sub-plot. It was exciting as Sam and Nick track down many leads in trying to solve the murder of his boss, Senator John O’Connor. As they learn more about John’s secret life, the reader is kept guessing whodunit, as there are several possible suspects. Sam and Nick must work together to save lives, including their own, as the murderer strikes again. This was well-written and suspenseful and like all good mysteries, keeps you guessing until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries mixed in with romance. It is an exciting and enjoyable read. I would give this book 5 stars for the excellent writing, plot, and character development.
I was given a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.