Published by Carina Press on May 26th 2010
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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.
¬¬Reviewed by Meril¬¬
This is the 1st in Marie Force’s “Fatal” 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 voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.