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Fatal Deception (Fatal #5)

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4,066 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Murder comes to the White House…

The wife of the White House deputy chief of staff has been beaten to death, and their one-year-old daughter is missing. DC police lieutenant Sam Holland is in charge of the murder investigation, but she's forced to collaborate with Special Victims Unit detectives as well as thorn-in-her-side FBI special agent Avery Hill. Then, a cold case o
Published November 12th 2012 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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5/5 Stars

I love this series and eagerly await the release of the next installment. A series that focuses/concentrates on one romantic couple is not usually my thing, but quite a few friends (including some who have never steered me wrong) here on GR's started posting amazing reviews about the first one Fatal Affair. Their reviews and comments praised both the book and the author all the way so I took the plunge…..Once I started reading it I was hooked and have continued to read and love every
Jun 30, 2014 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story centers around the murder of the wife of the White House deputy chief of staff. Also egregious is the kidnapping of their 13-month old daughter. As the investigation progresses, shocking discoveries are made that will impact the political landscape.

I really enjoyed this story as the investigation is front and center. It was perplexing to unravel, even though early suspicions point in an obvious direction as the details weren't as apparent. Relationships continue to move forward and pr
Aug 28, 2012 Mo rated it really liked it
Marie, if it ain't broke .... Have read nearly all of Marie's books. Love them BUT, yep, going to be in the minority here - why bring in the spanking etc. Marie, you have a loyal following and I know you have said in other comments that you did not read Fifty but this book added a little bit of kinky that a lot of writers are "doing" at the moment. As I said, if it ain't broke, why fix it? I know most will not agree with me. I am not a prude, have my fair share of "toys" but kinda wish you had k ...more
Lady Heather

5 SHINY ★★★★★


Nick & Sam's "story" just gets better and better with each book!

.. and the bantering between Sam and her partner Freddie.. BRILLIANT!!

CANNOT. WAIT. TO. READ. the next book in the series!
Anne OK
Nov 03, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Once again Marie Force has given readers a well-crafted romantic suspense in the latest addition to her top-notch "Fatal" series. A perfect combination of love, passion and suspense!

The devotion between Sam and Nick continues to grow stronger and the romance only gets more creative and steamier. It's downright swoon-worthy. The chemistry and banter that goes on between Sam and Nick is nothing less than genius. MF continues to develop the depth in her main characters, as well as in the secondary
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Oct 19, 2012 Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This series just keeps getting better and that's saying something because it was pretty damn AWESOME from the start!!! I LOVE reading the progression of Nick and Sam's relationship. I LOVE reading about all my other favorite characters and how their relationships are progressing also. Freddie & Elin, Gonzo & Christina, Jeannie & Michael, Terry & Lindsey , Tinker Bell, Skip & Celia, Scotty, Tyrone, Harry..Oh...Harry he needs a woman!! and Avery...Oh...Avery needs a woman too a ...more
Nov 22, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! This series gets better with each installment. The writing is fantastic, the dialogue and witty one liners never fails to put a smile on my face. Nick and Sam and the other wonderful characters in this series makes this a highly recommended read!
Lisa Filipe
Oct 12, 2012 Lisa Filipe rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Whoa about giving us more of what we want...awesome, just awesome!

Fatal Fans are in for a TREAT!! Fatal Deception sizzles!

For me, Fatal books are one's to savor. Even if I get an ARC, I still wait because once I finish it, that's it for a while, I'm done. So I like to take my time, read slow and really ENJOY the time I get to spend with Sam, Nick and the whole Fatal crew. Yes, it did only take me a day to read this last installment, but every hour was soooooo worth the wait.

Fatal De
Reread 1/2016: For a first time reader of this book, it rated better than with a second read 5 for the Cast, Crime 4.5, Procedures and side snark 3.

The story and crime are still compelling, but I have to mark down for police procedures. The non-sharing of info, the crime against the child didn't get the attention it deserved and a few remarks felt off like it was a completion to find the killer over finding a child. I think who is advising from a police procedural perspective needs to do a bett
Nov 23, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2012
I hardly ever write book reviews, so please bare with me.

Over the past few weeks I've read the entire Fatal series for the first time, all 6 books. Let's just say I fell in love.

Marie Force's writing is astounding. I hardly have any quips about it. The characters she created were wonderful and relatable. Sam Holland and Nick Cappuano are amazing characters along with their large network of family and friends. There's a great character dynamic going on between all of them. It's hard not to get s
Apr 30, 2015 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: gr2015

The last 10% of this book ruined this series for me. I don’t understand why the author felt Sam and Nick needed kink for them to have better and hotter sex. Their chemistry and love life so far has been wonderful and very intense and hot. In light of the sexual activities and preference of Nick’s dead best friend Senator John O’Connor and the sex call ring run by other senators and high officials of the US Government, Nick and Sam’s love life has always felt in lack of a better word, pure and tr

Nov 13, 2012 Cris rated it really liked it

I've had mixed feelings about Marie Force's contemporaries (albeit I haven't yet started on her much-beloved McCarthys of Gansett Island series)... but I absolutely love her entire romantic suspense Fatal series. Featuring the same couple in a series of books can be a risky proposition (unless you're Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and that couple is Eve & Roarke), since--much as it is on television-- it is easy for the plots to become either repetitive or increasingly far-fetched and the charact
I read this right after reading an In Death novel by Nora Roberts. I was struck by how eerily similar the characters were. Sam came across as a somewhat less classy version of Eve, while Nick was a bit of a bumbling version of Roarke. However, there was a dichotomy in the "crews" of each couple, and I liked Sam and Nick's crews just a bit more, both due to their interconnectedness and their careers in the same fields as Sam and Nick. That detail made them more relevant to the story than Mavis, T ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing
Senator Nick Cuppauno and Lt. Samantha Holland's peaceful day off is interrupted when she is called out on a murder. The White House Chief of Staff's wife has been found beaten to death. Their one-year-old daughter is missing. With the help of FBI Agent Avery Hill, Sam and her team of detectives must uncover secrets from the victim's past...secrets that may have repercussions in the present.

Another excellent addition to Marie Force's Fatal series. As usual, the mystery is well written and not to
Jan 04, 2016 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars. This book held together better than the previous one. However, Sam's attitude has become even more abrasive and rude in her interactions with everyone except her family and Scotty. There is some good character development that happens, we learn how some other couples are doing without spending a lot of time with them. The mystery itself takes some time and investigation to figure out. That effort was good to read, but I felt the motivation was not strong enough to justify the amount o ...more
Oct 09, 2012 KK rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love this series! I've said for ages now that Sam is one of my very favorite heroines, and this book just solidifies that. She is smart, loyal, stubborn, competent, and funny! You just can't get better than a romance that also provides plenty of mystery, drama, and laughs, and this book's got all that.
Although I I think you could read this latest addition in the Fatal series as a stand alone, it will be that much better if you read the other books first.
I can't wait to see what's up
Jan 04, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series by Marie Force and in fact when I stumbled upon the story of Sam and Nick I read all five books in one week! What a great story she has woven around D.C. police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her now husband Senator Nick Cappuano. The play-by-play between the two of them just keeps getting hotter and hotter. Nick is the ultimate man; hot, sexy, sensitive and strong and Sam is his equal in all ways. The story is full of twists and turns, suspense, off the charts sex and ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Another great read by Marie Force - really enjoyed this series. Can't get any more corrupt than being in Washington, DC.

Good plot line, great character developments, very likeable (and hated) characters, very well written - it's going to be a long wait for "Fatal Mistake" which is supposed to be released sometime this year.

Would I recommend this series - you betcha! Two thumbs up!
Apr 19, 2013 Reen rated it it was amazing
This series continues to keep my interest. Interesting characters, good plot and a few twists along the way! Can't wait for the next installment
Mar 18, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Ok I am going to have withdrawal symptoms from not reading the Fatal series. Absolutlely amazing series to read. Highly highly recommend it.
Nov 20, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted here:

From the moment I picked up the first in the Fatal series – Fatal Affair – for free, I’ve been OBSESSED with Force and the Fatal series. I went and purchased books 2 – 5 over the course of a weekend, and am SO glad I found this series. For those of you who have not yet read or started this series, Fatal Affair will be free from all ebook retailers until December 31st. Go out and get your copy now!

Beware that this review may c
Bette Stanek
Jul 14, 2016 Bette Stanek rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4 Deceptive Stars! This one is possibly better than the previous book, Fatal Flaw. I think it’s because Ms Force is able to enable her readers to bond and form a “friendship” with her characters. The interactions and dialog between characters are every bit as good as the action.

Nick and Sam had thought their lives would settle down now that they’ve been married for a few months and they’re back to “normal” life. Nick is in the thick of a re-election campaign and Sam is off solving the latest ho
Nov 06, 2012 Mareli rated it it was amazing
Sam&Nick are growing on me! ;) They are really wonderful and this series is getting better and better everytime. I still feel the need for comparison with another much-loved couple of me, Eve&Roarke, because of the similiarities between the 2 settings, both Eve and Sam work in law enforcement and their husbands are super-hot and VIP (in this last story Nick is going for vice-presidence... ).

But Sam&Nick are wonderful for themselves and so I loved them and I'm glad to see their relati
Kate Vale
Jul 18, 2014 Kate Vale rated it it was amazing
Another fab read that follows Lt. Sam Holland in the Metropolitan Police Dept. in D.C. when the wife of the White House Chief of Staff is found murdered and her one-year-old daughter is missing.

How sam solves the crimes and finds the big guns behind the deed captures the reader from page one and doesn't let go until the last page. Or maybe not even then!

I love these characters, including Nick, her Senator husband and even Avery Hill, the FBI agent who can't get Sam out of his mind, even though h
May 04, 2013 Biba rated it it was amazing
Awww, this latest book was so good. I loved everything about it, especially Scotty.

Sam and Nick get better and better, I know it sounds impossible, but I just love them.

I love how Gonzo and Freddie are happy, they are just awesome and deserve that and much more.

One of the things I love about this series is that there is always more than a few stories going on, they are all well written and at least to me, none of them are boring.

Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
I really enjoyed Fatal Deception as the characters continue to grow & relationships deepened. Another intriguing case once again touched by the power of politics . . . and the ugly deception that so often accompanies it. Loved spending time with Nick & Sam as well as the other "regulars". This series never lets me down. A Must Read!
Feb 06, 2014 Nicky rated it it was amazing
Wow - it's amazing to read a series where each instalment is as good as the first. The interaction between the characters is really interesting and I love that there is some humour thrown in to lighten the mood somewhat. I am going to really miss these characters when this series ends.......that says it all right there.
I just love Mare Force and I just LOVE this series. Marie Force is an auto-buy for me and I never regret it. This series is getting better with each story. This one also turned up the heat-factor by time. I found myself getting all hot and bothered. Nick and Sam are hot.
Nov 15, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
Another great installment about Sam and Nick I am loving this series I could hardly put it down WOW
Loved, loved, loved it!!
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Other Books in the Series

Fatal (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1)
  • Fatal Justice (Fatal, #2)
  • Fatal Consequences (Fatal, #3)
  • Fatal Flaw (Fatal, #4)
  • Fatal Mistake (Fatal, #6)
  • Fatal Jeopardy (Fatal, #7)
  • Fatal Scandal (Fatal, #8)
  • Fatal Frenzy (Fatal, #9)
  • Fatal Identity (Fatal, #10)
  • Fatal Threat (Fatal, #11)

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