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Fatal Affair (Fatal #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,966 Ratings  ·  789 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 294 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
“Do you ever get used to telling people their loved ones have been murdered?”

“No, and I hope I never do.”
Chief of Staff Nick Cappuano wasn’t prepared for what he’d find when he went looking for his boss, Senator John O’Connor who wasn’t answering his phone calls. It wasn't unusual for John to oversleep, and it was up to Nick to make sure the Senator got where he needed to be on time. This particular morning should have been nothing all that different from what Nick had dealt with in the past,

4.5 Stars! Marie Force is a hit or miss author for me, and I'm pleased to say...this one was a HIT!

Great start to this series. Drew me in and held on tight! Loved the chemistry between Sam and Nick, and the relationship between Sam and Freddie, sort of reminded me of Eve and Peabody, from the In Death. Not quite as good, but I liked that the focus wasn't always on the main couple, and their banter was a great diversion. I'm hoping that Freddie's role will be more than as a secondary character as
Wow, how can a book go down the drain in such a terrible manner in the last few pages is beyond me. Seriously, a murder mystery that looked really intriguing and beautifully layered was solved like (view spoiler) ...more
A U.S. Senator is brutally murdered in his own home. His best friend, and chief of staff, is not only "fortunate" to find his mutilated body, but the lead Detective on this case is the same woman Nick spent one night with sex years ago, and never heard from her again.

Sergeant Samantha "Sam" Holland hasn't the time to think about the night she spent with Nick. She has bigger fish to fry, she desperately needs a "win" after a bust gone wrong recently, and finding the Senator's murdered just might
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-r
4 stars

I debated for a long time how to rate this, and it took even longer to write this review(which itself is longer than planned, lol). I hope you find it helpful.

The Mystery

Senator John O'Connor was found murdered in his bed on the morning of the most important vote of his career. The nature of the crime made it feel very personal, but can the timing be a coincidence? Slowly, as the book develops, we find out The Senator had many, many secrets and that there were a lot of people who had a re
Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~

As a very visual person I like to peruse the reviews before starting a new book to see who my friends and other reviewers envision as the MCs. Surprisingly I didn't find any ideas for Sam and Nick so here are mine:


Sexy people over 30....they actually do exist ;)

Fatal Affair was an entertaining romantic suspense that managed to hold my attention right from the start. Unfortunately there were some similarities to my all time favorite series, J.D. Robb's Death, which forced me to
**2.5 stars**

Fatal Affair started great. The mystery was multi-layered with a complex victim. Most of the time in mysteries/romantic suspense, murdered people are just bodies and the reader rarely gets to see them as real people with virtues and vices. Not in this one. The friends and family of the murdered Senator showed real grief at his passing and it was wonderful to see Nick, the hero, being overwhelmed by the murder of his best friend.

But around a third of the way in, the story became drag
Jul 17, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Fatal Affair by Marie Force is a 2010 Carina Press publication.

I have read some of the books in Marie Force’s other series, but have always wanted to dive into this one, since it is so popular. One thing, sadly, that has kept me at bay is the lack of availability of these books. Some subscription services have titles from other series, but not this one. Both of my Overdrive library accounts have a waiting list for every very single book in the series, so I just kept putting it off.

However, with
Oct 23, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
This one crossed my radar because of Katie and Jess, and I can really see what they both liked about it - the heroine being the cop, and being competent and the one in protective mode was definitely good. I also liked the mystery plot fine, despite feeling it went a bit gratuitous for what was really needed from the baddie. Sam's father was a great character too.

Unfortunately, the romance didn't work at all for me. So instead of a nice combination of solving the crime and sorting the relationshi
Sep 14, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

This is the first Marie Force book I have read and am now a fan. I decided to read this book as quite a few friends on here were talking about it and I had just had an email from Carina press advertising their sale. When I followed the link it showed this title for $0.99 which was a bargain so I grabbed it not really knowing how soon I would read it. Low and behold the reviews kept coming in and a few friends who I dilegently follow reviews from (as they have never steered me w
Chris  Carroll
From the very first chapter of this book I knew it was going to be a winner. With several of my favorite components included 1) being a story about cops and 2) being a romantic suspense, this book had my attention.

It starts off with a bang and never lets go. I loved the hard core Sam who had a weakness for her long lost hookup, Nick. With plenty of heat and steam to keep the pages turning plus a ton of twists and turns, this book kept me captivated and guessing until the end. Nick is a sweethear
This book seriously reminded me of the In Death series, we have the heroine Detective Sam, who works homicide who is dedicated to her job, the case takes place within a few days and she works insanely like Eve does, getting into the mind of the killer, forsaking sleep over the case. Then there is Nick, a guy she had a one-night stand with six years and whose call she waited for.

So, the hero Nick's best friend a United States Senator is murdered which brings the heroine back into his life. She ha
Anne OK
Jul 17, 2010 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Marie Force is one of my favorite authors. She writes wonderful and entertaining contemporary romance. In "Fatal Affair," she has written an intelligently well-developed suspenseful plot containing twists and turns that will keep you guessing from the beginning until near the end who committed the murder of a United States Senator. The characters, both main and secondary, are superb and well-defined. The chemistry between the two main characters is absolutely sizzling. Although the mystery is fr ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Did you just apologize? I didn't think guys did that. This is a first for me. You'll have to excuse me while I take a moment to enjoy it.

On the sure-to-be rare instances when I'm actually wrong about something, I'll do my best to admit it.

What you require is so far beyond order the sphincter police haven't invented the word for it yet.

You're the key to everything. I knew that years ago when I first met you, and I know it even more now after living without you for so long. You're
US senator John O'Connor is murdered in his home and Detective Samantha Holland is given the case. Sam needs vindication badly because she was the detective that ordered the shooting on a crack house the resulted in the death of a child.

As she gets to the crime scene she runs smack into Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's chief of staff and the guy she had a memorable one night stand with 6 years earlier. The two reconnect while solving the murder.

This book was a definite page turner with the suspense el
Sep 09, 2015 Meigan rated it it was ok
I thought this was a so -so read. The plot sounded interesting and I liked the fact that it was part of a series. However, the book really didn't really grab me. I didn't think the characters were anything special and I found them quite boring and "off". Nick kept trying to be Sam' s protector, yet she's a gun totin' cop and he's an unarmed suit. Really guy? He couldn't seem to wrap his head around the fact that that is what she does day in and day out - protect people. And he started many a fig ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, audio-book
Overall, great book. It did start out kinda slow for me, but picked up momentum the further we got in the story. It starts right off with the Senator's murder and the first half of the book was more about Sam interviewing suspects with the secondary story being about her reconnecting with Nick, the Senator's Chief of Staff and Sam's old flame. It took about half way through the book before I felt like the story really picked up. Once things started to heat up, I began to really enjoy this book m ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
My first experience with Marie Force - won't be my last. What a great book for an introduction to a series. It had everything I look for in a good, no make that a great read. Extremely well written, scenes, etc. not over described. Fairly fast paced from cover to finish. The 2 main characters are interesting and flawed - great police procedural/murder mystery - lots of suspects, twists and turns with an indication of inner turmoil yet to come.

Looking forward to the rest of the books in his serie
Mar 31, 2014 ElaineY rated it it was amazing
Discovering Marie Force brings to a satisfying end my search for an author to fill the gap Karen Rose left when she started to shove the romance to the background in favor of the murder investigation. I buy Romantic Suspense because I want romance with the suspense but a lot of RS authors just weren't getting the right amount of mix.

Then comes Marie Force and after finishing Fatal Affair at 5am this morning, I'm so glad I have the 2nd installment, Fatal Justice ready because I definitely haven't
May 12, 2013 Vettech rated it it was amazing
First let me say I was reluctant to read this series......since it's not a vampire series! I was poked & prodded to start the Fatal series and here I am. I read this book in record time, as all of you who know me, I'm a super slow reader. But this book kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting for more, more, more! I tried desperately to figure out who the killer was and in the end was very surprised and even said to why didn't I think that's who it was?!!

Love the main charact
Jul 28, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok

*meh*...this book was boring, and kinda stupid, to be honest.

I loved "The Wreck" by Marie Force so I was hoping to at least get a good read from her. Unfortunately not so much. I didn't hate it. It just didn't entertain me...not even in that "easy-romance-book" way that usually skates by with a 3-star rating from me.

I namely thought Sergeant Sam Holland was annoying and way too stereotypical "I'm a female cop and have to prove myself by being masculine". And though Nick had promise, he ultimatel
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Notes to self:

Likes: Nick and Sam as a couple, some good supporting characters, the plot

I couldn't see a cop who needs to make a good impression doing some of the "stuff" that Sam does.

Did Nick really drive Sam's police issue vehicle?

Nick included on way too many "police only" situations

Why is Freddie playing babysitter? He's on the main team, they would stick someone else on babysitting duty. Only a romance novel would play that plot line and I prefer that even romance novels keep th
Jul 21, 2013 Kjen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! I think I've found a new series(: The story had a brisk pace, likable characters, interesting case resolution, and an excellent romance. I like the way Nick doesn't let Samantha run away from her feelings and talks her through her insecurities before she blows them out of proportion. Force's writing style is much less developed and intricate than, say, Roberts or Singh but it still makes for an enjoyable read. I will be starting book 2 ASAP!
Jan 30, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, force
Sam and Nick

So if I hadn't have read the In Death series first I probably would have adored this one. But it seems like a knock off of Eve and Roarke. Like Eve and Roarke but less. It is still good and I jumped right in to book 2, but its not Eve and Roarke.
T's Book ~ Tanja
Jan 05, 2015 T's Book ~ Tanja rated it really liked it
Not a bad read. Totally get a J.D Robb (ish) vibe while reading. No where near as intrigueing or as in depth though.
Will I read more of the series? Maybe. I would would call this a great filler read while waiting for the next In Death book to come out.
Jul 07, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Great plot and wonderful characters, that I fell in love with. Sam, Nick and especially Freddie! Loved it!
Sep 26, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: sep-15
I really enjoyed this 1st book in her Fatal series!
I can't believe this series is not popular. This is quite similar to the 'In Death' series with the murder, mystery and romance. I read 'In Death' quite some time ago, but I think I like this Fatal series Book 1 even more so, because the humours make me grin stupidly and some of the the part is quite emotional. I actually did cried, albeit not bawling my eyes out. I'm not sure how the rest of the series will be, but Fatal Affair is such a great read.

The lead character Detective Sam Holland is s
Aug 09, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
Updated 8/2015:

Re-listened to Felicity Munroe's narration of this novel. Fell in love again. Now I HAVE to hold off on the rest, it's part of challenge and I want to keep the details fresh and not mix them up with book 2.

Original Review 6/2013:

Love, love this book, great characters a nicely twisted murder and subsequent plot. Nick & Sam make an excellent team and the ensemble cast is top notch. This is a series which I definitely plan to continue it. Amazon has the kindle version free righ
Sep 24, 2011 valee rated it really liked it
It may be because of all the amazing reviews out there but I thought I would like it much more than what I did, which is probably the reason why I didn't. High expectations usually do this to me, I should have known better than to start a book as excited as I was about it.
Still it was a great read, as everything that comes from this author. It's not that I didn't like it because I had an amazing time with it, it's just that I expected more. I guess I was waiting for the that-felt-like-watching-a
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Other Books in the Series

Fatal (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Fatal Justice (Fatal, #2)
  • Fatal Consequences (Fatal, #3)
  • Fatal Flaw (Fatal, #4)
  • Fatal Deception (Fatal, #5)
  • 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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