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Fatal Affair (Fatal #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  6,715 ratings  ·  530 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
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Published June 21st 2010 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
“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
Mimi Smith
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
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
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
**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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
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
Great plot and wonderful characters, that I fell in love with. Sam, Nick and especially Freddie! Loved 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
3.5 stars. I picked up this book this morning and was half-way through by lunch. Fatal Affair was a lot of fun to read.

Fatal Affair brings together two characters as they investigate the death of a US senator. Sam Holland leads the investigation with the help of the senator's best friend Nick Cappuano. Together, they piece together the events which led up to the death of the senator.

I enjoyed this book. It was a nice, light read. The murder investigation held my interest. Sam and Nick were a c
FINALLY!! You all have NO IDEA how happy I am to be able to find a story of ROMANCE that does not part of paranormal/urban fantasy genre. Because I have been losing my faith on contemporary romance ... but this one (slightly) restores it.

At first, I note this down as romantic suspense; BUT despite the main heroine to be a Homicide Detective Sergeant and the story starts with a Senator being murdered, I feel that the romance has bigger role. Sure, there is an investigation happening, research on

*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
Another excellent book by Marie Force. I'm not sure why I didn't start this series sooner. I just loved Sam and Nick. There was plenty of suspense. I didn't figure out who the baddie was until the last three chapters. There was plenty of action and drama, and I really appreciate that Nick and Sam weren't filled with so much personal drama that it took away from the story. I was wishing for an epi then I realized that this series all about them. Good to know and cant wait to find out what happens ...more
This book was AWESOME! I could not put it down. Detective Sergeant Sam Holland and Chief of Staff to Senator O'Connor Nick Cappuano are SO GREAT together. I usually read erotica type books but this had enough "hot spots" as I call them to satisfy me. It a murder mystery/romantic suspense type of book set in the middle of Washington, D.C., concerning the murder of Senator O'Connor, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series to see what danger Sam an ...more
It was a pretty decent first book, a solid 4 stars

I really liked the relationship between both characters and Ill definitely continue reading the series

Jane Stewart
Ok, but a little too much police procedural. I’d like more interesting personalities and more emotional pull.

Sam is a police detective. She is assigned the case of murdered Senator John O’Connor. Six years ago she and Nick had a one-night affair. He called her several times afterwards, but her roommate intercepted the calls and never gave her the messages. Sam later married and divorced Peter.

Nick is chief of staff for his best friend John (the senator). When John doesn’t show up for
Marie Force has done it again! Her writing style is unique in that she can cover so many different themes, and yet keep the focus running smoothly. Fatal Affair (book #1 in a series) has all the elements that captivate a reader: romance, suspense, crime of passion, gore, sex, danger, love, and mystery.
Usually, I guess the "who" in "who did it" books, but I'll admit I was not expecting the ending. Marie Force does not allow too much until she wants the "who" to be known. Amazingly, with so muc
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
I liked this a lot! It's maybe the best romance I've read at actually letting the woman be a competent cop instead of having the civilian man take over because he's THE MAN. Nick has his struggles with that concept, but I found that realistic and he admitted he was wrong. Sam is the one with the training, which means she's the one with the capability to protect, and the book doesn't take that training away from her just because she's a woman and he's a man.

The romance is kind of a weird, delayed
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“Be careful with my fiancée. I love her more than life itself.

Nick...You make me all fluttery. No one has ever made me fluttery. How do you that?

Ridiculously pleased he smiled. What can I say? It's magic. Take care, babe.”
“What’s happened to you? You’re swearing like I do.” He lowered his head so he was speaking directly into her ear. “You happened to me. You make me crazy and frantic and out of my mind with fear and desire all in the same day.” 1 likes
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