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Fatal Affair

(Fatal #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  12,906 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
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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 u
ebook, 294 pages
Published June 1st 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 pas

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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book took over my life for 24 hours, keeping me guessing right until the end, and the summary can be quickly covered by a conversation between myself and a friend:

Friend: Must go, work to do.
Me: I must resume my quest to discover who stabbed this Senator and cut his willy off.
Friend: Uh...
Friend: ...Nic? WTF are you doing?
Me: The perp left his willy in his mouth btw.

Because yes, of all the words I can pick for a male appendage, I picked willy.

Anyway, my review.


Marie Force isn't a
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I hit finished at the end of the book on my Kindle but I wanted to come back out here and say that I really enjoyed this one. I'm moving on to book #2!

Sam was great. She is a strong woman and rather feisty. But she is also sweet and caring.

Nick is almost too good to be true but it is nice to have a hero that is a great all around guy. Of course I love how things are starting with him and Sam. I have a feeling though that these two will be going through a lot as I read through the series.

The myst
**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
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
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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
So we're doing an episode on romantic mysteries for Read or Dead and I picked this up from the library on a whim cause it looked kind of ridiculous but I ended up mostly liking it? You can hear my work out my feelings with finding a romance that I didn't hate in the episode, probably. (Also helped me fulfill the Read Harder task of read a book with a terrible cover cause MAN that cover is terrible)

See me talk about this book briefly in my February wrap up:
Mimi Smith
Dec 30, 2011 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 r
4.5 stars

In a few words: steamy second chance suspense

Sam, a DC Detective Sergeant in the homicide dept, gets pulled into a case where the lead material witness to the violent murder of a young US Senator is none other than Nick, the man she met 6 years ago and has not been able to get out of her mind or her heart. Nick is Senator John O'Connor's right-hand man, and when he finds his best friend of nearly 20 years brutally dismembered and left on display, he is devastated. On top of that shockin
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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
Mindy Lou's Book Review
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
Jan 31, 2013 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
Jul 16, 2016 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
Aug 22, 2011 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
Anne OK
Jul 17, 2010 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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent mystery romance. Strong characters! The character that seems to change the most is the dead guy. We begin our story with a murder. A respected senator is found dead in a hotel room. His death is especially vicious so all eyes turn to the women in his life who would want revenge. If only there weren't so many.
Our hero was his best friend since college. They were close as brothers and even though the senator had some faults, our hero stayed loyal. Which helped since his job was to m
Sep 24, 2014 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
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
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
Nov 08, 2012 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
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
Jul 20, 2011 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.

Much as I loved this first installment back in 2011, I didn't continue with the series. Not sure why as it's been 9 years since but very likely because I stopped reading Romance soon after and found (in the second book, IIRC) too much of it. But now, I feel I can tolerate a little more romance in my cop procedurals provided there isn't much relationship angst because I hate that. It gets in the way of the murder investigation! It's now 15 books with the 16th c
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it

If the love part between Sam and Nick would be a bit more realistic ,I would give 5 stars!
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing: I liked the way Marie Force revealed information about the mystery. I felt like I was part of the investigation. I was trying to help the detectives figure out the mystery. CRAZY? I know. 3rd person narration. A few POVs.

Characters: Sam and Nick were the MCs. I was confused by Nick’s personality. He would come across as Alpha at times, then Sam would push and Nick would retreat. Some of Sam’s power/strength was at Nick’s expense. Sam can be in charge without castrating Nick. I did like
I saw a lot of similarities between Sam and Nick with Eve and Roarke from Nora Robert's In Death series. This book was in no way as good as any book in the In Death Series. The romance was hot, but not very believable, although I thought that the attraction still being there after six years was very sexy. The mystery/suspense elements, well, I just didn't buy it from the very beginning and the more I learned about the victim, the less I liked him. Everyone loved him, but he was a real SOB.

Sam Ho
May 03, 2013 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 characters
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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
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Gansett Island, Fatal, Treading Water, Butler Vermont and Quantum.

Her books have sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller more than 30 times. She is also a USA

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