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Fatal Justice

(Fatal #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  7,431 ratings  ·  439 reviews
She looked into the dead face of the man she'd dined with the night before

Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heat
ebook, 279 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Romanantic Suspense, murder mysteries

Fatal Justice is the second book in Marie Force’s Fatal series and another 5 star read!

This installment finds Lieutenant Sam Holland and Senator Nick Cuppuano feeling their way around their new relationship. It's obvious they're in love, but they're still getting to know one another and working as a couple, rather than individuals with no one else to think about. Not only do they have the added pressure of public scrutiny disrupting their private lives, but they’re also knee deep in another murd
This is my first book from Marie Force and I have some really mixed feelings. There are many things about this book that I enjoyed and there are some that I didn't like so much.

I haven't read the previous book in this series. And although it was not a problem to follow the plot in the second one, the plot from the previous book was extensively uncovered there, so now I don't see the point in reading the previous one now.

One of the things I am not so keen of is the relation between Sam and Nick w
Re-read on December 6, 2018 Adding another star to my original rating!

They are not Eve and Roarke but they will do. :)

2.5 Stars! Just not feeling these characters or this book, mediocre at best! I can put this in the Marie Force "miss" column!

Sorry kids, I know everyone loves this series, but after a good start with Fatal Affair, this was something of a flop for me. I felt like so much of the plot was recycled from the first book. I understand that the characters are all connected, but it just didn't do it for me. Over the top drama...too much going on. The killer...I didn't get it! I know people do stupid thin
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This series reads like a contemporary knock off of The In Death series by JD Robb. But in all fairness, I don't like that series either.

This sequel started right after book 1 with Lieutenant Sam Holland and Senator Nick Cuppuano's relationship coming to light after a public political scandal involving the senators family.

Here, we see the price both pay to be together. Sam is on the trail of a murder and Nick's political ambitions lead to the loss of Sam's privacy. But they are determined that th
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
3.5 stars

In a few words: love the couple; too many things happening

This is the second book in the Fatal series I am currently hooked on, and I wish I could say it lived up to my expectations... and it did with respect to the developing relationship between Sam and Nick, but the "mystery" part was not as enthralling, and there were way too many other things happening unrelated to it that distracted from the story. For example (minor spoiler), there was a major car chase where the MCs were getting
Fatal Justice
3 Stars

When the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court is found dead, newly promoted Detective Lieutenant Sam Holland finds herself knee-deep in another high-profile case. As she unravels the clues to the murder, Sam must also deal with changes in her personal life as her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano moves in new and problematic directions.

Given the numerous 5 star rating and the comments on many of my groups raving about this series, it has become clear that I am in
Anne OK
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
If you love romantic suspense, this series is a must. The first book, "Fatal Affair," whetted my appetite - the second installment, "Fatal Justice" has left me starving for more! Marie Force's "Fatal" ebook series set in Washington, D.C. amidst political intrigue and crime continues the evolving relationship between Nick and Sam, and is filled with great dialogue, wonderfully well-developed leads, good secondary characters, as well as the addition of some very amusing characters (Dr. Harry - you ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

For some reason this seems so fitting for Sam and Nick. Boy these two couldn't seem to catch a break in this one. I'm looking forward to seeing how they plow through the crap that is undoubtedly coming their way.

The secondary characters are rising to the occasion if you ask me. Freddie is pretty awesome and so is Cruz.

The murder mystery held my attention and garnered my interest. The wrap up of everything was spot on.

And the ending......❤

Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it

Same as the first one!
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes RS
This book continues on from Fatal Affair in which we met Samantha & Nick. Sam is a police Detective who has just received promotion to Lieutenant and Nick is now a US Senator. Sam is called out to a murder scene in the early hours of the morning only to find the victim is one of Nick's closest friends who was about to be appointed a Supreme Court Judge. Of course this is devastating to both Nick and his 'adoptive' family the O'Connors.

As well as following Sam and her team through the investigati
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book delved deeper into the personal lives of the main characters and branched out a bit into the supporting cast. Very good story line -I like the setting around Washington, DC. Lots of emotion and inner turmoil in this book - interesting and controversial subject matter made for a very good plot line.

Worth the read, and I'm really enjoying this series - getting to know the characters and liking them.

Two thumbs up!
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Updated for a reading challenge:

This series gets better with each book, as our stars settle into their fiery hot relationship, real life gets in the way. Bad guys, politics and the media. It's funny I thought the first of the series was better at the time (6/2013). I'd say now this book was a touch better when you read the series again. Either are good though and I recommend if you are a fan of a couple series solving crimes. Though the crime was more interesting in book 1.

I want to be clear the
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great read. I'm getting over my JD Robb yips and enjoying Sam and Nick more. The whodunnit was a wee bit too easily resolved but Force is just getting up to speed on this romantic suspense genre so I'll give her a B for suspense and an A for the romantic part. Wow..she does write a hot scene. ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I’m convinced that Eve Dallas and Sam Holland are sisters under the skin. And for those of us who wait with bated breath for the next installment in the lives of Dallas and Rourke and the denizens of the NYPSD, Sam Holland and Nick Cappuano make a terrific early 21st century alternative.

In this second installment of the Fatal series, Sam and Nick are still negotiating the terms of their relationship. Sam is a newly minted Lieutenant in the fictional Washing
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve wondered for some time why there were not more romances set in Washington, D. C. I even blogged about the lack once at Romance Vagabonds. So when NetGalley offered Fatal Justice by Marie Force, a romantic suspense set in that city, I requested a review copy. I’m glad I did because it was a terrific read. I’m planning to backtrack and read book 1 in the series, Fatal Affair, and I’m looking forward to Fatal Consequences in July 2011 (all from Carina Press).

The suspense plot in Fatal Justice
Darn! I really wanted to love this book, but ended up liking it at best. Why? Well, there was just too much going on at once - two separate investigations (one of them an almost cold case), a secondary character getting his own sub-plot so he could lose his virginity (TMI!), the whole ping-pong between Sam and Nick...I sort of understood him and his (ONE!) momentary lapse of judgment, but she, boy, she had no clue what she wanted.

And that was the biggest problem for me. The mighty, ballsy, snark
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Closing her eyes tight against the rush of emotion, she slipped her arm around him and burrowed into his embrace, painfully aware that sometimes love - even this kind of love - wasn't enough.

Fine! I'll give it up! But when Nick calls begging you to assist in his suicide, you'll have only yourself to blame. I'm a total gorilla without my caffeine.

Harry says I have to give up soda. Entirely. Because of my stomach... I'm already going through withdrawal. And it's all Nick's fault. S
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really should heed my own advice – when I told myself to simply not read any more of these Fatal series, I should have done it. In itself, the premise of the series sounds good. You have a female lieutenant, Sam Holland, in the Metropolitan D.C. police whose love of her life is newly minted Virginia Senator, Nicholas Cappuano. They are both charismatic and head-strong, and have busy schedules. The books present us with her police work and his politicking, but it’s all so trivial and shallow. W ...more
Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~

3 Lackluster Stars

Although I really like Sam & Nick, Fatal Justice was a bit of a mess. Despite a great romance and fantastic secondary characters, the excessive rehashing of details from the first book became tiresome and detracted from the current storyline. Along with the ridiculously silly confrontation / conclusion to the murder mystery and Sam & Nick's relationship drama overkill this read was nearly unsalvageable. However, it's saving grace for me was the delicious Cruz, the ongoing m
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great characters, good mystery. Lots of action and danger too. A case that touches both of their lives. Danger and passion are just a part of their daily lives.

Tough, snarky, female cop and a sweet, sexy senator. Wonderful supporting characters not to mention the media.
May Mostly Romance
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Fatal Justice by Marie Force

I heard a lot of buzzes about the Fatal Series by Marie Force but for some reasons I never got to buy the first book in the series, Fatal Affair. So when I received an opportunity from Carina Press, a division of Harlequin Enterpries to review this book via Netgally, I am excited.

And I was hooked into the story from the beginning.

Fatal Justice is the second book in the Fatal Series but I f
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fatal Justice is as good as the Fatal Affair, if not better. Fatal Justice started off with Sam being promoted to Lieutenant and at the same time Nick taken up the position as the Senator. Sam and Nick is together, but our Sam is still in a commitment-phobic mode, since she had some awful experience with her previous marriage. Nick is such a girl in this relationship, he is so committed and he wanted Sam to move in with him. I can't imagine he actually buy a new house three doors away from ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
That's it, I'm HOOKED with this series. I read this non-stop because I'm so engrossed with what Sam Holland and Nick Cappuano is going through few weeks after what happened in book #1. The pace is faster and Sam is facing two cases: one is domestic disturbance that might have connection to her Dad's shooting two years ago and the other one is a murder of Nick's friend, Julian Sinclair, a liberal gay professor who is going to be nominated for High Court.

I really enjoy the progress of Sam and Nick
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Justice is a continuation from Fatal Affair except this time a United States Justice has been killed. Sam and Nick are celebrating Nicks upcoming stint as a United States Senator and Sam gets to meet a few of Nicks political buddies. Nick just bought a house a few door's down from Skip, Sam's dad, in the hopes that Sam will move in with him. They have Julian over for dinner and the next morning he turns up dead. On top of that, evidence from a police raid that ended up in tragedy turns up ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought the first book was good, this one is even better. I absolutely love this story. It is a perfectly balanced fare of crime, suspense and romance. This is book 2 in Marie Force's Fatal Series. It is the continuing story of newly promoted Lt. Samantha Holland and new appointed US Senator Nick Cappuano.

Nick is an easy character to love. He is so warm, gentle, manly, caring and devoted. His is outwardly emotional and wears his love for Samantha on his sleeve. Sam is a little more prickly. I
This is one series that you have to read in order, and have practically no downtime between the books! It builds right on the heels of the last book, so keeping that in mind, there’s not an instantaneous dead body. To me, this is a good thing, as it allows for character building.

We learn a good bit more about Sam in this book, and how much she has the potential to really hurt Nick’s career. On the flip side of that though, is how much her privacy will be violated by staying with Nick, and she’s
Wonderful series

Fatal Justice brings us more of the continuing saga of Lt. Sam Holland and her boyfriend, Senator Nick Cappuano. There's more high speed chases, crime scenes, and a whole lot of love. We also get to learn more about the secondary characters, Detectives Freddie and Gonzo, who play important supporting roles which adds more depth to the story. In this particular book we see the the third branch of the U.S. Government come into play, as a potential Supreme Court Justice is involved.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars...Just loving this series! I thought that the issue of the danger of loving a cop was done very well. Nick is not Roarke so there was some drama involved in resolving this issue. I do think Force's writing style is evolving. I was more satisfied with the fleshing out of feelings and flow when compared to the first book. Very much looking forward to the third book. Really hope one thing doesn't happen that was mentioned but I won't put that spoiler in here! ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2014, 2020
3.5 stars.

Re-listened in Oct 2020.


I actually liked this better than the first book. But those In Death similarities keep getting in the way... for example, Sam keeps wrecking her police car, just like Eve.

Different narrator to the first book too. I think Katie Sparer is a better narrator but they really should stick to the same one for a series with recurring characters like this one.
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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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