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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 only complicates matters even further. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up—but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention andStanding 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 only complicates matters even further. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up—but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flashbulbs.The pressure is on for Sam to find Sinclair's killer, but a new lead in her father's unsolved shooting puts her in unexpected danger. When long-buried secrets threaten to derail her relationship with Nick, Sam realizes that while justice can be blind, mixing romance with politics has the potential to be fatal…....

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Fatal Justice Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-03-12 23:26

    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 murder investigation. This time the victim is Julian Sinclair who’s in DC to meet with the President. Sinclair is a nominee for a soon to be vacant seat on the Supreme Court, but clearly someone didn’t want him to get that seat and now it’s up to Sam to find out who that person is and what was so important to keep covered up that Julian had to die for it. This one hits close to home for Nick because Julian is a very dear friend of the O’Connor family, who we got to know well in Fatal Affair. Once again Marie Force gives us an exciting, action packed story that had me riveted, and best of all we get to revisit those same awesome people we met in the Fatal Affair. I’m not normally a fan of political drama and suspense, but Ms. Force knows how to deliver it with such … force … that once again I was up until the wee hours of the morning finishing this story.The only complaint I have about Fatal Justice - and it’s a minor one, is that I didn’t like the way Sam was keeping secrets from Nick, regardless of her reasons. It seemed unnecessary and had me briefly questioning her ability to be in a solid relationship. But that said, I still adored her and Nick! Fatal Justice is another winner and I can’t wait to read the next book, Fatal Consequences.

  • Nicola
    2019-03-09 02:13

    3.5 stars

  • Karla
    2019-03-11 07:02

    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 things, but I really didn't see the reasoning behind all of it. The heroine, Sam, started to get on my nerves. For such a tough cop who has to make spur of the moment decisions, she really had trouble moving on in her own life. Nick, he was just there, he didn't appeal to me like he did in Fatal Affair. I honestly couldn't wait for the book to end. Not sure if this series is dead in the water for me, or if I'll continue. Lets just say I'm not rushing off to get the next book to see what happens. Maybe I'll try one more, and hopefully it will be better than this was. Freddie's circumstances, or rather dilemma was one of the few redeeming sub-plots in this book. On a brighter note, the narration by Felicity Munroe was once again spot on!

  • Ezinwanyi
    2019-02-28 23:27

    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 their love will sustain all the drama surrounding them.I don't think I enjoy Marie Force's writing as much. Her characters bore me and the story/plot is average. I don't think I'll continue with this series.

  • Fran
    2019-03-19 00:09

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

  • Lauren
    2019-03-05 04:25

    Fatal Justice3 StarsWhen 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 the minority when it comes to my less than stellar rating for this book. The most significant problem is my dislike of the heroine. While her tough-as-nails snark could be considered endearing in the first book, in this one she is simply rude, cantankerous and unlikable. She overreacts to the smallest things and seems to resent the fact that her subordinates have their own personal lives. She is also commitment phobic and keeps too many secrets from Nick (a trope that annoys me no end). While Nick is a sweet and sexy hero, he is also far too emotionally needy for my tastes and there are moments when I have to ask myself what he sees in the self-controlled and distant Sam. Moreover, the chemistry that they shared in the previous installment seems to have fizzled and their sex scenes (of which there are too many) are perfunctory and add little to their romance. The murder mystery takes a back seat to Nick and Sam’s relationship, which is unfortunate as the case and investigation are very intriguing. As it stands, the villains and their motivations are underdeveloped and the climax and resolution have a tacked on feel to them. I also disliked the way in which the issue of abortion is treated in the book as if women who choose this path for themselves have something to be ashamed of. The secondary sub-plots involving Sam’s co-workers are far more appealing and it is a pity that they don’t receive more page time as I prefer them to Sam and Nick’s ongoing angst. All in all, I will probably give the next book a shot sometime but it is not a priority.

  • Anne OK
    2019-03-12 04:27

    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're a funny man and I hope we see lots more of you!). Of course, you can expect a big dose of great romance and suspense, too. This series is the perfect package!

  • Dee
    2019-02-26 05:03

    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 investigation we get to see how Sam & Nick build on their relationship. Nick knew that Sam wouldn't want to be too far from her father so he bought a house a few doors down. Unfortunately it didn't go quite according to plan as Sam was apprehensive and reluctant to move in with him as her previous marriage was a disaster and left her with emotional scars. There were times when I got really angry with Sam and couldn't understand what she was waiting for. I also got a bit cross that she kept keeping things from him and thought that he dealt with the situations well. Once again Ms Force did an amazing job with this story and I would happily recommend it to anyone who likes the RS genre.

  • Elishia
    2019-03-17 01:24


  • Sue
    2019-02-24 04:20

    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 5 rating has to do more with the couple and the ensemble cast, the crime was secondary in this story and at times I think the crime solving technique could be improved. Crime 4.Original Review 6/2013:I love this series, this book in particular is a solid 4.5 stars. I can't rate it over the first in the series because it was just that good. The relationships get better, the ensemble cast is incredibly engaging. You actually look forward to the various snip-it updates MF includes on the secondary characters through out the book. Oh I have so many comments on all the relationships swirling about but I'd have to save that for twitter. The CAST gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars.Now onto the Crime/Plot, first I'm starting to feel really bad for Nick. The 2nd character to die in this series that is a close personal friend of Nick's, a nominee to the Supreme Court no less. So you get the "what the hell" is going on up on the Hill feel to this 2nd in the series. But, it makes sense for the author to do this to keep Nick involved. She pretty much has to have a crime involve a player in politics. The crime and the solving of the crime is logical and intuitive at times, nothing is spelled out and your often surprised. Not shocked, shocked is saved for authors like Balducci, Connelly, Patterson and DeMille. But the perfect level of Suspense for a romance vehicle. Finally in closing I want to point out I love the emotions in this novel, you get nearly all of them but I especially like it when an author can make me chuckled from time to time and this one accomplishes that.Well done. Now onto the third in this excellent series.

  • Chanel
    2019-03-01 01:10

    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 information that might possibly lead Sam one step closer to figuring out who shot her dad and ended his career as an officer.I really enjoyed this second book because it was chock full of action and diversity. We had officers and suspects of different races, genders and sexuality and the author did not disappoint in getting you connected to each one. Like before, Marie is very good at not putting the writing on the wall. Trying to figure out who the murderer is was such a thrilling ride and even when I figured it out, there was even more to the motive than what I thought initially. I really could put myself in each person's shoes and see where how their thought processes are when their emotions are involved.That being said, I did take off one star because Sam frustrated me a bit sometimes. I know she's portrayed as a sort of broken character who's addicted to her work and skeptical of any nugget of happiness but there were times where she was a bit too selfish and for a badass detective who is able to see things others cannot, she did appear at times completely oblivious even when things seemed really cut and dry and were even explained to her sometimes. I didn't get that vibe so much in the first book so it was surprising seeing it this time around.Overall, I'm still enjoying this series very much and plan to continue onto the next installment.

  • Liza Wiemer
    2019-03-12 03:18

    Yup, I'm hooked.

  • Marlene
    2019-02-28 23:15

    Originally published at Reading RealityI’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 Washington DC Metro Police Department, and Nick is an equally newly minted U.S. Senator. The book begins with their back-to-back swearing in ceremonies.But even before the second ceremony ends, Sam is out on another homicide. And it looks like the horrific domestic disturbance gone wrong may have ties to her father’s unsolved case. Deputy Chief Skip Holland is a quadriplegic as the result of a bullet lodged in his spine by an unidentified assailant, and Sam is determined to bring the perpetrator to justice.If only she can figure out who the hell it was. And if only she can catch a break in any of her ongoing investigations.But life and work spiral out of control for both Sam and Nick, as their relationship runs into a few rocks. Nick isn’t sure he can handle being the significant other of someone who puts their life on the line every day. And Sam doesn’t believe that she’s capable of being a political wife.Especially when their personal lives, his political career, and her caseload keep careening into each other. Nick has to deal with the murder of yet another close friend, while Sam finds herself investigating the death of someone they just had dinner with. The profile of the cop and the senator has risen so high that gangs have put bounties on their lives. And someone is digging into the dirt in Sam’s past in order to smear it all over Nick.Politics is a dirty business, and seems to be getting dirtier all the time.And Sam’s case, the murder of Nick’s friend, is right in the thick of it. Along with a story about just how deeply hate and bigotry can corrupt a system, a person, and especially a family.Escape Rating B+: This series is absolutely fantastic reading crack. I needed something that would be utterly absorbing, and Fatal Justice completely took me away from the real world for a few much needed hours.However, as much fun as I had with Fatal Justice, I also see that I’m going to need to pace myself just a bit. Series like the Fatal series, and also the In Death series that it reminds me so much of, are fun in onesies and twosies, but the patterns get all too clear if one attempts to read three or four very close together.That being said, this story, just like Fatal Affair, was a whole lot of fun. Sam and Nick are both very likable characters. The reader wants them to work through their problems, which are realistic and over-the-top at the same time. For example, one of their issues is that every time Nick hears that a cop has been wounded or killed, his immediate response is to drop everything and make sure Sam is okay. While that seems laudable on the one hand, on that other hand Sam seems to be in harm’s way every other minute. At the same time, she can’t stop being a cop or doing her job because he’s worried. It is part of who she is.But in spite of the recent spate of horrible real-life events, most cops do not face as many life-threatening situations in their entire careers as Sam seems to face in an average week. Likewise, Nick’s friends are being murdered at an alarming rate. If this keeps up, he soon won’t have any left among the living.Though it makes for terrific drama. Or perhaps melodrama.The case that Sam has to solve in this story is a lesson about the price of hate and bigotry. And as current as it must have seemed in 2011, it seems frighteningly real in 2016. This is a story where hate and bigotry literally kills. Which it so does.

  • ReginLaRadiosa
    2019-03-21 07:08

    Recensione sul sito lacrime gli bruciavano gli occhi, ma si rifiutò di piangere. Non in quel momento. Più tardi, forse, ma non in quel momento.Facendo un respiro profondo per calmare i battiti impazziti del suo cuore e uno sforzo immane per cancellare l’isteria della propria voce, disse: “Devo denunciare un omicidio”.Fornì l’indirizzo e, barcollando, tornò in soggiorno ad aspettare la polizia, tentando invano di togliersi dalla testa l’immagine del suo amico morto, una visione che, già lo sapeva, lo avrebbe tormentato per sempre.Così inizia il primo libro dell’acclamata serie “House of Crime”: Nick Cappuano trova il suo migliore amico, nonchè senatore degli Stati Uniti, assassinato nella sua casa e da quel momento inizia una caccia al killer perchè la detective Sam Holland, incaricata di risolvere l’indagine, non può e non vuole fermarsi prima di avere scoperto l’assassino.A rendere tutto ancora più intrigante è la passata relazione tra Nick e Sam, che dopo una notte di passione si sono allontanati per uno stupido malinteso e ora, dopo sei anni, non vogliono sprecare altro tempo.Successivamente, dopo aver scoperto chi ha ucciso il giovane John O’Connor, un’altra indagine si presenta alla porta del tenente Holland nel secondo capitolo della serie: “Justice“.Sam e Nick, ora, sono alle prese con l’inizio della loro relazione e la morte di un altro grande amico di Nick, il giudice della Corte Suprema, Julian Sinclair.Per i due innamorati, inizia una nuova avventura che renderà le loro vite caotiche e rischiose; ma tra l’intelligenza di Sam, una squadra di polizia di prim’ordine e Nick sempre al suo fianco… riusciranno a superare l’ennesima tempesta.House of Crime è una serie appunto “crime” da non perdere assolutamente.La narrazione è in terza persona, alternata tra Sam e Nick – ed è una scelta stilistica che adoro!Sam è un personaggio forte, combattivo, una vera dura che al suo interno nasconde un animo buono e compassionevole, ama la sua famiglia e dopo tanta sofferenza troverà tra le braccia di Nick un porto sicuro in cui rifugiarsi e tra cui essere se stessa.Nick, dal canto suo, è un uomo che sa cosa vuole e lui vuole Sam. Non l’hai dimenticata e ora che l’ha ritrovata non vuole lasciarsela scappare per nulla al mondo; inoltre, devastato dalla perdita del suo migliore amico, troverà nell’amore per lei un àncora a cui aggrapparsi per ricostruire le ferite e continuare a vivere, anche in ricordo di John.Tra le strade di Washington si dipanano una serie di crimini efferati, che fanno da sfondo a una storia d’amore meravigliosa e coinvolgente. Sam Holland e Nick Cappuano sono adorabili: il popolo americano li ama – all’interno del libro – e non potrete fare a meno di amarli anche voi!

  • Janga
    2019-03-05 23:07

    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 is fascinating, the murder of a Supreme Court nominee with friends in high places, Senator Nick Cappuano among them, and Lieutenant Sam Holland, with whom the Senator is romantically involved, determined to find the killer. But it’s the characters and their relationship that hooked me on the series. Nick and Sam are complex characters, and their relationship is revealed within the contexts of their personalities, their histories, and their occupations. Sam is unhappy with the media scrutiny that comes with being involved with a politician; Nick is frustrated and frightened by his inability to protect Sam from the risks that come with her job. Secondary characters that include family, friends, and co-workers add richness to the contexts.I’m selective about the romantic suspense I read for two reasons. First, I’m a wimpy reader and don’t want to read anything that’s going to give me nightmares or leave me worrying about how close the violence and horror are to RL. Second, I find romantic suspense novels often lean too heavily toward the suspense for my taste and give the relationship short shrift. The romantic suspense I enjoy keeps the H/H relationship in focus while giving me a suspense plot I can believe in for the duration of the book but not be haunted by it once I turn the last page. Fatal Justice is exactly that kind of book. I recommend it for fans of romantic suspense and for mystery readers. With its H/H continuing from book to book, it actually reminded me a great deal of some of my favorite mystery series.

  • Mojca
    2019-02-20 05:26

    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, snarky Sergeant Samantha Holland not only got promoted to Lieutenant in this book but also apparently got a change of character, because I didn't like her that much in this sequel. Keeping secrets, lying, not knowing what she wanted...The secrets part I would've understood if she also didn't claim not to compare Nick to her ex, the lying I'll never understand...And the whole not knowing what she wanted...First she wanted to take it slow, she didn't want to rush things. Okay, I get that. Then, Nick freaks (rightfully so, she has a dangerous job), and she can't understand why he reacted like that, why he's so cold and distant...Suddenly she appears not to want to take it so slow...Then she does, then she doesn't, then she doesn't really know what she wants, then there's that operation option (after the truth comes out), then...Gosh, there are so many ellipses in this review it's frightening, but that's what I kept imagining went on in Sam's head during this book about her relationship with Nick.If we forget all the dots, the suspense part wasn't bad, the villain remained a secret, and the final reveal was quite a shocker. But what went on beside the murder investigation. Well, dot dot dot.

  • Pupottina
    2019-02-23 03:21

    Giustizia a tutti i costiGli omicidi alla Casa Bianca non sono terminati. Questa volta viene ritrovato cadavere il prossimo esponente della Corte Suprema. Il secondo romanzo, della serie Fatal, è ancora più coinvolgente del primo. Gli elementi del thriller, sempre presenti al massimo grado, lasciano spazio alla relazione intensamente intima nata tra l'ormai diventato senatore, Nick Cappuano, e la tenente, Samantha Holland. Una coppia di potere ben assortita, ma che è ancora agli inizi ed ha molto da superare.E non finisce qui, poiché i casi da risolvere sono due in partenza, ai quali se ne aggiunge un terzo che viene dal passato. E se questo ancora non bastasse, Marie Force ci mette anche un po' di problemi di lavoro e voglia di maternità. Un poliziesco per donne, molto soft nello stile narrativo, ma che non tralascia i colpi di scena e l'analisi psicologica dei personaggi, anche minori, per renderlo maggiormente avvincente ed interessante. Le vicende narrate vanno a coinvolgere anche i personaggi minori, intrecciandoli tra loro. Leggendo JUSTICE, impariamo a conoscere meglio i personaggi più interessanti del primo romanzo della serie FATAL, ma diamo uno sguardo anche alle comparse new entry, più o meno secondarie. Gli intrighi di potere, man mano che la scalata al potere procede, si fanno più complicati ed ingarbugliati. Chi vuole di più, deve accettare di mettere la sua vita sotto i riflettori e fare i conti con la giustizia reale e con quella che gli altri credono di poter fare arrivando a commettere crimini efferati.

  • Marleen
    2019-02-25 01:05

    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. What mostly gets old, is that this couple is nauseatingly in love, and every twenty pages or so, we find them in bed or such some scene. For me personally, it’s too saccharine and lacks depth. I often say, leave the bedroom scenes to the imagination, it's so much better. The secondary characters are likable enough, but don’t get a chance to shine. Fatal Justice is the 2nd in this series and continues where book 1 left off. A close friend of Nick, Julian Sinclair, who’s nominated for the Supreme Court, gets murdered and it’s up to Sam to solve it.What mostly bothers me about Sam is that she can do whatever she pleases, professionally and in her personal life, but her detectives get a harsh treatment from her when it comes to their personal & professional choices. It’s so hypocritical.Again I tell myself, there are so much better books out there.

  • Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
    2019-03-04 02:18

    3 Lackluster StarsAlthough 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 mystery surrounding Skip's shooting, and Sam & Nick's undeniable chemistry.So, while I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel on this series yet, one more mediocre read will prove "fatal" and land it in my DNF cemetery.Note: If you enjoyed Felicity Munroe's narration of the Fatal Affair audiobook be warned that she did not do Fatal Justice. It was narrated by Katie Sparer who I've nicknamed "Smoky the Bear" because she sounded like she chain smokes cigarettes by the carton. I only lasted about five chapters before I tossed my ipod aside and picked up my Kindle!!

  • Elvan
    2019-03-22 07:17

    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.

  • May Mostly Romance
    2019-03-16 06:26

    นี่เป็นอีกครั้งนึงของรีวิวสองภาษาของแม็กซ์นะคะ เริ่มด้วยภาษาอังกฤษก่อนแล้วกัน Fatal Justice by Marie ForceI 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 feel it is not necessary to read chronologically since I began with this book and had no problem at all to get into the story. However, I would like to advise that there were several spoilers about the first book, Fatal Affair mentioned in this book. So beware of that.This book told the continuing story of Sam Holland, a police and her lover, Nick Cappuano. At the story opening, they were both achieving the pinnacle of their respective careers. Sam received her lieutenant bar on the same day Nick sworn in as the US senator. But Nick’s new role complicated their relationship and put Sam into spotlight. They became the newest darling couple of the Capitol Hill and the favorite topic for the media.That made life a little bit harder for a Washington DC police especially when she had murderer to catch. A horrifying crime, which took lives from a mother and her 3 children, unexpected tangled with another unsolved case. It had been three years since Sam’s father was ambushed that left him quadriplegic. The perpetrator was still free and that haunted Sam. So when newspaper clippings about her father were found in this murderer’s house, Sam put everything into finding the truth.If that was not pressures enough, added on another high profile murder. This time was even closer since she and Nick had dinner with the victim shortly before he was killed. Julian Sinclair was a Supreme Court nominee and moreover Nick's good friend. When his body was found in Lincoln Park shot in execution style, Nick was devastated. He was just losing his best friend (happened in the first book) and this incident sent him to the breaking point. He thought he could not stand to lose anyone again.But if the love of your life worked in law enforcement, how could you avoid the risk?As previous mentioned, I heard a lot of good thing about the first book. Several comments compared it with the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I can see the similarity since the series carried on using the same couple and digged deeper into Sam & Nick developed relationship. However, I feel the uniqueness and the freshness, which distinguish and make the story stood out.I like Sam for the fact that she is not too tough or too bitching. That would be an easy way to characterize a cop heroine. She may not be sure of her feeling with commitment issue and unwilling to move in with Nick but I never doubted her love for him especially when he panicked about losing her.And Nick, to say I like him would be understated but I always have a softhearted for the hero especially a young charismatic (did I mention) hot senator. I love that he loved Sam without question and without reserve. The continuing development in relationship between Sam and Nick is great and for that alone I will definitely follow the series after I finish reading the first book.When I first learned that Nick is a senator, I think he is too young. But considering his circumstance to the power, it is possible. I can see the appeal of Sam & Nick as a couple but not to the degree of why they were so popular with the reporters.The suspense is an intrigue and really fun for me trying to guess who is the bad guy. I feel the author leaved enough clue so I do not think it is too farfetched for Sam to come up with the killer's identity. However, not all the loosed end was tied up. I do not expect it to be since this is a continuing series.The balance between the romance and suspense is great, which I think is the most important thing in Romance Suspense genre. The beginning may be a little bit slow in term of suspense because they spent times introduced readers a cast of characters, not only Sam & Nick but the people in their lives. But once you knew them, you were hooked and really want to know more. This series created the whole world of supporting characters, who interesting on their own.The only thing that frustrated me is the first book spoilers. I wished I read Fatal Affair (the first book) first because now I knew all the event in Fatal Affair. I knew who was the bad guy. I learned about the begining of Sam & Nick relationship. I am not sure if it would diminish my enjoyment of the first book.Finally I would like to say this. When I summarized my reading for the year 2010, I complained about the lack of good romantic suspense. I wondered where are they gone. Now I have my answer. At least one of them is with Carina Press and it is an ebook.Grade Bแล้วก็มาถึงฉบับภาษาไทยก่อนอื่นเราคงขออธิบายสำหรับคนที่ไม่คุ้นเคยกับรีวิวฉบับสองภาษาของเรา ค่ะ ปกติแม็กซ์จะเขียนรีวิวเป็นภาษาไทยนะคะ เพราะเราเชื่อว่า ถ้าเพื่อน ๆ อยากอ่านรีวิวที่เป็นภาษาอังกฤษ ก็สามารถหาอ่านได้ไม่ยากเย็นเลยในอินเตอร์เน็ต อีกอย่างเพราะภาษาอังกฤษของเราก็ไม่ได้อยู่ในระดับที่จะเขียนรีวิวเป็น เรื่องเป็นราวได้ดี อย่างรีวิวเรื่องนี้ แม็กซ์ก็ต้องใช้เวลาเขียนไปเขียนมาเกือบวัน เสียเวลามาก ๆ นี่จึงเป็นเหตุผลที่เราเขียนเป็นภาษาไทย แม้ว่าภาษาไทยของเราก็ไม่ได้แข็งแรงอะไร เรื่องการสะกดผิดทำเป็นประจำดังนั้นถ้าจะอ่านบลอกของเราก็ทำใจกันหน่อยนะคะFatal Justice ของมาเรีย ฟอร์ซแม็กซ์ได้หนังสือเรื่องนี้มาฟรี ด้วยความกรุณาของสนพ.คารินา เพรส ซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของสนพ.ฮาร์ลิควิน แต่ความเห็นของแม็กซ์ที่มีต่อเล่มนี้เป็นไปโดยสัตย์จริง ไม่ได้เกี่ยวกับการได้ของฟรีมาแล้วต้องชมหรอกนะคะหนังสือเล่มนี้เป็นเล่มที่สองใน The Fatal Series ทีี่เล่าเรื่องราวต่อเนื่องของตัวละคู่เดิมอย่างแซม ฮอลแลนด์ และนิค แคฟพาวโน เรื่องราวในเล่มนี้เกิดขึ้นเกือบจะต่อเนื่องจากเหตุการณ์ในเล่มแรกของชุด (เรื่อง Fatal Affair) แต่เราไม่คิดว่า จำเป็นต้องอ่านเล่มแรกเพื่อให้อ่านเรื่องนี้รู้เรื่องหรอกนะคะ เพราะแม็กซ์เองก็ยังไม่ได้อ่าน ก็สามารถเข้าใจเรื่องราวได้เป็นอย่างดี ปัญหาก็คือ ในเล่มนี้มีสปอยล์ของเล่มแรกเล่าเอาไว้เยอะมาก ถ้าใครคิดจะอ่านเล่มแรก ก็ไม่น่าอ่านข้ามมาเล่มนี้ก่อนค่ะแซม ฮอลแลนด์ได้รับการเลื่อนตำแหน่งเป็นผู้หมวดในกรมตำรวจแห่งเมืองวอชิงตัน ดีซี ในวันเดียวกับที่คู่รักของเธอ นิคสาบานตัวเข้าเป็นวุฒิสมาชิก ความสัมพันธ์ของทั้งคู่ ประกอบกับความก้าวหน้าในอาชีพการงาน ทำให้ทั้งสองตกเป็นเป้าสนใจของสื่อมวลชนแขนงต่าง ๆ ซึ่งมันทำให้ชีวิตของแซมยุ่งยากค่ะโดยเฉพาะเมื่อเธอกำลังอยู่ระหว่างการสืบสวนคดีฆาตกรรมสี่ศพ ซึ่งเบาะแสที่พบในบ้านของฆาตกรยังโยงไปถึงคดีค้างเก่าเมื่อสามปีก่อน คดีที่เกี่ยวข้องกับแซมอย่างมาก เพราะเป็นพ่อของเธอเองที่ถูกลอบยิง จนทำให้เป็นอัมพาต คนร้ายยังลอยนวลอยู่ ดังนั้นเมื่อพบข่าวที่ถูกตัดและเก็บไว้ในบ้านหลังนั้น แซมจึงทุ่มเททุกอย่างลงไปเพื่อตามหาผู้ต้องสงสัยแต่ความกดดันก็เพิ่มพูนขึ้นอีก คราวนี้เป็นคดีฆาตกรรมอีกคดีนึง ซึ่งยิ่งใกล้ตัวแซมมากขึ้นไปกว่าเดิมเสียอีก เพราะเธอและนิคเพิ่งทานข้าวกับจูเลียน ซินแคลร์ ก่อนที่เขาจะถูกพบเป็นศพ การตายของจูเลียนส่งผลต่อจิตใจของนิคอย่างยิ่ง เขาเพิ่งเสียเพื่อนรักที่สุดไป (เหตุการณ์ในเล่มแรก) และเมื่อเสียจูเลียนไปอีกคน มันก็ทำให้เขารู้สึกหวาดกลัวความสูญเสียอย่างยิ่งแต่เขาจะทำอะไรได้ เมื่อผู้หญิงคนที่เขารักที่สุด ทำงานในสาขาที่เสี่ยงตายที่สุดด้วยตอนที่หนังสือเล่มแรกในชุดออกขาย แม็กซ์ได้ยินหลายคนพูดกันว่า เรื่องนี้มีความคล้ายคลึงกับหนังสือชุดอินเดธของ เจดี ร็อบบ์ในระดับนึงเลยนะคะ ซึ่งเราก็เห็นว่าจริง ส่วนหนึ่งเป็นเพราะใช้คาแร็คเตอร์พระเอกนางเอกคู่เดิมดำเนินเรื่อง แต่เราก็รู้สึกว่า หนังสือชุดนี้มีเอกลักษณ์เป็นของตัวเอง คาแร็คเตอร์มีความโดดเด่น และสร้างความแตกต่างให้กับคนอ่านได้แม็กซ์ชอบแซม ตรงที่เธอไม่แกร่ง หรือแสบเกินไป เราคิดว่า หากวางบุคลิกแบบนั้นให้กับนางเอกที่เป็นตำรวจ มันก็ง่ายเกินไปหน่อยมั้ง และแม้ว่าเธออาจจะไม่มั่นใจในตัวเองที่จะผูกพันตัวเองกับนิคด้วยการย้ายเข้า ไปอยู่ในบ้านของเขา แต่เราก็ไม่เคยตั้งข้อสงสัยในความรักที่เธอต่อเขาเลย โดยเฉพาะตอนที่นิคเองเกิดอาการตกใจ เมื่อคิดว่า แซมอาจจะถูกทำร้าย และจากเขาไปอีกคน (ทำให้เขาเกิดอาการวิ่งหนีความรัก)และนิค ถ้าหากจะบอกว่า เราชอบเขา ก็คงจะน้อยเกินไป แต่แม็กซ์ก็มันใจอ่อนให้กับพระเอกเสมอ โดยเฉพาะพระเอกที่ประสบความสำเร็จตั้งแต่ยังหนุ่ม มีเสน่ห์ และฮ็อตมาก ๆ สำหรับวุฒิสมาชิควัยเยาว์อย่างเขา เรารักเขาที่เรารักแซมอย่างไม่มีคำถาม หรือเงื่อนไข นอกจากนี้แล้ว ความสัมพันธ์ที่พัฒนามากขึ้นไปเรื่อย ๆ ของทั้งคู่ก็เป็นสิ่งที่ดีมาก ๆ ในเรื่องนี้ และด้วยเหตุผลนี้ข้อเดียว ก็ทำให้เราตัดสินใจที่จะติดตามอ่านเรื่องในชุดนี้แล้วล่ะค่ะตอนแรกที่เรารู้ว่า นิคเป็นถึงวุฒิสมาชิค เราคิดว่าเขาเด็กเกินไป แต่เมื่อได้รู้ถึงสถานการณ์ที่นำเขามาถึงจุดนี้ ก็พอเข้าใจได้ค่ะ อย่างไรก็ตามแม้เราจะเห็นว่า การจับคู่ระหว่างแซม และนิคเป็นเรื่องน่าสนใจ แต่เราไม่แน่ใจว่า มันมากขนาดที่จะทำให้ทั้งคู่น่าสนใจขนาดนั้นสำหรับพวกนักข่าวเชียวเหรอพล็อตในส่วนสืบสวนน่าสนใจค่ะ และก็สนุกมากสำหรับเราในการพยายามทายว่า ใครเป็นคนร้าย แม็กซ์รู้สึกว่า คนแต่งให้เบาะแสต่อคนอ่านมากพอ ทำให้เมื่อถึงเวลาที่แซมสรุปว่า ใครคือคนร้าย จึงไม่ได้ทำให้เรื่องดูไม่น่าเชื่อ อย่างไรก็ตาม ไม่ใช่ทุกประเด็นในเรื่องจะมีข้อสรุปนะคะ ซึ่งแม็กซ์ก็ไม่ได้คาดหวังให้มันสรุป เพราะเข้าใจว่า นี่เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของชุดยาวสมดุลระหว่างโรแมนซ์ และสืบสวนลงตัวมาก ๆ และนี่เป็นสิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดในหนังสือแนวโรแมนติกสืบสวน (อย่างน้อยก็สำหรับเรา) ช่วงแรกของเรื่องอาจจะดูช้า ๆ ไปบ้างสำหรับพล็อตสืบสวน เพราะให้เวลาส่วนใหญ่ไปกับการแนะนำตัวละครในชุด ที่ไม่ใช่เฉพาะแค่แซมและนิคเท่านั้น แต่เป็นผู้คนในโลกของทั้งสอง แต่สำหรับเราแล้ว เมื่อได้รู้จัก เราก็คิดว่า พวกเขามีความน่าสนใจในตัวเอง และไม่ได้ดึงความสนใจไปจากตัวละครหลักเลยประเด็นใหญ่ที่สุดที่ทำให้เราหงุดหงิดเล็กน้อย ก็คือเล่มนี้มีสปอยล์ของเล่มหนึ่งเยอะมาก ๆ จนทำให้เรานึกอยากอ่านเล่มหนึ่งก่อนเล่มนี้ค่ะ เพราะหลังจากจบเล่มนี้ไป เรารู้เหตุการณ์ในเล่มหนึ่งเกือบหมดทุกอย่าง ไม่ว่าคนร้ายคือใคร หรือความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างแซมและนิคพัฒนามายังไงกันบ้าง เลยไม่รู้ว่า ตอนอ่านเล่มหนึงจะสนุกน้อยกว่าที่ควรจะเป็นเป็นหรือไปสุดท้ายเราอยากจะบอกว่า ตอนที่เราสรุปหนังสือประจำปี 2010 เราบ่นเกี่ยวกับหนังสือแนวโรแมนติกสืบสวนที่สนุก ๆ เราสงสัยว่า มันหายไปไหนกันหมด ซึ่งตอนนี้ก็ได้คำตอบแล้วค่ะว่า อย่างน้อยหนึ่งในนั้นถูกพิมพ์โดยสนพ.คารินา เพรส และมันเป็นอีบุ๊ค (และทำให้เราคิดตก และตัดสินใจซื้อคินเดลในที่สุด)คะแนนที่ 77 (B)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-07 23:00

    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.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-20 03:21

    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 Sam's dad just to accommodate her. This guy is just the ideal man material. Poor Nick. Remember he lost his best friend, John, in Fatal Affair? This time he lost another long time friend and mentor, Julian, who is going to be nominate as the Supreme Judge and who also happened to be gay. He is on the verge on total breakdown and to make matter worst, Sam's job that often put her in danger is too much for his mental capability to handle. In the meantime, he is coping with his new position as the Senator of Virginia. Nick and Sam do have some couple's drama, mostly with Sam keeping things from Nick. She justify it by protecting him, but we know deep down she is use to being independent. By the way, am I so bad that I actually like to read about their arguments. Because every time after their confrontation, they came around and love each other more. They never drag out the cold and silent treatment. I love that about them. I also like the multiple point of view in this series. We get to know more about the other characters, especially Freddie, Sam's sidekick. He and Elin, who we came across previously in Fatal Affair, is just so cute together. Imagine the Justin Timberlake movie 'Friends with Benefits'. Back to the suspense. Sam finally had a lead on her father's shooter after two years. She have to juggle between catching her father's shooter and solving Julian's homicide. The fact that Julian was gay make them think killing is a political move. In the meantime, she is summoned for a hearing with the Internal Affairs for hooking up with Nick, a material witness, during the John O' Connor's investigation. She might be suspended or worst demoted from her new position. The ending is just so perfect. (view spoiler)[ Nick proposed to Sam at the White House's Rose Garden. I love the fact that she just said 'Yes' instantly without thinking. Because initially she took so long to decide whether she wanted to move in with him or not.(hide spoiler)]

  • Ami
    2019-03-08 06:20

    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's relationship, ESPECIALLY because of their position. Sam is now a Lieutenant of Metro Police PD, while Nick is now a U.S. Senator, Democrat of Virginia ... their type of jobs is prone to be more complicated than regular people. Media is having their spotlight on their personal life on top of their professional. It's nice too see how they handle it; although there is one scene where I'm a bit pissed on how Nick is taking a step back from Sam because of his fear of her job. It's not easy to love a cop, I know, their risk of job is probably higher than ordinary job ... BUT I'm glad that Nick realizes it in the end.Sam is one strong heroine, even if she's bull-headed sometimes. There is one more story of her past that makes my heart break. I also adore Nick, because he doesn't really bully his way through Sam's defenses; he gives her space even at some points he also pushes her to make a decision. The ending makes me smile because it's going to be one heck of event, that's for sure.I also like the progress with secondary characters, especially Sam's partner, Freddie. He's so cute!! I want to cuddle him :). Hopefully he gets his own happily ever after with Elin.Mystery wise, this one is "better" because Sam manages to get the answer -- not just a coincidence like in the 1st book. It also breaks my heart more because it has something with gay rights and homophobia/bigotry, and as one reader who reads A LOT of male/male romance, it's heartbreaking to read how one's personal choice of love can make other people so hateful.Now, I cannot wait till book #3 arrives ... More Sam and Nick, please ...

  • Sunny
    2019-02-22 02:02

    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've seen reviews where readers think she is mean and undeserving of Nick. I love that about Sam's character. She is a balance between hard and soft edges. She is hot tempered, bossy, foul-mouthed at times, and demanding. She also has a sarcastic sense of humor ...just like virtually every cop I know. I love that she is not perfect, is beyond competent in her own career, but when she is with Nick, she can let it all go and be soft like butter. But this isn't just about Sam and Nick. The supporting characters are evolving too. Detective Freddy Cruz - the recently deflowered virgin, Detective Tommy Gonzo Gonzalez - the recently captured playboy, the increasingly involved Detective Jeannie McBride, Skip Holland - Sam's retired and IOD (injured on duty) father who is now a quadriplegic and new groom, are an eclectic group who help in solving crimes and contributing to the fun. Read the full review at: http://loveaffairwithanereader.blogsp...

  • DJ Sakata
    2019-03-03 03:19

    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. Seriously. He must be punished.Your caring concern is ruining my plans to stab you with a rusty steak knife for subjecting me to the most thorough poking and prodding of my life - and as someone who's been through infertility testing, that's saying something.My Review:Impossible to conceive but the second book in the series is even better the first, which was excellent. The storyline was extremely active and non-stop intrigue with multiple murders, kidnapping, car chases, abduction, hostage taking, accidents, shootings, injuries, arguments, missing persons, manhunts, professional concerns, and medical issues; all while several new relationships were blooming among their staff, and a tender and intensely passionate love affair was deepening between two powerful people, one of whom was also stupendously stubborn and complicated. The writing was stellar, engrossing, amusing, captivating, and suspenseful; yet still easy to follow. I am in awe of this author and don't see myself ever tiring of these complex yet highly endearing characters.

  • GraceMyBookSnack
    2019-03-01 03:02

    Fan-freaking-tastic!I became a huge fan of Sam and Nick in the first book. I fell in love with them even more and thought book #2 of the Fatal series was even better than the first! This one has another murder to solve that had me exclaiming “No way!” at the end. Plenty of action, suspense, and excitement!One of the things I appreciate the most is the amazing character development. We get to see all the flaws, growth, and change of the main characters fully fleshed out. For instance, Sam's partner Freddie is one of my favorites. He is both adorable and yummy! I love that we get to see him not only learn on the job, but also deal with unexpected feelings that arise from stuff happening in his personal life. Rawr! Woohoo, Freddie! I like that we see the deep bonds Sam shares with her family play out. I thought the scene with Sam and her sister Angela was very touching. Finally, Sam and Nick! Sam doesn't make it easy to be in a relationship at all. She's tough and fearless, but with her being with Nick we also see her vulnerable side, too. Nick truly gets her! They are so in love and want to be together, but they are still trying figure out how to coalesce their lives. Sam gets promoted to lieutenant as Nick adjusts to being a U.S. Senator. Even with their high-powered jobs, the unwanted media attention, the on-going investigations, and crimes to solve, the romance factor between these two continues to be steamy. The epilogue made me melt!!! I can't wait to read the next one!

  • ⚜️Trea
    2019-03-05 00:58

    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 got some skeletons in her closet. While their relationship falters at times, they do, at the core, remain together.The book was very fast paced, and while I didn’t agree with everything that happened amongst the secondary characters, I did enjoy seeing the tapestry being woven of them. However, I was able to draw too many vagueish parallels between this series and Nora Roberts’ In Death series. It was unsettling, and dulled my enjoyment of it overall.

  • Silvia
    2019-03-08 03:19

    Wonderful seriesFatal 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.If you like romantic mysteries as much as I do, then this series will push your buttons. 5 stars!

  • Kjen
    2019-03-19 01:28

    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!