Fantastic suspense series!!!
Inauguration day is almost here…
Lieutenant Sam Holland is on leave, recovering from an attack that shook her to the core. With no case to distract her, she’s trying to stay busy—even voluntarily meeting with her new White House staff. But it’s not enough to keep the horrific memories at bay, and her family is worried…especially her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.
Nick is dealing with his own demons where his wife’s safety is concerned, losing night after night of sleep as he works to make sure what happened that day will never happen again. The pressure is building inside the Cappuanos’ marriage, and something’s got to give before Nick takes the oath of office.
When two college girls go missing in the midst of inauguration madness, the chief of police needs the one cop he can count on to find them and save the Metro PD from disgrace. In a case full of ugly twists and turns, Sam will have to confront her past and find her strength again…before it’s too late.
To start with, I read book 1 in this series Fatal Affair (Fatal #1) in November 2015 and somehow never picked it up again. Either I must have been knee deep into other books because it makes really no sense at all – especially since I devoured book 9 & 10 on my weekend trip and I already asked the author if I could get my fingers onto book 11 coming out next month.
The Fatal series reminded me a bit of the In Death series by Nora Roberts – which is one of my all time favorite series. Both series have incredibly strong women. In Fatal Frenzy Sam Holland, a lieutenant at the Washington, D.C., Metro Police, was a no nonsense kind of woman, not backing down and not afraid to tell her colleagues as well as upper management how things needed to go. I adore strong and feisty women, who are confident, self-assured, and just kick-ass heroines.
In book 1 Sam met Nick Cappuano, at that time he was a chief of staff and friend to murdered senator. They had a brief but passionate one night stand years ago, and when they met again sparks flew.
In Fatal Frenzy (Fatal #9) Nick is being sworn in as VICE PRESIDENT of the United States – OMG!!!!
So, obviously I missed a heck of a lot of storyline and plot, when I jumped from book 1 to book 9. But my library only had two of the author’s books available as audiobook and I needed something to listen to stat. So I jumped in and I had NO trouble at all keeping up with the plot.
Immediately after starting the book I was captivated by Sam Holland. Her personality and demeanor spoke to me from the very first minute. I loved how tough she was, how much responsibility she carried on her shoulders, and the respect she earned from her colleges. The bone deep dedication she brought to her job was fascinating to me. And all of that made her a stand-out heroine.
She didn’t back down when shit hit the fan. She soldiered on, and strived to keep the well-being of colleges, friends, family and civilians as her highest priority. Just because she was now the wife of the VP, her duties and responsibilities towards her people wouldn’t change. And because she was far from perfect or invincible, her struggles and doubts were genuine.
The entire book was incredibly well plotted and thought through. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and the twist at the beginning of the book had me reeling for the rest of the story. The ensuing trial for all involved was heart-breaking.
If you love suspense mysteries with a sexy hero and a healthy dose of HOTNESS – read this book/series!!!! Nick and Sam heat up the sheets on more than one occasion. I loved their interactions, their deep love for each other, and their passion and sexual attraction was palpable and turned up the HEAT!!
All of the secondary characters were wonderfully fleshed out and the multiple POV’s allowed a more intimate relationship between reader and story. I started caring for ALL of the characters. They were more like a family – partners, colleges, friends – a cast that I cared deeply about by the end of this book. That’s why it was such an enigma that I stoped reading the series in 2015.
I loved this book!!! I was enthralled, entertained, invested, and moved by the characters and the story. And now I’m finishing up Fatal Identity (Fatal, #10).
I also should mentions that the narrator did a fabulous job. I loved her voice, nuances, and the speed of reading. Her characters were distinct and it was a joy listening to her speak.