I’ve long been wanting to start a new feature on the blog which spotlights book series that I’ve found and truly enjoyed. A lot of times I get hooked on a series, find that it’s been out for a while, then binge myself on 5 or 6 books in a row, finding myself totally entranced by the series and author. One such occurrence happened when I found the Fatal series by Marie Force. Currently 6 books and a novella, the Fatal series is a hybrid of the crime and romance genres.
The Fatal series follows Sam Holland, a police detective for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C., as well as Nick Cappuano, a chief-of-staff turned Senator. The two had a memorable one-night stand a few years prior, but they are now brought back into each other’s lives as Nick’s boss, Senator O’Connor, has been murdered. As the head of the murder investigation, Sam becomes a constant part of Nick’s life again, much to his surprise. After their one-night stand Nick tried contacting Sam over and over in the hopes of beginning a relationship with her. Circumstances neither of them could have known about kept them apart, and this reintroduction has begun to rekindle the feelings both have never been able to truly suppress over the years.
So, why do I love this series? First and foremost, the characters. Nick is AWESOME. He’s not threatened by Sam’s powerful career or her need for control. Nor is he perturbed by the thick armor she wears to deal with the world. Instead, he pushes her to think in new ways, express her emotions, and allow herself to need those around her. His love, support, and encouragement help her shed the tremendous amount of stress, guilt, and pressure she’s carried around. Sam’s an incredible character (AND woman) in her own right. She’s strong, resilient, intelligent, and powerful. The two together are awe-inspiring. They can achieve anything together, as their love truly makes them better, stronger people.
I’m glad that Force chose to have Nick and Sam’s love story spill out over multiple books instead of having everything happen in one. It makes their relationship and subsequent marriage more believable and realistic. It also allows their development as a couple, individuals, and professionals to grow leaps and bounds.
So, what else is so special about this series besides the characters? The non-stop action, for one thing. Also, the intriguing mysteries! While Sam and Nick’s love story is the heart of this series, it’s not the main plotline in each book. The mysteries that Force comes up with are super fascinating, and they take up a good portion of each book, filling out the romantic portions nicely. It’s obvious she’s a talented writer the more you read of the Fatal series. Each book will have you guessing from start to finish.
In order (with my ratings) the series is:
- Fatal Affair – 5 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Justice – 4 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Consequences – 4 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Destiny (novella) – 5 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Flaw – 3 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Deception – 5 out of 5 Stars
- Fatal Mistake – 3 out of 5 Stars
If you’re looking for something new to read that is truly out of the box (I mean come on, murder and romance!?) I suggest giving this series a shot.