Release Week Blitz: Fatal Identity: Marie Force

Sam and Nick return in the stunning romantic suspense, FATAL IDENTITY, that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Being released today, FATAL IDENTITY is the tenth novel in Marie Force’s Fatal Series being published by HarlequinHQN. Make sure you order your copy today!
Fatal Identity
Fatal Series #10
Marie Force
Releases July 26
Every family has its secrets…
As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.
Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his “father” is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh’s family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets?
With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam’s plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?

Fatal Identity is yet another Sam Holland book full of mystery, family, and a whole lot of police drama. Sam has never been one to pull any punches, and now she’s facing the consequences of her actions. While serving her suspension, a new case refuses to wait until her suspension is up, and Sam finds herself working on her own time to dig to the bottom of what could be a powderkeg case.

The police aspect of this book takes the focus, as Sam’s suspension keeps her hands tied as a new case peaks her interest. That part of Sam’s personality both fascinates and frustrates me, as she really does make things difficult for herself and her superior officers when she refuses to remain at home and out of police business.

Nick is a constant support, as usual, though his job means he is less free to drop everything to assist as he would like. It was interesting to watch him juggle his many responsibilities, as he does his best to help Sam in her investigation. As this case is less tied to Capital Hill as some of her other cases, his assistance is mostly emotional rather than informational, but it’s presence speaks volumes to their relationship.

I love the rich world these books are built into. Events unfold in a way that makes it feel like the reader is sitting right next to Sam, and the on-going nature of the series means readers are invested in the whole cast. Sam and Nick’s relationship is well settled, and it feels less like a romance and more like a piece of general fiction that happens to focus on one couple.

That being said, things have moved beyond their relationship and into the family of homicide detectives and what happens in the line of duty to these officers who are so close to each other. While I did read some of the previous books, there are some key events that happen in the three books I haven’t had a chance to read that left me reeling when I read about them after the fact. (I have since gone back and read those three books, for the record.)

This is billed as a standalone and officially, yes, it stands alone. However, I was glad I had taken the time to read at least part of the rest of the series before reading this one. While the criminal investigation aspects of the story stand alone, there are so many other storylines in this world that I would have felt like something was missing if I had read it alone. Sam, Nick, & Scotty being one of the biggest of those stories, there are also countless other side stories: the various other members of Sam’s homicide squad, Nick’s rise to his current political position, Sam’s dad’s medical history, as well as many other relationships. These previous side stories are referenced in offhanded ways that allow new readers to get a quick history without tying up large portions of the book. 

I devoured this book, even on the heels of having read three other Fatal books back to back, and much of the rest of the series within the last few weeks. The investigation threads that run through the story as well as the character’s outside lives that bleed into their police work had me turning pages as fast as I could. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
She used her thumb to point to her guest. “This is Josh—he’s with me.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

She hated the way the agents insisted on calling her ma’am, as if she were seventy years old or something, but she’d chosen not to fight that battle. She wanted to say, if you can call me ma’am why can’t you call me Sam? Close enough, wasn’t it? But Nick had asked her not to make an issue of it, so she didn’t. But she wanted to.

“Have a seat.” She directed Josh to the sofa while she tossed her coat over the back of it. “I’ll be right back.”


Sam dashed upstairs to their bedroom, anxious to see what was wrong with Nick, who’d been fine earlier. She found him in bed, curled into the fetal position, and was instantly concerned. Leaning over the bed, she pressed a kiss to his forehead, which was on fire. “Babe.”


“Hey, what’s wrong?”

“Don’t know. Was fine and then I wasn’t.”

“You’re burning up. Did you take something?”

“Couldn’t. Stomach.”

“I’m calling Harry.”

“No, I’m fine.”

“You’re not fine, and I’m calling Harry.”

He mumbled something that sounded like “don’t bother him,” but to hell with that. She was bothering him. Withdrawing her cell phone from her pocket, she found the number for one of their closest friends, who happened to be a doctor, and made the call.

“Madame Vice President,” Harry said. “To what do I owe the honor?”

“Nick is sick. Can you come over?”

“Sick with what?”

“I don’t know. He said it came on out of nowhere, and now he’s burning up and says his stomach hurts too bad to take anything.”

“Sounds like the flu. Keep your distance.”

“Way too late for that warning.” Sam winced when she thought of the sex they’d had last night and again this morning. Not getting too close to her husband was usu­ally the last thing she wanted to do.

Marie Force
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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1 comment:

  1. Maybe a funny family secret would be ghost/ufo chasers =D


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