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Fatal Threat is the latest installment in Marie Force’s Fatal romantic suspense series. It is also the first book I have read by this author, but by no means will it be the last.
Going in blindly, I was not quite sure what to expect. Much to my surprise the book turned out to be a delightful almost-political but-not-quite story of murder, intrigue and yummie romance.
Sam Holland is a Metro PD lieutenant. She is also the wife of Nick Cappuano, the US vice president. Yes, the very vice president.
Now, I haven’t read the previous novels, so I don’t know much of the backstory, how her husband became such a VIP personality, but from what I’ve gathered, there was quite a lot going on in the previous books. And just to continue the excitement, this book started out with a bang.
While standing in front of a new crime scene, Sam is almost forcefully grabbed and driven away by the Secret Service without any hint of where she’s whisked away to. Much to her surprise, when she gets there, she finds in the secret location several of her family members and friends equally confused and disheveled. Nobody knows what is going on, why they are hidden and above all, where is Nick.
Soon, however, Nick arrives and explains the situation to Sam and the rest of the people gathered around him. There has been a threat against him, against Sam and both of their families, so the Secret Service left nothing to chance and took them to safety. But for how long they’ll have to be stashed away, that’s anyone’s guess.
From there on starts Sam’s quest to finding out what exactly is going on, who wants them dead and above all, what does her oh-so-hated ex-husband have to do with all of this.
But before anything else, she needs to find a way to escape her temporary prison, because she can’t do anything unless she’s back on the streets where she belongs, with her team.
As I mentioned initially, I had no idea what to expect from the book. I do feel that not having read the previous novels in the series left me with a small gap in background knowledge, but not enough to have problems savoring this particular story to its fullest.
I enjoyed the relationship between Sam and Nick, they sort of reminded me of Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, in their banter and strong chemistry that there is between them.
It was interesting to read a story that is set in Washington, with political undertones, without actually calling the novel a political thriller. It was really a crime mystery novel with some romantic relief sprinkled in perfect locations throughout the book.
If I’ll have the time, I will go back and start reading the Fatal series from the beginning, so I can get a full grasp on Sam and Nick’s relationship and how they got where they are right now before a new novel comes out.