Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: Fatal Justice by Marie Force

Title: Fatal Justice
Series: Fatal
Author: Marie Force
Read copy: eBook
Published: January 3, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN: 1426890354
ISBN-13: 9781426890352

She looked into the dead face of the man she'd dined with the night before.

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 just complicates things even more. 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 flash bulbs.

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...

My rating:

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.


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