Fatal Destiny (Novella) (Fatal Series)

Fatal Destiny (Novella) (Fatal Series)

by Marie Force

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With the week of their wedding finally upon them, Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her fiancé, Senator Nick Cappuano, are at odds. In the aftermath of a tragic loss, they struggle to reconnect as the big day draws near, but their work keeps pulling them apart. When a new clue into a cold case surfaces, Nick asks Sam not to take any foolish chances before the wedding and to leave it alone for the time being.

Sam agrees, but she can't let it go entirely and winds up trapped in an explosive situation. Then an unwelcome visitor from her past threatens her future happiness… With trouble at every turn, will Sam survive long enough to walk down the aisle?

Book 3.5: a Fatal novella from USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force. Don't miss Fatal Affair, Fatal Justice and Fatal Consequences, available now.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426892158
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 09/05/2011
Series: Marie Force's Fatal Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 33,191
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

With more than 3.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Gansett Island Series, Treading Water Series, Green Mountain Series and new erotic Quantum Trilogy. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com

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Nick stood before the window, looking out over Ninth Street as rain mixed with snow to create a slushy mess on the pavement. The city had been buzzing all day about the late wintry blast and the impact it might have on Washington's fabled cherry blossoms, which were due to bloom any day now.ppHands in pockets, Nick stared intently at the orange glow of the streetlights, not seeing any sign of Sam or her car. emAny minute now,em he thought. emShe'll be home any minute.emppBehind him voices, laughter and the distinctive clink of ice meeting crystal echoed through the double-sized townhouse he shared with Sam. The Jack and Jill shower had been Shelby's idea. The wedding planner Sam called Tinker Bell had suggested a gathering of their family, close friends and colleagues. Shelby had correctly assumed that Sam would prefer that over the more traditional all-female event. Nick had gone along with it because Sam had liked the idea. Whatever made her happy made him happy.ppBut now she was late, and he was worried. Not that it was unusual for her to be late—the nature of her job as the lieutenant in charge of the city's homicide detectives' squad made her late more often than not. Since she wasn't in the midst of a hot case at the moment, Nick had expected her home more than an hour ago. Now here it was fifteen minutes after the party started with no sign of her, and her phone had gone straight to voicemail.ppHis gut twisted with unease. Ever since her ex-husband had been released from jail on a technicality, Nick had found himself obsessing even more than usual about her safety. Peter Gibson had affixed crude bombs to both their cars, injuring them when the device attached to Sam's car exploded in late December. A glitch with evidence collection had been Peter's ticket out of jail, and the stress of waiting for him to come at Sam again had Nick as tightly wound as he'd ever been.ppShe'd be furious if she knew about the private investigator he'd hired to keep tabs on Gibson. Or he supposed she would. Truth was, she hadn't been herself since the miscarriage she suffered just after Valentine's Day, and more than a month later, Nick was left with nagging doubts about whether she still planned to marry him one week from today.ppThe signs of something amiss were hard to ignore—rather than spend time together, she'd cleaned up her mess of an office at work and devoted hours she'd normally spend with him organizing the closet he'd had built for her in their new home. The Sam he knew and loved—emhisem Sam—would rather be hung upside down by her toes than clean or organize anything. But that was only one sign of trouble. That they hadn't made love since the miscarriage was another hard-to-miss sign of impending doom.ppIt was his own fault—he'd been so caught up in work as the Senate wound down to the Easter recess with heated budget debates, a flurry of legislation and the relentless pace of his campaign. By the time he'd resurfaced from four of the busiest weeks of his life, Sam had drifted so far from him he had no idea how to bring her back.ppHe sucked in a sharp deep breath as he finally acknowledged his greatest fear, thoughts he hadn't allowed himself to have before she failed to show up for their shower. Did she still want to marry him Had he made a huge mistake by pushing for a short engagement And what would he do if she decided she didn't want to marry him after all How was he supposed to live without her after the bliss of being with her these last few monthsppHis queasiness increased as each question added to his overwhelming anxiety. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.p

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Fatal Destiny 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 404 reviews.
OneReaderView More than 1 year ago
Fatal Destiny (a novella) was well worth a free read even with some questions left open. I wanted to read the next book immediately but found out it isn't available yet. This novella is part of a series: Fatal Affair (Book 1); Fatal Justice (Book 2); Fatal Consequences (Book 3) are already published. Next, Fatal Destiny fits in as a novella - call it 3.5. The open questions left in Fatal Destiny, will be answered in Fatal Flaw (Book 4) when it publishes February 6, 2012. I always want a HEA but now understand what's going on. Fatal Flaw will again feature police Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Holland and U.S. Senator, now husband, Nick Cappuano. It will be a stand-alone but continued story of their HEA and crime solving abilities with a possible match-up from among their friends, the secondary characters. All the characters are well written and have depth. The secondary characters were weaved into the story flawlessly. I found it appealing that both Samantha and Nick are very much individuals as well as part of a loving couple. They're both strong, intelligent, playful and have a sense of humor. Still, they have their vulnerable moments, which make them believable. It was easy to feel the give and take between them. I particularly appreciated the author's direct dialog rather than paragraphs of words to make a point. Marie Force is a contemporary romance author with a number of published books to her credit. Up to now, I'd only read her debut book, Line of Scrimage, which I enjoyed enough to try more of her work. I'm glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mix of crime, suspense, and romance. Loved this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the "Fatal" series.
pepper-ann More than 1 year ago
this was a good read and so now i'll try the first set of books to see how this all started. the only thing was the ending i hate cliff hangers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read one of her books. This was a page turner!!
EdieMI More than 1 year ago
A good novella by one of my favorite authors. Would have given it 5 stars except for the way the ending left me dangling. I know the author is enticing me to buy more books in the series, which I will probably do, but I prefer each book in a series leave me satisfied with that story. If the storyline is good and I like the author, I will be back for more without feeling like I have been blackmailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great romance story! The added suspense from both of their jobs makes this book even better! I wish it would have been a little bit longer but overall it was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book where everything is perfect this one's for you. Not enough drama or suspense. But still a nice happy love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shades of Eve Dallas anyone?!
RCR5775 More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read from start to finish. The end was predictable, but I'm a sucker for happy endings. This is the first book I've read by this author and I've already checked out her other book. If you haven't read anything by this author, I'd say give her a try...you won't be disappointed. RCR5775
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a book you don't want to stop reading
Pinky47 More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love w/Marie Forces's novels. She is one of the best writers for romance out there and this one is no exception. I highly recommend this book as well as all her other books. This series of fatal books will keep you in suspense and make you want to keep on reading even when you are tired :) I have read all her books now and cannot wait for the next one! You will not be disappointed in reading this fatal series.
katnana More than 1 year ago
easy read that combines romance with a police mystery of sorts. Enjoyed but would not highly recommend for die-hard adventure or mystery fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing, suspense and a happy ending. What more could you want?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fatal Series have been great! You're hooked from page 1. Sam, Nick and their friends grow through each book. I hate to see their story end .... a nice blend of romance amd suspence ... I highly recommend these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ended a little too abruptly for me, but all-in-all....good book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable novel with great touches of romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this one first then found the first 3. This is the first book I have ever re read. I already preordered the other. Cant wait for it.....
Trisha-Ann More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book
lettcarr More than 1 year ago
I have now read all 4 of this series and recommend them all to the readers as I have said easy read and holds your interest
Anonymous 6 months ago
Well written. Great job. Please keep writing. MR.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Destiny was a great novella that was all about the good feels leading up to Sam and Nick's wedding. It also sets the stage for some future drama (or so it seems) that has the potential to shake up our main couple's lives. This was more of a bridge between books four and five (which I totally loved) than a full story unto itself. We do get to meet a really amazing character - the wedding planner - who manages to keep Sam and Nick on track, on schedule, and on their merry way for the wedding. She was a force of nature, and I have it on good authority that she pops up again in a future book (yay!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good suspenceful with romance thrown in for good measure.ZJR
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DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Although I am late to the series, it never goes out of style. We finally get to see Nick and Sam have their wedding! Of course, there are a few small glitches in the mix, but overall "Fatal Destiny" was about Nick and Sam getting the wedding of their dreams. A sweet novella, it was just the beautiful wedding that fans of these two powerhouses needed. A series I highly recommend! 4.5 Stars!