Fatal Flaw (Fatal Series #4)

Fatal Flaw (Fatal Series #4)

by Marie Force

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Back from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she's not sure if she or Nick is the target.

Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she's chasing her tail.

With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer's clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

Book 4 of the Fatal series.

Book 4 of the Fatal series by USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force

98,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426894169
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: Marie Force's Fatal Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 27,297
File size: 523 KB

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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On the night before she was due to return to work, Lieutenant Sam Holland lay awake watching the bedside clock count down to midnight, the hour she'd officially be back on call. Five minutes to go. Sam had expected to be itching to get back to work after two weeks of constant togetherness with her new husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano. But as the final minutes of their blissful interlude slipped away, she was filled with despair, wondering when they'd ever get that much time alone together again.

"What's the matter, babe?" he asked from behind her.

Sam used to hate sharing a bed, and now she couldn't imagine sleeping without his strong arms around her. Conceding defeat to the clock, she turned over and snuggled into his chest. "I'm not ready to go back to work."

"You've got a few hours yet."

"Is it after midnight?"

He raised himself up to peer over her shoulder. "One minute past."

"They can call me in anytime now."

"Maybe you'll get lucky and the criminals will take a night off."

"Let's hope so." She pressed a kiss to one of his well-defined pectorals, and slipped an arm around him. "You've totally ruined me, you know."

"How's that?"

"Before this, before us, I used to hate vacations. They'd make me take one twice a year whether I wanted to or not, and the whole time I'd be bored and jonesing to get back to work. But now…"

"I feel the same way." He tipped her chin up and kissed her. "We've got much better things to do than work."

"Exactly." She gave herself over to the kiss, powerless to resist him even though they'd both be tired in the morning if they didn't get some sleep. The trip home from their honeymoon in Bora Bora had left them jet-lagged.

Without breaking the kiss, he shifted on top of her.



"We already did this tonight—twice if I recall correctly," she reminded him, as he trailed kisses from her jaw to her collarbone.

"Is there a daily sex limit law on the books?"

"Not that I'm aware of."

"Then shut up and kiss me."

She was still laughing when her cell phone rang, making them moan with dismay.

"Ignore it," he said, capturing her lips for another kiss.

That she was half-tempted to pretend she hadn't heard the phone was so wildly out of character it scared her. Clearly, she'd gone soft in the head since she got married. "Let me go, Senator. Back to reality."

"Don't wanna," he said as he released her.

Sam grabbed the phone from the bedside table and flipped it open. For the first time in two weeks, she said, "Lieutenant Holland."

"Lieutenant," the dispatcher said, "I was told you're back on duty as of midnight."

Since Nick was awake anyway, Sam turned on the light and reached for the pad and pen she kept handy. "That's correct."

"We have a report of a double homicide at Carl's Burger World on Massachusetts Avenue."

She wrote down the address. "I'll be right there. Can you page Detective Cruz?"

"Will do."

Sam ended the call and turned to give Nick a quick kiss. "Sorry."

"Duty calls," he said with a long-suffering sigh. "What've you got?"

"A double at Carl's on Mass Ave."

"I don't know that place."

"A friend of mine worked there when I was in high school, but I haven't been there in years." She pulled on jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt since it was still chilly at night. Sitting on Nick's side of the bed, she glanced at him as she put on socks. "Best vacation ever."

"For me too."

"We should do it again sometime."

His face lifted into the sexy half smile she adored. "Absolutely."

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Fatal Flaw 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
What an awesome addition to the Fatal series. All of our old friends were back, Freddie, Gonzo and all of the PD crew. Plus, Elin and Freddie's mom come in to play. Not to mention Jeannie McBride. And of course, Scotty. The true here, in my opinion, in this book, was Michael, Jeannie's boyfriend. Anyone that has gone through Jeannie's ordeal knows that patience is what is needed and the patience and love and support that he showed her made her feel safe, and that was exactly what she needed. I was moved to tears several times during his scenes. It was written PERFECTLY. I find myself always wanting more and wanting the story longer, and I felt this one could have used an epilogue. I understand that this is an ongoing series and there has to be some intrigue, I just didn't want the story to end. Fatal Flaw is the perfect example of a book that the villain that you wouldn't exactly expect until you dig a little deeper, and luckily her "rock" was there for her when she really needed him and helped break the case wide open. I love the dynamics of all of the characters, and when reading all of the Fatal books, I can picture myself there with them, I am totally ensconced in the story. Can't wait for the next Fatal installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again another page turner she is a great author so far I have not been disappointed by any of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a new authot for me. I plan on reading her other books, l know they will be great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fatal Flaw series of books are great and are highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marie Force is my favorite author right now. This series is the best and each book gets better and better. I'm going to reread them all and look forward to Fatal Attack later this year.
kimbj More than 1 year ago
Marie Force does it AGAIN! Force had me @ On the night.... I loved S&N from day one,but now I'm deeper in love with them plus their friends.FF pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go even when the book is finished. The relationships in the book draw you into an emotional investment. Nick/Scotty,Sam/Scotty/Nick,Elin/Freddie,Terry/Lindsey & Oh My Michael/Jeannie.Force has something for everyone. Thank You! Thank You! Mrs. Force
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another stellar story from Marie! Plot twists and steamy scenes keep you glued to the page. Don't want it to end, and can't wait for the next to start!
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
"Fatal Flaw" is the 4th book in the fatal series and they just keep getting better and better. I love that each story stands on its own and that we become invested in Sam and Nick's lives. In each book we are beginning to see more in depth details of the detectives that are closest to Sam and their lives are also beginning to emerge. Looking forward to reading the next in the series as romantic suspense is my favorite genre. A series that will never go out of style. 4.5 Stars!
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Sam and Nick are finally married--yay! Back from their honeymoon, they're looking forward to settling in to their new lives together...sort of. Naturally, staying in Bora Bora would have been ideal, but being back in D.C. has its charms too, right? Right??? Of course it does, though when you're a homicide detective, things can get a little dicey. When you're a homicide detective who's just married a U.S. Senator and therefore become one of the newest "It" couples, things get even more complicated. And when your first call comes in just minutes after midnight on your first day back? You know it's gonna be one heck of a welcome home. And probably not the kind you were hoping for. It was great to get back to the world of Sam and Nick in Fatal Flaw--they are one of my favorite recurring couples, and the series' secondary characters can be just as fun. As usual, there's a whole lot going on in book 4--Sam's dad has some health issues, Freddie (her partner) is torn between his mother and his new girlfriend, Jeannie (another department detective) is still reeling from a devastating event earlier in the series, Terry (Nick's chief of staff) and Lindsey (the ME) might be starting a relationship. Sam and Nick have gotten a crazy number of wedding mail (some of which is decidedly threatening)...oh, yeah, and the homicides are starting to pile up almost as fast as the mail is coming in. The murders don't appear to be related--or are they? With so much going on with all the characters and so many murders to solve, the pages practically turned themselves with this one! We don't quite have all the information we need to figure out the link between the murders ourselves, but that's okay--it all makes sense in the end. I'm still not entirely convinced that the way in which Sam went about trying to snag the killer would have really been okayed by real-life police commanders, but it sure made for some exciting reading anyway. I loved getting caught up with all of my favorite characters, and can't wait to continue with the rest of the series. I really wouldn't recommend starting the series with this one--there's a whole lot here that hinges on earlier events in other books. (Even though I have read #s 1-3, it had been a while and at times I wished I had a cheat sheet to get myself back up to speed. Most of it came back to me pretty quickly, though.) This is book 4 out of 10, so starting from the first book shouldn't add too much to your TBR (because if you're like me, 4 more to 1500+ is just a drop in the bucket, really) if the series is totally new to you. Plus, this series would be a great one for a summer binge read! Just sayin' :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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PasofinoLK More than 1 year ago
Great read and mystery! I love the twists and turns of all her "Fatal" series books. Definitely a page turner as all of them have been!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love. Love. Love her stories. Suspenseful, intriguing and a great mysrery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the subplots intertwining with the big picture. Still excessive with sexploitations though. Kitt
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tauralibra2 More than 1 year ago
The whole series is great. It slowed down in places but overall it was fun to follow "Sam & Nick". Scotty added a lot to the books. If someone is into just romance, you have to know that a lot of police work is involved.
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Like the previous 3.5 books, book 4 in the Fatal Series does NOT disappoint! Nick & Sam are so likeable! Their relationship is witty, sexy, and dramatic. You can't help but love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been "hooked" on the Fatal Series. This book did not disappoint. Marie Force was a new author to me, but she has become one of my favorites.
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