Fatal Flaw by Marie Force

Title: Fatal Flaw by Marie Force
Fatal Series Book 4
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Length: 98,000 words
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


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.

98,000 words

The Review:

Marie Force’s Fatal Flaw is an intriguing blend of crime solving and romance. This fourth installment of the Fatal series starring Lt. Sam Holland and Senator Nick Cappuano begins with Sam and Nick settling into married life following their fabulous Bora Bora honeymoon. Sam is back on the job investigating a series of seemingly unrelated murders. Nick and Sam are also receiving numerous “congratulations” on your wedding cards that have ominous and threatening undertones. Who is the intended target? Are the two cases related?

Sam and Nick are delightful protagonists with realistic flaws and imperfections. Sam’s character is ever evolving as she grows more comfortable with her new life with Nick. She is not quite as rough around the edges in her personal life as she was before she fell in love. But on the job, she is still a tough as nails investigator who does not take any crap off of anyone. Nick brings out a playful side of her and their interactions are incredibly touching.

There is a large cast of secondary characters that is equally well-developed. There are numerous subplots that deal with their personal lives and romantic entanglements. Nick and Sam’s professional and personal lives continue to intertwine as their friends and colleagues form personal relationships. The dynamics between Sam and several of her co-workers is absolutely fascinating.

Sam’s murder investigation takes place in between some personal crises with her family. The past and present collide as she continues to delve into the unsolved shooting of her father. She also reopens an investigation into one of his cold cases from years before that might reveal some secrets that are better left buried.

Fatal Flaw is a fast-paced novel that is filled with tension as Nick and Sam’s personal and professional lives heat up. Their relationship is heartwarming and the sex between them is absolutely sizzling. With a several unresolved storylines, Marie Force leaves her readers eagerly awaiting the next novel of this marvelous series.


Filed under Carina Press, Contemporary, Fatal Flaw, Fatal Series, Marie Force, Rated B, Romantic Suspense

12 Responses to Fatal Flaw by Marie Force

  1. Tracey D

    I read book one and loved it. I must continue reading this series.
    Great review; I enjoyed it.

    • Book Reviews & More by Kathy

      What I really like is that not much time has passed between the novels so the story really flows. Thank you, Tracey!

  2. Tamsyn

    That is a great review. This series is new to me so the review is very helpful. Thanks.

    • Book Reviews & More by Kathy

      Thanks, Tamsyn. The Fatal series is fanatastic! Ms. Force has an extensive backlist that includes regular romances too. She’s one of my favorite authors.

  3. Eileen

    good review. I like her writing too. will definitely put this on the TBR. Thanks.

  4. Mel

    I haven’t gotten into this genre before, but your review makes it sound intriguing. I am willing to give it a try.

    • Book Reviews & More by Kathy

      Thank you, Mel. If you’re a Marie Force fan or you like mysteries, you’d enjoy it.

  5. Cec

    I have the first two books and I haven’t read them yet. It sounds like a good series. Thanks for the great review Kathy and for the reminder 

    • Book Reviews & More by Kathy

      You’re welcome, Cec. You’ll have to let me know what you think when you read them 🙂

  6. Timitra

    This book sounds really…definitely need to invest in this entire series!!!