Fatal Chaosby Marie Force (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Fatal #12
Published by HQN Books on February 27, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First the calm. Then the storm…
Escaping DC during the dog days of summer is one of the smartest moves Washington metro police lieutenant Samantha Holland ever made. Beach walks aren’t quite as romantic with the Secret Service in tow, but Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, cherish the chance to recharge and reconnect—especially with a scandal swirling around the administration.
No sooner are they back home than a fatal drive-by shooting sets the city on edge. The teenage victim is barely older than Sam and Nick’s son, Scotty. As more deaths follow, Sam and her team play beat the clock to stop the ruthless killers. With Nick facing his greatest challenge—one that could drastically change all their lives and even end Sam’s career—will the mounting pressure deepen or damage their bond?
I’ve really enjoyed Marie Force’s Fatal series, and in 2016 I eagerly read through books one through four before having to turn my attention elsewhere for the blog. Fatal Chaos is book number twelve, and I’m happy to report that this series is consistently fresh, full of suspense and romance, and also has a lot of humor in there to keep the dark crimes from being too oppressive. Focusing on Washington Metro Police Department Lieutenant Samantha Holland and her Vice President husband, I’m happy to see that their circle of friends and colleagues has widened and with that, there are a few more points of view sprinkled in to get glimpses into these secondary characters’ heads. But more importantly, Sam and Nick’s relationship is going strong no matter what life has thrown at them, and they were very enjoyable to read about amidst all of the chaos of the latest case–and the scandal surrounding the current president that may make Nick slide into the president’s seat much earlier than he would like.
Sam is loyal, steadfast, a bit impulsive with her words, but most of all she’s very compassionate and dedicated to her job. Twelve books in and she’s still a police officer in the homicide division, but her job at lieutenant is threatened due to the time that she punched a fellow cop(who really deserved it). Her husband Nick is the opposite of Sam in so many ways. He’s smart, content, and happy with his current position. They’ve adopted an older boy named Scotty since Sam has fertility issues, and he is a much needed and welcomed addition to their family.
After enjoying an end of summer vacation at the beach with their family and some friends, Sam and Nick are barely home before Sam is called into work to investigate a drive-by shooting. Little does she expect that this is the first murder of many to come, and it’s one of the toughest cases that she’s faced yet–both mentally and physically. Sam really takes a beating a few times in this book, and yet she still refuses to stop pursuing these criminals. With Sam’s partner Freddie in tow, the rest of her division has their work cut out for them, and it gets very sticky and is full of the usual twists and turns that I expect from a Fatal series novel.
I give FATAL CHAOS a 4.5 out of 5. Things are tense on all fronts in this one and the danger closes in from a few sides at once. Sam’s bonds with her family and friends are very tight, and she’ll do anything to get to the bottom of these drive-by shootings. There was quite a bit of funny parts to this book since Sam and Freddie use humor to cope with the darkest parts of their jobs, and I really enjoyed their banter as usual. Even though I haven’t read books five through eleven, I had no trouble figuring out things from past books with the excellent way that Marie Force does backstory without it being an info dump. I’d still recommend reading this excellent series in order, though, for maximum enjoyment and understanding. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves crime thrillers, mysteries, and certainly romance.
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About Marie Force
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.
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Marie Force’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for FATAL CHAOS:
Monday, February 26th: @novelgrounds
Monday, February 26th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, February 27th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, February 28th: The Sassy Bookster
Thursday, March 1st: Run Wright
Thursday, March 1st: OMG Reads – excerpt
Thursday, March 1st: From the TBR Pile
Friday, March 2nd: The Romance Dish
Friday, March 2nd: @girlandherbooks
Friday, March 2nd: What is That Book About – excerpt
Monday, March 5th: Stranded in Chaos
Wednesday, March 14th: @addicted_to_reading_
Thursday, March 15th: Books & Bindings
Friday, March 16th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, March 21st: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Thursday, March 22nd: Moonlight Rendezvous
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