Fatal Series by Marie Force

Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1)  Fatal Justice (Fatal, #2)  Fatal Consequences (Fatal, #3)  Fatal Destiny (Fatal, #3.5)  Fatal Flaw (Fatal, #4)  Fatal Deception (Fatal, #5)  Fatal Mistake (Fatal, #6)  Fatal Jeopardy (Fatal, #7)

Series In Order :

  • Fatal Affair (Fatal #1)
  • Fatal Justice (Fatal #2)
  • Fatal Consequences (Fatal #3)
  • Fatal Destiny (Fatal #3.5)
  • Fatal Flaw (Fatal #4)
  • Fatal Deception (Fatal 5)
  • Fatal Mistake (Fatal #6)
  • Fatal Jeopardy (Fatal #7)

Book Description :

FATAL series, is about a female Washington, D.C. police detective named Sam Holland, to be precisely Metropolitan Police Department. Over the course of the book, a department began to take shape. There’s a chief, deputy chief, detective captain, detective lieutenant, detectives, patrol officers, a medical examiner, etc. The Fatal Series is also about crony friend of Sam’s dad, a a disabled former deputy chief, plays a big role in this series. Sam’s struggles to contend with being the daughter of a fallen hero while working for men she used to call “Uncle” (the captain) is a central theme of the series.

The story also building of Sam’s fellow officers context in their relationship with her.  Within Sam’s closest group of coworkers, her partner serves as a kid brother of sorts, while other colleagues fill a variety of roles in her personal and professional life. And the most important relationship in this whole series is Sam’s with later then senator Nick Cappuano. They first met 6 years ago, have a night stand and connected deeply but alas fate interrupted. Over the course of the story, Sam and Nick life intertwined, either personally or professionally. We follow Nick role in Sam’s life from acquaintance, suspect, witness, friends, lover, fiancee, and then husband. How they struggled to make their worlds, create balance from how intense  Sam’s works demand and Nick popularity and famous on public attention.

 

Review :

I’ve had this book in my shelves for a very looong time. Yet just week ago I read it. And couldn’t stop until 4 days later I finished all the books in the series (8 books total). So simply said : LOVED IT!!!!!

Read Fatal series was like step into JD Robb’s In Death series but a one notch down. More romance and less angst. Right package to enjoy romantic suspense. The suspense was very good, which surprising as my first experience of Force’s works was her contemporary, which too fluffy and too sweet. I enjoy the insight of Political world and homicide MPD.

Nick and Sam. I adore both of them. Though I love Nick more and sometimes Sam’s stubbornness and selfishness getting on my nerve. It was refreshing to read about alpha heroine (Sam was definitely a top dog) and not so badass hero ( Nick not as alpha as I hope for. He was more softer and very compromising).

The secondary characters was built as a very strong foundation into the story. Sam’s and Nick’s colleagues and family was big part of the story. As the case revolve around them. Must said that ghe groove between Sam and her partner, Freddie, remind me of Peabody-Eve partnership.

Last words :I was hooked. ‘nough said.

Immortal In Death by J.D Robb

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Immortal In Death (In Death #3)

By J.D Robb

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted—even another woman’s man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas put her life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamor, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming obsession with youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could be found to fulfill any desire—for a price..

Review :

4 stars / 5 stars

Marriage… yup, Roarke and Eve getting married in this book.

Another great suspense and quite heartbreaking story. The murder in this book involve glamorous top model world and new deadly drugs, also the case was a personal one for Eve, for Mavis become the suspect. In the middle of her wedding preparations – include gown from Mavis’s designer boyfriend, flower, etc – Eve must looking for the murder, solving the complex investigation, and like usual put her in danger.

Peabody got herself some attention in the story, Feeney kept his appearance like always, and Summerset still with his attitude though he showed his soft side to Eve – briefly and secretly off course. The twist was surprisingly good, made the reader couldn’t even guess who the villain was. And the climax scene between Eve and the bad guy was not nearly as great as I hope for, but the element of surprise redeem it.

Eve’s past little by little come to the surface. Her memories more distinct and it was totally heart wrenching and tear jerking moments for the couple. It was beautiful to see how strong Roarke feeling toward Eve, the deep of his love and devotion, and in the end sealed into marriage vow. Their relationship always was a wonderful thing to follow – lots of bump but still a beautiful journey.

Friday’s Recommendation : Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare

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Hola Romanceland-ers!!!

Welcome back to Friday’s Recommendation,  meme hosted by Ren”s. What book was I going to recommended to you guys? No other than a book from fabulous author, Pamela Clare, with her infamous I-Team Series. I actually wanted to recommended the 5th book (the recent one I read) but all the books in the series are must to be read, and you must seriously read this in right order.

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Extreme Exposure (I-Team #1)

By Pamela Clare

Published August 2nd 2005 by Berkley

It’s been years since her child’s father dumped her, and since then Kara McMillan has kept men at bay – although every day she aches more for a lover’s touch. But to get that, the hard-boiled journalist must become vulnerable – a feeling she vowed never to have again.

With his dangerous good looks, charm, and power, Senator Reece Sheridan could have just about any woman he sets his piercing eyes on. But he’s intrigued by only one. This Kara, this gutsy investigative reporter, has a sensuality that arouses him to no end. If she’s a firebrand in print, he guesses, she must be just as fiery in bed…

But this is no fling. A sudden political scandal – and attempts on Kara’s life – could very well drive them apart. Or maybe, just maybe, adversity could draw them into a bond even more intense than their steamy sexual embraces.

I read this book last year, after got it from some friend, without looking the glowing reviews about this amazing story. And I LOVE IT! As romantic suspense addict I was eager to read new author, and Pamela Clare definitely held her place as my favorite writer along with Linda Howard. So, why I just now mentioned about her? First and foremost, her books were hard to find. Seriously rare to find her paperbacks in here, except you bought the new one, and my budget didn’t cut it.  So, her book was forgotten.

Early this year I found her used book , the 5th installment of the series – Breaking Point- , and yeah I grab it fast. And it was awesome!!!!! More so than the the first book in my opinion. And I must share with another romance reader, of how wonderfully great the books are. If you ladies loved romance, enjoy reading romantic suspense with OMG hot scenes, pick the series right now.

Read the first book first, please. And it means, read this one. It was about a beautiful investigative journalist and gorgeous senator. For me, as couple they profession made their relationship very interesting. The romance was believable, not too slow but also not too fast paced, just right. The characters, not only the hero and heroine, but also the secondary were superbly described. And again very real. The author, who also a journalist, bring her real life experience and issues into the story and made the book more than just romance novel. With her background profession I wouldn’t questioned about the greatness of the plot and storyline, simply great. Writing skill? equally way more than good. Did I mention hot scenes? Yeah, hot without felt raunchy, just beautiful.

The book bring the suspense not just a shady background story, it was the story. The issue was real and it made the story felt darker. We also  introduce of how and who investigative reporters really are. Kara MacMillan was part of the I-Team,  an investigative reporting team at the Denver Independent newspaper. Reece profession as senator also bring us some light as how political person of interest revolve. Romantic suspense heroes used to be military, and it was a fresh air to find a politician become the alpha one – though I must admit I didn’t regard highly that particularly profession.

Overall, this book was a great read (4 stars/5stars), worthy of your time, and please simply grab it. Finger cross it will publish here in my country 🙂

Glory In Death by J.D Robb

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Glory In Death (In Death #2)

By JD Robb

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart.

 Even in the mid-twenty-first century, during a time when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can take over, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects-including her own lover, Roarke

Review :

4.5 stars/ 5 stars

Hello there my favorite couple, Roarke and Eve Dallas. Met again with amazing police leiutenant and her magnificent bussinessman lover. The story continued weeks after the last book ended, another murders happen and again Roarke’s name caught up in the middle of it.

This time I would just made myself rambling about this book. Here’s my thoughts:

  • This book held a critical point in Roarke and Eve’s early relationship. I love love love how JD Robb showed us Eve’s weakness moments when she finally admit her vulnerability to Roarke and vice versa.
  • Worth repeating : I love love love love Roarke and Eve.
  • Did I mention I love Eve? Yeahh I adore how she kicked ass and in the same time I wanted to hug the little girl in her. The nightmare and her past flashback were heartbreaking scenes.
  • Hands up for the suspense, it was great. Hard for me to even guess who the villain was.
  • The secondary characters never failed to entertained me. Peabody become more a person of interest, but somehow I couldn’t made myself imagining how she’s looks like.
  • Still love Feeney and Mavis, but disappointed with the commandant
  • Summerset… I really dislike you old man.. why you always so mean to Eve? Huh huh huh

Sorry romanceland-ers for this inappropriate review. Well, I wouldn’t called it review per se. It was just my rambling thoughts. Please please for you who haven’t read this series, favor yourselves with the amazing romantic suspense and equally amazing couple in the world of romance.

Happy reading!!!

Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

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Shades of Gray (KGI #6) by Maya Banks

P.J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one night stand, they’re called up on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P.J. walks away from KGI, determined not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into.

 

Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P.J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P.J. is on a mission that will plunge her into a serpentine game of payback and make her question everything she’s ever believed in. Cole—and the rest of their team—refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI and their very lives…

Review :

4.5 stars/ 5 stars

Back again to KGI world. After months waiting, this book proved it was worth waiting for. The story was intense and full of gruesome vengeance force. Ugly scenes happen, and it was tear jerking moments, a heart wrenching incidents.

The story was about P.J. the only woman in KGI organization. She was great sniper, and as cold as her profession, P.J was a closed person. No one in her team knew anything about her, and it suit her just fine. One day she was getting intimate with one her team member, Cole, who also a sniper but with on going personality. Actually Cole was intrigued with her since he met her, but lately P.J. become more and more occupy his mind. They were used to bantering. Insults were part of their daily conversation, but they admired and  respect each other.

When finally they do the deed, P.J. was prepare to run and hide, but Cole knew that his chance had come and he wouldn’t let her go. Unfortunately their team leader, Steele , called before they finished the problem. The journey to the base was fun scene, how they acted normal and P.J. tried so hard to hide their so called maybe new relationship.

The team was getting a mission, and it involved P.J. as a pawn, a very dangerous one. Though the goal of the mission was accomplished, but the price was bigger than the team ready to face for. A huge tragedy for P.J. and it made vengeance as her life mission. She staked all for it – job, money, friends, love and even her life.

The story though didn’t fully action packed, but it felt darker and rougher than the other books. Plot and storyline was great, and no need to question Banks writing skill. It was exciting and very emotional, and I cried for how fate happen to P.J. But some scenes made the book less believable, particularly the action and suspense. Contrary of the thriller, the romance absolutely perfect. It was described beautifully, how their transformation, from friends turn into lover. They were simply right.

I always like Banks’s characters. And P.J. was one I most favor. Strong heroine always captivated me, and she was. Her strength showed thoroughly from the start until the end and her vulnerability described beautifully thru her relationship with Cole, her friends, and her family. It was also revealed by the way she face the tragedy, how she deal with it was wonderfully sad.

Cole was great character. A lovable, gorgeous, loving man. Perfect hero for our dear heroine. I loved how he commit with her for the long haul. Well, simply said that Cole is our dream man J. Other characters also a terrific part of the story. We met again with the heroes and heroines from the previous books, and it was superb. I adore them more and more.

Overall this story deserved to be read. Splendid romantic suspense.

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

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It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Review :

This year I pledge myself to read all the books of In Death series in one year. Officially started January 1st, ended December 31st 2013. This JD Robb reading challenge was held by Ren’s Little Corner. Actually I had read few of the books, well just scan it honestly,  but for this challenge I will re-read it from the start.

Must been said than JD Robb impress me with this series. I knew JD Robb as Nora Roberts first. Her’s MacGreggor series was my favorite of all time. Though I’ve heard about her pseudonym as JD Robb, I never got myself interest enough to look for it. Last year this series catch me and I started to find out what were they gushing about. I was surprised to know that the series, which already got more than 30 books in it, had the same heroine and hero. Wow, I was totally curious how JD Robb made the reader keep following them for more than a decade, with basically the same theme. How awesome was that?

Yeah, JD Robb was awesome. Absolutely great author. She created Eve Dallas and Roarke, made them as one of the most known couple in romance novel history. For years she never bored her readers of their story and the suspense off course.

The first book, Naked In Death, was about how Lieutenant Eve Dallas met Roarke, one of the richest businessman in the planet. I must explained that the background story was in the future, 2058. And it wasn’t realistic at all because if JD Robb created a world which droid (robot.red) was part of the human daily life, there were colony outside the earth, etc etc and just said that the technology was more than advance, it would never happen in less than 50 years from now.  So, it was one of the weakness. Back to the story : The case which Eve was investigating, lead her to Roarke as one of the suspect. The victim was a high class call girl, in the books they called the profession as licensed companion. She also granddaughter of US Senator. The murder left message that this woman was “one of the six”. A week later another licensed companion was found dead with the same MO and a message “two of six”.  There’s no link between the two victim except the same profession. But Roarke name came across again. In this point their attraction was brewing, though Eve fight it hard, realize that it would caused problem.

When the third victim came to surface, Eve and Roarke had started their relationship. Their intimacy caused havoc in Eve’s mind. She wasn’t ordinary woman with ordinary past, so did Roarke. Eve never had memory of her first 8 years. She was found in the street, battered and almost died, then put into the system. Eve Dallas wasn’t even her real name, it was given by the place she was found, Dallas. Though she didn’t remember her past but she got herself a glimpse about the abused she’s got. Eve knew she didn’t had mother and that her dad abusing him, sexual, emotional, and physical. Those memories created nightmares in her life. It made her detach herself from life, from created any intimacy with another human being, and her feeling toward Roarke made her more vulnerable, which was something she hates the most. Roarke had no better childhood, with violence and crime enveloping him while he was growing. They were both two lost souls who finally found each other.

The last murder weapon registered under Roarke name, and though Eve knew Roarke had alibi she have to put him under interrogation, to clear his name and put him out of the suspect list. By then people already knew about their relationship, even her job was under a threat for that. Roarke was hurt by Eve action, he thought she didn’t believed him and it made him treat her rude. Thankfully the misunderstanding didn’t last long. In the nutshell Eve got the real murder, and she and Roarke tried to handle their relationship. Who was the murder? Read it yourself ladies 🙂

The storyline was great, impeccable and smooth. The mystery of the murder was nicely done. I didn’t had any clue whose – and it got another plus from me. I love the characters, definitely adore the couple, and the secondary were described wonderfully. Eve’s friend Mavis was sweet additional to described how opposite attract between girl friends could happen – they were totally like heaven and hell but they become best friend. Roarke’s buttler, Summerset, was intriguing characters, for his hatefulness toward Eve. Eve’s colleague also had quite big proposition in the story.

It was no sweet romance with slight suspense. It was high suspense with romance. It’s about gruesome homicide police duty. It was about Eve, the troublesome police woman, and her relationship with Roarke. The suspense always came first, Eve’s life second then their romance. I always prefer heavy romance with nice suspense dose, but this books hooked me from the start. Okay, I admit, Roarke made me fall for this book. Yeah, he was amazing. And it was only the first book, which you only see Roarke and Eve in the skin only, you haven’t found they deep darkest secret. Now I knew why Robb’s reader keep their faith and loyalty to this series. Because I was one of them for sure 🙂

 

Friday’s Recommendation #6

Hullo Romancelanders….

Yay, it’s Friday! Today I’m gonna pick a book for Friday’s Recommendation, a Meme held by Ren’s Little Corner. I would love to recommended a book from my very favorite author, Kristen Ashley.

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1)

By : Kristen Ashley

Book Description:

Nina Sheridan’s on a timeout adventure in the Colorado Mountains. She needs distance from her clueless fiancé, distance to decide whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with a man who doesn’t care enough to learn how she takes her coffee.

Arriving in a blinding snowstorm at the A-Frame she rented, she comes face to face with the most amazing man she’s ever seen. Minutes later, when he kicks her out of his house, she goes head to head with him.

Beyond angry because she’s flown half a world away to start her timeout adventure, not to mention her sinuses hurt, she heads back down the mountain and ends up in a ditch. Unable to extricate herself, she gives up, hopes for rescue and falls asleep in the backseat.

The next morning she wakes up in the amazing man’s bed and she’s sick as a dog.

Holden Maxwell spends days nursing her back to health and then he spends the next two weeks trying to convince her to take her Colorado adventure further, in other words, make it permanent and take a gamble on him.

Nina has a tough time fighting her attraction to Max, especially when it seems all Max’s friends, her mother and stepdad and the whole town want them together and both she and Max get embroiled in the murder of Max’s ex-friend and the town of Gnaw Bone’s most detested resident – a man everyone has motive to kill, especially Max.

Today I’m in Kristen Ashley haze. Just finished re-read Breathe for the third times and surely I must recommended KA’s books for this meme. I already made review of Breathe, so I choose the first book in the series, The Gamble. KA was going to published the Colorado Mountain series in paperback, so I wish – nay I’m begging for this series to published here as well.

The story is about Nina and Max. The instant attraction between them. The sensual pull for each other. The romance that growing in a beautiful A-frame house. Max, another awesome KA hero, though not as badass as the other hero. He could be sweet and swoonlicious but other times he had his jerkiness come out of the blue.  Nina wasn’t my favorite heroine, but I like her. She was feisty, sassy, loving, though her insecurity sometimes irritate me.

There’s suspense in the story. More than one villain and quite surprisingly good mystery, that unfolds through the story. I  also loved the secondary characters. But the most I loved is the EPI.  I have to say that Kristen Ashley writes the best epilogues. She always gave reader the perfect HEA.

Bottom line, The Gamble is a romantic, heartwarming,  funny, but not too light-hearted,  one I truly enjoyed! So I hope you will enjoyed it like I do.

“Learned some things in my life, Duchess, one of the most important, you find a good woman, you take care of her.”
“Please.”
“This happens between us, I’d take care you you.”
“Don’t.”
“Die doin’ it,” he vowed.“