DC police Lt Sam Holland is marrying Senator Nick Cappuano in just about a week. She's promised to behave and not get into any more life threatening situations but she is a police officer in DC! No matter how hard she tries it seems as though Sam is always in the wrong place at the wrong time or is trying to talk to the wrong person. She has promised Nick that she will call when something goes wrong as to not worry him.
Nick can't wait to marry Sam but he's worried that she wants to put off the wedding. It seems that she is always at work and when she is home, she's avoiding him. The loss of their baby was a blow but Sam means much more than that to Nick. He just wishes she would talk with him. He knows she's trying but he wonders if it is enough.
With the wedding less than a week away, Sam is trying to juggle last minute fittings with her job and deal with family issues. Sam also has a lead on her father's shooter.
Nick has gotten more involved with a young boy in a Richmond orphanage. He also has kept in contact with his best friend's family even though his best friend is dead (book 1). Nick is looking at being groomed for big things within his political party but can Sam and her job fit into that scenario?
This novella is an excellent addition to Marie Force's Fatal series. She's brought in all the usual characters and continued her story line though in a shorter format.
The characters are alive. They seem as though they should be in Washington DC and that Sam should be on the DC police force. Sam and Nick are down to earth with real problems and they don't have all the solutions. Sam's co-workers have problems too. One has a mother who hates his girlfriend while another learns that he is a father. Everyday life is alive and well in this book and the characters reflect a cross section of the greater metro area.
The situations are real. Sam doesn't know when she knocks on someone's door if they are going to be pleasant or start shooting. Nick has beliefs and ideals but his political party may have different ones that they want him to embrace. Weddings are crazy and planning one in 6 weeks means things even get more crazy! Sam's sisters and her oldest niece aren't slowing that crazy feeling down any.
I absolutely love this series. It keeps my interest from the first page to the last leaving me waiting for the next book to come out. I recommend it to my family and friends as often as I can so consider me recommending this book to you. There isn't a lot of sex in it even though Sam and Nick do go to bed together. Instead, you get a tight, intense story with lots of plot and some things left to your imagination. The feel of DC is there. I'm saying that with DC being the closest biggest city to my home. This series rocks.
While I don't know if I'd start with this novella as you would be missing a lot of back story, I would suggest you start at the beginning. Once you start, it won't take you long to be ready for Sam and Nick's wedding!
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?