Fatal Destiny (Fatal Series) [NOOK Book]

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With the week of their wedding finally upon them, Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her fianc?, 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 ...

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Fatal Destiny (Fatal Series)

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Overview


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?

Book 3.5: a Fatal novella from USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force. Don't miss Fatal Affair, Fatal Justice and Fatal Consequences, available now.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892158
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Series: Fatal Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 6,113
  • File size: 310 KB

Meet the Author

Marie Force

Marie Force is the USA TODAY bestselling award-winning author of more than 20 contemporary romances, including the Fatal Series. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs.

Find Marie on Twitter @marieforce, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor. Contact Marie, or join one of her many reader groups, at MarieForce.com.

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Nick stood before the window, looking out over Ninth Street as rain mixed with snow to create a slushy mess on the pavement. The city had been buzzing all day about the late wintry blast and the impact it might have on Washington's fabled cherry blossoms, which were due to bloom any day now.ppHands in pockets, Nick stared intently at the orange glow of the streetlights, not seeing any sign of Sam or her car. emAny minute now,em he thought. emShe'll be home any minute.emppBehind him voices, laughter and the distinctive clink of ice meeting crystal echoed through the double-sized townhouse he shared with Sam. The Jack and Jill shower had been Shelby's idea. The wedding planner Sam called Tinker Bell had suggested a gathering of their family, close friends and colleagues. Shelby had correctly assumed that Sam would prefer that over the more traditional all-female event. Nick had gone along with it because Sam had liked the idea. Whatever made her happy made him happy.ppBut now she was late, and he was worried. Not that it was unusual for her to be late—the nature of her job as the lieutenant in charge of the city's homicide detectives' squad made her late more often than not. Since she wasn't in the midst of a hot case at the moment, Nick had expected her home more than an hour ago. Now here it was fifteen minutes after the party started with no sign of her, and her phone had gone straight to voicemail.ppHis gut twisted with unease. Ever since her ex-husband had been released from jail on a technicality, Nick had found himself obsessing even more than usual about her safety. Peter Gibson had affixed crude bombs to both their cars, injuring them when the device attached to Sam's car exploded in late December. A glitch with evidence collection had been Peter's ticket out of jail, and the stress of waiting for him to come at Sam again had Nick as tightly wound as he'd ever been.ppShe'd be furious if she knew about the private investigator he'd hired to keep tabs on Gibson. Or he supposed she would. Truth was, she hadn't been herself since the miscarriage she suffered just after Valentine's Day, and more than a month later, Nick was left with nagging doubts about whether she still planned to marry him one week from today.ppThe signs of something amiss were hard to ignore—rather than spend time together, she'd cleaned up her mess of an office at work and devoted hours she'd normally spend with him organizing the closet he'd had built for her in their new home. The Sam he knew and loved—emhisem Sam—would rather be hung upside down by her toes than clean or organize anything. But that was only one sign of trouble. That they hadn't made love since the miscarriage was another hard-to-miss sign of impending doom.ppIt was his own fault—he'd been so caught up in work as the Senate wound down to the Easter recess with heated budget debates, a flurry of legislation and the relentless pace of his campaign. By the time he'd resurfaced from four of the busiest weeks of his life, Sam had drifted so far from him he had no idea how to bring her back.ppHe sucked in a sharp deep breath as he finally acknowledged his greatest fear, thoughts he hadn't allowed himself to have before she failed to show up for their shower. Did she still want to marry him Had he made a huge mistake by pushing for a short engagement And what would he do if she decided she didn't want to marry him after all How was he supposed to live without her after the bliss of being with her these last few monthsppHis queasiness increased as each question added to his overwhelming anxiety. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.p

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Made me want to read the next book right now!

    Fatal Destiny (a novella) was well worth a free read even with some questions left open. I wanted to read the next book immediately but found out it isn't available yet. This novella is part of a series: Fatal Affair (Book 1); Fatal Justice (Book 2); Fatal Consequences (Book 3) are already published. Next, Fatal Destiny fits in as a novella - call it 3.5. The open questions left in Fatal Destiny, will be answered in Fatal Flaw (Book 4) when it publishes February 6, 2012. I always want a HEA but now understand what's going on. Fatal Flaw will again feature police Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Holland and U.S. Senator, now husband, Nick Cappuano. It will be a stand-alone but continued story of their HEA and crime solving abilities with a possible match-up from among their friends, the secondary characters. All the characters are well written and have depth. The secondary characters were weaved into the story flawlessly. I found it appealing that both Samantha and Nick are very much individuals as well as part of a loving couple. They're both strong, intelligent, playful and have a sense of humor. Still, they have their vulnerable moments, which make them believable. It was easy to feel the give and take between them. I particularly appreciated the author's direct dialog rather than paragraphs of words to make a point. Marie Force is a contemporary romance author with a number of published books to her credit. Up to now, I'd only read her debut book, Line of Scrimage, which I enjoyed enough to try more of her work. I'm glad I did.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Great book

    A great mix of crime, suspense, and romance. Loved this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the "Fatal" series.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    good read

    this was a good read and so now i'll try the first set of books to see how this all started. the only thing was the ending i hate cliff hangers

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Just alright

    If you are looking for a book where everything is perfect this one's for you. Not enough drama or suspense. But still a nice happy love story.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    I loved this book!

    This book is a great romance story! The added suspense from both of their jobs makes this book even better! I wish it would have been a little bit longer but overall it was a good book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Great

    This is the first time I read one of her books. This was a page turner!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Good Story

    A good novella by one of my favorite authors. Would have given it 5 stars except for the way the ending left me dangling. I know the author is enticing me to buy more books in the series, which I will probably do, but I prefer each book in a series leave me satisfied with that story. If the storyline is good and I like the author, I will be back for more without feeling like I have been blackmailed.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome book!

    An awesome book that is very hard to put down. Marie Force is a great author and i cant wait to read more of her books!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Marie Force does it again!

    The Fatal Series have been great! You're hooked from page 1. Sam, Nick and their friends grow through each book. I hate to see their story end .... a nice blend of romance amd suspence ... I highly recommend these books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Good book.

    Ended a little too abruptly for me, but all-in-all....good book :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Good book

    Shades of Eve Dallas anyone?!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Recommend

    I have now read all 4 of this series and recommend them all to the readers
    as I have said easy read and holds your interest

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romance novels.

    This book was a very good read from start to finish. The end was predictable, but I'm a sucker for happy endings.

    This is the first book I've read by this author and I've already checked out her other book. If you haven't read anything by this author, I'd say give her a try...you won't be disappointed.


    RCR5775

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    highly recommended

    a book you don't want to stop reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I have fallen in love w/Marie Forces's novels. She is one of the best writers for romance out there and this one is no exception. I highly recommend this book as well as all her other books. This series of fatal books will keep you in suspense and make you want to keep on reading even when you are tired :) I have read all her books now and cannot wait for the next one! You will not be disappointed in reading this fatal series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    good read

    easy read that combines romance with a police mystery of sorts. Enjoyed but would not highly recommend for die-hard adventure or mystery fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Not bad but not great

    Nice story but a bit confusing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    This book

    This book is good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Loved it.

    Good writing, suspense and a happy ending. What more could you want?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Fun

    Enjoyable novel with great touches of romance

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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