Author: Marie Force
Series: Fatal #13
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
When a fire turns into a double homicide, the heat is turned up on the case and all those involved.
When a home invasion turns into a double homicide, fire Lieutenant Sam Holland is called in to work the case. Without a doubt this turns into her toughest case when the only witness to the crime are five-year-old twins of the victims. Having no-where else to go, the kids go home with Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. With the case heating up and members of her own squad in trouble, Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales more than any other causes trouble in the department and in his personal life, Sam has to figure out how to solve the case and save her team. The harder she tries to keep her work and private life separate the more they seem to collide causing her to risk it all to do what she knows is right.
This book is exactly what the reader can expect with the series, lots of romance and plenty of suspense. The audience should have no problem getting connected to the characters as they instantly draw you in with the tension of the fire and murders and missing kids. Sam is the perfect strong female lead with a tender heart when it comes to the ones she is trying to protect. I really felt the scenes with her and the kids played out well. My least favorite scenes were probably the ones with Gonzo, I just had a really hard time connecting with him and caring about the struggles he was going through. This is the first in the series that I have read and maybe if I had read previous books in this series and had some of the background for this character I would have connected with him a little better. With that being said, I don’t feel it is necessary for readers to read all in the series to enjoy this one. It might help with knowing what some of the characters have gone through and be able to help explain why they act the way they do. This is for an older audience with the mature language and sex scenes, but that is who it is marketed to and the more mature audience is sure to enjoy.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.