November 08, 2011

Review: Fatal Destiny by Marie Force

Format: Kindle E-book
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: September 5, 2011
Series: Fatal Series #3.5

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?

So I'm wondering if I shouldn't have read this book without reading the others in the series (there are Fatal Affair, Fatal Justice, and Fatal Consequences). I think that in some ways, you can read this as a stand-alone: I mean, the full storyline is there, and you don't really need the backstory to know what's going on. But I think that if you don't already love these characters from the other books, you're not going to love them from just reading Fatal Destiny.

The story focuses on the week before the wedding of Sam and Nick, and all of the ups and downs they must go through before they actually walk down the aisle: an angry ex-boyfriend, an unsolved case, and a past miscarriage. All of this definitely leads to one dramatic week for the two of them.

Still, I couldn't figure out exactly what genre this book would go under. It had great moments of intimacy between the couple, but not enough that I'd call it a romance novel. It has moments of suspense, but not enough to call it a thriller. It was like an action-romance-mystery novel, all thrown into one, and yet not enough of any to make me stay interested.

I finished the novel and I'm sad to say that I just wasn't satisfied. I kept waiting for it to go a little farther, but it never did.


3 out of 5 stars


1 comment:

  1. I liked this one, but I had read the previous books in the series, so I can definitely see how you might not be totally invested in Nick and Sam's relationship if you hadn't read them all. You raise an interesting question about the genre...I think the full-length books are definitely romantic suspense but this novella is definitely an in-betweener. :)


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