I’m Metropolitan Police Lieutenant Sam Holland, and my day often begins in the dead of night when dispatch calls to tell me we’ve got another homicide in the District of Columbia. Middle-of the night phone calls never bothered me until recently. Since I married Nick, I’ve got a very good reason to be home in my warm bed. He understands when my work interrupts a night of sleep—not to mention other things it’s been known to interrupt. . .

I can always tell that he’s worried when I get called out in the middle of the night. He has this look he gets on his handsome face, as if there’s something he wants to say but he keeps those thoughts to himself most of the time. He’s insanely protective of me, so I know he doesn’t want me to go, but to his credit he rarely interferes with my work. When he does, whoa, major fireworks! But since that usually leads to make-up sex, I’m okay with the occasional dispute.

He never lets me leave without telling me to be careful. It’s kind of our routine now. He says, “Be careful out there, babe,” or something adorable like that, to which I reply, “Always am.”

It’s not like he isn’t plenty busy himself as a U.S. Senator, representing Virginia. Even though his schedule is hectic, especially during campaign season, he makes time to help with my cases. Other than the fact that he’s crazy hot, he’s also damned smart and the most well connected dude in all of Washington. There is literally no one he doesn’t know. Can you see why I love him so much?

I’m entertained during the workday by my junk-food-eating, Bible-thumping partner, Detective Freddie Cruz, who loves to correct my language and force fried food on me whenever he can. Don’t tell him I said this, but he’s one of the best cops I’ve ever worked with, even if we’re still smoothing out some of his rough edges. He’s a great guy, a little too earnest at times, but I’m molding him to my vision.

Most of my coworkers are totally awesome, except this one lieutenant who’s a pain in my ass. You see, I was promoted to lieutenant, and the brass assigned me to the homicide detectives’ squad, which used to belong to Lt. Stahl. I hated working for him—and so did everyone else. Ever since they moved me into his office and reassigned him to internal affairs, he’s been up in my grill twenty-four-seven. Between him and my scumbag ex-husband, someone’s always causing me grief.

Nothing causes me more grief, however, than the fact that the person who shot my dad and left him a quadriplegic is still on the loose. My dad was three months shy of retirement from the police force when he was shot, and I won’t rest or retire until I find the shooter.

Never a dull moment around here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Read FATAL FLAW, book 4 in Sam and Nick’s story, available on Feb. 6 everywhere e-books are sold.

Back from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she’s not sure if she or Nick is the target.

Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she’s chasing her tail.

With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer’s clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

** Thanks to Marie, I have one (1) e-copy of FATAL FLAW to give away. Contest ends February 16. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. E-book will be sent via e-email directly from the author. **

Meet the author:
Marie Force is the award-winning, best-selling author of 20 contemporary and romantic suspense novels, including the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series. Find her online at www.mariesullivanforce.com, http://mariesullivanforce.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor or on Twitter @marieforce.

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