I met Sam and Nick and their co-workers/friends about 3 weeks ago and I have completely devoured the series to date!! Ten novels and a prologue short story and I cannot wait for the next entry into their lives. I have enjoyed these books–the murder mysteries are well-written and I love the setting of D.C. (I’m a political junkie so I would!) They were quick reads for me but overall, tightly woven stories of a couple that I have grown to enjoy.
The blurb: As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career. Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his “father” is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh’s family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets? With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam’s plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?
My thoughts: As stated, I have devoured this series. It has everything I could possibly want in a story (except a vampire! but that is another story!!). It has a wonderful cast of characters, lead by Samantha and Nick, along with their respective staffs and I have enjoyed it more as we go along. That is not to say there are not issues in reality. For instance, the murder mystery in this book (although interesting)–I felt was a little unrealistic in the original event 30 years ago. However, I still don’t think it took away from how much I enjoyed it. Also, Nick becomes Vice-President and Sam declines Secret Service so she can maintain her job. This would not happen in reality. The 12 year-old boy they adopt is practically perfect in every way. No 12-year old boy is perfect!! LOL But I read fiction to escape reality so I am more than willing to forego this in order to read these stories and enjoy this wonderful cast of characters!