Having read and liked Marie's Love at First Flight, I was happy to peruse a copy of her newest offering, Fatal Affair. The story is pretty simple: a Senator is murdered, and his Chief of Staff (Nick) has to work with the detective (Sam) responsible for finding the perpetrator. Never mind that Nick and Sam had a one-night stand six years ago. Never mind that Sam has other things on her mind from her last case. Never mind that the Senator has a secret life that his family would prefer to keep under wraps.The character interaction is deftly written, and I liked both Nick and Sam. The suspense angle keeps the story moving, and the other stuff that pops in keeps the story believable. Because even though this is a romance novel, doesn't mean everything has to be about the boy and the girl. The only thing I didn't care for is the cover. I'm not sure why exactly, but it didn't scream "pick me up!". It didn't even seem to mutter it under its breath. But don't let that stop you from picking this one up if you're looking for a summer romance/thriller.