Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris | RE:View

Fatal Exchange, the second book in Lisa Harris's Southern Crimes series will keep you guessing until the end.

Mason Taylor has a heart of gold to match his cunning and good looks. He's volunteered his free time, when he's not working as an undercover cop, to work with teen boys who are missing a father-presence in their lives. That's how he met Rafael.

Emily Hunt, with her vintage style and quick avoidance of men in uniform, is a teacher with a mission to dedicate everything she has to her students. Just how far she'll go to protect them is tested when Rafael, one of her favorite students, takes her class hostage.

The excitement just begins there and will keep you wondering how things will work out until the very end. Add a bit of romance, a heaping dose of danger, and you have the recipe for a captivating read.

I enjoyed this novel by Lisa Harris, though I haven't yet read the first in this series, Dangerous Passage, so I can't speak to it as a followup. I enjoyed the guessing game Harris puts her readers through, and found it almost to be more of a mystery than a full, action-packed novel.

There were a few times while I was reading that I felt she belabored the point about something, like several pages of dialogue that went in circles about the same issue. Also, though the novel itself was well rounded, there were times when things seemed to end much too quickly for all of the pent up emotion that went into building the scenarios up. These points, however, didn't stop me from enjoying the read.

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes romantic suspense but is okay with less action and more storyline. The romance is sweet and you'll have no troubles jumping right in to book 2 if you've missed book 1.

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Book Description
(Taken from Lisa's website)

Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She lives the quiet--well, relatively quiet--life of a teacher and thrives on making a difference in the lives of her students. But she'll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn't know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother's life.

Undercover cop Mason Taylor has been working with Rafael to find his brother and bring the cartel thugs who hold him to justice. Can he talk Rafael down from his impulsive actions? And is there something more sinister at work here than he realizes?

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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.