Don't you just LOVE finding a new author? Lisa Harris, while maybe not a NEW author, is definitely a new one to me. With over 25 published books to her credit, counting anthologies and her own novels, this is going to be fun picking out my next title by her. "Fatal Exchange" is book 2 in the Southern Crimes series, with book 1 being "Dangerous Passage". I would strongly suggest you read the books in order so that you are aware of how the characters are connected.
Mason Taylor, an undercover policeman, has been working diligently to keep his streets safe as well as providing needed mentoring to Rafael to keep him from going down the same path that so many in the neighborhood end up. Emily Hunt loves her nice, safe life as a teacher. She'll gladly leave the adrenaline-filled life to that of her family members. And when it comes to dating, she makes sure that is simple and organized too. Yes, the simple life may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for Emily. All of that changes when they are thrust together due to a hostage situation. Rafael's brother has been kidnapped and he's reached out to Mason for help. Before Mason can help, though, Rafael shows up at his classroom, Emily's room, with a gun demanding 2 million dollars in cash. As the situation goes from bad to worse, Mason and Emily have to work together to diffuse this explosive situation. Afterward, just when they think it's all over, there's another kidnapping. This time, though, it's personal. They've grabbed Emily's niece and the time is running out. What happened to Rafael? Is Emily the next target? Can Mason keep all of them safe? Don't wait for the bell to ring, go BUY THIS BOOK!!!
As a man, a little romance is more than enough sometimes. Ms. Harris is labeled as Romantic Suspense, a title that doesn't scare me off at first glance. Not having read her other books yet, I would put this book more in the Suspense rather than Romantic Suspense, but who am I to quibble. Ms. Harris provides you with plenty of depth to her characters, showing you flaws and concerns as the story progresses. She gives you enough of the backstory at you go through the book that you never seem overwhelmed with trying to remember all of the story at once. The plot line is believable with enough of a twist every so often to keep you reading well into the night. The story is wrapped up tightly all the while leaving you with hopes of a new book in the series.
Is this a "guy's book"? Putting aside any remnants of romance, this book would definitely be the kind of book that any guy needs to read. Kidnapping, hostages, gun battles and more, this story has all of the makings of a perfect book for any guy.
If you like fast pace, edge of your seat adventures then "Fatal Exchange" by Lisa Harris is the book for you. Although it's book two of a series, this book can stand alone. Emily comes from a long line of cops in her family, her brother, sister and father were cops, she chose a different path, to make a difference in someones life through education and encouragement. She had no idea how the two worlds would collide. Mason Taylor did not meet the list of requirements Emily had decided on when looking for "the one."
I have to say I could have read this book in one day had I known how exciting it would be. I did not expect to connect with any of the characters and yet I couldn't put the book down until my head hit the pillow and sleep won me over.
I absolutely would recommend this book to everyone, very easy and exciting to read. I received this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion. Great job Lisa Harris, can't wait for the next installment.
The plot for Fatal Exchange is similar to current news headlines, which makes it all the more chilling and frighteningly feasible. A hostage situation in a school is not where any of us would like to find ourselves. I thought the author tacked this tough situation well. This story is compelling and interesting, with a few well placed twists you won't see coming.
Unfortunately, the thing that detracts from this being a fantastic book and takes it down to somewhere between interesting and pretty good is that much of the romance is pretty cheesy. Also, because of this, the ending is somewhat underwhelming. I still enjoyed the book because of the engaging storyline. It's still worth a read, just be prepared for an eye roll here and there.
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Fast paced, suspense filled, page turning mystery that's just a few of the phrases that come to mind after reading Fatal Exchange. Along with a fast paced plot the characters were very well fleshed, and came off as very realistic, and for me that allowed me to connect with this story, becoming invested not only in the mystery but in the lives of the characters as well. The romance was a bit light but it make the story seem more authentic, really it was the perfect blending! Honestly that is what made this a great read for me, the author knew how to create a scene without diverging to much information as to overwhelm, for example there were murders mentioned but they weren't graphic, which is something I always appreciate.
Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris is the second book in the Southern Crimes series and truthfully while the author does provide enough information for this to be a stand alone read, I would say that anyone who enjoys a suspense filled romance with more than a few twists will want to read the first book as well. Murder, suspense and a twisting plot that provides a few punches that aren't anticipated is what readers are going to find with Fatal Exchange.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
This is a Christian suspense thriller that starts off with an adrenaline rush and keeps the momentum going until the end of the story. The first half of the book puts the reader into the middle of an intense hostage crisis involving a gun-wielding teenager holding his teacher and fellow students until a ransom is paid and his younger brother is released by the drug cartel holding him captive.
When that situation is resolved, for better or worse, it seems that the rest of the book will take the reader through the aftermath of said events as those involved try to sort out motives and culpability and deal with their emotional trauma. It is impossible not to relate to Emily's feelings as she says: "Why was everyone asking her if she was okay? She wasn't okay. She wasn't sure she would ever be okay again. Or at least she would never look at things the same." And " She shook her head wondering how long it took to shake the fear that had surrounded her the past few hours. How long would it take to forgive herself for not saving (everyone)? How long would her heart hurt because things had ended this way?"
Unfortunately, however, the crisis is not over; the nightmare continues with new victims. Everything Emily, and the reader, thought was true is turned upside down as the action goes racing off in the new direction in the second half of the book. I don't want to spoil the story with more information, but suffice to say, the roller coaster ride continues.
The reader is introduced to the Hunt family in the first book in the Southern Crimes series, DANGEROUS PASSAGE, but this second book is well able to stand alone. While the first book emphasized the story of Avery, a homicide detective, this book is gives her sister, Emily, the starring role. Emily is the teacher in the classroom, and the gunman is a student she mentored. Her niece, Avery's daughter, Tess, is one of the hostages. Mason, the undercover cop hero is the same man that Avery blames for the death of their brother, Michael. All of these characters are likeable, true-to-life people who are motivated by desire to do good in the world and a sense of intense responsibility for making bad things right. They draw strength from their faith, and their prayers for guidance and help flow naturally as integral components of their lives.
I received the book in a Goodreads giveaway, but the opinions are my own.