Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris - Review

I received this book in exchange for my opinion. The following post contains a small amount of advertisement.

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?

Fatal Exchange draws readers into a complex matrix of intertwining lives and unraveling secrets, where every answer creates more questions. Romantic suspense fans will hardly want to come up for air.
This book is available on Amazon, CBDDeeper Shopping, and other book stores.
About the author:
Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of more than twenty books, including Dangerous Passage, Harris has spent over ten years living with her family as missionaries in Mozambique, where she leads a women's group and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. Learn more at

Why does Lisa write Christian fiction? 
Jesus shared primarily through parables and was one of the greatest story tellers of all times. Yet His words had far greater meaning then a simple story. This is my desire for my own stories. To not only entertain though genres like romance, suspense, and international intrigue, but to challenge, encourage, and ultimately share the love of Christ through the written word. To bring hope to a desperate world.

I received this book courtesy of TBCN in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I was not required to give a positive review. 

I have never read anything by Lisa before but I have to tell you I will definitely be reading another one! This book is intense, and will honestly keep you on the EDGE OF YOUR SEA!T.  Lisa leaves no room for catching your breath as she jumps from one scenario to another.  This book is non- stop action and even though its is the second in the series, you will not feel left out.  The characters will capture you, as you feel their emotions,  pain,  anger, hurt, confusion, fear, betrayal as the story progresses.  You get a drift of what may have happened in the first book. You dont feel as though you had to have read it, instead you get just enough information to make you want to read it. 

Emily comes from a family of cops, but she is not a cop, nor does she love the adrenaline rush, or drama that comes with it. She gets enough of that just being in the family. Instead she is a school teacher. But being a school teacher does not mean that she is not going to need the courage, level head, and abilitly to cope in a dangerous situation that a police officer has to have. When one of her favored students takes matters into his own hands and holds her classroom hostage, things get completely out of control for Emily. She has no idea whom to trust and is called on to do things she never thought she would have to do. 

Mason, a detective and undercover agent, also a mentor of the young man holding a classroom full of kids hostage is torn by his emotions, friendship, and duty.  Will he be able to protect those he loves, save a kid whose just like him, and uncover the mystery that has already killed quite a few people?  Emily's sister doesn't trust him, but will she? How can he keep her safe and still find the answers he needs?

The twists and turns are endless. This book is so full, it will have your mind realing as you try to figure out what is happening, who is guilty, and who is not.  Lisa did an amazing job as and author. She intertwines, suspense, faith, and romance all in a fastpaced, sweet, yet unpredictable plot.  For a short time, I felt like I was left hanging in regards to one character's outcome. I kept wondering how it turned out for him and his family, as he kind of vaporized in the action that followed the end of his role, but Lisa does mention him briefly in the final chapter to clarify. 

The end plays out with an intro to book three, which I am already eager to read. Thank you Lisa!

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