Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris
Revell, April 29th 2014

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.

My first impression of this book was that it wasn’t nearly as busy as the previous book in the series, Dangerous Passage – which automatically made it a better book for me. By simply being less busy and focusing on the two main characters more, I was able to enjoy the whole process from beginning to end.

I also liked the two leads in this one. They having an interesting history and it makes for a more compelling read. The situation they are in is tense and keeps the reader on edge. The mystery surrounding the story is solid and had me guessing until the end.

I’m enjoying this series more now.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.