Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes Book #2): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Teacher Emily Hunt finds herself held hostage with her class when a favorite student, Rafael, whose brother has been abducted by drug dealers, enters her classroom wielding a gun. Her only hope is undercover cop Mason Taylor, a friend of her deceased brother. Mason has always been attracted to Emily, but their different faiths have been a stumbling block to a romantic relationship. The hostage situation is finally defused, but then Emily's niece is kidnapped. Rafael is their closest link to the drug cartel, and Emily and Mason need him to tell what he knows before time runs out. VERDICT Harris's follow up to Dangerous Passage is packed with plenty of nail-biting action. Add her signature complex characters, a well-developed Southern setting, and a dash of romance, and you have a compelling, quick read to satisfy the most rabid romantic suspense fan. Harris is a Christy Award finalist and RT Book Reviews winner for Best Inspirational Suspense Novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441245014
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Southern Crimes , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 20,596
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet 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 www.lisaharriswrites.com.
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award finalist, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has sold over thirty novels and novella collections. Along with her husband, she and her three children have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women's group, and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice" (Proverbs 31:8).

When she's not working, she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa, visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com. For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit www.theECHOproject.org.
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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    Detective Mason Taylor is very conflicted. His father, who aba

    Detective Mason Taylor is very conflicted. His father, who abandoned him and his brothers, is dying and his family wants him to come home before it is too late. He is also under investigation by his department for being the mole who lead to the death of his best friend and fellow officer, Michael Hunt. With ticket in hand to travel to Denver, Mason received a phone call from a young man who Mason had been mentoring. Rafael is a good student and a young man who is trying desperately to help his family move on to a better life. Rafael’s younger brother has been kidnapped by a group of drug dealers who are demanding a large ransom. In an effort to help Rafael, Mason contacts Emily Hunt, Rafael’s teacher. Emily is also the sister of his deceased friend, Michael. Things quickly escalate. Rafael is at the school, holding Emily and a group of her students hostage, including her niece. It appears to Emily that Rafael is being controlled by someone, but who? Can Mason save Rafael from himself and rescue Emily? Can Mason, a new believer, trust God to work through him to help those he has come to care for?
    Fatal Exchange is an exciting mystery. Just when you think things are resolved, a new difficulty springs up. This is the second the Southern Crimes series with Dangerous Passage, the first novel ,earning honors at the Christy Awards. Fatal Exchange can be read as a standalone mystery, but I enjoyed it so much that I went back and bought the first book. The third book is due out next Spring and I eagerly await it. Any fan of Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, or DiAnn Mills will enjoy this author.
    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris is a fast paced suspense thriller

    Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris is a fast paced suspense thriller that takes place over a period of 24 hours. Emily Hunt was just expecting another normal day. From the time she arrives at the school she teaches at, her day takes an unexpected turn. She comes from a family of cops, so she opted to play it safe and become a school teacher. But on this day, things will happen to be the stuff of her nightmares. And her love interest is none other than detective Mason Taylor, who is blamed for her brother’s death. With all the twists and turns, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the third book especially after the way this one ended. This is the second book in the Southern Crimes series. I did not read the first one which deals with Emily’s sister Avery, who is a cop. I will be going back and reading that one as there seems to be a bigger story arc tying all the books together. I received this book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    If you want to read a real cliff-hanger, this is the book for yo

    If you want to read a real cliff-hanger, this is the book for you. There is one twist and turn after another. The characters are real and the research done for the book is right on. Fatal Exchange is full of mystery, intrigue, joy, sorrow and romance. There are lessons in faith and forgiveness to be learned. I highly recommend this book.

    I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Fatal Exchange is the second book in the Southern Crimes series

    Fatal Exchange is the second book in the Southern Crimes series and I had no problem at all following along with this story, even though I had not read the first book, Dangerous Passage. Although the members from the first book in the series do make some appearances in Fatal Exchange, this story can stand alone just fine. This is also the first book that I have read that was written by Lisa Harris. I enjoyed her writing style, and now look forward to reading books one and three of the series.

    Fatal Exchange had many tense moments and a few unexpected twists, as well. The main characters, Emily and Mason, were well-written and handled the situations they faced with as much grace as possible, considering the various dangerous circumstances they were thrown into.

    Emily was a likeable character who has to deal with a lot in this book. Toward the end of the book, she battled guilt and even second guessed her ability to judge people’s character. I did enjoy that she was a strong, Christian woman who wanted to be a good role model for children.

    Mason was a strong and steady character through the turmoil of the book. But even he eventually had to deal with some issues of guilt and unforgiveness that weighed him down. A family situation hung over him that had to be dealt with and I liked that even though he was a follower of Christ, he struggled with being able to forgive some big wrongs that had been done to him.

    This book had lots of action, tense situations, and the start of a sweet romance. I enjoyed Fatal Exchange and look forward to reading more from Lisa Harris.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I have never read anything by Lisa before but I have to tell you

    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 reeling 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! I received this book from Book Fun. org in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    This was #2 in the Southern Crimes Series. This book follows Emi

    This was #2 in the Southern Crimes Series. This book follows Emily Hunt (Avery's sister who was the main character in Book #1) and Mason Taylor (the guy that Avery believes has something to do with her brother, Michael's, death). There is a case Mason is working on with the drug cartel and Emily gets caught up in it. There is also another case going on at the same time. This book had a twist at the end. I would recommend this book and any book by Lisa Harris. She is a very talented author. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    In the tradition of Lynette Eason and Robin Caroll, Lisa Harris

    In the tradition of Lynette Eason and Robin Caroll, Lisa Harris weaves the perfect blend of faith, suspense, and romance in her latest novel, Fatal Exchange. It is the top notch second tale in the Southern Crimes series, and can be read as a stand-alone book. It is fast-paced, full of heart-pounding danger and action with faith woven in and around a unique twist on one of the most terrifying situations in the headlines today. The characters from the first book, Dangerous Passage, are seamlessly intermingled with enough information to fully appreciate their role in this novel.
    Primary characters Emily Hunt and Mason Taylor forge a tentative partnership for which the only purpose is to help a troubled teen, Rafael, who is one of the sons of a widowed mother who works long, grueling hours. Emily comes from a law enforcement family who loves her peaceful life as a private high school teacher. Mason is an undercover detective who has a serious family emergency that is put on hold when the morning that changes many lives begins.
    Rafael’s brother is kidnapped by a drug cartel with the threat that if his impoverished family doesn’t pay the ransom demanded, they will kill him. The cartel may be responsible for the murder of at least four other young adults. Emily and Mason plan to do their best to help Rafael and his brother, at least until the nightmare begins and all bets are off.
    Fatal Exchange breaks speed limits from the very beginning, progressing with the intensity of an out-of-control race car. Just when it seems that the brakes have finally caught and the car has stabilized, even for a moment, the deadly unexplained acceleration begins again … and the nightmare may never end for Emily and her family.
    This is an outstanding, exciting novel which I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense with the potential for romance. The message of faith in God comes through without being “preachy”, and the characters are three-dimensional, believable people with conversations that are well- written and flowing. Fatal Exchange is well-worth the read, not only as an excellent work of fiction but also as an offering to the heavenly Father who gives all good gifts and talents.
    I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    I loved how the author quickly brought me right into the story,

    I loved how the author quickly brought me right into the story, and then eased into the past relationships and information from the first book (which have not read but now would love to read – and I can’t wait to read her next book!). The back of the book really sums this book up – Fatal Exchange will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lies, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love.
    Emily Hunt is a school teacher. Although it seems the rest of her family are cops – she has no desire to have anything to do with that kind of adrenaline filled life. But she finds herself one cold morning in a strange hostage situation. Then, just when it seems to be over, the plot thickens and changes like a roller coaster ride. Most of the book occurs during a single day, which in some ways doesn’t seem possible but given how life can change in a moment, it all seems so real as I read it. Another part of the story revolves around Mason – a cop and former enemy to Emily as he supposedly caused her brother’s death but as the day progresses, he becomes her new love interest. He has his own issues of needing to forgive his dying father for abandoning him as a child. I loved how the characters often prayed short, simple prayers as they sought God’s wisdom during their difficult circumstances.

    This was a great book! I highly recommend it. I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.

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    Posted June 22, 2014

    I love books written in a series format. I very much enjoy gett

    I love books written in a series format. I very much enjoy getting to know characters as they develop from book to book. And, the same holds true for this one. I thought this was a great story of finding the strength that is in us to do what needs to be done in an unexpected, traumatic situation. The strength that only God can give us to keep us level headed and the wisdom and courage to handle anything we face. An easy to get into and quick read.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Fast-paced suspense novel. 3.5 stars Fatal Exchange is the seco

    Fast-paced suspense novel. 3.5 stars
    Fatal Exchange is the second book in Lisa Harris’ newest series, Southern Crimes. This is the first of her books that I’ve read and I enjoyed it. It is fast-paced and held my attention.
    Since I didn’t read the first book in the series, Dangerous Passage, I didn’t understand at first why we had Avery’s point of view. Once I found out book one was hers, it made more sense. Though this is book two in the series, it can very easily be read as a standalone, though there is a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end to ensure you will want to pick up the next book when it releases in Spring of 2015. There were undoubtedly several things I missed because of not reading Dangerous Passage first, but nothing noticeable enough to detract from the story.
    Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, but is the odd one out because she chose to be a school teacher. I really liked Emily’s character. She was very believable and likeable. I enjoyed that while the author threw her into a high-stress, high-risk situation, she didn’t try to make her into a super heroine. She was scared, tense, emotional, everything I imagine I would be, if I were to face a similar crisis. There seems to be a fine line in writing, between having a strong, independent heroine, and a clingy, annoying one. I really appreciated that Ms. Harris finds just the right balance to make Emily feel real.
    Our hero is Mason Taylor and he is a great character! He is strong, determined, while also being kind and compassionate. The undercover cop character sometimes seems overdone and worn out, but Ms. Harris finds just the right balance for his character, too. While he is a cop, we see more than just one side of him. He has loved Emily for years, but has stayed just a friend out of respect for her faith. I was a little surprised that when he gets the chance to reconnect with her, he doesn’t immediately jump at it. Yes, there is a lot going on so that wasn’t really an option, but he mostly continues to be the friend she needs, while weighing the possibility of something more.
    I was slightly disappointed that Ms. Harris left Emily and Mason’s relationship on the sidelines for most of the book. This book is mostly suspense with a little romance. I suppose since the book covers a very small time frame, the romance would have seemed rushed had she done more with it, but I would also have liked there to have been a bit more depth to it. Hopefully she will pick it up again in the third book.
    My main complaint is that this book is more suspense than mystery, which wouldn‘t be a problem, except she tried to make it a mystery. The few “twists” seemed to lack originality and I could guess what was going to happen next without putting much thought into it. Also the “surprise” villain was very obvious. I saw it coming almost as soon as it happened, the only surprise was why they did it and that never seemed to be clearly defined. We are left with the “we may never truly know the reason,” excuse. That was frustrating for me.
    I was impressed with how she wove faith into the story. It isn’t a major part of it, but she highlights what is there very well. The main spiritual theme is forgiveness, focusing on forgiving others. This quote sums it up rather well, I think, “My father always told me that forgiveness is a choice. A conscious decision to let go.” Emily Hunt, page 279
    Mason and Emily struggle with this through out the book. Mason must forgive someone from his past and Emily has to let go of the betrayal she feels. Forgiveness is never an easy topic to broach and while Ms. Harris does a great job of it, it did get a bit overwhelming for a couple pages at the end. I know she was trying to tie up the story and bring it to a close, but it felt both condensed and strangely long at the same time. She piled a lot into a few pages, then drug the last chapter out.
    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast paced suspense!
    I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted June 7, 2014

    Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris Lisa Harris hit it out the park

    Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris
    Lisa Harris hit it out the park with this one. The last thing in the world Emily Hunt wants is to be is a cop or be in a relationship with one. Having grown up in a family of cops she decides, on a safe career, like a teacher. But her world is turned upside down when her classroom is taken hostage by student Rafael Cerda. Rafael is being controlled by the drug cartel that is holding his brother and mother hostage. Mason Taylor is the undercover cop that has been mentoring Rafael, when Emily’s class is taken he try’s to negotiate their release. When that fails he makes sure he gets in the class to help. As Mason and Emily struggle to survive they fight unwanted feelings for one another.
    Fatal Exchange is a magnificent novel, I give it five stars. It is Christian fiction with romance and mystery. Fast paced and full of action it is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. It is book two of the Southern Crimes Series. You can read this book alone but I am sure you will want to read Dangerous Passage book one in the series.
    I want to give a high-five to the author Lisa Harris and publisher Revell for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    The plot for Fatal Exchange is similar to current news headlines

    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.




    This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    This is a Christian suspense thriller that starts off with an ad

    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

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    The nutshell: Meet Mason, an undercover cop, who is on limited t

    The nutshell: Meet Mason, an undercover cop, who is on limited time in trying to find Emily Hunt's niece who was kidnapped by the drug cartel which has dirty cop's working for them. Join their journey in relying on God during a stand-off, a kidnapping and just trying to stay alive long enough to rescue a family member.




    The pro's: Quick paced, action packed and keeps you flipping the pages. Not graphic by any means.




    The con's: A bit heavy on the romance, of which I can leave behind. It may be a bit harder reading as a stand-alone as this is the 2nd book in the series.




    Suggestion: Like suspense and action packed pages? Then you'll like this book.




    Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    A thrilling, captivating mystery! What a roller coaster ride! On

    A thrilling, captivating mystery!
    What a roller coaster ride! Once you start reading Fatal Exchange the pace picks up and never slows. I loved that. There's nothing quite like curling up on a rainy day with an awesome mystery book and Fatal Exchange fit the bill. I was completely enthralled into the story and was lost in its pages for a couple hours, hardly able to set the book down. 




    I did not read the previous book in this series, nonetheless, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I will say, after I tore through Fatal Exchange, I'll be going back to find Dangerous Passage for certain. Harris writes in a fluid style that leaves you turning pages. 




    I really, really, liked Emily and Mason. I felt I could relate to certain aspects of their character. They felt so real! I was so thankful for how accurately Emily's emotions were portrayed after everything she went through. I cringe when I read about characters who breeze through life having unrealistic reactions to traumatic events. I also felt Mason's internal struggles were justifiable. I found myself thankful again that his growing relationship with Christ wasn't stilted or forced, rather the opposite. I appreciate Godly characters so much. 




    The "mystery" and thrill in and of itself was fantastic and different for me, personally. I will definitely be looking up more of Harris's works and digging into Dangerous Passage when I have time. Why, oh, why must we wait until Spring '15 for the next book?? I highly recommend to fellow readers of mystery/thrillers. There really wasn't much romance in the story, but if there had been more than there was, it wouldn't have flowed. I recommend to readers fifteen or older due to the nature of the story. Things to know: There are at least ten murders either mentioned or presented in the story, though not given in grotesque detail. There is a drug cartel. 




    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    Wow! What a wild ride! Just when I thought I had things figured

    Wow! What a wild ride! Just when I thought I had things figured out there would be another plot twist which kept me guessing until the end.

    One of the things I enjoy about reviewing is finding new authors to read. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for more books by Lisa Harris, and that sneak peek for the next book in the Southern Crimes series has me gasping to find out what happens next.

    I looked forward to every aspect of this book, from the striking cover to the fact Suspense is my favorite genre. Fatal Exchange lived up to all of my expectations and then some. Life and death danger, mystery, double-crosses, romance, a loving family, good friends, and reminders of God's love even in dark times, what more could you ask for in a book?

    Lisa Harris is very good at weaving themes of forgiveness, love of family, and sacrifice for others into a riveting suspense story. There is non-stop action and excitement so the reader doesn't feel preached at in the slightest, instead coming away with the need for forgiveness imprinted in the heart and feeling satisfied in the time spent reading.

    Fatal Exchange is a real page-turner and is a must read for suspense fans.

    (I received a copy of this book from RevellReads for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    Lisa Harris in her new book ¿Fatal Exchange¿ Book Two in the Sou

    Lisa Harris in her new book “Fatal Exchange” Book Two in the Southern Crimes series published by Revell Books takes us into the lives of Emily Hunt and Mason Taylor.




    From the back cover:  Desperate times create desperate people. And desperate people are dangerous . . .




    Though Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, the relatively quiet life of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She’s saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother’s death, and settling into a life she loves. So the last person she wants to spend time with is Mason Taylor.




    An undercover cop, Mason is enemy number one as far as her family is concerned. His involvement in the death of Emily’s brother is still up in the air, and now he expects her to help him with a case. Mason has been working with one of her students, Rafael Cerda, whose brother has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. And with time running out to meet their demands, Rafael is getting desperate.




    Emily will have to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next . . .




    Fatal Exchange will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lives, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love.




    Better breathe deep and fill your lungs now because you won’t be able to catch your breath once you start “Fatal Exchange”.  Murder, school shootings, kidnapping, drugs and drug lords are just some of the ingredients in this high-octane adventure but it is not all of them.  With “Fatal Exchange” Ms. Harris has given us a thriller that becomes more and more exciting until the last hundred pages which is an extremely wild ride.  What Ms. Harris does to us as readers with this book is to take us on twists, turns, upside down loops and drops until you cannot take it anymore but that is where she skillfully brings the book to an end.  Emily, Mason and all of the rest of the characters are so well written you begin to think that you have known them all your life and you certainly want them to succeed.   This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Ms. Harris is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Like the title suggests, Fatal Exchange is a story full of inten

    Like the title suggests, Fatal Exchange is a story full of intense law enforcement scenes. 




    The story revolves around two main characters, who share a past as full of tension and intrigue as the mystery itself.




    Mason Taylor is a committed detective with a passion for helping people. He's never forgiven himself for the death of his fellow officer and friend Michael Hunt. What makes it harder is that he has to work with Michael's sister Detective Avery Hunt. 
    Avery's never stopped blaming him.
    But the youngest Hunt sister, Emily, seems willing to take a chance on him... except for the fact she avoids the cop lifestyle. 
    She's a high school teacher. So though Mason's been infatuated for years he sees no hope until the day a case lands him in her classroom. 




    The only thing that could possibly bring Mason and Emily together is a case that requires both of them to put their hearts into it. This one does. One of Emily's students is at risk and Mason is trying to help him.
    Get ready for a compelling plot that keeps you reading because you must see the resolution. 




    This is the second book in Lisa Harris's Southern Crimes series, and we get to hear more about the Hunt family as they slowly overcome the challenges and heartache in their lives. 




    The South is my favorite setting for a mystery and this one delivers a dose of the flavor and the culture.
    I'm glad to have Emily's story to go on my shelf next to Avery's. I'm eager for book three, which I hope will explain more of Michael's own story. 




    Thank you Revell for my review copy!

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    FATAL EXCHANGE by Lisa Harris is Inspirational Romantic Suspense

    FATAL EXCHANGE by Lisa Harris is Inspirational Romantic Suspense. #2 in the "Southern Crimes" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Follow, Emily Hunt,Undercover Cop, Mason Taylor and Rafael Cerda on a journey of desperation, danger, drug cartels, secrets, a kidnapping, intertwining lives, grief,hope, faith, healing, forgiveness and a very unexpected love.

    Fast paced and filled with emotional upheaval,and desperation. A complex, emotional thrill ride from beginning to end. Fatal Exchange has a whole host of feelings from desperation, to hope, to finding love in unexpected places. You will not want to miss a moment of Fatal Exchange. Beware, it does have a cliffhanger or two. Ms. Harris is a wonderful storyteller who draws the reader into her stories and holds them in awe. Southern Crimes is a must read series. Received for an honest review.

    *Coming in May 2014 from Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group*

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    This is a book that didn¿t grab me in the first chapter but I am

    This is a book that didn’t grab me in the first chapter but I am so glad I kept reading because once the roller coaster started I didn’t want to get off.

    I didn’t even see the twists and turns coming in this book but I loved each and everyone.

    What I loved best were the nuggets of truth I could find in this book. Rafael is Emily’s student. She knows this boy and the boy she knows wouldn’t so the things he is doing. It finally comes to light that he is probably being manipulated to do these horrible things. He is being told lies and he knows no way to escape.

    How true this rings for us. We can let the enemy get into our ears and turn us into someone we were never meant to be but we start to believe that’s who we are. We do things that will have deadly consequences and we can’t see anyway out.

    Thankfully, we have a redeemer who can remind us who we are and people in our lives to speak truth to us, just as Rafael does in Emily and Mason. There might still be consequences but when we walk in the truth we will feel so much better.

    This is a great book for those who like suspense with a touch of romance. I think I liked this one even better than the first. And you can read the second without reading that first, I don’t think you will feel lost at all.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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