Hidden Agenda – Book Review

This is the third book in Lisa Harris’ series Southern Crimes. The first two books are Dangerous Passage and Fatal Exchange. It continues with the story of the Hunt family – this time with Michael Hunt, who his family thinks is dead. Michael has been working undercover in the cartel under Antonio Valez. His cover is blown but he can’t turn to the authorities because of corruption within the Atlanta police department and he’s been accused of being a mole in the police department. He’s being hunted by both the cartel and the police and his only hope is Olivia Hamilton, the daughter of Antonio Valez, and the woman he is falling for.

The intricate web of lies and deceit on many different levels in this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. As Michael and Olivia try to stay one step ahead of those chasing them, you are drawn into the storyline. If you’ve read the first two books in the series, knowing that Michael is alive and did not die in an explosion as his family was led to believe, will compel you to find out if he is ever going to be reunited with his family with the price on his head.

I had never read the first book in this series so I wasn’t all that interested in the few sections where Avery (Michael’s older sister) was the POV character. I found these sections didn’t bring a whole lot to the story which I might have felt different about if I had read Jackson and Avery’s story.

This book is a Christian romantic suspense novel so Christianity is woven among the romance and suspense.

Fatal Exchange – Book Review

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 is the second book in the Southern Crimes series by Lisa Harris. There were some things, especially at the beginning of the book that I thought would have made a lot more sense had I read the first book in the series. The majority of the book made sense but there were some details that I felt would have been more clear by reading the first book.

I felt the suspense of the book was well written. It kept me on the edge of my seat and there were even a few twists thrown in there that left me a little shocked which doesn’t happen often anymore in novels. However, I was skeptical of the romance because most of the book took place in one day and it felt unrealistic to me for them to fall for each other so fast. I felt it did redeem itself a little bit at the end of the book.