Uneven Exchange by S.K. Derban

Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet's life runs hot and cold.....

Synopsis - 

Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet's life runs hot and cold. At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn't even seem to realize she's a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor. Jake has been entranced by Alexandra's determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He's caught in a web of pretending he doesn't care, and doesn't see a way out of it. Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission. Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin's family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach.

Should he finally take the chance...before it's too late? After all, he has nothing to lose. However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong. Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the peaceful haven that has now become her prison?

Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever...

Review - 

As a woman, I always love when the main character in a book I am reading is a smart, independent and strong female.  The character of Alexandra Callet is just that - someone I would love to know. Here is a single woman running a successful business who is approached to be a DEA operative in Mexico. They want her to help take down a really evil bad guy by pretending to be his sister. Wow! More wow is that she says yes and begins training!  Would I have the courage to step into that role? Probably not.

Another story line travels through this story - that of unrequited love.  Both she and her business partner Jake Taylor are head over heels drawn to each other, but both think the other is not interested. Neither wants to risk their business relationship by declaring their feelings. It could ruin everything. Her growing secrecy as she first trains and then heads off on this mission leads Jake to feel he is losing her completely. When he discovers she did not travel to the location her cover story indicated, he relentlessly pursues the truth.

This is a great story to escape into. It has intrigue, life-threatening scary moments and romance swirling through it. As an added bonus you get to learn a little about how the DEA works when it recruits and manages an operative.

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Meet the Author - 

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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the second world war. Derban's mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, Derban's life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. S.K. Derban has always remained passionate about writing, and is thrilled to finally share her work with others.

Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe. When writing, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life, from her faith in the Lord, to her love and knowledge of the arts. ​

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