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…
Title: Uneven Exchange
Author: S.K. Derban
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Published: August 26, 2015
Format: Paperback, 344 pages
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Despite its categorization as suspense, S.K. Durban has developed a lighthearted approach to writing this beautiful and intriguing book.
Uneven Exchange tells the story of Alexandra Callet, a talented interior designer. Alexandra is feisty, beautiful, energetic and in love with her business partner, Jake. Jake appears to be unaware of Alexandra’s feelings; and likewise, Alexandra has no idea Jake has feelings for her. Durban has created a most unusual premise on the romance side of Urban Exchange. Most contemporary romances have the characters falling all over each other and pursuing the other party. Not so in this gentle portrayal.
Enter the suspense side of this well-written and developed book. The way in which Alexandra takes the place of a look-alike in Mexico and sister of an evil drug lord shows her strong and gutsy side. DEA agents spotted Alexandra’s “twin” looks while she was vacationing in Mexico, and immediately realized they could easily train such an intelligent woman to take the place of Danielle. The pace and intensity in this phase of Alexandra’s story easily create a few nerves for the reader, but it wouldn’t be suspense without the nerves, now would it?
Eventually, having kept everything under wraps with Jake, Alexandra becomes the sole focus of his feelings and emotions. Especially when he can’t contact her at the number she left for him. But has he waited too long to tell her of his feelings?
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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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