Monday, January 19, 2015

"Hidden Agenda" by Lisa Harris

Hidden Agenda
Before going into anything about this book, it is best to know that this review will utterly spoil the first two books. So if you haven't read them, go do that first. Besides, this story takes place in the week following the course of events in Fatal Exchange (book 2), so this one will be clearer if it's all fresh in your mind.

Now that that's settled, Hidden Agenda is a satisfying conclusion to Lisa Harris' Southern Crimes series. Michael Hunt, presumed dead, has been working undercover with a drug cartel, but they've just discovered he's a spy. When Olivia Hamilton and her deaf brother learn of his impending death, they stage a rescue, little realizing the extreme consequences of crossing the cartel, even when the head is their own father. Trouble follows them as they speed Michael to safety, but who can they trust? The drug lord clearly has no compunction against killing. Dirty cops besmirched Michael's name after his supposed death. And to top it off, there may be other players involved with an interest in the Cartel de Rey.

Like the two previous books in the series, this one is fast-paced, with plenty of action and suspense to keep one's eyes riveted to the page. There is less of a mystery element, but the suspense more than offsets it. However, I felt that the romance moves unbelievably quickly, given that the book takes place over maybe a week and Michael and Olivia had never met prior to the rescue, and given that their relationship is developed under such a traumatic experience. But it makes for a thrilling conclusion to series.

Thank you Revell for providing a free book for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.

Southern Crimes
1. Dangerous Passage
2. Fatal Exchange
3. Hidden Agenda

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