Review & Giveaway: UNEVEN EXCHANGE by S.K. Derban

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Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by iRead Book Tours,  I am pleased to introduce you to S.K. Derban’s most recent release – Uneven Exchange.


unnamedLike 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…

My Review

This  thriller features a DEA undercover mission, intrigue, and organized crime – all the key elements for  a suspense-filled story.

Alex is a strong, beautiful and intelligent women, who is willing to risk her life to help bring an infamous assassin to justice.  Admirable.  She is in love with the business partner, Jake, but she’s convinced that he’s not interested in becoming more than friends. She’s wrong, still it was easy to relate to her reasons for hiding her feelings.  The sudden appearance of gorgeous and somewhat mysterious DEA agent and the intensity of her training leave her little time to think about Jake or anything else, for that matter.

All in all, it was a well written story with a captivating plot that included a few unexpected twists. I enjoyed the  vivid descriptions of the varied locations in California and Mexico, especially the rugged travel conditions in Mexico.

I must say, however, that the author’s attempt to intertwine faith felt forced. Although Alex’s faith was more or less in keeping with her character throughout the story, as the book neared its conclusion it seemed that a disproportionate number of characters were suddenly devout Christians.

That said, I expect that if you enjoy a crime thriller with a touch of romantic suspense, you may well find yourself turning pages way into the night.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 


As part of this blog tour, enter for a chance to win a copy of Uneven Exchange (USA only) + a $25 Amazon gift card (International) in a Rafflecopter giveaway.

About the Author

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.S.K. Derban

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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