Trading Secrets Book Summary and Study Guide

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A holiday romance between Sabrina Chase and Matt August turns deadly after Matt's former boss turns up unexpectedly. Sabrina Chase has lived her life in the shadow of dominating men and wants to break free. During a holiday, she tries to pick up a stranger in a bar, attracted by his intense brooding looks. In a drunken state, Matt August, a former special services operative whose wife cheated on him, decides to teach Sabrina a lesson and warn her off from picking up strange men. Later, Matt feels remorseful and apologizes for his actions. Sabrina returns home to the US. Matt is approached by his former boss to take up one last assignment for a huge sum of money. It will also give Matt a chance to redeem himself and get rid of the cloud that still remained over his career after he bungled his last job.
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Matt's ex-wife asks him to take care of their teen-aged son. He goes to the US to pick up his son and meets Sabrina again. Both of them realize that they are very much attracted to each other. Matt and his son moves in with Sabrina. He decides to take up the assignment and sets off for Central America leaving his son in Sabrina's care.

Matt soon realizes that his assignment is not as simple as it seemed to be. His former boss has a hidden agenda and has arranged for Matt's son to be kidnapped to ensure his loyalty to the task. Matt has to make sure that he comes out of this job alive. Sabrina is faced with the task of caring for a rebellious teenager and protecting him from Matt's enemies.
Best part of story, including ending: Matt is too dominating, possessive and irritating. The relationship between Matt and Sabrina is too rushed and does not go through the normal stages of an actual relationship.

Best scene in story: The dinner scene where Matt and his son meets Sabrina's family was one of the redeeming points of the book. It was hilarious and at the same time, revealed the true side of all the main characters.

Opinion about the main character: Sabrina runs a souvenir shop in Texas and has an eye for the most tacky and outlandish things. Though she has no idea about taking care of a teenager, she does not hesitate to risk her life to save Matt's son from his enemies.

The review of this Book prepared by Amrita Nandagopal a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   spies If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   spy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman Effect of sexing    -   confused


City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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