Have you ever been betrayed or deceived by someone you trusted? I know I have, and it is very painful. That is one of the themes in this story. There are also extreme loyalty, love, confrontation, lies, and murder. Sound interesting yet?
Sara and Beth are best friends and business partners. They own a computer company and have made millions of dollars, but they both are very down-to-earth ladies. Their business works with the government sometimes. Sara has married Robert via a 5-week courtship and elopement. Beth thinks Robert is a slime ball who is just using Sara for her money. Beth is single for now. Sara has health issues that require close monitoring and Beth is always on-hand to look after her. Lately, Sara has been acting weird, but won't discuss what's going on. Beth is determined to find what's happening. Then, Robert is kidnapped and a ransom is demanded.
Sara is hospitalized with a medical emergency, so that leaves Beth to pay the ransom. She doesn't pay it to free Robert, but because she loves Sara. However, the ransom is never picked up. What's going on? Is Robert already dead? Sara is able to leave the hospital after a few days. Beth has been keeping in contact with Joe, who works for the government watching spies and their organizations. Is that what is at work in this case? Beth and Joe talk frequently on the phone and develop a relationship. Beth has trouble trusting him, as well as herself, in their developing relationship. Is Joe the one God has brought to her as the one to spend her life with? Sara admits something is going on, but refuses to tell anyone about it. The lead detective on the case begins to have feelings for Sara, but doesn't act on them as he knows she is married. Sara returns those feelings, but she won't act on them either. As the situation comes to the highpoint, can these characters trust when lives are on the line?
There is lots of tension amongst the various characters, and danger abounds for some. The story flows nicely, and I thought the characters were fleshed out well. I'll be reading more of this author's books in the future for sure!
Not This Time is the conclusion to her Crossroads Crisis Center series, and in my opinion is the best book of the series.
I, honestly, took a few days to read each of the first two books, but I finished Not This Time in about 24 hours. I went to bed and had a such hard time putting it down, it kept drawing me on and on. Just one more page. Just one more chapter. You get the idea.
The suspense angle in this book is very well written and paced nicely. The reader is drawn on, hardly taking a breath, to find out what happens next. It doesn't careen from one moment of danger into the next without pause or break. There are the quiet moments as well, where you get a chance to learn more about the characters, what motivates them, their thoughts and emotions. I was very happy with how the story played out. The author struck a good and enjoyable balance between action and emotion.
I absolutely liked Beth and Joe. They are "crazy" about each other and it's fun to watch.. eerrr...read. Both of them value friends and family, having 'adopted' people into their circles of those they call family.
Sara is Beth's best friend. They have a lot of history together. Beth is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how dangerous, to protect and help her friend. Just how far will she have to go?
Joe is pretty closed mouth about his family, but his former spy group The Shadow Watchers are as close to family as a guy can get. He leads a life of danger and now NINA has a price on his head, just what will it take to beat them and save the woman he loves?
Don't miss this exciting book! Make sure you have a long quiet evening ahead so you won't have to stop reading, that is, IF you can stop.
(I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.)
This is the third of the Crossroad Crisis Center books. NINA is still causing trouble, and this time Beth and Sara and their software company are the targets. Through all the plot twists and turns, the reader is hard pressed to decide whether several of the characters are good or bad as several are not what they appear to be. Deaths are threatened, kidnappings orchestrated, and terrorist attacks are planned as the good guys rush to stop NINA operatives in their little village. Through it all, God provides comfort and strength to believers, and a murderer finds redemption. Very exciting and satisfying book with all the Crossroads characters ones with whom I'd like to be friends.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are solely mine
I really enjoyed this third book in The Crossroads Crisis Series. All the characters from the last two books are back and the story picks up from where the last book ended with very little time lapse.
Our main characters Joe and Beth have great chemistry together as they navigate their way through a maze of mystery, dodging NINA's attempts to disrupt their lives and those they love, while trying to unravel the hidden truth of who is behind the abduction of Sara's husband.
Author Vicki Hinze has woven a story of suspense and mystery that will keep you turning the pages only to find that nothing is as it seems. You will not be disappointed with Not This Time!
I was given a copy of this novel by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.