After an act of terrorism at a wedding, the small town of Seagrove Village was once again on the alert for more activity by the international terrorist organization known as NINA. The subsequent disappearance of Sara’s husband adds to the strained relationship between business partners Beth and Sara. Evidence of a violent murder but no body ramps up the fear and tension in the community. To Beth, it is evident that someone she knows is responsible but there is not enough evidence to determine who it could be. Is it possible that Beth and Sara’s multi-million dollar business could be at the center of the plot? Can they discover who is responsible before there are more deaths? Can Beth trust Joe, a man from her past who is quickly becoming much too important to her?

With it’s intense, high velocity plot, “Not This Time” is a suspense filled novel that kept me turning the pages until its end. Several subplots that might or might not be connected kept me guessing about a potential outcome for the story. Several characters were possible candidates for the role of bad guy (or gal) but it was difficult to discern the culprit(s) until near the end. Every time I KNEW the answers, the author threw in a new twist that changed everything.

“Not This Time” has all the required elements for a great romantic suspense novel. I highly recommend it to lovers of the genre. I do however suggest that the three books of the Crossroads Crisis Center series be read in order for a better understanding of the characters and the plot.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group (Blogging for Books).


Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?


Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of multiple novels including Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties. Hinze’s willingness to take risks in writing and genre has earned her a reputation for trail-blazing skill. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Philosophy, Theocentric Business & Ethics and served as vice president on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. She lives in Florida with her husband.