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Going Once (Forces of Nature #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  505 ratings  ·  75 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala comes a story of reignited passion set amidst a town reeling from disaster and the long shadow of a killer…

As raging floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, the unwitting witness to the brutal murder of three fellow survivors. Finally rescued in the aftermath of the storm, no one
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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The first book in Sharon Sala's Forces of Nature series. Nola Landry is home sick, running a fever and barely able to get out of bed, when she dreams her dead mother is calling her and telling her to get food and water and leave the house. So she does and discovers the flood waters are here and she needs to get to higher ground. She manages to get herself up a tree a short distance from her home and hangs on hoping to be rescued soon. When a potential rescue boat does arrive, it comes with death ...more
Leslie Mesmer

Actually this should be a 4-1/2 but alas no half stars. I received this as a first read but to be honest, I am always looking for books by Sharon Sala. I have read her Ruby Ridge trilogy and a few single books and loved them.
I finished this book in a day and a half. Would have been one day but life kept interfering. :-)
I loved that this book took it's time building the story. It did not keep jumping from one crisis to another but allowed things to build. It was also nice not only following the
Harlequin Books
"Don't blink, or you"ll miss some of the action in this fast-paced series-starter. There's no extended estrangement between the two leads, and this makes the story more engaging. There are some underlying, and very current, issues about caring for an aging parent, but this does not detract from readers enjoying the suspense and romance. Even against the back-drop of murder, this easy read still leads to a happy ending with the promise of future adventures." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Sara Gerhold
Going Once is the first book of a new trilogy, and it was a wonderful start! With each book Ms. Sala only gets better. Bleary eyed from reading it, I can promise that it is a real page turner!! I can't wait for the next two books!
Trista Blair
What has happened to Sharon Sala? The first book I read by Sala was Sweet Baby. It was a little out there as far as being realistic, but I loved the story and LOVED the characters. I actually teared us in places because of how well Sala described the pain both characters were going through. The last books I enjoyed by Sala were the Cat Dupress series. Since then, time and time again, I have picked up a Sala book and been disappointed by the lack of emotion, character development and plot. I have ...more
Teena Stewart
Nola Landry barely survives a flood in her small Louisiana town by clinging to a tree on higher ground. While hidden in its branches, she witnesses the brutal killing of three neighbors who are shot by a man in uniform in a boat. After being rescued, and losing her home, she is rescued by three FBI agents who have come to town to track a serial killer nicknamed the Stormchaser. One of these agents is a former boyfriend, Tate Benton who left several years before without warning, breaking Nola’s h ...more
I was a little disappointed with this one. I'm a huge Sharon Sala fan but this story seemed a little flat, the characters were underdeveloped, there was very little suspense. The romance seemed contrived. If this had been written by anyone else, I probably would have stopped reading before page 100, but I kept going because I have learned to expect great things from Mrs. Sala. Hopefully she can return to her previous glory with the next installment of the series.
I got this book from a First Reads giveaway.

I've never read a Sharon Sala book before, but I have to say I totally enjoyed "Going Once". In fact, I couldn't put it down. The storm, flood, and bayou seemed so real. This book has made me want to read more by Sharon Sala.
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

This is the first novel in a trilogy called the "Forces of Nature". I plan on buying the next two books in this series as soon as possible. This is the first book I have read by the author and I loved it! I really enjoyed her writing style and I did not want to put this book down at all! I love all the characters, especially the three FBI agents and am happy to see that each novel in this series focuses on a new agent! Thank you s
I changed my rating. I started with a 2 *. The ending pulled everything together.

My main beef about this book is that it feels so dated. It is a Hurricane Katrina book and even worse it feels like the mid nineties. The setting is LA on the Mississippi during a flood. Yes, I know that the river has flooded many times. Telling myself that didn't help. The characters didn't fix it, either. The main character made no effort to protect her home and possessions, especially her paintings, from a flood
Sharon Sala has never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat with her romantic suspence, and this book was definitely no different!!

Nola Landy has grown up in the same small town in Louisiana her whole life, losing both her mother and grandmother and living in the same house she grew up in. She is a talented artist with paintings in galleries all over the south.

But right now Nola is sick. A fever has kept her in bed for days, half out of it, until her mother's voice in her head yells at her t
Linda Langford
This review is from: Going Once (Forces of Nature)

4-1/2 STARS!! I have NEVER read a Sharon Sala romantic suspense story that I did not like!!! Here's a little taste of what this story is about......The setting is Queens Crossing, Louisiana where it's coming a flood. Nola, the heroine, wakes to her dead mother's voice telling her to get out of the house---which she does, despite the fact that she has a high fever and is already weak. She manages to climb a strong tree, and clings to it as the flo
I really wanted to like this one, it started out strong and it felt promising. It quickly dissolved into a boring story that was way too predictable with cardboard characters. How is it possible for this to be the same author who wrote Out Of The Dark?? I loved that book.

Nola (h) is a local artists living in her grandmother's house. Having been down with the flu and sleeping off a fever, she's suddenly awaken by a dream where her Mother, who had passed years ago, is telling her to" get up, get
I received Going Once from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

First let me say that I LOVED the idea. This storyline had so much potential and could have been fantastic if the characters had been fleshed out even just a little bit and a little more attention to details would have been paid. I read some of the other reviews and saw that a few people were a little upset about the lack of hmm, shall we say steam? That wasn't a problem for me, I was reading for the suspense and it started pretty well,
Anne Marsh
This was my first book by Sharon Sala and GOING ONCE was an enjoyable read. The book had a great romantic suspense element--the concept of the Stormchaser, who shoots surviving storm victims in the head while they're clinging to rooftops for life is compelling. I also loved having a ringside seat for the investigation and the "brotherhood" of the all-male investigative team is always fun. The reunion romance between Nola and Tate is sweet, although I finished the book with the feeling that a lit ...more
I loved this book. It had me hooked from the first page. The three main characters are complex and each have a backstory that slowly unfolds over the course of the book. Having followed severe storms in the news from Katrina to Sandy parts made much of the story feel very real. The book is the first in a trilogy. I am hooked and plan to watch for the next two books.

The story begins in Louisiana as a severe storm is causing the banks of the Mississippi to overflow and flood nearby homes. Nola, ho
Going Once is told through several POV's, including that of the Stormchaser, a serial killer who targets victims amidst natural disasters, like the flood that hits Nola's small Louisiana town. When Nola witnesses the killer in action she's placed in the protective custody of three FBI agents, including her ex, Tate, who walked away without explanation years before.

The horrifying premise feels like something that could actually happen, and I loved the opening, where Nola's alone and feverish, cli
This book started off great at the1st couple of pages. it makes you wanna keep reading. i love all sharon sala's books.i loved the charachters. Personally I loved Cameron he seemed like a sweety.I can't wait to ŕead the next in the series. This books make you thinkthat stuff like this could really happen. LOVED IT. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT ABOUT WADE, BUT I CAN'T WAIT TILL LAURA AND CAMERONS
The first in a romantic suspense trilogy, I thought it was off to a good start and it moved at a quick pace. A creepy serial killer terrorizes a small town by killing survivors of the flooded out town and the FBI is following him, hoping to catch him before he kills again. I thought it was good and it made me think of what sets off somebody's mind.
Linda Carroll-Bradd
I love reunion stories, and this one showed a couple getting back together years later when they can look at the break-up with fresh perspective. The tension of the presence of a serial killer was high and kept me flipping the pages to see if the villain would be caught. What a comforting thought that spirits help us in times of great stress.
Kenton Monjon
An enjoyable read

The plot as well as the characters were true to life and ones the reader could identify with. The flood of the rivers in the Delta were portrayed realistically and added to the suspense and excitement as did the depth of the characters.
This is the first time I have read Sharon Sala. This was a good mystery. Not as much excitement as I would have liked but it did make me want to continue reading to see who done it. The story does not end here as this is the first in a trilogy. I am debating on whether I am going to read the other two.
Tonya Lucas
Sharon Sala is one of today's premier romance/ suspense authors that aims to please and delivers every time. Going Once was an absolute joy to read and the ending was gripping. Ready for the 2nd book Going Twice. I've got to see where this journey takes us.
Aloha Salonen
Good story about three FBI agents tracking a serial killer to one of the agents home town. One of the agents former girl friend witness the murder of three people while she was up a tree during a flood.
I loved this book. I thought it was well paced and just the right romance and action without going too much one way or another. Sharon Sala delivers another great book and I cannot wait to read the next one! !!
This was the start of a new series by Sala. I haven't read any sequential novels in a long time, but will pursue the other two in this series. Much of this was formulaic, but there was enough suspense and plot to keep you reading.
Boy this one was so so good I was till the wee hours reading and could not put it down.
One chapter after another I would say ok I'm putting this down after this page but one page lead to maybe two more chapters.

Suspense top notch romance great the people were likeable the main carters were the best.
Top notch Miss Sala never a bad read when I read your books.
A good story with good characters. Nola is far too easily forgiving and doesn't act as a normal person would when Tate returns to town. While the story ended on a good note the issue with Tate's father doesn't seem to be completely finished. Looking forward to reading the next book Going Twice.
4 1/2 stars. I always enjoy Ms. Sala's work and this one did not disappoint.

This novel takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A serial killer called the Stormchaser has struck, which sends FBI Agent Tate Benton back to his hometown to interview a witness to the killings. Nola Landry witnessed the murders of her neighbors as they awaited rescue from the flood waters on their roof. She is the lone witness to the Stormchaser's horrific crimes and he doesn't like to make mistakes. Tate i
Suzanne Cotton
Going once

Good book. lots of action, intrigue and mystery. exceptional storyline and a great cast of characters. can't wait for the next book in this series. Sharon Sala tells a great story.
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