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Race Against Time

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,227 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Sometimes fate brings you together...only to tear you apart

Growing up in the foster system, Quinn O'Meara made a point of never getting involved. But when she discovers a crying baby amid a fiery crime scene, she knows she has no choice. Suddenly in way over her head, Quinn turns to the police, unintentionally positioning herself in the crosshairs of a deadly human-traffi
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by MIRA
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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


"Finding you again feels like an apology from the Universe for separating us the first time."

This book started out really strong, I was really excited for all the action and suspense. I enjoyed the first half of the book more than I did the second. I was looking forward to seeing how two kids who shared a foster home would reconnect again. I liked Nick and Quinn's personalities a lot, I especially loved when they realized they knew ea
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romantic-supense
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

First off I want to say that I do not like romantic-suspense books centered around human trafficking, it is nothing less than slavery and unless and until everyone views it that way it will continue to exist unimpeded. I chose this book from NetGalley because I really like the author, Sharon Sala. I especially like her books featuring the Appalachian part of the county. This se
Maria V. Snyder
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I met Sharon at RWA last summer and she was super nice. She was honored for writing over 100 books! I sat next to her during one of the signings and when I found out she wrote romantic suspense I got this book. Overall it was pretty good if you didn't question the logic too much. The story went in unexpected ways and that was refreshing! But there was also quite a bit of "head hopping." I don't think the book is supposed to be omniscient POV (I could be wrong), but the POV kept switching to anot ...more
Lisa Richards
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book started out with a bang but the last half of it seemed to drag some. There were a couple of inconsistencies that kind of bothered me but the whole human trafficking aspect of it was heart breaking and so sad that it almost had me in tears.
I'm generally not a fan of a book that is from different POVs but it definitely worked here. There is a lot of suspense and I found myself gripping my Kindle for dear life on numerous occasions. I loved the romance between Quinn and Nick an
Tonya Lucas
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I pick up a Sharon Sala book I always know my love for reading will be satisfied, tenfold. Her books are so intriguing and her characters become so real, that I believe I'm reading a true life story, not fiction. Sharon Sala has a talent that few authors conquer, the ability to draw you in immediately and keep you in suspense until the end.
Race Against Time is definitely one of those type of books. Nail biting until the shocking conclusion.
Abducted as a teenager, in a deadly human- traffic
Jennifer Argotsinger
Great concept, but poor execution - SPOILERS

The only thing that kept me going to the end was that in the wide scope it's a great concept for a romantic suspense story which is my fave kind of novel. However, this is very poorly written in my opinion. The characters were not consistent throughout and while some overcame issues it wasn't realistic the way they did. Someone who has such a visceral reaction to water like in the hospital scene to then be fine with it only a few showers later is just
Vikki Vaught
Great story with plenty of suspenseful scenes that will keep you grabbing the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed the characters, but I would love to see a story for Starla. Happy reading!
Jess Schira
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything by Sharon Sala, but I remember loving them. I’m particularly fond of Shades of Desperado. So, Race Against Tim popped up on one of Amazon’s recommended upcoming release lists, I decided to give it a whirl.
The good news is that the tight plot and engaging characters kept me turning pages and I finished the book in just a little over 12 hours.
The down side was that while the author is clearly trying to find the balance between both romance and suspen
Didn't care for the prose.
The subject matter was fine, but the manner in which it was handled...meh.
The characters were inconsistent.

Not for me.
Lyndi W.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Not Sala's best, but not bad at all. I'm feeling generous with four stars because this story reminded me a lot of my favorite Sala story: Next of Kin. Quite a few similarities. But I didn't love this one, mainly because page time was split between three different parties - the victims, the bad guy, and the good guys. Also, the romance happened way too quick. I mean, everything about it just moved too fast.

Still, Sala rarely lets me down and even though I have complaints, I still really enjoyed
Jo Anne
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Another excellent effort by Sharon Sala. Quinn is a kick-ass heroine, doing what’s right and saving a child’s life in the process. Nick is a lovable hero, strong and caring. Their backstory makes them perfect for each other. And I liked that one POV is that of a victim of the trafficking ring. This was a suspenseful, scary story. I couldn’t put it down.
AG Reads
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-sus
Maybe 3.5 stars. Not one of this author's best, but not terrible either. I found it difficult to connect with the main couple romance becuse there was too much else going on. Too many other characters and stories too up page time to the detriment of developing Nick and Quinn.

In a way I can't fully explain, it felt like the author had a bone to pick and some of it came out in the various divergent incidents of this book. Maybe I'm wrong, but that was a feeling I got off and on throughout and it
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

Quinn O'Meara finds it hard to trust people after experiencing tough times while growing up in the foster system. However, the moment she comes upon a fiery car crash, and finds a crying baby, she's determined to get the baby to safety. Except she never imagined she'd find herself hunted by a bad man involved in human trafficking. Luckily, her long-lost friend, Detective Nick Saldano, is determined to protect her at all costs. Will Nick be able to win Quinn over, so they can have a second chance
Jul 08, 2017 marked it as dnf
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).

Good plot idea but ultimately not for me.. maybe I'm just a more critical reader and/or I've outgrown these types of stories. *shrugs*

Not you book, its me.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 this book was interesting and i will read the author again. but i felt like it was light on suspense.
Ellen Anderson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Race Against Time

While I very much enjoyed this book and the reconnection of Nick and Quinn, would have loved a meet between Quinn and Starla.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - Race Against Time is a stand-alone romantic suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat as the story progressed. It started out very fast and kept that pace for most of the book.

The seedy underbelly of Las Vegas is explored in the world of Anton Baba, a casino kingpin with his hand in assorted related ventures (not the least being human trafficking). When Baba decides to make some changes his world begins to collapse in ways he’d never imagined. He won’t rest until he takes do
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 and a half stars.
Human trafficking is very much a tragic and horrifying fact of life. That’s why I found Sharon Sala’s description of how Starla was abducted and sold into sex slavery so hard to read because she made it sound so real! I had to check the book summary to make sure that I was not reading a non-fiction.

Race against Time is very fast-moving and very well written. I could not put my Kindle down till I reached about 60 percent! Then, surprisingly, I couldn’t get into the slow and rom
Elizabeth Neal
Starla, as a lot of seventeen-year-olds do, felt guilty about lying to her parents regarding where she was going, but she did it anyway. Instead of hanging out with her friend as believed, she was meeting a guy she'd met online. Seven years later, Star as she is now called, has outlived her "usefulness" to her owner, Anton, and he is trying to find a new buyer for her. However, their two-year-old son, Sammy, will not be going anywhere. Star, overhearing Anton's plans, knows she needs to escape, ...more
Books and Spoons
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Race Against Time is inspiring, heartbreaking, hope springing story that kept me on my toes. It has a well-balanced mix of heartening human connections and deadly, savage suspense. The story is told from several different points of view, giving a panoramic, layered picture of the events and a portal to the evil, disturbing thoughts of the criminals.

The story starts off with a point of the matter type of telling of the tragic tale of human trafficking. While it broke my heart, and the ease of it
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017
2.5 stars!

I am sooooo disappointed with this.

It started off so strong with such a brilliant storyline. I found myself not wanting to put it down and then around the 45% mark it just stopped being brilliant and I found myself contemplating about giving up with it.

There is no shortage of characters in this, the main being Star who starts off as a young girl who is kidnapped and sold off within the human trafficking system. Then it fast tracks a few years and we see Star as an adult, still in her h
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Net Galley, and I am leaving a voluntarily review.

This is the story of two women, Quinn O’Meara and Starla Davis. Starla Davis was kidnapped by human traffickers when she was a teenager. Seven years later, she escapes from her captor with her young son and some federal agents. Unfortunately, the captor’s men overpower them and the car blows up in flames. The agents die, but Starla and her daughter are thrown out of the car and live.

Without the federal agen
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointment
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Lisa Gibbs
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was quite a story and there were two very strong female characters, Quinn and Starla who battled they way from being victims to being warriors. Quinn saves a baby from the dessert when she stops at the scene of a firey car crash. Unbeknownst to her the baby's father is a wanted criminal with connections everywhere. He will stop at nothing to destroy Quinn and Starla, the baby's mother. Both need help and Quinn finds help when she rides away from the dessert with a bad guy on her tail, a 2 y ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: orange
The book started well but the second half felt flat, with little action except the FBI and Anton running around in circles and no big character development except the instalove between Quinn and Nick (Aside from the first chapter flashback, the entire book happens over about a week). It was only in the last three chapters were it picked the pace back up, when the villain finally realised that "now it was time to get serious" (p.346).
Plus I had a BIG issue with a main character's water phobia inc
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Top-notch romantic suspense…

My heart is always pummeled a little when I read a new title by this author and this read seemed to have more than the average amount of pangs to the heart. I’m a sucker for a second chance story and this ended up being that, in more ways than I could have imagined…

Quinn’s act of bravery brought her more danger than she could have dreamed of but it also brought her back to Nick Saldano. They had bonded when they were in foster care together but their paths went in ver
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing story!

Starla Davis doesn't want her parents to know about her plans, so she lies to them about where she'll be. Then sets off to met a boy she'd been chatting with online. Starla didn't make it home that evening. Little did she know, she was going to become a target for human trafficking.

Starla, now known as Star, was bought by Anton Baba. Star learned that she was pregnant, something that Anton didn't permit, but she convinced him by his ego that a son would be a good idea. Whe
Shental Henrie
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
RACE AGAINST TIME is a stand-alone romantic suspense novel by Sharon Sala! This story is actually 2 stories in one.
This story starts out with us meeting Starla. She is a typical teenager sneaking out of the house to meet a boy. Only in her case, it goes horribly wrong and she is kidnapped and sold. She knows that she won't rescued as her parents have no idea what she's up to or where she is going. She is on her own!! It is up to her to survive.
Starla, whose name gets changed to Star, is sold
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This follows the story of Starla Davis, a young girl who meets her dream guy on the internet only to learn to late that he is a predator/sex trafficker.

The meat of the story kicks in seven years later when Starla finally gets the opportunity to escape and does so. But the escape attempt goes tits up real quick.

Into this comes Quinn and innocent bystander who thinks she is doing a solid as a good samaritan. But ends up in the crosshairs of a crime lord.

The blurb of the book makes it seem like i
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fate will find a way. - Virgil

Starla Davis was a young, virgin 17 year-old girl who made a bad choice and she's ending up having to live with the consequences of that mistake for the rest of her life. She finds herself put on an auction block and sold to the highest bidder - a Las Vegas crime boss. And for the next seven years she lives at his bidding.

But she finds she does have reasons to want to stay alive, and with help, escapes his clutches.

Because of her escape, others get pulled into the n
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader

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