About the Book
Author: Virginia Vaughan
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release date: March 1, 2021
A sniper lurks closer…
and only a navy SEAL can save her.
When psychologist Shelby Warren suddenly becomes a sniper’s target, navy SEAL Paul Avery springs into action to protect her. He needs her evaluation to get back to his team…and rescuing her might finally give him the redemption he’s been searching for. But when danger follows them to his family’s Texas ranch, keeping Shelby safe could be his most difficult assignment yet.
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I enjoyed this entertaining romantic suspense novel even though I had a few issues with it. It is unusual in that the romance is between a psychologist, Shelby, and her patient, Paul. Shelby realizes the ethical issues but the romance seemed inappropriate to me.
I have a pet peeve with plots which develop suspense because of stupid actions on the part of the characters. That happens several times in this novel. Shelby and Paul drive, unguarded, two hours to see her files in storage, after there have been several attempts on her life. With modern technology, they could have had someone go to her storage and video the journal pages or there could have been protection traveling along with them. But no. And, of course, suspense ensues. Shelby acts unwisely several times on her own, bringing on danger to herself. She even admits she'd been foolish and acted recklessly. (2425/2725) I like a heroine who is smart yet outwitted by the villain. I did not find that here.
This is an entertaining romance with plenty of suspense if readers are willing to overlook what I felt were plot defects.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Virginia
As writers, we discover many new and interesting things while researching a story. For TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF, I decided I wanted the hero to have a dog so I started looking at different photographs of dogs online until I found the one image I wanted to use—a sweet little border collie I named Bullet. He helps my navy SEAL hero find comfort and friendship while he’s recovering from injuries at his family’s ranch. But looking at dog photos on the internet did more than help my character grow, it also inspired me to adopt a dog of my own.
My home had been pet-free for many years since my beloved dog Miss Duchess died from cancer five years ago and, although the ten-year-old nephew I’m raising had been asking for a dog for about a year, I hadn’t reached the point of pulling the trigger and bringing another one home. Only the research I did for this book reopened that desire inside of me for canine companionship. In September of 2020, my son and I searched the shelters in search of a family dog and, when I spotted this adorable border collie mix, I knew we had to bring her home. We named her Ivy and, since joining our family, this sweet girl has brought us lots of love and laughter, plus a new adventure—dog training. I’ve never trained a dog in my life and little Ivy is a stubborn one. I’ve scoured YouTube for videos, taken classes, and worked daily on the simplest of commands like sit, wait, lie down. Slowly, we are making progress although barking, jumping, and walking on a leash are still some areas where we’re struggling.
I’d love to hear about your pets or your best training tips! To learn more about my family, including my training journey with Ivy, follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my newsletter at the links below. And look out for the next book—little sister Kellyanne’s story—in my Cowboy Lawmen series coming June 29, 2021.
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