About the Book
Book: Texas Target Standoff
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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About the Author
Bestselling author Virginia Vaughan writes inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love or writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.
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.
Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. Now you are ready to take a journey with thrills, suspense and adventure. The story is full of danger as Shelby and Paul find themselves fighting to stay alive. Someone is out to kill Shelby and will not stop until the job is finished. I liked Shelby but I think she got too close to Paul from the beginning. It’s like she forgot about professionalism and crossed the line with her patient.
I can’t believe all the close calls on Shelby’s life and at times it frustrated me. The author certainly knows how to write suspense but maybe there were too many near misses that seemed over the top. I loved getting to know more about the Navy Seals and how intense their missions are. The author talks about PTSD and allows readers to see how incidents can affect people. Can you imagine being in danger everyday? Paul was a good character and I liked how he kept his cool under extreme danger.
What I thought was good was the importance of evaluating people before allowing them to return to action. Shelby does take her job seriously but I have to wonder if her profession really goes to each home to evaluate their patients. I liked the story mostly but there were a few times I think the author took some liberties that made the story hard to believe could happen.
The author redeems herself with a surprising ending. I never once suspected this person or the reason behind the attacks. Once again the scripture, “the love of money is the root of all evil,” takes center stage in this action packed adventure. After finishing the book I thought about how easy it was for some people to be attracted to a quick rich scheme no matter the cost. In the end I came to really like the story and appreciate the intense series of events.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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