Two Hearts Unspoken Targets

Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11

Romance - Suspense
239 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2020
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets by Tamara Ferguson continues the tradition of books about returning servicemen who are wounded physically, and often emotionally, after serving their country overseas. This is Book 11 in an enthralling series that cross-links characters between the books. Air Force Captain Zach Logan has returned from Afghanistan where he was horrifically burned in an attack on his airbase. Also with a permanent limp from the attack, Zach is initially lost and lonely as he returns to the old family home in New Orleans, now lived in by his cousin; a house that holds some terrible memories buried in Zach’s subconscious and only come out in his nightmares. At thirty-five Zach is beginning to believe he will never find anyone to share his life with and now, with the permanent scarring, he begins to sink into a depression. The man who saved Zach’s life in Afghanistan convinces him to come to Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, where a new Wounded Warrior facility is being constructed. Zach can be a great help to other wounded warriors returning injured from the war as well as working at the special-needs facility for children. When Zach meets an older woman, Beth, and her twenty-year-old autistic son, the sparks between the pair are instantaneous but Zach must first come to terms with his own disfigured body, how he views himself and a past that haunts his dreams. Can this “perfect pair” find the love they both so desperately crave?

I’ve read a few Tamara Ferguson books and I love the gentle, sweet, and passionate nature of the romances they entail. Two Hearts Unspoken Targets is no exception to the previous episodes of this series. Both of the lead characters are damaged in some way and yet both are desperately seeking that right person for them. One of Ferguson’s great skills is her ability to invest a reader emotionally in the characters and she does this to perfection. I particularly enjoyed the loving and protective relationship between Beth and her son but also the caring and accepting nature of the boy’s autism by Zach and his family. The realization of Kyle’s potential abilities was a positive feature of the story. The plot regarding the people smuggling and exploitation was complicated enough to keep any reader interested and guessing. Ferguson writes gentle, flowing romances that give us a message and I am definitely a big fan of this series and others she has penned. The writing flows effortlessly and this book can easily be read in a single session. This author continues to produce top quality work in a crowded market genre. That her work consistently rises to the top of the pile is a testament to her qualities as a storyteller and I can highly recommend this particular story to anyone who likes excitement, romance, and ultimately true family values. An excellent read.

Heather Osborne

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets, a romantic suspense novel by Tamara Ferguson, is book eleven in the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series. After being tortured in Iraq, Zach Logan is hesitant to allow anyone to get close to him. Coupled with nightmares of something that had happened to him when he was a child, Zach longs for escape from all he’s experienced. When he takes a job in Wisconsin at a support organization for wounded soldiers, he hopes it will help bring an end to his nightmares. He never expects to meet Beth Bowen, the mother of an autistic young man, Kyle, and find himself falling in love. However, when unexplained accidents start to happen, Zach begins to wonder if his nightmares are more real than he first thought.

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets by Tamara Ferguson was a quick read, perfect for an afternoon curled up on the couch. I think my favorite character was Kyle, but I wish there had been more development of him, as in Beth explaining to Zach what Kyle’s particular diagnosis was, aside from autism, especially if Zach was meant to be working with Kyle closely through the program they were involved in. The mystery and the house where Zach grew up were nice touches and made the story interesting. On top of that, the romance between Zach and Beth was very sweet and showed that looks aren’t everything when it comes to finding true love. I would recommend this book for someone who enjoys military romantic suspense.

K.C. Finn

Two Hearts: Unspoken Targets is a work of fiction in the contemporary romance sub-genre, and was penned by author Tamara Ferguson. Written as the eleventh stand-alone romance in the Two Hearts: Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the book is recommended for more mature readers due to the presence of steamy sex scenes. In this tale, our central wounded warrior protagonist is Air Force Captain Zach Logan, who experiences PTSD flashbacks of a horrible murder. When he meets Beth and her autistic son Kyle, it looks like life might be improving, but when the killer returns and targets them all, Zach must face his trauma if he’s going to protect the new love and life he has found.

Author Tamara Ferguson delivers an excellent and heartfelt romance read for fans of the genre, underpinning it with unique emotional touches such as the exploration of PTSD symptoms and the trials and triumphs of raising a child on the autistic spectrum. Both of these elements are handled sensitively and woven deeply into the plot to avoid being gimmicky, and it is this emotional realism that will resonate with readers and draw them closer into Zach and Beth’s new life together. The later action scenes build well to a tense and exciting plot conclusion, and the romantic plot threads are well woven to give a gradual progression towards a fierce and loyal new love. Overall, I would highly recommend Two Hearts: Unspoken Targets to all readers who enjoy sizzling romance mixed with realistic emotional drama and an exciting ex-military plot.