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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  4,393 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Ambitious TV reporter Tiel McCoy is driving through New Mexico when she hears over the radio that Sabra Dendy, the 17 year-old daughter of Fort Worth multimillionaire Russell Dendy, has been kidnapped.ááTiel calls her editor and learns that Sara was "kidnapped" by her boyfriend Ronnie and is pregnant.ááTiel is at a gas station store when an armed couple robs the cashier an ...more
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published (first published 2000)
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Katelyn fulkerson
"The car was in cruise control, but her brain was in overdrive."

The most cliched book I have ever read! I do not recommend it. Ambitious TV reporter just so happens to be in the convenience store where a young runaway couple she is investigating come in to rob the place? Luckily, when the young pregnant teen goes into labor there is a handsome rugged doctor to deliver the baby. He also has a dark past, of course, to draw in the heroine.

Don't forget the Hispanic man also in the store who is one
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Lainy
What a fantastic book. First time I have read any of hers and I couldn't put it down. Read it in one day. Very easy to follow, great story, total page turner. I recommend to anyone who likes James Patterson etc
Jaime
This was more a novella than a usual Sandra Brown novel, and as such, was pretty blah. The story never fully develops beyond the actual standoff situation, and we’re never given a chance to really connect with our main characters. Brown also uses a main character combo (a successful tv reporter and the man she has mistakenly wronged) that she returns to in a later novel, Smoke Screen. We get the obligatory sexual tension between Tiel and Doc, followed by the obligatory sex scene, but it all feel ...more
Louise
This is the first Sandra Brown novel I've read and I wasn't disappointed. I'll definitely be searching for more of her novels.

From back cover:

"T.V. reporter Tiel McCoy is driving to New Mexico for a well earned vacation when she hears the news on the radio: The teenage daughter of Fort Worth tycoon Russell Dendy has been kidnapped. Immediately, she abandons her holiday plans to chase down what could be the scoop of a lifetime. But in a town called Rojo Flats an innocuous stop at a convenience st
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Jane Stewart
Kept my interest. Enjoyable way to pass the time if you don’t expect too much. The negative: it ended too soon.

My main complaint is not knowing what happened to various characters at the end. But the rest is good. This author is a good writer and she does suspense well. Although there is a little bit of romance at the end, don’t read it for romance. Read it as a suspense story with interesting characters. It’s about 1/2 the length of a regular novel.

The narrator Enid Graham is a new favorite of
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Kathy
This may be the worst audio-book of all time.
The story line is dumb, the characters are stupid and listening to it probably kills brains cells. The narrator is okay but should have checked pronunciations

I've read/listened to books that I disliked so much, I wanted to slam them into a wall. This one makes me feel that way but I also want to burn down the wall, campaign to make sure some folks never get published and, while I'm at it, never get near a computer or typewriter.

Did I tell you I hated
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Linda
Tiel is a young workaholic TV reporter who doesn't know how to turn off her job and enjoy a personal life. She is suppose to be on vacation when she finds herself in Hera, Texas. A small town that will become the epicenter of young-love-gone-wrong. It is about being in the wrong place at the wrong time -OR- is it about being in the wrong place at the right time?

STANDOFF is about one day spent in a convenient store that changed Tiel McCoy's life forever. Tiel had stopped to use the phone to call
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TK421
This book would have been so much better had an editor cut the last 25 pages. As is, no great lose if you have never read this one.
Carol
So much of this book took place within a few hours, it was as if you were there in real time. No murder, no mystery, but a very intense suspense filled book.
October Woman
Sandra Brown is one of those authors whose books I generally buy new, sometimes even in hardback because I can't wait for the cheaper paperback to come out. My introduction to her was through her romance novels, starting with HIDDEN FIRES, but THE WITNESS, a mystery/suspense, put her on my list of favorite authors (and it's still my favorite of her books).

STANDOFF is more the length of the quick romance books at 261 pages, and not as deep or involved as some of her other suspense books. The sto
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Maria
A great read! I couldn't put it down and I was hooked from the start.
Diana
*sigh*
I have a feeling I won't pick up another book of Sandra's for a looong time.
Jaya Siva
I had become a Sandra Brown fan after reading Chillfactor, but this one was definitely not one of her best work. The story reminded me of a badly-made Bollywood film, except that here too (as in most of her work), the protagonist is a go-getter woman! With that difference, it still has the elements of a masala film, and ends rather predictably. The Mexican thugs don't add to the story, and the book seems to end too quickly, in fact it ends somewhere in the middle. You keep hoping that there's an ...more
Putri Septiana
Disappointed. Too much...weirdness, I guess. Like the author is trying to combine romance and suspense, but unsuccessful. Maybe its her first try in combining drama and suspense.

The story idea is actually rather interesting. But the teenagers' behaviour is rather...annoying. Well, maybe that's part being teenager. But I feel like I would never done something like that, even when I'm a teen.

The romance is a bit force, I think. Half the story, there's a little to no awereness between the hero and
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Nicole
3.5 Stars

This book has pretty mixed reviews but I was in need for what this book gave me so it's good in my book. The action was pretty much back to back (i loved), while the romance aspect was very slight and not well done, however, that doesn't take away from the book. Was it the best suspense novel ever written? No, but it was entertaining and got me out of a book slump. I felt so bad for the teens and didn't see that slight twist coming.

Tiel wasn't endearing with her prickly reporter ways, b
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Jasmine
I will say...I knew this was going to happen! I read her book Lethal and absolutely loved it. Then I decided to pick any random book of hers off the shelf because it will most likely be just as good....eh, not so much. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't bad. I got through it fairly quickly but I wasn't reeling after it was over. Nothing that really impacted me as a reader. I still enjoy her style of writing as an author and will continue to read her work. I personally dislike the "romance" elem ...more
Penny
This book is GREAT!!!! It is almost impossible to put down. There are very strong characters, countless twists and turns, a complete realm of emotions....you laugh, cry, get angry, feel sympathy, a perfect blend of suspense and romance. The main characters Tiel and Doc have terrific chemistry. Ronnie and Sabre, primary characters,also, leave the reader sympathetic to their plight. The reader will, also, fall in love with Gladys and Vern, newlywed golden-agers. I have yet to read a Sandra Brown b ...more
Ciera Casteel
While this was an extremely quick read I feel as though the few hours it took me to complete this book could have been spent better elsewhere. The book was not terrible, it had a storyline that interested me and kept me turning the page. However, as a general rule I can't stand books that are not outwardly pitched as romance and then turn into romance and unfortunately this book is in that category. If Brown were to rewrite the ending I would be happy to give Standoff another star. Until then I ...more
Jennifer
Standoff was a fun, quick read that I finished in one day. Tiel McCoy is a tv reporter heading on vacation when she takes a detour to cover a breaking story, and then gets caught in a convenience store when the story she is driving to finds her, and the "standoff" begins. I really liked Tiel, although she did some things that were a little over the top - including knocking out an FBI agent and sneaking a video camera to record the unfolding drama. It was non-stop action and kept me entertained t ...more
Wayne Simmons
It's no secret that I'm more of a horror guy than thriller guy. That said, I do enjoy a good thriller if the writing, characters and setting work for me. The back cover blurb for STANDOFF by Sandra Brown drew me in: strong female lead (reporter Tiel McCoy, in this case) gets embroiled in a garage forecourt siege, with two runaway teenage lovers on one side, and a heavily armed FBI on the other, a motley crew of hostages caught in the middle.

Now, I'm generally used to a more gritty read than thi
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Nancy
TV reporter Tiel McCoy is driving to New Mexico for a well-earned vacation when she hears the news on the radio: The teenage daughter of Fort Worth tycoon Russell Dendy has been a kidnapped. Immediately, she abandons her holiday plans to chase down what could be the scoop of a lifetime. But in a town called Rojo Flats an innocuous stop at a convenience store thrusts her directly into the dramatic story--and a dangerous drama. For inside the shop two desperate young lovers are holding a half doze ...more
Veens
Tiel McCoy is a hardworking Journalist, who will do anything to get a news worth all the TRPs and get them rolling. She finally[ after great pushing from her boss] decides to go on a vacation to New Mexico. On the way she hears a news-bulletin about the kidnapping of Sabra, the daughter of a Fort Worth's richest power-players Dendy. She immediately calls up her boss, who hints that the girl has runaway with her boyfriend rather than been kidnapped. Her boss, Gully also tells her that the boyfrie ...more
Bob
A TV reporter is headed off on a long overdue vacation when she hears an news spot on her car radio. She call back to her editor and he convinces her to side track to a small remote south western town. Getting lost and stopping for a break at a small gas station/store she is about to leave when a young man and girl enter the store. The man is waving a gun and demanding everyone lie on the floor while the girl gets the cash from the register. As they are about to leave the girl lets out a scream ...more
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Rin
This is definitely a can't-put-down book.

Tiel McCoy is on her way to a relaxing vacation in New Mexico when she hears that the teenage daughter of Russel Dendy, Fort Worth's tycoon is kidnapped. Tiel immediately cancels her vacation plans to chase the big scoop, being a hardworking reporter that she is. That night she makes a stop at a convenience store in Rojo Flats to ask her boss for directions, when suddenly a young boy and his pregnant girlfrield enter the store and hold the people there ho
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Kelly

An ambitious female television reporter is driving through New Mexico when she hears that a Texas millionarie's teenage daughter has been kidnapped. Knowing the girl's father lives nearby, she quickly lines up an interview.

Amazon.com Review

Some reporters have all the luck--especially plucky, ambitious, determined Texas TV news reporter Tiel McCoy, who walks into a convenience store on her long-postponed vacation and finds herself smack in the middle of the biggest story of her life. A couple

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Linda Munro
I have heard of being at the right place at the right time, the wrong place at the wrong time; but in 'Standoff' Dallas reporter Tiel McCoy seems to be at the wrong place at the right time, forever changing her outlook on life....

O her way to an actual vacation with the new man in her life, McCoy hears the news of the kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy Texas businessman. Calling into her office, McCoy learns that the alleged kidnapper's father lives slightly off her vacation route and talks
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Darcy
What do you do when you find yourself (Sabra) a pregnant teen whose father hates her boyfriend (Ronnie), well you run away together so you can be a family. What do you do when you are her father who is rich and powerful, you call the police and say the boy kidnapped her. Being the smart kids that they are Ronnie and Sabra stop off at a gas station to rob it to get the money they need to escape to Mexico. In the store is Tiel, a tv reporter on her way for a weeks vacation when she hears the news ...more
Megan Mcveigh
Teil McCoy, a fearless TV reporter, was on her way for a very well over-due vacation to New Mexico. On her way, she overheard news on the radio, the teenage daughter of Russell Dendy has been kidnapped, by her boyfriend. Being the workaholic she is, she canceled her vacation plans and headed off to pursue her story. She made an innocent stop at a gas station, where little did she know, she would find herself being held hostage by Ronnie Davison and Sabra Dendy themselves. She soon found out, Sab ...more
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), & SMOKE SCREEN (2008).

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