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No Control (Delta Force Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00FORZMRU
- Publisher : Forever (1 February 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 611 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 746,445 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Soon (much too soon) later, Caleb Stone has to intrude in Lana Hancock's life, and he brings trouble - The Swarm (the nemesis from the first book)have regrouped, and are gunning for Lana.
If you liked 'No Regrets' you'll probably like this one. Caleb Stone is a decent hero, warped by guilt, trying to do the right thing. Lana Hancock is a sympathetic character, and one can understand her caution around well, everyone.
The thing with this novel is, you didn't really feel the suspense. There's romance, but you're supposed to have romance+suspense, or else what's the point of writing in this genre? There's no way that you felt that Lana would be in danger until towards the end. Also, Ms Butcher needs to work on her fight scenes. If these men are supposed to be Delta Force (or something along those lines), I expect a bit more gore and action.
Oh well, the good thing is, Ms Butler writes really nice erotic scenes. Yeah, really. If you aren't a fan of 'fade to black' this is your woman. You know how writers might write one good sex scene and then everything else is all metaphor? Not this one, whoa.
Kara is a member of Swarm, a terrorist group. Kara and her crew kidnapped and tortured several Americans in Armenia. Lana was one of them. Her captors did not know that she could see them due a slit in her hood. Caleb was working undercover for the CIA and joined the terrorist group. He was present during Lana's torture, but he couldn't help her without blowing his cover. He needed to learn what school the group was planning to bomb. Later, Caleb saved Lana's life by killing one of her captors and escaping with her. Months later, Kara comes to Lana's home town. Kara wants to know if Lana can identify her or has told anyone who she is. The CIA hears "chatter" that a member of the Swarm may be after Lana. Caleb is sent to find out what Lana knows and to protect her.
I like this author. She is a good writer, but I did not like the method she used for conflict in this story. Lana refused to tell anyone including Caleb that Kara was in town and was one of the bad guys. Lana believed that if she acted like she didn't recognize Kara, then Kara would think Lana had never seen her and could not be a witness against her. Dangerous things were happening to Lana and people around her but she continued to keep Kara's identity a secret from Caleb. For most of the book, I was frustrated with Lana. I wanted to shake her and say "Tell Caleb. He can fix this." My frustration for most of the book is the reason for 3 stars. The emotional thread through most of the story is "Lana sees Kara, is deathly afraid, but must act like nothing is wrong."
Readers who don't mind this "secret keeping," might enjoy the book more than I did. I continue with this subject under Spoilers below. Warning for sensitive readers: the story includes some torture scenes.
Lana knows that Kara is hanging around and is dangerous. Lana sees that Kara is working as a volunteer and playing with the kids in the community center which is run by Lana's foundation. Kara is doing other bad things to Lana and the people around her. As I mentioned earlier, I was frustrated with Lana's warped thinking that she should tell no one about Kara. Finally near the end of the book, Lana tells Caleb who Kara is. The story is great after that point. Kara is arrested, but she gets free, she continues doing bad things. I would have enjoyed the story more, if that sort of thing were going on during most of the book instead of just at the end.
Story length: 380 pages. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Length of sex scenes: 3, 4, and 11 pages. Setting: current day Armenia and Columbia, Missouri. Copyright: 2008. Genre: romantic suspense.
For a list of my reviews of other Shannon K. Butcher books, see my 5 star review of "No Regrets" posted 10/13/08.
Lana is scared, stubborn, and strong. While it's a combination that would scare most men off, Caleb is not like most men. He thrives on danger and his honor knows no bounds. Lana and Caleb have a strong chemistry that neither can deny. Even when Lana is pushing Caleb away it's obvious she wants to pull him close. Caleb tries so hard to be strong but he wears his heart on his sleeve. No Control is exciting, sensual and romantic. It's my first Shannon K. Butcher book, but definitely not my last.
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