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NO HIDING. Lana Hancock knows all about danger--and betrayal. Eighteen months ago, she was captured by a terrorist group known as the Swarm while one of its members, a rugged man with sinfully dark eyes, did nothing to help her. Now when she's freed and desperate to put it all behind her, the unthinkable happens. The Swarm is targeting Lana once again and the man who stood ...more
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Published February 1st 2008 by Forever
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LibraryLass
Oct 05, 2011 LibraryLass rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All fans of T-Flac, I Team, Troubleshooters or Bodyguards
Shelves: 2008, 2011, re-read
Awesome book!! Only found that it was a part of a trilogy half way thru and couldn't stop. It was great.

I love romantic suspense books that are equal parts romance and suspense. Also love it when the hero OR heroine has been traumatised in the past like Lana was. The way the sparks started flying between Lana and Caleb had me hooked. Very nicely done. I also liked the fact that Lana didn't make it easy by just telling Caleb everything he wanted to know. She had understandable trust issues and i
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This was a solid outing as my first book by Shannon K. Butcher. I know it's probably not fair to her, but I decided to read Ms. Butcher because I just adore the Harry Dresden books by her husband, Jim Butcher. But nepotism can only take a writer so far. And Ms. Butcher has proven that she can stand on her own two feet.

I know I was reading this book with a critical eye (I couldn't help it, because I knew going in that she has some literary relations who in her own words 'taught her how to write')
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Mojca
Another solid suspense story from Shannon K. Butcher. But like the previous one, while the suspense, the imminent danger, and the tension was great, I found myself zoning out on the romance aspects of the story. Which is a shame, because from what I can remember there were some pretty hot scenes in there.

Anyway, let's start at the beginning, shall we?

I finally got my wish and read Caleb's story. He's intrigued me from his very first scene in No Regrets and I was really looking forward to reading
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Shawna
4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense

No Control is the second book in Shannon K. Butcher’s romantic suspense Delta Force trilogy, and it’s a good read. Delta Force operative Caleb Stone is assigned to protect witness Lana Hancock, who was tortured 18 months prior by a terrorist organization called the Swarm while working as a volunteer in Armenia. At the time of her captivity, Caleb was on an undercover assignment to infiltrate the Swarm and was unable to help Lana out of a risk of being exposed. He see
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~Megan~
I liked this book better than the first in the series, but I just can't make myself give it a 5 star rating. I liked it, and sometimes even loved it, but some of the plot was really too much to be believed.

The best thing about this book was Caleb....what a dude! He was really everything you'd ever want a man to be, and his guilt over what he had to do in the line of duty was palpable. I'm so glad he got a second chance to make things up to Lana, and I loved his determination to never fail her ag
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Rachel
Oct 16, 2011 Rachel added it
Shelves: dnf, 2011, bodice-rippers
Ugh, I have tried to read this one on several occasions but it just never sucked me in...not even as a skimmer! It's not that it was bad or boring or anything, I just couldn't get into it for reasons unknown to me. Maybe someday it'll speak to me, just not today.
Jane Stewart
Good characters and good writing, but I did not like the author’s method used to create conflict.

STORY BRIEF:
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 lea
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Styles
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

I genuinely enjoyed this book. This was the sort of story well written enough where I'd actually tear-up, laugh, get angry - all of it.

Lana and Caleb and the hook Ms. Butcher created to draw them together was very clever. A "Catch 22" if I ever saw one. Their story and their suffering was well written and quite believable. The transition within each of them was sweet to see unfold.

Ah, but this auth
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Angela
Given that I started reading this book on the day I had surgery, and that I've finished it off in bits and pieces during my subsequent recovery, it could be argued that I haven't really given Shannon Butcher's No Control a fair shake. I mean, how coherent a picture can you get of a book when you read it in a Vicodin haze, hey?

That said, I have to admit that this book didn't work for me as well as her debut novel, No Regrets. It's not because the quality of her writing has changed--it hasn't--but
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Sarah
Usually I try to do these Romance Roundups after reading a handful of paperback romances. This time, that handful just happens to be a trilogy written by Shannon K. Butcher (her husband, Jim Butcher, writes the Dresden Files books). Usually I try to find some unifying characteristic between the books in each roundup. Besides the obvious reason for the books being a trilogy (the three heroes are best friends and served together in the Delta Force [a vaguely described top-secret special ops divisi ...more
Stephanie
This book would have been awesome but the heroine was annoying. You have a former Delta Force Stud guarding you and you cannot trust him enough to tell him who the bad guy is...

"Oh I'm not lying and I'm not hiding anything."

"Yes you are now tell me woman!"

"Just get out!"
"No don't hold me!"
"No get out, hold me, get out."

You get the idea, she suffered a horrible tragedy and survived and for that I wanted to like her, but I just couldn't and that ruined it for me.

That has been happening a lot to
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Darcy
Another great romantic suspense book. I liked this one better than the first one. The appeal for me is Caleb, he really feels like he let Lana down the first time they met, but had he broke cover there would have more deaths, deaths of children, but even knowing that Caleb can't forgive himself for his actions. Lana seems to have a core of strength in her and shows it over and over again through out the book.
Leslie Mesmer
I must admit this is not the first or even second time I have read this book but the third time. This is one of my fave go to books when I just am not in the mood to focus on a new book.
Come on! Admit it! You have certain books that you love to read over and over because even though you know the story you still feel like it's the first time you've read it. It's like revisiting an old friend.
I love that although you have a macho hunk, he is unsure of the woman ever loving him because of his w
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Dee Haddrill
Much much MUCH better than the first in the series. I almost couldn't put this book down. I liked both the characters and, while it annoyed me that it took Lana so long to tell Caleb the truth, I could at least understand why she waited. Very good book and I'm going to start the final in this trilogy tonight.
Amanda
dude...this book was like really good. it was action packed. and it still had romance. i feel sorry for her horrific past...i think for someone that was tortured until she was nearly dead..i think she turned out well. and im also glad of the ending. all the bad guys died...and she got the man!
Trish
This was the first time I had read this author, and I loved it! I will be reading more of her books, for sure!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
4 stars. Really like these books and am going to immediately read #3. Can't wait for Grant's story.
Wendy Hines
Caleb Stone watched as they beat her viciously with a lead pipe, over and over. Her screams will live with him forever, as well as the guilt. Though he did nothing to stop the terrorists from beating her, he saved a school of children from a bomb. Even so, the guilt ate at him.

Lana Hancock hated Caleb Stone for a long while until she learned the truth of why he did nothing to save her. She still did not like him, but she did not hate him anymore. After a year of healing and recouperating, she wa
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Lola
Eighteen months ago, Lana was captured and put through hell when SWARM, a terrorist group, had her. Nightmares still plague her dreams, Lana struggles to keep it together even after she recovers. She won't forgive even the man who stood silently and watched her suffer - Cabel Stone. A Delta Force agent, he could thing less he breach the secret operation. She hated him, Cabel never forgot that. Now they brought together again as her protector, Lana tries to cope with the memories, Cabel and the f ...more
Lyndi
Yet again, my complaints are about the heroine.

Lana, our heroine female lead, is a delusional coward of epic proportions. After being kidnapped, tortured, terrorized and all that other bad stuff that happens to women in third world countries, she had to learn how to walk again. She's dealt with so much, but she's a huge freakin' pussy!

The good guys think Lana is holding back information that she gained while being held captive.
She does, but she doesn't feel that information will help them. She t
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MsRomanticReads
The summary above is pretty detailed, so I see no need to rehash what this book is all about.

This one disappointed me. As we learned in the first book No Regrets, Caleb seemed disturbed after coming back from a solo mission. Not even his closest friends, Grand and David knew what was wrong with him. Well, we find out now what was eating away at him.

I lost track of how many times I wanted to just stop reading, but my curiosity got the better of me. I didn't like Lana at all! I understood her fear
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Erica
I really liked this story I enjoyed the imagery and the plot.

This book had a lot going on but it did drag a little for me. I enjoyed the characters they were very well written you get the whole story of who they are, although I would have liked to know more about Caleb the leading man, in the first book we get an little insight into his persona, and I love that a big man respects women, but I felt that it wasnt explored as throughly as I would have liked.

Lana is a truly strong woman so many disa
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RomReader
Scarred, strong & independent heroine is actively getting her life back in order after recuperating from being kidnapped & tortured in Armenia 18 months prior. Special-Ops Hero is the one who rescued her but disguised himself as one of the terrorist team. Heroine is in danger again & faces Hero again per the orders of Hero's boss to protect her as well as find out the secret she's been keeping.

My 1st Butcher book & I was surprised at how much I liked it. I was expecting something
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Maria
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UnusualChild{beppy}
synopsis:
lana is the sole survivor of a terrorist kidnapping and brutal beating. caleb was undercover as a demolitions expert within the terrorist cell, and couldn't do anything to help lana. once he got her out, though, he sits by her bedside and wills her to live. once it becomes clear that she will survive, caleb leaves, beacuse he knows that she will not want to see him. 18 months later, caleb is ordered by his superiors to watch over lana, and try to get her to talk, because chatter has sta
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Monique Atgood
FAVORITE LINES:
(Local Detective talking to Hero)
"I just want to know what we're up against. These events aren't just some punky kids on a crime spree. It's more than that."

"Is it?"

"Don't' give me that secretive (bleep). I know that you're military, and based on the limited information available, you're probably Special Forces. You wouldn't be here if this wasn't big."

"It's illegal for me to operate inside the United States. I'm just a guy on leave protecting my girlfriend from some pranksters."

"
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Anna
Lana is a complex character, scarred and confused by her traumatic past. (Those who can't stand torture scenes can rest easy; they're never described in detail, even in flashbacks.) She still suffers from debilitating nightmares every night, and in her daytime hours she throws herself into her children's charity project. With her charity cause and her concern for everyone's safety over her own, Lana might have been a "too good to be true" sort of character if it weren't for her struggle to get o ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Nov) 3.5* I'm not sure what was missing to stop me from loving this book. It is similar to so many other RS books I've read - but there was something...flat about this book. Maybe there was not enough camaraderie - one of my favorite things in many RS books is the scenes between the guys on the team, the brothers in the family, etc. In fact, probably my favorite scenes were with Grant! Also, Lana kinda bugged me. I get what she went through was really horrible - but if you know there is a possi ...more
T.M. Carper
Let me just say--not a fan of the cover art.



This book was slow to start and I almost gave up on reading it after a few chapters. Then it magically started to make sense and got interesting.



Lana is a strong person and it shows as you see her nightmares and the constant danger. At times, the story is predictiable, however, there are several twists, espeically with identities, that can keep you on your toes. Once you get half-way through, it's almost impossible to put down.



An ingrossing, suspensef
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Beth
Lana and Caleb (wasn't a fan) NO HIDING. Lana Hancock knows all about danger--and betrayal. Eighteen months ago, she was captured by a terrorist group known as the Swarm while one of its members, a rugged man with sinfully dark eyes, did nothing to help her. Now when she's freed and desperate to put it all behind her, the unthinkable happens. The Swarm is targeting Lana once again and the man who stood silently by has become her protector. But can she trust him? NO ESCAPE. Delta Force operative ...more
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Since launching her career in 2007, award-winning author Shannon K. Butcher has penned more than eighteen titles, including the paranormal romance series, the Sentinel Wars; the action-romance series, the Edge; and a handful of romantic suspense novels and works of short fiction. Being a former engineer and current nerd, she frequently uses charts, graphs and tables to aid her in the mechanics of ...more
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