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No Control by Shannon K. Butcher
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Sep 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: suspense, romance

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 division of the military]). The other thing these men share in common is that they all have their own skeletons in the closet that leave them thinking they don't deserve the love of a good woman.

No Control explains why David's friend Caleb Stone was so moody and distant during his brief appearance in No Regrets. After David had left Delta Force, Caleb had gone on an undercover mission where he had to pose as a terrorist to find out information on the Swarm's movements. During the mission he was forced to stand by while several hostages were brutally tortured and then killed. The only one he was able to save was Lana Hancock, and he's filled with guilt at the condition she was in by the time he could finally rescue her. When Lana's name starts reappearing in terrorist chatter, he's assigned to protect her from whatever threat the Swarm may pose. Lana wants absolutely nothing to do with the man who spent weeks assisting in her torture, even if he was the one who eventually saved her.

In this case, both carry deep scars (physically and emotionally) from the their first meeting and the book lays out Caleb's road to redemption and Lana's struggle to regain a sense of control over her life. Instead of Grant always sweeping in to save the day for her, in one of the crucial final showdowns, Lana is able to defend herself, doing more for her self confidence than Caleb's protectiveness ever could.
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