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At the opening of Butcher's tense, fast-paced latest, First Light Foundation do-gooder Lana Hancock is still recovering from being kidnapped and tortured 18 months before in Armenia. Covert Delta Force operative Caleb Stone, who allowed her to come to harm instead of blowing his cover, learns that the group that tortured Lana is still active, and comes to alert her and see if she remembers anything. Lana doesn't trust or forgive Stone, and withholds the identity of one of her attackers. As the two grapple with their growing feelings for each other, evildoers bent on killing her to protect their own identities close in. Lana's PTSD and quiet strength are believable and gut-wrenching, while Stone is more of a studly caricature. Their chemistry, however, is excellent, and the other Delta Force men have a nice rapport. On the whole, Butcher (No Regrets) is in control. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; First Edition edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446618667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446618663
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 story design and to keep track of all those pesky characters and magical powers. An avid beader and glass artist, she spends her free time playing with colored glass and beads. You can find her online at

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Scout on January 28, 2008
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My review is for the reader that wants something a bit edgier than a simple love story with a bit of violence. I thought I was going to get a more gottcha storyline. So the other reviews are correct with their thoughts of the story.

For me, the story was a woman that was tortured 18 months ago and was constantly warring with herself not to tell anyone about who was involved in the torture. She had friends murdered next to her and yet she kept a secret who the bad guys were. She put her family in danger, her lover, friends and still held back information that was needed to get the bad guys. I got very tired of the author writing over and over, "I have to keep my family safe and the kids I work with." So boring. I rolled my eyes how many times that line was used.

I was bored with her wanting to save Calab by lying to him that she doesn't love him. She wanted to keep him safe. Then she should tell the truth and let the good guys take care of the bad guys.

I did like Caleb and his buddies. I liked how he wasn't always so sure how to handle his love situation. Kent was a good character for Caleb to have around.

I didn't like the alpha guys getting together to put on a carnival fund-raiser. It was suppose to show the softer side of the guys it just didn't fit in the story.

I think another editing cycle could have remedied the dumb-line fillers and knocked the story up a notch.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. on January 22, 2008
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In the followup to her debut novel, No Regrets, Shannon K. Butcher gives us another exciting romantic suspense novel in No Control.

Lana Hancock's life has been out of control since a mission trip in Armenia went south eighteen months before. Her group was captured by terrorists and beaten and tortured to death. Lana was the only survivor but was beaten emotionally and physically until she was rescued.

The 18 months since have been for Lana to take control of her life again. She had to learn how to walk again, get through the nightmares that plague her sleep every night, and to move on with her life. She has her foundation to get off the ground and that is the only thing that gets her up in the morning.

The past comes back to haunt in the form of Caleb Stone, who Lana had met 18 months before and had rescued her from the terrorists. He feels guilty because he was an undercover agent within the group and had watched her getting beaten and couldn't do anything. He is the last person she wants to see but those who hurt her want her dead and he has been sent to protect her and get the information that they think she is hiding. What exactly happened during her three days of hell in Armenia? What is she hiding that people will kill her for? Caleb is looking for a second chance and will not let anything stop him from protecting Lana this time and ending her nightmare.

Caleb is an alpha male with a guilty conscience but a good heart. He tries to remedy the past and regain the trust of Lana. Along the way, he falls in love with her. It takes her more time to realize that she has come to love him as well. She doesn't trust easily and also doesn't want her secrets to get anybody she loves hurt including Caleb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Southern Belle on January 3, 2009
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I loved Caleb and the other Delta Force team members, but I did not like Lana. While I admire her strength and determination to rebuild her life after Armenia; I was aggravated at her inability to trust Caleb and her choices to push him and her family away in order to keep them "safe." SPOILER ALERT: And the method in doing so is to pretend she doesn't recognize Kara - one of the terrorists who ordered her torture and death. What? Okay,let me get this straight. Lana recognizes a person who completely and totally turned her world upside down with: kidnapping, pain/torture, fear, survivor's guilt, surgeries, ptsd, etc., and she chooses to pretend she doesn't recognize this person in hopes that she will eventually just go away and then to allow this same person to "volunteer" at the youth center...sorry, this was just too preposterous, given the original traumatic event.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on February 17, 2008
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NO CONTROL is author Shannon K. Butcher's second novel. She writes boiling hot romance intertwined with huge dollops of intrigue and a generous backstory. Romance readers don't always get those, so someone who provides a good mix of terrific hero and heroine, as well as the above elements, is going to get noticed. Butcher has. And if you think her last name is familiar, you may be thinking of her husband, Jim Butcher, the author of the Harry Dresden fantasy series.

I enjoyed Butcher's take on her characters. You could almost have picked them out of stock players (take one emotionally damaged heroine who no longer trusts herself, and take one Special Forces guy with a Savior complex that gets totally ensnared in the damaged female's life). Yet Butcher makes both of these characters jump from the pages larger than life but as people readers will learn to love.

Eighteen months ago, Lana Hancock was the lone survivor of a terrorist attack. A group that called themselves the Swarm took a group of young American's hostage, tortured them, and killed them. Lana was believed dead as well. Even though she survived, she had to undergo several surgeries and torturous months of rehab to reclaim even a shadow of her life. She's since started a foundation based in art that's aimed at helping kids.

The last thing she needed was for special forces soldier Caleb Stone to come striding back into her life. But he did. As it turns out, there's some question about the Swarm and whether that organization was razed to the ground in the bitter firefight that followed the capture of the hostages. Caleb gets assigned to protect Lana, but he's also been ordered to find out everything she knows. Caleb's superiors don't think Lana told them everything she knows.
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