Monday, November 9, 2009

Review: No Escape by Shannon K. Butcher

Title: No Escape
Series: Delta Force
Author: Shannon K. Butcher
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 0446510289
ISBN-13: 9780446510288

Teacher Isabelle Carson is grief-stricken, angry, and scared. Three of her childhood friends have died. The police say they're suicides, but Isabelle knows they would never, ever take their own lives. Her past binds her to every victim, and she knows it's only a matter of time before the killer comes after her. Only one man can help her now, the only man she's ever trusted, the man who saved her so long ago...

For Grant Kent, Delta Force vet, just being near Isabelle brings back old memories and desires, and stirs longings he'd rather deny. Yet he can't ignore the real terror in her eyes, or resist the thought of holding her again. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into a passionate affair, a killer continues his deadly rampage and plots his next move: the "suicide" of Isabelle Carson.

My rating:

I’ve been looking forward to Grant’s story (almost as much as Caleb’s), but unfortunately this book disappointed me. I can’t say what really bothered me, but the story in its entirety just didn’t pull me in as it should have.
Not even the fact that the heroine, though she had her "stupid" moments (like trying to protect a Delta Force operative’s back or pushing him away before he decided to leave on his own), was much, much, much better than Lana from the previous book helped.

I like the reformed rake storylines, but Grant’s player background and flirty ways (evident from the very first book in this trilogy) weren’t very "endearing" and "hero-like" at least for me. And just because of those flirty way and playboy attitude the final reformation from rake to faithful husband was so hard to grasp...Or maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it.

The next problem was the suspense plot and how it panned out. After two solid storylines, this third came off as a little flat, despite the obviously demented villain. His identity was revealed too soon slowing the pace, and the buildup to the big reveal was rather boring and uneventful.

Truly disappointing.


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