No Escape by Shannon K. Butcher
Series: Delta Force #3
Published: October 1, 2008 by Forever
Genre: Suspense Romance
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.
This was my favorite of the whole trilogy and I loved the mysterious and suspense. Both Grant and Isabelle were great characters who only had a few moments of annoyance. There is a lot going on in this book but Shannon K. Butcher balances it all really well.
I liked that the relationship between Grant and Isabelle didn’t have all the landmines that the previous books have had. No Regrets had all of David’s guilt over his dead wife and the issues of moving on and No Control had the horrible circumstance that Caleb and Lana “meet” in. This one actually allowed a closer initial bond between our characters that still had tension but not quite so much tragedy. I think this helped in how I felt about this book and it made me like Grant and Isabelle as a couple more.
Grant doesn’t want sleeping together to put a strain on their friendship. Isabelle agrees that they are adults and can handle it, but the next morning, Isabelle goes into full retreat mode and lets them sleeping together get in the way of their easy friendship. Then she throws that friendship back in Grant’s face and claims her letters and cards weren’t anything special. They work things out shortly thereafter but I just wanted to scream at Isabelle for being the stereotypical annoying heroine.
I had some issues with the way Grant’s friendship with David and Caleb was handled. In the past two books, Grant has been there for David and Caleb, protecting them and their women and sacrificing everything. In fact, in No Regrets, he leaves his military post in some desert landscape and risks likely jail time for going AWOL in order to go to David and help. When Grant needs a little help and compassion from his friends they are no where to be found. David is consumed by his new security company to the point that he has to rescind his employment offer to Grant when Grant can’t get there in time and Caleb is wrapped up in caring for Lana who has come down with the super flu. I understand the validity of both these problems, and Butcher was clearly using them as plot devices to isolate Grant, but it was really frustrating to know that he was there for them but they couldn’t be there for him.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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