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No Escape by [Lowell, Heather]
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From Publishers Weekly

Those expecting this book to be as thrilling and romantic as the tales spun by Lowell's mother, Elizabeth Lowell, will be sorely disappointed by this uninspired effort. None of the characters possesses a distinct voice or much depth, so it's difficult to be drawn in by the plight of Los Angeles assistant DA Tessa Jacobi, who has just taken on a high profile date rape case. Aspiring singer Kelly Martin claims that a popular pro quarterback raped her, but there's little physical evidence to support her story. Determined to override the he-said/she-said stalemate of most celebrity cases, Tessa enlists the aid of handsome PI Luke Novak. Their investigation leads them to Club Red, a private salon that serves as a stable for "Thoroughbreds," innocent young girls who are trained for sexual pleasure. As Tessa and Luke dig deeper, the attraction between them builds, but their sex scenes lack passion. A suspenseful attempt on Tessa's life gives readers momentary hope that the author has hit her stride, but the scene quickly gives way to more tedious narration. Lowell (When the Storm Breaks) has yet to master the skill of telling a story through action rather than passive narration and dialogue, and it is this handicap that prevents the novel from fully engaging the reader.
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“Heather Lowell Kicks off her teriffic debut with a sexy, romantic suspense.” (Romantic Times on WHEN THE STORM BREAKS)

“[Heather] Lowell proves that talent can pass from one generation to the next.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“From page one, When The Storm Breaks announces itself as a romance for readers of the author’s generation.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[Heather] Lowell has crafted a heroine whose verve mirrors her creator’s.” (Publishers Weekly on WHEN THE STORM BREAKS)

Lowell is back with another intense romantic thriller that is just as riveting and complex as the first. (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

Definitely an author on the rise (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060542144
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1TA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1fd8de0) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb3a9e4) out of 5 stars Great new author July 28 2004
By bugg84067 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm so glad I don't listen to most critics. The review above by Publishers Weekly was WAY out of line. Let me provide a more realistic review Heather Lowell's second book.........................

I will start first by saying that you can NEVER compare authors. Just because Heather's mom is a best selling author doesn't mean that their writing styles are going to be similar.

I give this book somewhere between 3 ½ and 4 stars. This is only her second book, and I feel she has a GREAT future in writing. Heather's plots are original and quite complex. Her writing style is wonderful and has a bit of a hard edge to it. I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am with her ability to write such an in-depth book. She is definitely on the right track. Her books are well developed and involve a lot of research on her part. So if you are looking for a simple book with a simple plot then her work is not for you.

I liked the relationship between Tessa and Luke. The plot was great. There were a few times when the story did drag a bit, but the plot was so unique to me that I didn't have trouble staying interested. The book got real interesting after there was an attempt on Tessa's life. I couldn't put the book down after that.

Can't wait for her next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb3aa38) out of 5 stars Classic 2nd book failure Jan. 4 2005
By P. Neuhauser - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lowell's first novel was excellent, a definate keeper. I enjoyed it so much, I searched Amazon last year for the date of the publishing of her next effort, No Escape, and anxiously searched two Super Wal-Marts, a Books-A-Million and a Hastings in Lee County, Alabama, awaiting the book.


All the anticipation, all the salivating; it's like opening a beautifully wrapped gift from a loved one and finding used kitty litter inside.

Please, please, please, pay attention to the profession review.

It is Ever So Correct!

The book is trite and honestly, not worth the paper it was printed upon.

Go to used bookstores or local libraries if you want to read the book, but please don't pay full price.

(an excellent clue as to if a novel is any good is seeing how cheap used copies are. This novel is going for less than a buck at Amazon!!!)

I haven't given up on Heather Lowell, and I will try her next novel.

Just write No Escape off as the cliched 2nd novel disaster.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb3ae70) out of 5 stars fine police procedural romance July 28 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Southern California, DA Prosecutor Tessa Jacobi informs police detectives Veronica Harris and Ed Flynn that LA Waves superstar Quarterback Sledge Aiken raped Midwesterner Kelly Martin. She also informs the two cops that Kelly had numerous credit cards owned by men and a questionable wad of cash. The girl insists she was to give it all to her cousin Jerry who she is living with since she came to Hollywood from Colorado seeking a singing career. Ed suggests that the DA Office hire private detective Lucas Novak to investigate the credit cards because he can do things that the law cannot.

Tessa updates her boss Carmen Ramirez who tells her to hire an outside investigator. Though estranged from her father she asks her dad, a former FBI director whom should she hire and he says Lucas.

Tessa receives a phone call threatening her and her father overhears her side of the discussion. After she leaves, he calls Lucas and hires him to keep his daughter safe. Lucas informs Tessa that her dad hired him so she might as well use him to help her. As they investigate together, they fall in love, but Ed is murdered and Tessa and Luke could be next as the Ianelli mob is involved

This police procedural romance stars two delightful protagonists and furbishes an incredible easy to understand and cleverly interwoven into the plot explanation of money laundering. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Tessa brings in her police pals until the final confrontation though taking a risk just to buy underwear seems off kilter while too many other misfortunate events somewhat overwhelm the climax.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb3b234) out of 5 stars Excellent read March 3 2007
By Romance4Me - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first novel by Heather Lowell I read I loved it so much I went out and purchased When The Storm Breaks

I loved the characters of Tessa and Luke and their relationship and the backdrop of the investigation into Tessa's client Kelly and Tessa's devotion to finding out the truth and doing it by the book and the opposite of doing it by the book Luke and his bending the rules kept the two characters fresh and interesting.

The romance was hot and sexy, the drama kept you on the edge of your seat and this is a keeper of a book I recommend it highly.

The only sad thing for me Heather hasn't written more books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb3b330) out of 5 stars Great, great, great!! Aug. 8 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think Ms. Lowell will always be one of my favorite authors. Both her first book, (WHEN THE STORM BREAKS) and this book, are the best well-written romantic suspense novels, in my opinion. I like her books because they are detailed with excellent plots and strong lead characters. As you read, you can't put them down and Ms Lowell gives her books just the right amount of chapters, to keep you enthralled for more than a day or two. I loved it, and I can't wait for the next book.