Running Scared

Shannon K. Butcher
Running Scared
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Release Date
May 2010
Book 3 of The Sentinel Wars
Paranormal Romance

The thrilling third novel in Shannon K. Butcher's new urban fantasy series...

Lexi Johns has one purpose: to free her best friend from the hands of the Sentinels. And the Sentinel she has been running from for months, Zach, has one goal: to convince her that their destinies are entwined. For the magic that Zach has absorbed could destroy him if he doesn't find the woman to channel it for him. And he knows Lexi is the one...

Book Review by Silver (reviewer)
Jan 30, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
215 people found the following review helpful
The Sentinel Wars series continues to boast sexy, tattooed, sword-wielding hunks for heroes, strong heroines, amazing worldbuilding, and a great cast of secondary characters.

RUNNING SCARED is no different.

Lexi Johns has been running away from Zach, because her mother's journal warns her to. The Sentinels are said to be evil men, and they wanted her blood and drain her dry. However, in an effort to rid the world of these evil men, she has decided to stop running and let Zach catch up with her. She also needed to rescue her friend, Helen, who was brainwashed and imprisoned in the Sentinels' compound.

Zach has his work cut out for him. Not only did he have to set Lexi straight, he had to do it before the last leaf fell from his lifemark, and he only had a little time left...

In each of the three books (BURNING ALIVE, FINDING THE LOST and now this, RUNNING SCARED), we have heroes who are on the verge of dying and they needed to find the woman who would wear their luceria, siphon off their power (and pain) and enable them to continue living. Sounds like the same ol', same ol' (as Madoc would say), and I wish I could say I'm tired of this storyline, but sorry to disappoint, I can't say it! Although the heroes' situations are all the same (in fact, all the Theronai males' situations are the same, so I guess I'll see more of the same in the next books), the actual story and the heroines' circumstances are rather different, which detract from the heroes' similar situations. And really, having such sexy hunks for heroes, who'll do anything to make their ladies happy, who can't deny their ladies anything, who would tire of reading such?

I didn't like Lexi at first, because she's in dire opposition to the good guys (whom I absolutely love, of course. Hey, they keep me safe from those nasty Synestryn demons!). But the author did a good job of writing her character, as she was completely true to her beliefs and act in accordance to such. Slowly, I grew to like her, because of this very quality -- that she stands for what she believes in, even if it might mean her death. However, she also has eyes and does not lack for common sense and a good heart. She's also not afraid of admitting her mistake. I like that about her, and I like how the author chose to resolve Lexi's situation.

Zach is just so sigh-worthy! Honestly, these Theronai are just spoiling me! He's so patient with Lexi, and even though she betrayed him, he has nothing on his mind but to protect her. Sigh sigh sigh. Good ones. On the other hand though, they are just too good to be true, and that made them just a little smidge "not real", jarring me a little out my blissful haze. I mean, we get all these fantasy men like Zach (hunky and gorgeous and kind and thoughtful and patient and a great lover, to boot!), and we all know he doesn't exist in real life, but we're willing to suspend that disbelief for the duration of the book, so please, don't do anything to wake me up to reality sooner than I want. Make him sexy and all that, sure, but keep him real.

Any book in The Sentinel Wars series wouldn't be complete without a look at the secondary characters. I have to admit that they drew me to read onward as much as the main characters. I can't help but want to know what's going to happen with Grace and Torr, Nika and Madoc. I have a guess as to why Madoc's luceria didn't swirl with colors when it's near Nika, but let's see if I'm right when I come to the next book, LIVING NIGHTMARE, which I'm absolutely dying to read! Ms Butcher has teased me enough about these two, and I'm glad I don't have to wait further than a trip to the bookstore. We also have some rather fantastic revelations going on, which move the series arc onward.

This series is a must read for all paranormal fans!
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