Running Scared (Sentinel Wars Series #3)

Running Scared (Sentinel Wars Series #3)

by Shannon K. Butcher

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ISBN-13: 9781101404416
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Series: Sentinel Wars Series , #3
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 86,373
File size: 553 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After spending too many years as an industrial engineer, Shannon learned to write from her husband, bestselling author Jim Butcher. She learned writing craft in order to help him with his stories, but found the idea of writing her own too compelling to resist. She lives in Missouri with her husband and son, where conversations at the dinner table are more often about things someone made up than about anything that’s actually happened. Feel free to contact Shannon via her website.

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Running Scared (Sentinel Wars Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
jedkmd More than 1 year ago
Shannon K. Butcher came on the paranormal romance scene with a recommendation by one of my favorite authors, so I gave her a try and was completely sucked in. Rinning Scared is the story of Zach and Lexi and I had been waiting to read this story since the end of book 1 in "The Sentinel Wars" series. Buthcer did not disappoint! Lexi finally tells Zach were she is and asks him to come help her out of a dangerous situation. We find out pretty quickly that the call to get Zach to come was staged and that Lexi has dark ulterior motives for allowing Zach to find her. Naturally, Lexi begins to question her long held beliefs about what the Sentinels are all about (isn't that what a romance book is all about?) and she become very conflicted about whether or not her plans are the right thing to do. Zach finally realizes that winning Lexi will be more difficult that he had ever imagined but he is determined to make a relationship with Lexi work. The twists and turns in the story and the climax where Lexi finally accepts Zach and the Sentinels - as well as her place among them and what she really is - provide some suspense and a few small surprises...which is a refreshing change from some of the more standard plot lines in the paranormal romance genre. Although the basic plot line is fairly common, Butcher's writing style and the strength of the characters help to keep the sotry flowing and interesting. Several of the other characters in the story (Madoc, Nika, and Joseph among others) are developed and followed as well so that the next books in the series are not only "set up", but are already part of the growing world that Butcher has created. I am already excited to read book 4!
Lynn1982 More than 1 year ago
I loved this as much as I have loved the two previous in this series. Shannon K. Butcher consistantly delivers a GREAT read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with all the heros and couldn't put this book down! Lol who needs sleep anyway?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Human Lexi Johns believes that her human friend Helen Day was brainwashed by Drake the Theronai warrior (see Burning Alive) as she knows his species is her worst nightmare. As a child Helen had it drilled into her constantly how deadly dangerous the evil Theronai are; her fears mount as she thinks Zach the Theronai warrior stalks her. She is right about Zach although wrong about his motive. Zach knows she is his bond mate and he wants to persuade her they belong together but hesitates as he knows she loathes his kind. As he considers acceptance of his disastrous fate if he fails to make it with Lexi, they finally meet. However, he is unaware that she has joined his race's enemy the Defenders of Humanity in order to use him to destroy the Theronai encampment. Meanwhile Lexi has second thoughts about the evilness of the Theronai as Zach is kind and caring, but it may be too late to change sides after years of being brainwashed that his kind are the wicked. The latest Sentinel War romantic urban fantasy is a superb fresh entry due to the heroine whose extremism is similar to Helen but deeper into her soul so that unlike Helen, Lexi cannot be labeled a star-crossed lover; while Zach is similar to Drake. Still the key to the saga is that the two other species (besides the humans) seem genuine and their hostilities are exciting. Yet in spite of the cross species war, the fast-paced story line belongs to the human female who puts Pink Floyd meaning to brainwashing once she meets Zach in person. Shannon K. Butcher provides a terrific suspense filled thriller. Harriet Klausner
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
. . . and that's that the next book won't get out in time to sate this urge to know what happens next! Shannon Butcher's books just keep getting better! I've been wondering about Lexi and Zach since the first book and I surely thought that this one would finally end it for me, but there's so much going on in this book that it made the need to read on worse, not better! I love the way Shannon works around ALL the drama going on in Dabyr, not just the main characters. You just won't believe how this one ends. Make sure you have a quiet space to read and plenty of time, because you're not going to be able to put this one down!!
JenVA More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series, and was very much looking forward to the release of this book. It is a definite recommend. I enjoy reading the paranormal romance genre. This series is the first I have read from this author and I have not been disappointed. I look forward to her more of her work.
Ms_DualListenality More than 1 year ago
First let me start with saying that this book doesn't actually release until May, but Shannon K. Butcher was nice enough to send me a copy to review. For those of you that have taken my advice and ran out to get the first 2 books in this series; Burning Alive and Finding the Lost, terrific. For those who haven't yet, I'll try not to reveal too much. This 3rd book in the series is called Running Scared and in it we re-visit the character Lexi, the spunky waitress and Helen's friend from the diner and Zach, the Sentinel warrior that has been obsessed with her since they first met there. In the first book, Lexi is on the run and believes that her friend Helen has been kidnapped by the men from the diner. She is doing everything possible to keep any of those men, the Sentinels from finding her. She was brought up with the belief that the Sentinels were to be feared, that they only wanted to enslave humans, drink their blood and feast on their bodies. Zach has been crazed with the notion of finding Lexi, he knows that she is the ONE. She is a woman of his race, one of the Theronai, the one woman that can save his soul. He will do anything to locate her and make sure she is safe with him and the other Theronai. The heroine in this was so frustrating; she was so negative and unconvinced by any actions Zach made to show her his true intentions. This warrior bends over backwards to assure her that he is the good guy, but still Lexi plots behind his back. She then endangers the entire Theronai compound, Zach and herself in the process. I always lean toward the rule of "gather the evidence" and "give the benefit of the doubt", but doubt seems to be the one emotion that she clings to. Lexi has built a wall around her, her heart and blocked out her emotions. Zach definitely has his work cut out for him in cracking this nut. We will discover two amazing developments in this book; one is that the reason for all the Theronai men being sterile, is not due to their enemy the Synestryn; but because of one of their own. Second, we learn that the Theronai women are not so rare, there's more to be found and some of them are even related. Things also get a little steamy between Torr and Grace, I can't wait to find out what happens to him and if they can cure what has paralyzed his body from the neck down. The characters and the stories keep evolving and I for one am hooked and cannot wait to find out what happens next. The 4th book in the series is titled LIVING NIGHTMARE and scheduled to release in November this year. This book will finally tell us the whole story of Nika and Madoc, hopefully relieving some of the growing tension and finding a solution to saving Madoc's soul.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would have to be my favorite book in the series so far. I loved the first two, but I waited for Shannon to write Zach and Lexi's story and it was worth the wait. This series is slowly climbing into my top three favorites. Zach and Lexi's characters were introduced in the first book with Drake and Helen. I remember reading and loving Drake and Helen, but could not wait to read more on Zach and Lexi. I found their characters to be very funny and wild. In Running Scared it was the same thing. I think they were meant for each other. Shannon matched up these characters perfectly. Lately I've been reading a lot of books where the female is a very strong minded person and is not afraid to fight for what they believe in. Shannon has given that in Running Scared. Lexi knows how to defend herself, she does not back down from anything even if she is afraid and will do whatever to protect those she cares about.I find Zach's obsession with Lexi hilarious and I don't know why. I remember reading the first book laughing to myself at how he was like high off of meeting Lexi haha. He pretty much hunted her down through out the first and second book. She was the one for him and he was not stopping until he showed her that. Of course he had a very hard time because Lexi had her mind made up that his kind were the enemies.Another thing I really liked about this book was that Shannon gave us a little more on Madoc and Nika. I really would like to see them end up together. I love Madoc's attitude it is just so sexy!The only problem I did have with this book was a small chapter near the end (a bit of a spoiler) where Shannon introduces a new character that is suppose to be two of the girls real father. I just felt like that whole scene could have been written differently. It's hard to explain exactly what I did not like, but I do know it explained a lot. I still give this book 5 stars honestly. I really like this series and can not wait for the next book.
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Lexi Johns has been running from the Sentinels all of her life and doesn't plan on changing that any time soon. Lexi knows that Zach will stop at nothing to get her back into his life. Lexi plans with the help of The Defenders of Humanity to trick Zach into coming after Lexi with a faked attack by Synestryn. Zach is so grateful that Lexi is safe and sound he forgets how to breathe for a moment. Zach wants to tie Lexi to him forever but first he must gain her trust completely. He will not let half-truths or lies stand in his way of getting thru to Lexi. Lexi's belief that Sentinels keep Synestryn as pets blows Zach away. She also believes that Zach's skin is poison that helps to brainwash her. Meanwhile Madoc is doing everything he can to keep killing sgath to free Nika's mind from their control. Madoc wants very much for Nika to be his woman and gets extremely jealous of other men touching her. Nika doesn't want any other man but Madoc because he makes her feeel safe and doesn't hurt her like the others do. Nika is slowly getting free of sgath control because Madoc and the other Theronai. When Zach is hurt during an attack by Synestryn, Lexi discovers that she doesn't want Zach to die yet feels powerless to stop it. Zach needs bare skin to help continue to heal yet Lexi is afraid that it's another trick. Zach seems to be better for this contact. When Lexi and Zach finally reach Dabyr, Lexi is stunned to learn that humans live with the Sentinels. Mabel and Helen both tell Lexi that she's wrong about the Sentinels and wonders if they're right. Can Lexi really be wrong about the Sentinels? Will she go thru with the plan? Will Zach gain Lexi's trust? What about Madoc and Nika? Will Lexi finally see the truth? Your answers await you in Running Scared.
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Read the first three books quite a while ago, and I enjoyed them just as much then as I do now. So glad to see that more were added to this series and I look forward to reading the rest of them.
Goldie1cs More than 1 year ago
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