Rune's Hope by Shea Balik

runeshopeTitle: Rune’s Hope
Series: Paranormal Wars: Juarez, # 3
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Futuristic Paranormal
Length: Novella (145 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (April 22nd 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Rune Savage had heard the phrase “Love conquers all.” When he’s attacked by a madman, his body was littered with scars. He wasn’t sure his mate, Carver, would be able to see past them. Fear had him lashing out and blaming everyone around him, including his mate for not protecting him.

Carver Nash knew he and Rune had a long road ahead of them. Rune blamed him for what happened but not as much as Carver blamed himself. Carver had let his mate down and he somehow had to prove to Rune he could trust Carver. First he had to get his mate to believe the scars on his body didn’t detract from the man’s beauty, if anything they only added to it. They were a sign of courage and strength.

ISBN: 978-1-63259-145-6

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order. This series also coincides with events happening in the Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven series.

Rune is tortured by a mad man. The after effects leave him believing he is worthless, just like his parents told him he was. This leads him lash out at his mate and friends in his anger. Finally something knocks the sense into him and he realizes he needs Carver and the love he offers.

Carver loves his mate Rune just the way he is, scares, a little extra padding, and all. Carver sees the man Rune is and wants to help him accept what has happened and move past it. Things are not easy in the beginning, but Carver keeps trying and finally breaks through to Rune.

I must say these two are smoking hot together. The sex between is perfectly dirty and sexy. Even at the worst times, this two can get a little distracted by each other. Which does lead to some funny ribbing from their friends.

Both Rune and Carver had a hard time in this book. Both go through some very harrowing experiences that leave both of their lives on the line. It leaves the other mate feeling helpless at times. But throughout it all they realize they love and need it other.

The former cadre is definitely up to no good. At least most of them. There may be hope for a few who are not corrupt. It will be interesting to see where this storyline goes and what the corrupt members will try next.

I did enjoy the book on the whole. But it did not grab and keep my attention throughout. I found it easy to stop reading and focus on something else. I am not sure what it was missing, but something was I think. I liked the main characters and the secondary characters. I liked the relationship between Rune and Carver. I just was looking for something and didn’t find it.

Overall I good book that was just missing a little something to make it better. It does keep the suspense going into what will happen next and I look forward to the next book in this creative world.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *