Shiv Crew (Rune Alexander #1) by Laken Cane 

Rune Alexander wants to get through her days doing her job, which is protecting the humans against the myriad of supernatural creatures, known as Others, who exist uneasily in a human’s world.

But she is unstable and damaged. She realizes how broken she is even as she continues to submit to the unspeakable things her lover does to her, craving desperately the strange peace she finds in the aftermath.

When she discovers things are not as they seem and a faceless human is torturing the supernatural groups in her city, she and her crew must break the rules and begin to protect the Others from the humans.

But as the darkness inside her becomes stronger and she ends up on the wrong side of a battle she must not lose, who will save Rune from herself?







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My Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

SCRU – Spiritgrove’s Criminal Recovery Unit – or Shiv Crew is the name of the group whose main duty is to protect the humans against the Others (Supernaturals), whose crew consist only of 3 super hot and elite fighters, namely Z, Jack and Race….. Then there’s Ellis, the assistant to the head of Shiv Crew… And, the head of Shiv Crew, Rune Alexander.

Rune is not only fighting monsters outside, she is also fighting her own demons inside, making her feel unstable and damaged…. and there are only two people who knew her struggles… her lover who helps her deal with said demons by hurting her… and Ellis who helps fix her after. It is really rather sad and shocking.

On their mission to hunt down that Others who are kidnapping humans… they later realized that everything was not what it seems. That in fact, a human was torturing the supernatural groups in her City. And she, and her crew, must break the rules and begin to protect the Others from the humans.

You know how you can tell that it’s going to be a good book? When it brings you straight to the action scene from the beginning. And you know how you can say it is well written? When it was so easy to fall into the story and connect with ALL the interesting characters in the book. I love that! I need that!

Rune makes a perfect hero or heroine. 😉 A great leader… She is passionate with all her crew and her job, very powerful, smart, confident and just amazing. To start with, I didn’t like how she was not accepting who she is, but she showed character growth as she listens to the people who cares for her.


I am my monster.
My monster is me.



I fell in love with all her crew…. They make such great group dynamic… I can feel the intensity on how much they care and will do everything to protect each other. Ellis specially. He is the heart of them all. Then there’s the new Shiv Crew members, Levi and Demi (lol on the name btw), and then there’s Lexi, a blind Other who is special. And last, there is Strad Matheson or as Rune calls him, Berserker, because he is calm and quite on the outside but inside something is just waiting to explode and Rune is scared of him and she doesn’t scare easily. And his character turnout was definitely surprising!

Oh, and there’s this ghoul, Gunnar, who I thought was funny.

It’s fast-paced, action-packed with full on suspense and surprises. The highlight or highlights of the book was stunning with a full blown action mixed with such intense emotions which brought me to tears. It was just crazy good!

There is still a lot of unanswered questions in the end though. But it’s a perfect start of an urban fantasy paranormal series. With great world building.

I know I didn’t mention romance, because, well, there’s none. And I didn’t feel it was needed for now… so I appreciate the fact that the author didn’t go there. But it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a hint of one and I’m leaning on Strad. He seems like the perfect alpha for someone like Rune. And he did save her twice here! And I kinda find their intensity hot.

(Got this book Free on my Amazon Unlimited Kindle subscription.)

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