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Strange Trouble (Rune Alexander #3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  569 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
A baby necromancer calls her mother from the grave, starting a zombie infestation Rune and the crew are not prepared to handle.

But as always, they jump headlong into battle--a battle that will lead into some of the darkest moments of Rune's life. Moments that will shatter her tenuous grip on sanity and make her long for the man whose abuse allowed her to function.

And when
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published February 4th 2014
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Let’s just say this is not one of my favourite book. This was giving me whiplash on Rune’s sanity, here now, gone next, then back again. Not saying she is crazy, but her fight with what she is never ending.

As for the story, I’ll break it down to two parts. The start was awesome, it went straight to action with the Shiv Crew fighting zombies and then there’s this all scary and powerful, super evil witch on top of it all… All of this leads back to Llodra, the vampire.

Now the second half : there’s
Mar 18, 2014 Tammi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
Ok.. I'm ready to write this review.

GOD DAMMIT MS. LAKEN! I've broken up with you and got back together with you so many times because of this book. How dare you do all the things you did in the book?

Strange Trouble is another great book in the Rune series. These books just keep better and better. Also, these books also get darker and darker. The last two books there were moments were I could chuckle and laugh, not that much with this book. At one point, I had to turn off my kindle because I k
Feb 06, 2014 Lise rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell. Give the poor girl a break. Laken Cane drives her main character, Rune Alexander, hard. And can she write! All of that exquisitely described pain and anguish. Holy horror of a cow! What a life our heroine leads.

Rune Alexander fills me with compassion. I want to crawl into "Strange Trouble" and somehow comfort her, to let her know that she is OK as she is. My own ghost pain is awakened, and I want to tell her that things will get better. But I would be lying by saying that because Ms
Feb 09, 2014 delane rated it it was amazing
Son. Of. A. Bitch!
Laken Cane could write the ingredients for Spam and I'd pay to read it!
From literally page one, book 3 in the saga of Rune Alexander and her remarkable Crew
, was one of the most brutal roller coaster rides of turmoil and emotion I've ever been on!
I just want to help Rune main-line whiskey and fast!
This series gets better...and harder to heal from...with every chapter. I don't know where we're headed and that kills me! My heart was torn apart so many times in this book that I
Elaine G
Feb 08, 2014 Elaine G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
The action started on the first page and didn't stop. The scenes flowed effortless from one disaster to the next. And there were lots. We got a little bit of everything in this book: Zombies,werewolves,ghoul,necromancers,vampires and witches. After all that they still had to battle the human slayers. Phew, I was exhausted for the crew.
I'm team Strad, I'm rooting for him and Rune. But he has competition for Rune's affections now from Owen. But I like seeing he has to fight for her ;) And Ellis..
Well, apparently this is just one of those series that isn’t for me. Books 1 and 2 were ok - decent enough that I moved onto book 3, but with this one I have decided to quit on this series all together. The heroine and her pet names of "baby" etc simply annoyed me. I enjoyed this book even less then the 1st 2 in the series. I do appreciate it being offered a kindleunlimited and will read more of this writers work, just not this particular series.
Feb 08, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Rune Alexander series by Laken Cane and she just keeps getting better and better with each book. Ms. Cane took me on quite a rollercoaster ride! I cheered for Shiv Crew and I cried for Shiv Crew. There was heartache, zombies, vampires, a witch, a necromancer, and one HOT Berserker! That is just the tip of the iceberg! It is one wild ride and you will need to hang on for the ride! These books are not for the faint of heart. Rune is seriously one messed up tortured ...more
Shame on you Laken what are you doing to this poor women, I don't know how much more abuse she can take, she clearly needs a holiday. After a brush with a Zombie Apocalypse i am not surprised her hair started falling out - ha ha!! Anyway another great fast paced action packed book with great sexual tension, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.
Feb 08, 2014 Devaeriel rated it really liked it
Wow, that was really raw and emotional. How much more can Rune take before she breaks completely. This was Rune's 'Empire Strikes Back'. I just hope she is not so broken as to sucumb to the temptation that Cruishack waves at her
Feb 21, 2014 Mandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am soo in love with this series even more now!! It just keeps getting better. The first two were wonderful and this one did not disappoint. Wish there was like 10 more i could just continue reading
There is something so seductive and alluring to be found with the Rune Alexander series. Perhaps it's the characters or the gory, dark version of Ohio, or the fact that Laken Cane doesn't gloss over bits of her storytelling. Bad things happen to the good guys in her books, the good guy doesn't always win and that's a nice change of pace from the hordes of other books in the urban fantasy genre where the good guys kick ass and win every time. Rune and her Crew have experienced their fair share of ...more
Heidi Ryan
Jun 18, 2014 Heidi Ryan rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Rune Alexander series, and oh my God! If you don't think things can get any worse for Shiv Crew, you are sorely mistaken. I loved this book for all the things it is not to the other two books. This one is not happy. This one is not light. This one is nearly devoid of joy. It is a dark, gripping, earth shattering tale about a group of law enforcement that never, ever gets to take a break. Rune Alexander and her crew of misfits own me lock stock and barrel. They are ...more
May 25, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Whoa. What can I say about Strange Trouble that I haven’t said about other two books in this series? First off, let me say the perfect soundtrack for this book is Evanescence’s Fallen album. It’s absolutely perfect for this book, maybe even the whole series. Be ready for heartbreak and devastation. I don’t think I've ever wanted to cry so badly while reading a book and that happened only a few pages in! I almost couldn't keep reading, I was so broken over this one. But, at the same time, I ...more
Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog
Zombies aren't my things...

Compare to the first two books, this book was alright, not my favorite of the series. Not only because I am not a Zombies fan, but I thought this book as a whole were too crazy and messy.

The plot was all over the place, none-stop of actions that not even the heroine can take a breather(poor Rune, I felt really bad for her in this book). And speak of the heroine, in this book we learn Rune is truly an immortal (the body damage that she was able to regenerated
Felicia Wood
Jun 27, 2015 Felicia Wood rated it it was amazing
I do love it when a series can still surprise you. Rune is coming into her own, while still making stupid mistakes. I'm becoming really attached to these characters, which speaks volumes of the author. Rune's relationship with each one is special, and I'm beginning to be able to predict what she'll say to each one; but no one knows what her crazy ass is gonna do... Girl's got issues! Her relationship with "the berserker" is boiling, and some of the transactions are enough to leave your mouth ...more
Danan Kay Lievens
Aug 20, 2014 Danan Kay Lievens rated it it was amazing


what a great story.I have spent the entire day reading this st of books. I can't wait for the next in this series.
Michele bookloverforever
adding zombies to the insanity plus an evil witch added to the usual cast of baddies. this world is grim beyond belief.
Lais Roque
Dec 17, 2014 Lais Roque rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Irene Hollimon
Jul 31, 2014 Irene Hollimon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of
Loved it!
Nov 26, 2016 Niya rated it it was amazing
Anita Blake's Twin!

I love this series! If you are a fan of Laurel k. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, you will most definitely like Rune Alexander!
May 24, 2016 Marsha rated it really liked it
(3.5 Stars)
"Strange Trouble" is another action packed installment in the Rune Alexander series but seriously guys this book left me emotionally exhausted but not necessarily in a good way. Throughout the book, I kept thinking when is Rune going to stop making obvious mistakes and when is she going to finally get a break.

This time, the town is underseige with zombie attacks. In order to rectify the situation, Rune will be faced with both an old and new enemy. We also find out more information abo
Corey Clancy
Sep 21, 2015 Corey Clancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-books

OMG, Laken has done it again! I freaking LOVE the Shiv Crew! Rune Alexander is one kick ass chick to go though everything she has and not have a mental breakdown. I think she deserves a nice vacation to somewhere hot with sand and a cool breeze. And a cocktail with an umbrella.

In book 3 of the series we get to see Rune evolve again. She is stronger, both physically and mentally, but a person, or other, can only take so much. Rune goes through hell in this book, fighting zombies, an evil witch,
Feb 28, 2015 Em rated it it was ok
*Some spoilers* I think I'm done with this series. I just can't handle the underdeveloped plot and characters any longer. I'm having trouble staying connected. For example, I was intrigued by Strad at the beginning but the author really never explains his motivations. Why did he stay working for a monster for years? Did he never notice? Why did he randomly sleep with his ex? And too many plot points get dropped. The main villian at first appears to be crazy like a fox, but no, he just went on a ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
I've enjoyed these books, even as they stay pretty close to the paranormal-badass format (for the record, Rune self-identifies as a badass, so no characterization on my part). The plots have enough credibility, the crew isn't bulletbroof, so there's some authenticity there.

The problem then, is that the stories are becoming repetitive. There is no character development in the supporting cast and precious little in Rune herself. She's gotten more powerful as the books have continued, but she isn'
Jaliza Burwell
Dec 09, 2015 Jaliza Burwell rated it really liked it
All I can say is that this book does not give you a chance to breath. It was one thing after another with no stopping point. And crazy emotional. Laken Cane has created the kind of character I'm always looking out for, the one who has so much shit done to her but still somehow manages despite the fact that she's broken. I enjoyed the read...just didn't have a spot to stop at to just be able to take it all in and understand what was going on. I did get confused with transition. One moment they ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Robynne rated it really liked it
This is a four but only because there is no three and a half

It could have been a true four because I truly love this entire premise but I am getting tired of the angst and self loathing from Rune the main character. We all have dark places in our souls and personal battles to fight. It seems that's all Rune does. Her demons are strong and she is weak when in the throws of her addiction to pain. She is also smart and while smart people often make poor choices her mental running dialogue has becom
Dec 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it

While I was enjoyed enough and I should say eager enough to get all the way to the third book in this series I just finally had enough.
I will explain....
I can't tell you how much I can't stand it when characters can't stay dead. I can understand coming back once but come on you should not bring them back so many times that I'm thinking "stay down already"! Then there is Rune....ahh the oh so mighty Rune who can, or wait was it she couldn't, except her monster. I really though
Grace's Potato
This is definitely my least favourite book in the series so far, it's way too dark and depressing with very little moments of respite from Rune's sufferings. Rune's mental issues are a major part of why I love her character so much, but in this book she just suffers too many psychotic breaks that it's sort of overwhelming for the reader (at least in my case). I feel like the author is trying to see how much the readers can take, reading about so much pain and suffering. I shelved it as "moments ...more
Laura Duval
Nov 18, 2014 Laura Duval rated it it was amazing
Adrenaline Rush

Laken Cane out did it with Strange Trouble. Talk about your blood pumping from the get go. This novel in the Rune Alexander series is beyond words. You start off with zombies....lots and lots of zombie, blown out action, and it just keeps going from there. Of course Ms. Cane does break my heart with Z. He was one of my favorites. The twins and Lex have become such a big part of the cast that anything bad happening to them makes me want to scream at Ms. Cane for their torment. Poor
Jul 31, 2015 Brittany rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series, but that's more a reflection of my opinion than the quality of the book. This story includes a near zombie apocalypse, a powerful witch, the return of Llodra, and some revelations and losses for Shiv Crew and Rune. With hit after hit, you begin to feel Rune's devastation and loss, and while she soldiers on, it's almost too much for the reader. It leaves you wondering where the bright light of the story lies and whether there is one ...more
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“The witch wasn’t a woman, not really. She was evil wrapped in horror, tied neatly with a bow of rancid blood and sour anguish.” 2 likes
“He was her Z, and she couldn't save him” 2 likes
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