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Living Nightmare (Sentinel Wars #4)

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View our feature on Shannon Butcher's "Living Nightmare." For nine years, the Sentinel Nika has had one goal-to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now, the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling on that terrible night is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her may be the greatest danger to her.
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Signet Book
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Best book of the series thus far. And better yet, it has built expectation for future books. I loved Nika even more than Madoc, which is saying something. Nika might seem frail and in need of protection, but she is a tough little woman. Just the woman for Madoc. I loved the symbiosis of their relationship. Their relationship wasn't about one taking too much from the other, but an equal exchange between them both. I liked how things worked out with Madoc's lifemark and his dire situation as far a ...more
Keri
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Melindeeloo
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madoc is a warrior on the brink of losing his soul. Drawn inexplicably to a fragile woman who is not his mate, he fights his attraction to Nika by keeping his distance and works only to save her from the demons who have haunted her mind and have left her first comatose and then for awhile nearly insane. But Nika is much better now and she's fighting to leave that fragile woman behind. And it is Nika's strength and determination that will allow her to stand up for what she believes against Madoc ...more
SheLove2Read
May 20, 2010 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I'm dnf'ing this about halfway through. It's been a while since I read book 3 and I think that hurt my perception of the series. (Although to be honest - the others were good but they weren't GREAT.) Madoc and Nika just don't seem to fit together, and I don't feel the chemistry that should be there. Sadly, I think I'm going to give up this series.

Uber talented author, just not for me. (I would recommend her Delta Force series though.)
Mirely
I rarely give out 5 stars...SECOND HALF OF THIS BOOK EARNED THE FIVE FREAKIN' STARS!!!!

I was left at WOW!!!

Living Nightmare's featured couple: Madoc and Nika. Madoc and Nika came into the picture a while back in book 2 and have been making appearances since then. Nika was attacked as a child by Synestryns who consumed her blood and by doing so they carried a piece of her mind in each of them. Needless to say Nika's mind was shattered, she was traumatized and everyone thinks she's crazy. I mentio
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Katya
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I don't want to go into too much detail on this review for a couple reasons. Mostly because I received it as an ARC, and since it's a new release, I'll try not to put spoilers in my review.

Soo...that being said, I really had a hard time putting this book down.
It was jam packed with a ton of action. It began with Nika trying to dig up the bones of her sister Tori. Tori was taken by the s'gath demons the night Nika was infected by the demons. Nika has a tenuous telepathic connection with her young
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~Megan~
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Magda
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the disappointment of the previous installment, this book was fantastic!
Nika, although not physically strong, is strong in character. Madoc, although physically strong, is dying. Together, they are each others salvation.
I much preferred Nika in this book to previous heroines because she wasn't thrust into a world she didn't understand or want. Her outlook towards her situation was much more believable than the girls who came before her.
The story flowed nicely, although I still have many
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Catherine
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have salivated for Nika's story and this one delivered in a big way. So many twists in the over all plot. I wish I'd bought this in paperback however and not on my nook... only because I like to go back and read some of the side stories over before the next book begins, and this one has a lot of them. So fair warning. But my local store didn't have the paperback and I HAD to read this ASAP!
This one was right up there with Burning Alive (my favorite in the series)!

I really can't say much with
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♥ℳelody
3.75
ETA: I'm giving in and giving this an extra star. Nika and Madoc deserve more. *sigh*

Little bit frustrated that I can't give this a higher rating. First half? Loved it. The slow burn and sexual tension between Madoc and Nika was exciting and so electric. But everything after the much anticipated coming together just started to lose my interest and fall flat. Once again the author got bogged down in focusing more on the rescue mission of saving someone over the actual romance arc of the story
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Ally
Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
They are Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn.

For nine years, Nika has had one goal, to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now, the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling on that terrible night is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her may be the greatest danger to her.

I had ridiculo
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PepperP0t
4.5stars really
Fans of the series will get huge emotional payoffs in this very busy installment as Nika & Madoc get to bottom of Nika's issues since the sgath took her blood and her sister years ago driving her almost insane. Also there are huge advances in the Madoc and Nike relationship as it moves to the level Nika has desired since their first meeting. Gloria's confessions ravage her familial relationships putting her and Angus on even shakier ground and cementing the animosity between G
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Darcy
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, pnr, demons
I have to say that I have been waiting for this book ever since we were introduced to Madoc and Nika. He is such the big, mean, alpha male you just knew that he was going to fall hard and Nika is just the woman to cause the fall. When we first met Nika she was so broken and damaged that you didn't know if she could fight her way back, but boy does she. Nika definitely comes into her own, she gives Madoc a smack down like no other, and even manages to give a mental bitch slap to Joseph and Gilda. ...more
Lauren
Living Nightmare
5 Stars

Synopsis:
Nika Madison has been trapped in a nightmare for nine years but now she is slowly coming out of it and has one goal – to save her younger sister from the monstrous Synestryn holding her captive. Unfortunately, Nika’s psychic connection to her sister is fading and only one person has power to help Nika re-forge that bond: Madoc, a Sentinel Warrior with a bare lifemark who wants nothing to do with Nika.

Review:
Amazing read that keeps you turning the pages!

As in the p
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P.A. Lupton
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So far, this was my favorite Sentinel War’s book. I loved it. I loved the concept in the previous books, but didn’t connect as well with all the characters as I did in this book. I especially liked Nika.

Nika was a great character. She was so weak in the previous book that I enjoyed seeing her strength shine through in this novel. She was tough and persistent. Right from the beginning she refused to quit looking for her sister Tori. Everyone thought she was crazy and she refused to let it go. Sh
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Paranormal Kiss
Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher is the 4th exciting installment of her Sentinel Wars series. This story focuses mainly on Nika and Madoc but there are several other stories woven in. They are skillfully woven together in such a way that they add rather then detract from the overall story. It is rare to find an author that can combine so many storylines into one in such a way that it keeps you interested and entertained. For the full effect and understanding of plot points and past history ...more
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
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I can't believe I almost forgot(zies) this one was released in Nov. Shame on me! I was a wee (sorry I’ve been Google(ing) Irish baby names all day) disappointed in the last book, Running Scared because I thought the main character’s chemistry was not full throttle like I had read in previous books but I knew this one was going to be better.

What really makes Living Nightmare a good read is the richness of the side characters. Not only do you get the story of the main charac
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Amy
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok!! If you have not read the "The Sentinel Wars" series by Shannon K Butcher then you have been missing out big time!! This has just about everything that you can wish for. Each of these books you get so lost in the story. Shannon K Butcher art for detail is just amazing!! You get a good balance of the nonstop action, fantasy , suspense and then lovemaking is off the charts! We are talking major Hot men and who doesn't like that.... I just finished "Living Nightmare" which is fourth book in th ...more
Jenniffer
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro, sabía que me gustaría muchísimo más que los tres primeros. Nika es mi tipo de heroína, no como las otras tres pesadas y Madoc, aunque huyendo, no sé hizo tan de rogar durante todo el libro. Lo que no me gusta de esta autora es que no le da un cierre apropiado a las parejas, siempre termina con temas de otros y no con el tema de la pareja. Las deja como en el aire y eso no es correcto, si, yo sé que seguirán saliendo pero a la historia se le debe dar un cierre como es debido y lo ...more
Crazy4more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 solid stars!

I love this book. It's my favorite bc it's so exciting, amazing plot, super hot and so sweet couplings. The intricate storyline evolved into a jaw-dropping, suspenseful, endearing, sexy series. Something big has to happen soon to save the vampires, the warriors, the Theronai females because the numbers just don't add up. Besides the hotness from Madoc & Nika's story, I love all other side stories: sweetness from John & Meghan; sacrifice from Angus & Gilda; heartwrenchin
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Shana
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this installment of the series cause the main characters have been high on my intrigue list. Honestly, I did'nt entirely enjoy the third installment. I read it just to find out about some of my favorite characters in the books. I do love the sanguinars they are my favortites too.
Elizabeth Ziko
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these books, they keep getting better and better :)
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Synopsis:

For nine years, Nika has had one goal: to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her left and never returned, leaving Nika alone to rescue a sister everyone else believes is dead.

Madoc swore to himself he would never enter Dabyr again. For his soul is nearly dead, and he fears what he might do to those he's sworn to protect -- es
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Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Sentinel Wars paranormal romance action series revolving around an endangered group of enhanced warriors based in Dabyr who are protecting the world from demons. The couple focus is on Nika and Madoc---and it's about time!


My Take
There's a good lesson in this—LISTEN. Listen to the people around you. Pay attention. Hear what they're saying. If anyone had listened to Nika, Madoc and Tori would have suffered less. That said, Nika goes off half-cocked once they do start listening. Of co
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Belinda Boring
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember when I first found out about this series I was so excited because it contained one of my favorite things when it comes to romance - the alpha male. The author does such a wonderful job in creating stories about these strong and powerful warriors and pairing them with women who are by far their equals. When I saw Living Nightmare was due to be released, it was a no-brainer that I would buy it the second it hit the shelves and devour it. I'm glad I did because not only was this edition ...more
Jenny
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another exciting book in the Sentinels paranormal romance. Nika and Madoc are the main couple, but several other couples are in the story and will most likely have their own book someday.
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Favorite Quote:”Do you want me to kiss you? ‘Cause it’s what I want. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Especially when I go to bed. I keep wishing you were with me. Touching me. Sometimes I touch myself and pretend it’s you.”

For nine years Nika has only had one goal; to save her baby sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. But everyone believes she is dead and that Nika is crazy. The one man with whom she can
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Bookaholics
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher
Paranormal Romance -Nov. 2nd, 2010
4 stars

Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher is the 4th exiting new installment in her Sentinel Wars series. The action is non-stop and the drama between the 2 main characters is intense. There are several secondary characters that make this more complex and fascinating but they can also detract from the storyline especially if you have not read 1 of the author’s prior books in the series.

Nika has strong mental abilities t
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Since launching her career in 2007, award-winning author Shannon K. Butcher has penned more than eighteen titles, including the paranormal romance series, the Sentinel Wars; the action-romance series, the Edge; and a handful of romantic suspense novels and works of short fiction. Being a former engineer and current nerd, she frequently uses charts, graphs and tables to aid her in the mechanics of ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sentinel Wars (9 books)
  • Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, #1)
  • Finding the Lost (Sentinel Wars, #2)
  • Running Scared (Sentinel Wars, #3)
  • Blood Hunt (Sentinel Wars, #5)
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“You stay here, stay safe." He kissed her forehead and darted out the door, sword in hand." Nika turned to glare at Logan. "You try to stop me and I'll find a dozen new and interesting ways to make you regret it." Logan lifted his elegant hands, a small smile playing at the corners of his luscious mouth. "I would never dare to stand between a woman and the man whom she plans to teach a lesson. I prefer to watch the show.” 5 likes
“What's wrong with you?" Nika asks Madoc. He responds, "I'm an incurable asshole.” 4 likes
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