Series: Royal House of Shadows
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.
The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.
Lord of Rage is part 2 in the four-part author collaboration of the Royal House of Shadows series. It was written by Jill Monroe and this is my first experience with Monroe. I have heard of her, but never read anything from her. But from this book, I truly believe I should read more from her. She doesn’t write a lot of PNR but after reading this, she really should. Lord of Rage is a great installment to this great, growing series.
Lord of Rage is about a princess named Breena from Elden who is from a family with very special powers, except hers. All she can do is enter dreams. But one recurring dream involves a sexy warrior that she can’t stay away from. But the day comes when her castle is under attack by the Blood Sorcerer and she was lucky enough to escape before she too was either slaved or killed. She is running for her life for days until she ends up in an “empty” cabin with food and a bed. But things get a little crowded when that home happens to belong to three brothers, one of which is the warrior she has been dreaming of that she didn’t believe was real.
The warrior, Osborn, is not just any warrior, but a berserker. In fact, he and his younger brothers are the last of their kind after his entire village was slaughtered years ago. He looks after his brothers and keeps them safe and wishes to take out his anger on the kingdom that has annihilated his home; Elden, or so he thinks. When he sees Breena and sees she is in fact real, he believes she is there to use him as a mercenary and he is sick of being used as a mercenary.
I enjoyed the characters. I loved that Breena was this princess pampered and trapped and luxury and with Osborn, we see that she is stubborn and a fighter. I loved Osborn. He was tough as nails and scary. I loved that as much as his head told him not to trust her, she is nothing but trouble, he trusts his heart instead. A little cheesy coming from me, but no less true. I loved Osborn’s little brothers Bernt and Torben. I know Breena’s and Nicholas’s remaining two siblings, Dayn and Micah, will have their stories told in the rest of the series. But I would love to see something with Bernt and Torben. Seeing how they didn’t have much of a childhood since it was taken from them and how they are only now being taught to be warriors because of Breena’s persuading Osborn, I want to see how they will turn out.
Now I know you guys know that book 1, Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, was good, but not a favorite for me. I must say, I liked this one better. There was a focus and I didn’t feel like I was left out. I had a real connection with the story and the characters. This book was full of revelations and change. The characters were so stuck in their ways, but by meeting each other, they all learned that what they knew and what they were used is what held them back.
I would recommend this to PNR fans or just any fans of romance. It did take this book a little while until it got some interaction with one of the more main villains, but it we did, I was so happy. This book was great from beginning to end. You will get hooked very quickly with this story and its characters. Lord of Rage is a great sequel and I can’t wait to get my hands on Lord of the Wolfyn (book 3) by Jessica Andersen. Thank you so much Netgalley for these so far. Nonetheless, check this out, you’ll be happy you did.