Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows, #2)
Jill Monroe; Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Harlequin Nocturne (first published September 20th 2011)
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs. Now they must return and save Elden…and time is running out….
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.
This was a very pleasant surprise! After reading book #1 of this series I had some doubts about it, but I kept an open mind and was curious enough to give this a try, and I’m very happy I did. I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I’d been missing out if I’d have given up on the series.
This was my first time reading Jill Monroe (scoff all you like :P), so I had no idea what to expect. It’s the same for the other 2 books in the series, that I got from NetGalley and will read&review these next few days. I will confess that I bought this one after I got the next 2 in the series from NG, so perhaps if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have decided to read them unless someone would have given them a good rep, lol.
I loved Breena, she was fun and she had great chemistry with the mighty Osborn. This was one of those cases when I love both of the characters in the main pair on their own, and even more so when they’re interacting. I loved Osborn’s brothers too, and his entire world and history endeared him to me greatly. I have a thing for berserker I think? I think this is the second book I read recently that featured them, the other being How to Worship a Goddess if I’m not mixing the jars by any chance, lol, and I liked the bear-element even more in this book.
Breena and Osborn had awesome chemistry, sort of explosive in fact, and I loved how intense and magnetic Osborn was as a character, sort of grouchy, big and strong, a really fun combination when in contact with the beautiful, well-mannered princess.
The plot was really engaging, but then again so was the plot of the first book in the series, Lord of the Vampires, only in this case the characters were charismatic and totally irresistible. The writing here was very well done without giving the impression it wanted to impress a certain state of mind upon you, you know? It was playful, fun, and there were some references that I had a lot of fun with, like the story of the 3 bears and Goldilocks, the intruder that eats from someone’s plate, and sits on someone’s chair and sleeps in someone’s bed, you know? It was one of my favorite stories when I was a kid 😀
And because it didn’t feel like it was trying to create a steamy atmosphere, the story built to the lovely tension between Breena and Osborn in a natural and entertaining, engaging way. Of course, aside the qualities of the book itself, I think I was more receptive towards it because I had no expectations about the author’s writing, or maybe I even had some low expectations because of the sort of disappointing experience with the frist book, so this one came in strong.
So I say you should totally read this if you like PNR, it was fun, it was a steamy romance with awesome characters – awesome entertainment!