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Monday, November 7, 2011

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (282 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

I like this tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears much better than the original. There is a lot of fun in finding out what really happens after the girl is discovered sleeping in the bed than I could have imagined. Once again, Ms. Monroe entertains and thrills readers with her wit, clever writing and yummy heroes.

In this case, Goldilocks is Breena, the only princess of Elden. My favorite thing about her character is her growth. In the beginning she’s a dutiful daughter but the author gave hints that there’s more of an adventurous spirit trapped inside her. Good thing too because by a desperate act of magic, Breena was tossed to safety, away from all the horror and death. She might have been physically safe but the heroine discovered that her emotions and feelings were far from secure because she ended up meeting Osborn. Through him, and with him, she discovered more about the woman she really is and who she wants to be.

Osborn is a fascinating man. He’s a guy who needs saving and redemption. He’s done what he’s had to do in order to survive and protect the family he has left. He’s taken the role so seriously, that he’s buried deep all his own dreams and hopes and desires. He figures at this point, he’s not worthy of them and isn’t entitled to anything but vengeance. It made me want him to have his happily ever after. Ms. Monroe wrote with such feeling that his pain and yearning jumped off of the page. I cared for what happens to him. Osborn is a man who is due some happiness in his life. Even a reason to laugh out loud.

Watching Osborn and Breena fall in love was fun. So many challenges thwarted them and so many secrets needed to be revealed before they could realize their true destiny. And the author was quite clever. Just when I thought all would be well, Ms. Monroe surprised me with a clever twist that infused the story with a dramatic burst of action and heroics. A few loose ends get solved and a new destiny is forged. It was exciting storytelling.

Another fascinating aspect of this book is the sensual build-up. The author has Osborn and Breena each taking turns at seducing the other, and each scene grows hotter and hotter until I thought I’d burst if they didn’t finally experience the ultimate loving fireworks. Ms. Monroe did not disappoint. It was romantic, sexy and the part with the pelt left me fanning myself. I like Breena’s sense of physical adventure.

Lord of Rage is the second installment to the Royal House of Shadowsi series and it rocks. It also is a perfect standalone. There is no reason for a first time reader to wonder if they’ll get lost in the story arc. The tale is totally about Osborn and Breena and how they come together, fall in love, and when joined, become stronger than they thought possible. I was thoroughly entertained and Breena’s unique dilemma kept me glued to the pages. I didn’t stop reading until I’d turned the last page. The happily ever after was romantic and it fit with the characters’ needs. It also whetted my appetite for the next installment in the series.

Lord of Rage is sexy, delightful and has a great emotional punch that’s a knock-out. Fans of Ms. Monroe are in for another treat and readers of paranormal romances will find what they’re looking for – fun, chills, thrills and a growly good romance.