Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Title:  Lord of the Rage
Author: Jill Monroe
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: House of Shadows #2
Main Characters: Breena & Osborn
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0373618682
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
First, just let me say "Yay!!" My faith in this series is restored. This was such a fun read. All four books in this series are based around the four children of the Elden Royal Family who were dispersed when the kingdom was attacked and the King & Queen murdered. Each novel is written by a different author and they each base their story loosely around one of the fairy tales. It's a brilliant premise. You can read more about the entire series HERE. This book was based upon the Goldilocks & the Three Bears fairy tale.

Taking a twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears was just brilliant. And OMG, I love those bears. I loved Osborn, the hero and Berserker (his people channel the bear spirit when in battle) in this story, but I really loved his two younger brothers, Bernt & Torben, too. When Osborn became a Berserker at age 15, he and his father returned to their home to find it being attacked. His entire race was destroyed by Vampires and the rising of the sun is the only thing that saved him. His younger brothers who were only 4 and 5 at the time, were told to hide in a cave by their mother when the attack came and it saved their lives. From that point on, it was just the three of them simply trying to survive. Osborn had to take on such a responsibility at age 15, it molded him into a very strict, stern man without much use for fun. He is very hard on his younger brothers and none of them travel much or see other people very often, so you can imagine their surprise when they find a blonde beauty in their bed.

Breena was the Princess from the kingdom of Elden, although she is only remembering bits and pieces from what happened the night that she escaped. She can only keep two thoughts forefront in her mind, "Survive & Avenge." When she stumbles upon the cabin, she has been wandering the forest for 2 days and is starving and exhausted and confused.

There are 4 basic characters in this story throughout 95% of the book and I loved all 4 of them. 
1. Breena is strong and courageous. She hasn't trained to be anything more than a Princess, quiet and meek, managing the household. But she jumps right in with the 3 brothers doing whatever she needs to do without a complaint. She pushes Osborn although he can be a frightening guy. She never lets it show when she is intimidated or cowed by him. She always stiffens her backbone and goes on. She's determined and NOTHING is going to stand in her way and I LOVED that about her. She is one kick-ass chick!!

2. Osborn lost his entire family and had to take on the responsibility for 2 young boys at the age of 15. He had to do a lot of really unpleasant things to keep them sheltered, fed, and clothed. He's a warrior and he's a protector. This is the guy that you want to have on your side when you go into a fight and Breena realizes that right away. He is also trying to shelter his brothers although they are getting old enough to start to make their own decisions. He is domineering and gruff, but he loves his brothers and is trying to only do what is right for them.

3. The brothers, Bernt & Torben. OMG, these two cracked me up. They are teenagers at the time that the book takes place and like any teenage boys when faced with a pretty girl, they want to keep her. You can tell that life with Osborn hasn't been easy for them and I loved the alliance that they quickly forged with Breena against his autocratic ways.

Just a really fabulous book. I can't even imagine where the next two books in the series are going to go and how in the world that the four stories are going to come together. I definitely look forward to reading them all!


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am starting this one this week! I have heard this one kind of fills in the missing "story" elements from the first one! AWESOME!

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

I did not read your entire review for this Christi but I'm happy that you really enjoyed this book and you're looking forward to the last two. I won't be able to get to this book until the beginning of next month but I'm really looking forward to reading it since I enjoyed the first book. :-)

Julie said...

Wow, you really did like this one! :)