Of the four authors participating in the Royal House of Shadows series, Jill Monroe was the only one I hadn’t read before. Because of that, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Lord of Rage was a funny, sexy story and easily my favorite book in the series (so far).
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.
Princess Breena wasn’t your typical princess. She had been raised knowing that she was basically a political pawn for her parents. It wasn’t that they didn’t love her, it was simply that she had to be a well behaved, perfect princess so she could marry well, ensuring a good alliance for Elden. But Breena wanted more out of her life and found that with Osborn and his brothers in their simple out in the middle of nowhere.
There were a few fairy tale elements in the plot, like Beauty and the Beast and Goldilocks and the Three Bears which made me love Lord of Rage all the more because I adore those two fairy tales. There was also a lot of mythology behind Osborn’s race, the Berserkers, although I’m not entirely sure how much was created just for Lord of Rage and how much was actual mythology. The plot moved fairly quickly, filled with sexual tension and other emotional issues – like Osborn learning how to raise his two younger brothers.
I only had one problem with Lord of Rage and that was the fighting. Even though Osbron was an intense, amazing warrior, every single fight scene fell flat because they all lacked that element of realness. I was never emotionally involved because they were so short, usually over after just a couple of hits. I think that Lord of Rage could have used more substance in the fight scenes, if not a couple others to enhance the plot.
Like I said before, Lord of Rage is my favorite book in the Royal House of Shadow series so far because it was so cute and sexy. While the fight scenes could have been better, I can’t complain too much and now I can’t wait to see what Jessica Andersen does in the next installment: Lord of the Wolfyn.
Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen
Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh