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Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Lord of Rage

Title: Lord of Rage
Author: Jill Monroe
Page Count: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review obtained via NetGalley in anticipation of an honest review

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 is the second book in the Royal House of Shadows series and it ties with the last installment as my favorite.  Based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it's the story of Breena, Elden princess, who has to use all her magic, all her skills, and all her love to get through to Osborn, the biggest, grumpiest bear shifter and one of the last Ursan warriors.

Breena has the magical ability to insert herself into the dreams of others, and she does so innocently enough with Osborn.  She thinks it's an innocent game, and both of them are certainly into it.  She never thinks she'd ever meet him in real life, so she's definitely shocked when he turns out to be real.

Real and grumpy, as true to form, Osborn finds Breena after she's eaten the porridge and slept in the beds.  Osborn is just as shocked that Breena is real, and after so much heartbreak in his own right he isn't ready to trust enough person, especially when he's got his two younger brothers (yes, the other two bears) to take care of and raise.

Breena doesn't give up hope though, and eventually Osborn gives up fighting against her and they start fighting together.  They realize that happiness means letting go of the past and looking towards the future, and that beliefs that have sustained them for a long time might not be helpful moving forward.  There's also the small issue of their intense attraction to each other that they both enjoy acting on too. 

The books in this series are connected in that four siblings are at the center of the overall arc and the end conflict is waiting at the end of the series as opposed to the end of the individual books.  The overarching plot advances a little, but the evolution of Breena and Osborn's romance really takes center stage.  And the ending? Picture perfect.

I should also point out that each book in this series, although a little on the short side (and every book I absolutely love is on the short side as far as I'm concerned,) is only $3.99 for Kindle, so you get a great story for not a lot of money.  What could be better than that?

Overall Grade: A
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