Review: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Series: Royal House of Shadows (#2)
Publication Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley

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.

Review: This is the second in the Royal House of Shadows series, following Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Vampires.  The series revolves around the royal siblings as they try to make their way home and avenge the deaths of their parents and take back their home.  The heroine of this story is the lone sister, who also happens to have some magical powers.  And oh, did I mention that each of the books is sort of a take on a fairy tale?  This one is Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book in the series a little more than the first.  The fairy tale connection was a little clearer and I liked the characters are little more.  Breena is a likable princess, probably because she doesn’t have much of a memory at the beginning of the story… and when it starts to come to her, she doesn’t flaunt her status or expect help because of a title.  And it’s easy to care what happens to her since she’s lost her family and never really received any training in her magical powers which are starting to grow in strength.  But I loved Osborn.  He’s a bear berserker and he’s caring for his two younger brothers after the massacre of his family and clan (see… the three bears!).  He’s untrusting of the blonde who has invaded his home but he is also attracted to her.  But the real mark of a man is how he deals with all that life has thrown at him and Osborn has all the makings of a hero.

As with all series where each book is written by a different author, there are some difficulties when it comes to continuity.  But this one has held up pretty well and I’m looking forward to the coming books in the series as I’m now even more curious as to how the overriding plot is going to resolve.

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