Favorite Lines: “Breena turned to see a hideous creature, one created from evil Its eight legs, gleaming with razors and dripping with the blood of her people, sped toward her. It would get them all if she didn’t do something to distract it.” (p. 19, egalley)
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out…
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.
Lord of Rage is Jill Monroe’s contribution to the Royal House of Shadows series which is being written by four different authors. Monroe’s story is a take on the classic Goldy Locks and the Three Bears fairy tale. Unlike many adult retakes on the children’s classic, Monroe’s three bears are not all grown. The hero is in his 20’s and cares for his younger brothers. I’m not sure of their ages, despite getting hung up on how young they acted in the book. Their questions and comments made them sound as if they were 10 to 13, but they have to be older if they were both able to clearly speak and hide from attacking vampires 10 years prior to the events taking place.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t really enjoy Lord of Rage. I didn’t like the heroine at all. Throughout the story Breena imagines ways to manipulate her hero because he told her straight off he will not go to war for her. She actively thinks of ways to trick and play him while offering partial explanations to his questions. She thinks of “her warrior” as the man who will be able to seek revenge for her. I get that Breena had been trained to be a queen and queen’s are manipulative. It still doesn’t make her likeable.
However, I did appreciate the way this book showed the evil unlike book one, Lord of Vampires. I liked the snippets involving the Blood Sorcerer and blood magic. The ultimate battle was pretty great, too. And the sex–whoo the sex–Monroe sure knows how to get the blood pumping. Good stuff, that’s all I’ve got to say. The super alpha hero, Osborne, was lovely in a I-want-to-screw-you-blind type of way. Just don’t expect too much from him. He’s taught his brothers that the only good woman is one who cooks or cleans. He tries to explain it away, “if you don’t think about what you’re missing, you won’t miss it” type of thing, but this is one of those situations where you know exactly you’re getting right up front. Hell, as helpless as the heroine acted, he’s exactly what she wanted and needed.
In the end, I can’t say that I’d recommend Lord of Rage unless you strictly want to skip to the sex scenes or enjoy reading about scheming heroines who get a shot at happily ever after.