Lord of Rage (Harlequin Nocturne #121)

Lord of Rage (Harlequin Nocturne #121)

by Jill Monroe
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Lord of Rage (Harlequin Nocturne #121) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: 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 help 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The personalities of the characters were strong,and you could appreciated how their love for each other developed. Good read.
Jimmy55 More than 1 year ago
I liked the three bears twist. The love story was pretty good. The plot was easy to follow.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great follow up to the first book, Lord of the Vampires, but it can also be read on its own as well. The first book followed Nicolai and his struggle with the aftermath of the blood sorcerer taking over the Kingdom of Elden but this one is all about Breena. It starts off with the night that the castle was attacked, so the author catches you up to speed with what is going on. Breena has the ability to put herself into dreams with her warrior Osborn. When her kingdom is attacked and she is magically sent away by her parents, she ends up stumbling into a cottage in the middle of the woods. Little does she know that the cottage actually belongs to her warrior and his two brothers. She eats their food, accidentally breaks one of their kitchen chairs and passes out on one of the three beds (remind you of anything?). Which is exactly how Osborn and his two brothers find her... the girl from his dreams, passed out on his bed with the kitchen a mess. I like how this story flows nicely with the first book in the series but it isn't so similar in writing style that it seems like the same characters. I think that having different authors write the siblings story is a great idea.
I_Luv_Books10 More than 1 year ago
This book kept you in suspense from cover to cover. It has everything a true paronormal romance read loves. It is a very hooooooot hoooot book. You will not want to put it down at all. It is a very good sequel to Lord of Vampires by Gena Showalter. I cant wait til the other two books in the series comes out!
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Lord of Rage was a great addition to the Royal House of Shadows series and flowed exceedingly well. I haven't read anything from Jill Monroe until now and I really enjoyed her writing style. The characters of Breena and Osborn were captivating and Osborn's two younger brothers added a bit of humor and fun into the storyline. The story is loosely based on the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, which was easy to pick up on and added a nice element to the story to look for. The world itself was pretty well built up from the first novel by Gena Showalter, Lord of the Vampires, so it was comfortable delving into it again and didn't raise the questions the first novel did while reading. I really liked the relationship between Breena and Osborn, and each character individually. Breena started as a pampered princess who never left the castle walls but when she is thrust, alone, into the wilderness instead of breaking down she fights through it hunting for food and seeking shelter. When she meets the bear of a warrior, Osborn, she doesn't let him intimidate her and actually persuades him to teach her fighting skills of her own so that she can protect herself better in the future. She is willing to learn and improve herself to protect the ones she loves. I really respected her tenacity and strength. Osborn was a man in a rut, stuck in the past but unwilling to face it. Living day to day, staying to his lands and protecting his brothers from harm. But when he realizes (with a little help from Breena) that his brothers have suffered because of this and know nothing of their family's history, Osborn steps up and takes care of things. Same when it comes to Breena; Osborn starts off kind of gruff but it's because he feels that he is unworthy of her and also doesn't want to bring danger to his brothers, they have lived through enough. They're relationship is a slow build, definitely not as sexual as Lord of the Vampires, but more meaningful because they took time to get to know each other and each other's pasts before jumping in the sack. Yes, there was an intense attraction and mucho sexual tension but they didn't give into it until it meant more than just lust. That being said, the book itself was somewhat blah. I'm not sure if that was because it lacked a lot of action or because it moved at a slower pace. My biggest peeve was the time line though, it really confused me in respect to the first novel in this series, Lord of the Vampires, and throughout the entire book I kept trying to put together the time in correspondence to the first novel. I think the sequence in which the books were released should have been changed but maybe by book #3 it will make sense. =) I'm looking forward to the next two novels in the series and think that paranormal romance fans would enjoy this one, even if they didn't care for the first novel.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Princess Breena dreams of having a fairly tale love in her life with a warrior that haunts her dreams nightly. What she doesn't count on is being ripped from her home when it is attacked. Now Breena has to find a way to survive the world that she has always been protected from and to find a way to get home and conquer the one that has taken her world and people over. Wandering and trying to find a safe place she comes across a cottage in the middle of a forest that just might offer her all that she is looking for and some things that she didn't know she needed. Osborn was a warrior and mercenary that gave up that life to live quietly in the forest with the simple pleasures he has there. Until the day Breena comes into his life and turns everything upside down and makes Osborn remember all that he is missing by cutting off the world around him. Now Osborn is going to have to decide if he wants to really start living again and give his princess the happy ever after she is looking for or doom them both to a life that is anything but happy. Breena is determined that she isn't going to be a helpless princess anymore and the only one that can teach her what she needs to know is Osborn now if she can just convince him of that. If Osborn wants to give his princess everything he feels she deserve he is going to have to help her learn to survive and fight the evil that is stalking her. Soon Osborn and Breena find that they only hope they have of surviving is go it together. They are also learning that the future they thought they wanted isn't necessarily the one that is best one for them or now that they have met the one they truly do want. If they are to have a future together though they are going to have to find a way to conquer the evil that has taken over the land of Elden, Breena's home. This brings the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears to life in a way that isn't the same fairy tale from childhood. The twist on this one makes the fairy tale fresh and will have the reader believing they are reading it for the very first time. This is the second story in a series of four books and while it can be read as a stand alone book it is greatly enhanced by reading the first book first. Readers won't be disappointed in the series up to date and will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
The Queen's spell has thrown Princess Breena into the far realm of the Ursa warriors, Beserkers who harness the power of the bear. What Breena doesn't realize at first if this is where she will find her dream warrior who she has been meeting in lust-filled dreams. Breena and Osborn recognize each other immediately, but Osborn knows she brings trouble and he and his young brothers are the last of their race. He wants her gone in the morning, at least his brain does. His heart and his body have other ideas. As a pampered princess, all Breena trained for was dancing and being married off by her father for a lucrative allegiance. If Breena can't get Osborn to fight for her and her kingdom, she wants him to train her to fight, and Osborn has some interesting ideas of how she can pay him back. This was a quick read and very enjoyable story.
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NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
Nicolai's younger sister Breena the Princess of Elden has been able to use her magic with some limitations, she can enter dreams, well only one man's dream, she doesn't know him or can't clearly see him, but his kisses make her feel something less like a princess. In the middle of her last dream of him as she is to choose a husband that week she's rudely awakened by a guard taking her to safety as the castle is attacked. The King and The Queen send her away magically with only two dominating thoughts Survive, Avenge. Breena wakes up disorientated in a barren land that once belonged to The Ursans, fierce warriors infused with the Bear spirit, all of them extinct now, except she finds a cabin, empty, and exhausted falls asleep in the bedroom. As Osborn and his two younger brothers return they do not take well having Breena there. Osborn having some clear temperamental issue battles his attraction to Breena who he recognizes from his dreams, thinking she only wants him to take her back to her home to be her mercenary. Having Osborn's clan destroyed before his eyes by the Vampires of Elden has made him bitter and volatile, having to lower himself to a mercenary to support his two brother has given him issues and guilt, and he can't understand the feelings Breena makes him feel and how she turns his world upside down, and he lets her. Having used to of always being right and in charge, and now having one small woman take it all and make a real mess of it irritates him to now end. I love this new version of Goldilocks and Three Bears! Lot sexier than the original... ;) Now seriously... I loved Breena the slightly spoiled but very headstrong and quick wit princess who doesn't know what the answer 'No' means and does her darnest to persuade the three rough brothers to accept her, warm up to her and help her. Osborn was fun to read, stubborn and temperamental and with serious issues he's the type that doesn't want to feel but is forced to, still staying true to his berserker nature. I love Jill Monroe's writing she can engage a reader in a way and in a story so good you don't want to stop reading until you're done. It took me only a day to finish this, it was easy to read and so much fun with enough hot yummy scenes to be worth the wait when they both finally give in. A witty, temper raging sexy fairytale of a goldilocks and her bear spirit warrior - this series has gotten me so addicted now I just have to wait a little longer to get my hands on Lord of Wolfyn, book 3 in the series!
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
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 fabu
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
TLDR recap: Breena's life is pretty normal for a princess: sewing, planning parties, spending her days waiting to be betrothed to a political ally and her nights dreamwalking with her perfect man... until the the royal house of Elden is attacked, her parents brutally murdered and her brothers gone missing. Breena finds herself dependent on her mysterious dream man while she makes plans to retake her family's kingdom, but Osborne is no longer a mercenary for hire, not even for the woman from his dreams. The last of the legendary Ursan warriors, Osborne is filled with self-loathing and the need for revenge, and Breena has no idea just what she's gotten herself into. The second book in the Royal House of Shadows series, Lord of Rage is a sexy, well-paced (if somewhat slow in the steamy progression), and enjoyable play on the timeless tale of Goldilocks and her three bears. Recommended read! Thoughts: Peppered with fairy tale references, this reimagine-ing of the Goldilocks story really captures both the atmosphere and characterization of what we popularly believe to be true of medieval fairy tales: the cottage in the woods... the stone castle in the heart of the kingdom, filled with servants and feasts and royal heirs... the village trade fairs, where the bargaining and shopping takes place... the evil bad guys and the strong, sexy, charming good guys. The term "berserker", Osborne's warrior lineage, is believed to have come from "ber", the Old Norse word for bear. Old Norse and Norwegian stories tell of men who went into battle wearing the skins of bears or wolves and fell into a trance-like state of near-suicidal fury and bloodlust called berserkergang. Lord of Rage pulls heavily from these historical accounts to create the society of the Ursan warriors, of which Osborne is the sole remaining warrior. It's unclear how old Breena is. There are two places the phrase "second decade" of life is used and one of them refers to the age of Osborne's teenage brothers. The other refers to Breena, "approaching the middle of her second decade". It also states that she was several years older than her mother when she arrived in Elden to marry the King. It feels like all this is describing a 20-something year old young woman, but "middle of her second decade", to me, says 15. I found that a little disturbing, considering I prefer my heroines to be able to drink legally (hey, you can drink at 18 in Canada!), and especially considering Breena is also a virgin. Virgin with a capital "V"! This young woman is about as sheltered as you can find, her innocence truly preserved for her future husband by kingdom tradition. She has no knowledge of anything sexual at all. No anatomy lessons, no "birds and bees" talk, no stolen glimpses of castle servants coupling. Because of that, the pace of Osborne and Breena's sexual relationship is brutally slow and reads almost like a "how to service your man" manual for medieval well-borne virgins, with Osborne giving verbal and physical instruction (ok, that part was kinda humorous and sexy!)... hot but also weirdly awkward in places. Readers who are used to, and prefer, the likes of Joey Hill and Laurell K. Hamilton will probably be frustrated with the pace of this book. Continued... (truncated for length) Original full available on GraveTells: search for "Lord of Rage" *ARC provided by Netgalley. No was received f
harstan More than 1 year ago
King Aelfric of Elden married Queen Alvina in a marriage of convenience that quickly turned to love and respect. They have three sons and a daughter. The royals have paranormal powers but Princess Breena's is worthless dreams. The castle is attacked leaving the rulers dead and her siblings missing. Breena searches the land for her brothers while dreaming of avenging what happened to her family. She makes no progress on her quest until she meets the berserker Osborn of Ursa in his remote cottage where he found her after she ate his food and slept in his bed. She knows him intimately from her dreams of him. However reality proves much different than her fantasies as he refuses to get involved in her royal quest. Instead he and his two brothers have become nomads since the destruction of his clan a decade ago. However Osborn also knows she is the one who warmed him in his dreams. The second Royal House of Shadows (see Gena Showalter's Royal House of Shadows starring Breena's oldest brother) fairy tale is a delightful romantic fantasy starring a pushy princes and a reluctant raging hero. The fast-paced story line vividly describes Elden while focusing on the lead couple who find love and a common tie forged in blood. With two strong entries, pressure seems stratospheric on Nalini Singh to complete the trilogy with triumphant tale. Harriet Klausner
sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
Breena finds herself in a strange land, with no magic and very little memory of how she has come to be wandering in this wilderness. After days of wandering through the woods, she is exhausted, hungry, and bloody from her trek. She sees a cottage and wanders in, and here we have a fun nod to the classic fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The cottage is the home of Osborne, her dream warrior, and his two younger brothers. Osborne is the last of a great line of warriors known as Berserkers (love the Norse legend nod as well!), and he has sworn revenge on the killers that slaughtered his people. Breena and Osborne soon realize that they have been dream lovers, and while Breena is delighted to find the reality even fiercer and sexier than the dream, Osborne feels used, believing she wants him for his mercenary skills to avenge her family. Most of the story is the slow building of trust and sexual tension between them. The author is a master at creating sexual tension, as she brings them together and then, just as things are about to get even hotter, Osborne will get an attack of conscience (Breena is a virgin princess, after all), or anger (does she love him or want to use his him?) and back off. But love, lust and good solid warrior training conquer all. Breena's magic grows as she recovers her memories, and her loving presence helps Osborne begin to heal from the wounds of his horrific past, as he concentrates on Breena and training his two brothers, keeping his people's traditions alive. Initially they are united in their twin desires for vengeance and mutual lust, but this grows into love and respect as they spend more time together. If you like romances with solid relationship development, awkwardly tender romantic gestures, steamy almost-sex and sex scenes, magic, adventure and legend, then this is the book for you. Breena is a heroine a reader cheers for, because she's brave and stubborn and works very hard for her skills. Osborne is a great hero - brave, wild, sexy, flawed, and scarred inside and out. Add in the whole animalistic thing and you've got one combustible hero. Fast-paced and completely enjoyable to read, this is truly a magical little bonbon - enjoy! P.S. And may I just say, "Holy crap!" - because whoever did the cover art actually read the story. There is nothing more annoying than book covers that don't match the actual characters or story. Breena's armband, gown and cloak are accurate! Woo Hoo - go Harlequin Art Department!!
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time there were a King and Queen who were loved and respected throughout the land. A viscous Blood Sorcerer wanted their power so he slaughtered them and their people. With their dying breath the King and Queen worked magic that would separate and send their three sons and daughter far away. Their dying wish was to protect their children; giving them the drive to stay alive and get revenge for all that they lost... Lord of Rage is the second book in the Royal House of Shadows series and the first book I've read by Jill Monroe. I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to check out her other work if it's in the paranormal genre. It's always nice to be turned on to new authors. Lord of the Vampires set up the story and drew me in, Lord of Rage made me wish the remaining books were about the characters in it. Lord of Rage tells the story of Princess Breena of Elden. Princess Breena spent her days being pampered and groomed to become a good wife but spent her nights dreaming of her warrior lover. At the time of her parent's death, she was ripped from her world in Elden and woke up in a strange land. Lost, alone and unable to use her magic, she prayed for survival and vengeance. She has no memory of the night the castle was overthrown and doesn't understand why she's in a different realm. Along her journey she comes across a cabin and goes inside to find food and shelter. The story of Princess Breena is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and it was great. Osborn, a berserker with a dark past, comes home to find a beautiful golden-haired woman in his bed. She had eaten his food and made a mess of his house. All he wants to do is get her out of his life but he finds that he can't resist her and will do anything he can to train her to protect herself before he sends her out on her own. Other than living with his younger brothers, Osborn has been alone for years. Like Breena he wants revenge for all of the loss in his life. All of his people were slaughtered and now believed extinct so all Osborn has lived for is vengeance. He never thought he'd end up falling in love with a Princess or that she could love a cold, violent, demanding and angry commoner. I loved this book. Though it had it's slow moments (which is why I'm not giving it 5 stars), I found myself wanting to know more about the berserkers and rooting for Breena to stand up to Osborn and fight to unite her people. Those berserkers are some wild, crazy, angry hotness and when a berserker loses all control, really hot sex ensues. Note to publishers, the berserker is a supernatural creature that should be used more. Other than this book, I've only read one other (Kresley Cole's Dreams of a Dark Warrior). It's an untapped market so to speak. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
KawaiiDelights More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequel to "Lord of the Vampires" by Gena Showalter. At first, I was a little disappointed at the fact that Gena Showalter wasn't writing the whole series, but after finishing this book, I actually find the idea of multiple authors coming together to create a series a pretty cool idea. This book is about Breena, the princess of Elden who is sent away from her home when her castle becomes under siege. After walking around in a strange land she finds an uninhabited but currently empty cottage. After filling her belly and resting her eyes, she awakens to find Osborn, the man she has been dreaming of forever, standing above her. Knowing him as a warrior, Breena demands his help, but Osborn does not wish for the trouble that she brings with her. I really enjoyed this book! Breena, the innocent princess who wants nothing more than to kick ass and the brooding Osborn who wants nothing more than Breena.... away from him. Well, okay, he also really wants her, but he wishes to put the safety of his brothers ahead of his needs for the girl who forced herself into his dreams. At times I was frustrated with Osborn for how he treated Breena, but I knew that he had his reasons. Overall, this book was an awesome sequel and I can't wait to finish the third book!
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I liked it. It isn't my favorite in the series, but it was a sweet story.
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