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Lord of Rage

(Royal House of Shadows #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,254 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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. Now they must return and save Elden…and time is running out…

Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #121, 282 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Nocturne
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who only really lived when she dreamed. Then one day she woke up surrounded by three glowering bears. With patience and love she tamed the fiercest, and with a kiss transformed the beast into a prince.

Jill Monroe takes pen in hand (or fingers to keyboard) to bring us the second installment of the Royal House of Shadows series, Lord of Rage. This is the story of Princess Breena of Elden, and Osborn, the oldest of three Berserker brothers. If you rea
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
While this was better written than the first book, it still put me off because of the following:

1. Too many damn inconsistencies. One minute, Osborn's father told him to be honourable, and then the next, he told him to kill "easily" and "without compassion." Um, I'd like to know what dictionary he used because that seemed like a conceptual contradiction to me.

Also, the book mentioned that Breena knew nothing of sex - nothing beyond a kiss - but in a dream, she wantonly showed Osborn her breasts
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like the world created in this series, and I so far have really liked the fresh perspective in each book, since each book has a different author.

I think the first chapter (Osborn's history) and the prologue (Breena's present) could have been switched to make the story a bit easier to follow. The prologue is Breena running from the attack on her people, the first chapter takes place 10 years prior, then we're back to Breena a couple days after the kingdom falls.

I was confused a bit, as I thoug
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, x-2016, elib
Meh! The story and the characters were awfully inconsistent.
Being in the middle of second decade of her life means being 15 years old so either the h was 15 years old or the author had made some miscalculations!
Book 2 (take off of Goldilocks)

Way better than #1. At least here we have better storyline, better dialogue and much better hero/heroine. The writing is far more sophisticated, not jumbled, and the POV thinking of the characters are clear and precise. The logic of the plot and magic is more reasonable and believable. My only beef is the last fight scene was lame. No tension, little description of action, and way too short. Lastly the author never goes into the significance of the timepiece.

Lord of Rage is the second book in the 4-part “Royal House of Shadows” series by Jill Monroe, Gena Showalter, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh. From reading the blurb, Lord of Rage appears to be inspired by “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” As a lover of fairy tales and fairy tales retold, I was very excited to read this book about Princess Breena and the Ursa warrior, Osborn. Unfortunately, Lord of Rage did not live up to my expectations.

First, the good. I enjoyed learning the lore about the U
Ren Puspita
e-ARC provided by Net-galley

4 stars

#2 in Royal of Shadows series

Brenna is the only princess of Elden Kingdom, and her parent already arranged a marriage for her, even she doesn't want it. But when Blood Sorcerer attack Elden, she must flee and escape, then gather force to once again take over Elden from the enemy. With her parent's last help and dying wish, Brenna had teleported to the land of the Beserker..

Osborn is beserker, who make bear spirit as his power. When he's first reach his beserke
Ok, I found this installment in the Royal House of Shadows series much better! The first in this series was (unfortunately, because I usually love Showalter's writing) a bit of a let down, but I found that I enjoyed Jill Monroe's take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears (especially since the bear who is just right is a yummy alpha Berserker!).
This story focuses on Princess Breena, one of the heirs to the kingdom of Elden, who's lived a rather sheltered life, has yet to really come into her powers,
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Lady Heather
Really, Really liked Osborn and Breena!
Great twist to Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Lord of Rage was a UTC group read for us so instead of writing a group review, we decided to use our IM chat as our review. Note that this is a real IM chat between us three, so we will be more candid and you can finally see how much abuse I receive from *jerks thumb at Francesca and Suzanne* these two. You have been forewarned! This is UTC, unscripted.

Annie: Okay let’s do this!
Suz: So Breena and Osborn...
Annie: What did you think of Breena?
Suz: I lik
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance fans
Posted on Under the Covers

Lord of Rage
(Royal House of Shadows # 2)
by Jill Monroe
Paranormal Romance

Lord of Rage was a UTC group read for us so instead of writing a group review, we decided to use our IM chat as our review. Note that this is a real IM chat between us three, so we will be more candid and you can finally see how much abuse I receive from *jerks thumb at Francesca and Suzanne* these two. You have been forewarned! This is UTC, unscripted.

Annie: Okay let’s do this!
Suz: So Breena and
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. It does contain violence.

"Once upon a time, in a land unseen by human eye, there was a beautiful princess..."

Princess Breena lived a fairytale life until the day her kingdom was seized and her parents killed. She and her siblings were scattered throughout the Kingdom thanks to a spell cast by their mother before she died. Alone and confused by what had happened, she found herself wandering about in a forest. When she came across a cottag
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 onc
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have read several Jill Monroe Blaze books over the past few years and they have all been good. My thoughts had been that she could have added some more steam, some more passion, just some thing more…Well, nothing was missing from this book. I loved it, loved it, loved it! Every woman should get herself a berserker. Mine, mine, mine…love it when they get possessive!

Ms Monroe’s story picked up right after the King and Queen of Elden had been killed. Breena, on the run for her life, having
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Paranormal romance with sex. This is the 2nd book in the 4 part series. This book is based on the "Three Bears".
There are 2 books in one, the second is a previously released book from JM.

Lord of Rage - 5 stars! I really enjoyed this one. More than the 1st book. Breena is a princess & although she's got a small talent for witchcraft, she's more talented at dancing. She can also insert herself in dreams & there's a man whose face is obscured who draws her. The Blood King has killed her p
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Both the main characters of this book annoyed me. Breena was a selfish brat. All her interactions with Osborn are all about her, her, her, and what he can do for her. She only thinks of others in relation to how they can help her. Osborn, he's living out in the woods with his two younger brothers and trying to stay alive. He was a bipolar bastard, who only wanted Breena for her womanly orifices (he tells her this). He kept changing his mind about her every other page; vastly annoying. The best p ...more
Shanna Matheo
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Better than the first book. I actually liked the two main characters this time around. I still feel that so much more could have been put into this story though.
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Royal House of Shadows continues with this second installment from author Jill Monroe. The series is a collaboration by four authors with one continuing story arc following the four royal heirs of Elden in a world of magic parallel to ours. When the evil Blood Sorcerer attacks the kingdom of Elden and kills the king and queen, they cast one last spell sending each of their children away from the castle and instilling in them the need of survival and vengeance. Each novel follows one of th
I was really curious about the Royal House of Shadows series, 4 books written by 4 different authors and all based on a different fairytale - whats not to like about that? Especially when one of the authors is Nalini Singh and another is Gena Showalter - both authors who have written books I have enjoyed in the past. I hadn't read anything by Jill Monroe or Jessica Anderson before so I thought this would be a great way to try their work too. Lord of Rage is the second book and Jill Monroe's cont ...more
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

First, I would recommend reading this series, Royal House of Shadows, in order. This is a series that’s building on each book, and while you could read this as a stand alone, it has elements that are important to the overall storyline and those seem to be building up to combine with the other sibling’s tales in the final book. Breena finds herself alone in a forest, no idea where she is, or how she got there. She’s hungry, tired and when she finds a cabin
When her parents' death spell throws Princess Breena to safety, she ends up on Oberon's doorstep, and discovers her Dream Warrior in the flesh. Breena is sure that Oberon is destined to be her champion and help her gain revenge against the evil sorcerer who killed her parents and murdered or enslaved the people of her kingdom. Breena is a Dreamwalker who has lived for the passion that she and Oberon have shared in their dreams. While those dreams form an instant connection between the pair when ...more
Lady Jaye
Lord of Rage is the second installment of the Royal House of Shadows continuity quartet/series, and my first book by Jill Monroe. This is the story of Breena, the second born, Princess of Elden. As with Nicolai she is filled with the thirst for survival and vengeance that their parents instilled in them before their deaths; she also wakes up in a strange place, with a hazy memory. She stumbles on for awhile and comes to a hut in woods, which, unbeknownst to her, belonged to the berserker Osborn, ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Nocturne
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Book 2, Royal House of Shadows Continuation
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Book 2 of the Royal House of Shadows Continuation, which began with Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, and will be followed with
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
An original Romancing the Darkside Review:

A sexy paranormal re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Forced out of her castle by an evil Blood Sorcerer whose mission is to rule her father's kingdom of Elden, Breena, along with her three brothers, are cast into different realm by their parents' magic. Not a vampire like her brothers, Breena is a powerful witch with the abilities to dreamwalk. Each night she encounters a handsome warrior in her dreams wh
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Princess Breena was thrown from her homeland into a mysterious new realm. She stumbles her way unto a cottage that just happens to be the home of the Warrior she has been dreaming of. Only problem is that Osborn isn't the savior she dreamt him to be. He is a scary, imposing dangerous man, yet she is still inexplicably drawn to him. Much to his dismay, he can't seem to stay away from her either. He has turned his back on the very thing she wants him to be, a mercenary for her people. He swore nev ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Being the optimistic sort that I am, I was thinking I couldn't possibly hate this any more than I did the first one.

And guess what? I didn't!

It was a much better quality of writing and of plot and I didn't want to stab the characters in the eye with a spoon, which is always a bonus.

One thing I completely failed to even realise whilst hating on the first book in this series, is that these books are actually supposed to be a retelling of a classic story/fairy tale- this one being Goldilocks and t
Lord of Rage
3 Stars

Following the overthrow and murder of her parents, Princess Breena of Elden finds herself wandering in the woods, exhausted and starving, until she comes across a cottage offering warmth, food and a soft bed. Unbeknownst to Breena, the cottage is the refuge of three Ursan siblings and the oldest, Osborn, is, in fact, the dream warrior who haunts Breena's sleep. Now that Osborn has awakened her, Breena wants nothing more than the beserker warrior's legendary fighting sk
Heather ~ Marceline
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Osborn is a beserker that lost all of his people except his two brothers. His losses have caused him to hide from the world and protect his brothers too much. Breena woke up in Osborn's forest after surviving an attack in her kingdom. After finding Breena asleep in his bed, having eaten his oatmeal and broken his chair, Osborn must decide how much to help this invader to his land. I have to admit, I don't know if I would have go ...more
Erica Barnes
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
As the second book in the Royal House of Shadows series, there were some slight continuity issues. I found it a little hard to figure out when this book was happening since Nikolai's story was 20ish? years after the fall of Elden. This could be because the series is being written by multiple authors.

The story overall was great. Just was you would want out of a brain candy romance. There could have been a little more decisive character development for Breena. It seemed like it was all on Osborn'
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