On Sale October 2011
Lord of Rage
by Jill Monroe
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.
Where to Buy
Osborn: Hero in Lord of Rage
He is Osborn of the Ursa. A descendant of terrifying warriors who once lived on the outskirts of the Sacred Bear lands, but were feared in every realm. Desired for their great strength and fighting skills, when the rage was upon them they grew even more frightening…they became berserkers.
Osborn, the last of his kind, and filled with a dark and mysterious anger, swore to leave his mercenary life behind him to raise his young brothers. The burning revenge that demands he bring the people of Elden to justice for murdering his people must wait. Now Breena has come into his life, challenging the rigid order and strong discipline that allows him to keep the rage at bay. She needs him, and he’ll offer his skills with a sword…as well as the tempting primal pleasure of his touch. For the first time in his life, this great and fearsome warrior realizes he needs more than training and order. He needs Breena.
Then he learns the woman who’s changed his life is the lost Princess of Elden.
There’s nothing more fun than to watch a man set in his ways and thoroughly convinced he’s always right have his every assumption toppled. Creating such a brutal and broken warrior was an amazing time, and giving him a woman who pushed past his control and wrath and gave him a glimpse of happiness and a promise of more had me looking forward to writing every word.
Inspiration for Lord of Rage
Okay, I admit it, I was the last of the four of us (Gena Showalter, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh) to choose the fairy tale that inspired my story. It had to be just right…which of course led me to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The idea of stumbling into a home of three angry bears was just too tempting not to write! One of the earliest versions of this tale was of a young girl taking refuge in a cave, only in the place she thinks is safe lurks three scary princes who dress in bearskins. This fits my heroine Breena perfectly, as she’s running away from danger…but very possibly stumbles into a place even more frightening.
Growing up on the sweet versions of fairy tales, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered the stories I loved so much had some downright menacing beginnings. Once I got over my initial shock, I became fascinated with the danger, the darkness and of course, the possibility of something more. Osborn never expects to find anything more in his life. Certainly never anyone like Breena and the magic she brings to him. In the fairytales, it’s the princess who is woken up from a deep sleep by the kiss of her handsome prince, but in Lord of Rage, it’s Osborn who’s forced from his self-imposed hibernation.
One of the interesting things about Goldilocks and the Three Bears is that it really never tells what happens to either bear or girl at the end. She simply runs away. I was thrilled to give golden-haired Breena that chance at a happily ever after – if she’s brave enough to try.
Decorate your desktop with an image of Osborn from Lord of Rage. Download now!