So this is the second book of the Royal House of Shadows series, with four books by four different authors. Monroe is one of two of the authors I have never read. I did enjoy this book a bit more than the first book by Gena Showalter.
Anyway, Breena is one of four siblings that is magically sent away from their parents, the king and queen of Elden, when they are attacked and killed by the Blood Sorcerer. Breena's power is to control her own dreams, and for a while now she has been having steamy dreams about one man. That man is Osborn, a berserker who takes on the strength and fury of a bear when he berserks. Osborn and his brothers are the last of their kind when their people were attacked ten years before. So the magic sent Breena to Osborn, and she thinks it is so he can help her get her revenge against the person that killed her parents and to get her kingdom back. Osborn has other ideas.
When I think back on the book and the amount of action, I realize there really isn't that much action at all. Some at the beginning and some at the end. Otherwise this book focuses on the back and forth between Breena and Osborn. And even though they were not seeing their situation eye to eye most of the time, they do get to know each other beyond their steamy dream encounters, and their feelings start grow beyond lust. So much of this middle part of the story was fun and sexy and also at times frustrating.
This sentence confused me at the beginning of the book - "Already approaching the middle of her second decade, Breena was several years older than when her mother had arrived in Elden, ready to fulfill the marriage contract." Wouldn't that make Breena's age 15? I think the author was going for the age 25, but that would make her in the middle of her third decade. Your first decade is ages 0-10 and second is ages 10-20, and so on. Unless she is
supposed to be just 15?
Also timing is a little strange. Less than a year passes in this book, but many years passed in the last book. I don't know how it is going to be explained at the end. I hope it is explained by the fourth book, anyway.
ARC provided by NetGalley.