Warlord by Lana Grayson #Review

Posted April 10, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 13 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Warlord by Lana Grayson #Review

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Series: Anathema #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Released on October 26, 2015
Pages: 360
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I’ve wanted to branch out and try some biker romances from new to me authors and series after being cozy with just a few early established favorites for me. I tend to be on the squeamish side so those that are mild to moderate in the biker romance category suit me best. This one sat between those on the scale offering a gritty, dark world, rough danger and raw passion. I loved the tension that held from the beginning through the end and the situation that offered no easy answers and got even more complicated and conflicted as it went on. I like where the author went with this one, the intro to the world and characters and I would most definitely pick up the next book in the series.

Okay, so this one starts with Rose Darnell working a low paying waitressing job with dreams of her music carrying her to bigger and better things. She grew up the daughter of a mean, rough man currently incarcerated for drug running who was the VP of the Anathema MC and a strung out mother who died. Her two older brothers followed right after their dad and are now patched members of the club. Rose wants nothing to do with that life, but in a moment of weakness she calls her brothers to borrow money for a new guitar and a stake so she can audition to sing in bars and clubs to build a name. They love her and are eager to help, but violence follows in their wake and she changes her mind. Her decision to pawn the guitar she bought even though it was done innocently puts her smack in the middle of a turf war between rival mcs and right where she never wanted to be again. She’s now under the protection of the hard, steel-eyed president of Anathema and he’s got more than her in his bed on his mind.

Thorne has to find the traitor in his club that is selling them out to their rivals across the river. He has his suspicion nailed down to one of the Darnells. He will do anything to get revenge against Exorcist and the others who betrayed Anathema and the one who betrayed from within and that includes using a beautiful innocent Rose Darnell. His decision becomes complicated fast when she is way more than she seems. Its too late to turn back now. Rose is on the radar of Anathema’s enemies and she’ll be right there when he exposes the mole in the MC. She is his angel of light and he will be the one to destroy her because the MC always comes first.

I pretty much said it all in my introductory paragraph other than this is told first person perspective in alternating points of view. The characters do get stuck in their heads just a bit, but nothing too annoying. The action and pace definitely outweigh the circumspection that goes on.

I will give a warning that if rape and incest are triggers then this one might not be for you. It all happened in the past, but the memory of it is present for several scenes.

So in the end, this was a very engaging story and I’ve found another author of biker romances to add to my short list. I would recommend this one to Contemporary Romance fans who love their antiheroes and like their stories gritty.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
6 years ago

I think I’ve already used that cover for a “Lusting for covers” meme 😉 It’s on my to-read list now !

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

Yes, you did! I had just picked it up for review and saw it on your meme. I just got book two on a sale and can’t wait to find time for it after reading this one.

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

New author for me. I don’t think I’ve read many biker romances.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I have only read four or five so I wanted to try her stuff. I like it. I have a couple more on my TBR pile to haul out and try too.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago

This is also on Kindle Unlimited. I may get a chance to read it someday.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Hey, that’s great that they have one you’re interested in. 😉 Now just to find the time…

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Time, what is time? I need a good definition of time since I got home around 2 AM from a dance competition that ran two and a half hours later. The music was so loud I got a headache and couldn’t read. It was not my favorite Saturday. But hey, I have been reading some good books lately.

6 years ago

I have only read one biker book and it failed due to a ridiculous insta-love situation..and I normally am not bother by insta-love..so I think maybe I will dip my toe in again and try this one

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

This has insta-lust, but I don’t think you’ll have to worry about insta-love in this instance. 😉 Yay for sampling new reading flavors!

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

oh wow!! This sounds like a great read. I love MC romances, and I think this heroine is one I would love to read. I really love your summary of the story, it sounds very intense and gritty…I am going to go buy this one now!! Great review hun.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Crossing my fingers that you like it, Renee! I just bought the second book on sale. If you decide to get both, whatever you do don’t read the blurb on book 2 because it hints at a spoiler for book one. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I love MC romances though I tend mine gritty I like the milder ones too 😀 I hadn’t seen these so yay! I’m totally checking it out. Thanks Sophia!!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Oh yes! Glad I could show you a new one. I’m trying to find a few more for my biker romance go-to list. I’d say this is a milder one in the genre, but it still gets pretty intense like Joanne Wylder’s (not exactly though).