WARLORD: A Dark Shifter Romance by Delta James
Warlord is a darker read, with non-consensual punishments, so reader caution is advised. It is set in a dystopian future, the same one as Virgin Tribute but this is set in the UK and focuses on wolf shifters. There are also links to the Wayward Mates series, though you absolutely don’t need to have read any other books to enjoy this one.
I really enjoyed this book, since the setting is dystopian/paranormal I can let go of societal norms and accept the patriarchal structure of the society. My modern brain doesn’t always agree with it but since the fiction isn’t mimicking ‘real life’ it is something I can live with.
I adored Rowan, she is a feisty no nonsense heroine, raised to be a warrior and unwilling to bow to any man. Alaric is all alpha and determined to master his naughty mate. He is prepared to deliver non-consensual spankings and beltings when he feels she has misbehaved, and doesn’t mind displaying Rowan’s punished behind to his men. Conversely he also holds her in high esteem and takes great care to otherwise ensure her comfort and happiness.
Two such strong and powerful alphas are bound to clash, and their passion is scorching hot. I’m not really sure how Delta James managed it but she took me from wanting Rowan to kick Alaric’s butt, to being pleased with the relationship that unfolded.
The story flows smoothly, the plot and pace combining perfectly to hold my attention throughout. By the end, I not only liked but also respected both main characters. I’m also hoping that we might get both Sloan and Arielle’s stories sometime in the future. If you enjoyed either the Wayward Mates series, Virgin Tribute, or like darker edged domestic discipline books, then I am only to happy to recommend this book to you.
He conquered her. Now he will claim her.
When Rowan inherited control of her pack upon her father’s death, she vowed never to marry, and many a suitor has since been sent home disappointed. But Alaric of Ravenscar is no suitor…
He is a warlord, never defeated in battle, and he has come to take what he wants. He means to conquer not just Rowan’s lands, but her beautiful virgin body as well, and her efforts to defy him merely result in her being mounted and claimed with her well-spanked bare bottom still burning.
Soon Alaric will mark her as his mate, but first she will be thoroughly and shamefully mastered.
Publisher’s Note: Warlord includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.