15 July 2010

Review: Jane's Warlord, by Angela Knight

I've talked about Jane's Warlord in other posts on this blog, but I realized that I hadn't actually reviewed it, so I'll remedy that shortcoming now.

Though billed as a paranormal, JW is actually SFR with time travel. The hero (pause to press hand to rapidly beating heart) is Baran Arvid, a very alpha male from the future, who is nevertheless gentle and protective with the heroine. Jane, our heroine, is in danger from a nasty man and Baran's purpose is to keep her alive.

Baran arrives somewhat unexpectedly on Jane's doorstep, along with a giant, talking wolf. (Okay--if I were reading this review, I'd stop at this point, sigh, and say "Great. Another talking wolf. Just what the world needs." Truth is, Knight write the wolf as a total smart-ass and succeeds in making him a fully developed character in the story.)

Jane has a strong negative reaction to the presence of a large wolf and an obviously very dangerous man in her house (did I mention that the hero is an alpha male?), and this gives Baran the chance to demonstrate both his swoon-worthy patience and understanding as well as his uncompromising committment to duty.

And, of course, in order to protect Jane, Baran has to sleep with her. (Heh, heh. I hate it when that happens.) We're only 50-some pages into the book by this time, but I am ready to throw myself at the mercy of an evil villain if it means that Baran Arvid and his furrball will come and protect me, and I'm a cat person.

The plot revolves around Baran and the furrball keeping Jane safe and preventing the evil villain from killing innocents. Did I mention that accomplishing these objectives requires lots of sex? (Just FYI, the furrball is not involved in these scenes.) Be aware that such activities are a bit on the rough side and there is, uh, alpha-male dominance involved.

Bottom line: This is fast-paced time-travel SFR with a clear focus on the relationship between the H/H, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea for the reasons discussed above. If you like your heros alpha, but with a soft side for the heroine, don't miss JW. And don't let the talking wolf put you off; he gets some of the best lines.


  1. Ooooh! Thank you for the wonderful review! I am SO glad you enjoyed JW. Frieka, the talking wolf, also shows up in GUARDIAN, in which the heroine is the daughter of Jane and Baran. I couldn't resist focusing on Frieka; he's one of my favorite smart-alec characters. I really love writing him.

    Angela Knight

  2. Great overview! I enjoyed this book for the sheer escapism and hawtness factor. Agree, Frieka was pretty cool.

    But I somehow missed *why* Jane was being targeted. Why *her*, and where in the book can I find the information? I couldn't figure it out for the life of me.

  3. @Heather, I couldn't figure out why Jane was the target either. But after awhile, I didn't care [grin].

  4. Okay, so it wasn't just me. Phew. But I know what you mean--there's a lot of other stuff going on, so it wasn't a big distraction.