[487]: Warlord by Lana Grayson

Tika Lake Publishing | E-book via Net Galley
November 28th, 2014
Series: Anathema, #1
Adult Fiction | Romance | Erotica
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Admittedly,  my reading choices as of late have veered towards indulgence. Since recently shedding any care to other people’s opinions about my selections, reading has gotten even more fun. While Warlord isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, it was for the most part, something that I used to read in the darkest crevice of my closet.

I don’t really know what  evil possessed me to request this on Net Galley. Even though I used to be a fan of books set in this world, I’ve haven’t read one in the longest while.  After reading Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable three years ago, I’ve kind of been traumatized.

Warlord, for all intents and purposes has everything you would expect from a novel that features warring Motorcycle Clubs. In the middle of the melee, is one Rose Darnell. For most of her life, she’s avoided being caught up in that world. But when she found herself in the wrong side of a territory war, it left her no other choice but to accept Anathema’s protection and the mercy of its leader, Thorne Radek.

Thorne is your stereotypical alpha male. He’s a brute; he’s unforgiving, and one who has a tunnel vision when he sees what he wants. While he didn’t really exercise gratuitous force in overpowering Rose’s will, he had moments where he’d shown tenderness was not his strong suit. In any case, he played the part to a T.

Being an Anathema is in Rose’s blood, but she chose to live away from all the bad things associated with the stigma. In fact, she’d rather worked as a paltry-paid diner waitress than never have to worry about rent money. But as most people in her situation would find out, something cataclysmic always happens to pull them back in.

In most cases with these type of books, readers will be put through wringer. I was always on tenterhooks; waiting for that moment when the story would show its monstrous teeth. It didn’t disappoint. If you’re like me, one who is  squeamish about sexual abuse, Rose’s story is as stomach-churning as they come.

For the most part, I think Ms. Grayson started off on the right foot with this series. Though you’ll be hard-pressed to find originality with this book, it’s still amazing that this is her debut work. I’m still on the fence on whether I’ll continue on with this series, but if you’re a fan of bikers, Warlord is a good addition to your collection.


  • Great review Joy. <3 I'm glad you liked it, despite some issues, lol 😀 I do like the cover. <3 It's kind of pretty 😉 But still not a book for me, hah. ONE DAY. Maybe 😀 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • alpha males! muuuuwhaha. You know I like reading about them but I think I would feel stifled by one in real life. And yes shed all care for people’s opinions on your reading preferences! You have got to read what you want *does a little jig*

  • That cover is dangerous-sexy! One that I’ve beeen curious about too. It sounds dark and gritty, and I thought it was fantasy for some reason. I’ve yet to try a MC book, but I’ll keep this in mind since it’s the start to a new series and bikers could be fun 😉

    • Hahhahah! You and Bec (Readers in Wonderland) both.

  • I look at that cover and thought it’d be a fantasy or something, not an erotica haha. Maybe because the warlords in books i read usually have armies and swords and are coming to kill you on horseback.

    This isn’t really to my reading tastes so I don’t think I’ll be picking it up any time soon but I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • hahahhah! I have images of Orcs that are human in appearance. They have powers and such. Yep. Someone make this happen!

  • I don’t think I’ve read a bikers series yet and I don’t think I knew about this one. I hope the next one will be better. Maybe one day but for now I’m not sure. thanks for the review!

    • No problem, Melliane. Definitely not for everyone. 🙂

  • Sheehan & SoA traumatized me too! It was fun at the time but I felt remorse after. I can’t believe I enjoyed something that glorified crime and made misogyny cool! But I still have my dark moments, maybe I just like to torture myself once in a while.

    Keep reading books you enjoy. Fuck the rest (of us)!

    • Right? these boys are the worst for that.

  • I read Undeniable a while ago and I definitely know what you mean about being traumatized but the MC book I picked up a few months later was worth it (I mean it’s an MC club in a post apocalyptic world! Doesn’t that sound amazing?!?!)(It’s called Defiance if you’re curious).

    I am glad though that even though this wasn’t the most original book out there, you did enjoy it! 😀 (I am guessing enjoy is not the exact word considering how intense it sounds!)

    Lovely review, Joy!! 😀

    • Oh man. Defiance sounds good! I have images of Mad Max playing in my head. Lol.

  • Christy

    Most of what I read now are indulgence books, and I’m not even joking, I think my brain is suffering. I don’t really read MC books, but I do like being put through the wringer.

    • lol! reading is a good brain exercise – matter what you read. 🙂

  • Ah, I love an emotional ringer book, need to look into

  • I love that you’re always willing to try out these new books, Joy! It sounds like a fun read, even though it wasn’t the most original book! I’m not too keen on the whole biker thing though.
    Great review, Joy!

    • Ha. I’m a little sporadic with my reading choices nowadays, but I love discovering what every body else is reading. 🙂

  • I dug myself out of an indulgent fase recently… and just barely. But it’s always MM for me. This doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, but I love escaping every now and then… and originality is overrated anyway.

    • Right? One of these days, I’m going to shed what remains of my inhibition and post reviews for my recent MM reads. Lol.

  • moonbeamwishes

    ooooh!! i’ll have to look into this book!! sounds like a good read!! 🙂

  • Ohh you do have me intrigued about this one Joy, although it’s typically not my thing either, I will never say no to a decent debut read and of course bikers too 😉 Fab review!

    • Enjoy, Jasprit. Once in a while, I like to indulge. 🙂

  • This does sound like it would be a really emotional read, I am sure I would be a wreck the whole way through!
    Wonderful review Joy!

    • It’s not as bad, but there definitely were some hard-to-read scenes.

  • Great review Joy. I actually read this one, and it drew me into the gritty world the author created. I haven’t read a lot of biker books, but i am enjoying them more and more!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • They are addictive! I love reading them from time to time. 🙂

  • I don’t think I’ll read this, since bikers don’t really do it for me. But, I totally get your need to read a bit of smut. That is why I find myself reading The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.
    Great review though! :]

    • Oh! I love the Brothers. Who’s your favourite?

  • Mc books seems to be popular right now