My Commander by Alanea Alder
Genres/Themes: PNR, New Adult, Humor, Vampires, Shifters, Fae, Mates
I randomly found this book while browsing Goodreads and I am so glad I did. BUT, I am now so frustrated because my library doesn’t carry the rest of the series!!!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle, the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons’ have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their sons’ mates are out in the world and are human! Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done. After gathering all of the warriors together in a fake award ceremony, the witch Elder casts a spell to pull the warrior’s mates to them, whether they want it or not.
Aiden McKenzie likes his world run with military precision. Little does he realize, Fate is sending him his mate first! He meets his destined mate Meryn Evans and things go downhill from there. She is the embodiment of chaos. In the first twenty-four hours she kicks, screams and knocks her bear shifting mate unconscious. Eventually they discover that life before finding each other may have been good, but life afterwards is perfect, even if it involves super soaker battles and accidentally discharging hand grenades. Unfortunately the joy of their mating is overshadowed when Aiden and Meryn find themselves embroiled in a missing persons case assigned to Aiden by the Lycaonian Council. By assisting Aiden, Meryn finds herself the focus of a demented killer. Can Aiden and the elite warriors from the Alpha Unit keep Meryn safe? Or did Fate bring her to Lycaonia to die?
Now, don’t go into this book expecting fine literature. This book is hilarious and fun. About 100 pages in I decided it felt like really great fan-fiction. Why? Because there are some ridiculous things that go down, yet people just giggle and let it go (A woman climbing on a table in order to stare down her mate and then getting into a makeout session) or moments which could have been cut but were kept for humor (the grenade…. really? If this was IRL that woman would never be allowed near a weapon again). There was also a lot of ‘let’s leave the room and let them talk– talk takes two minutes and then rejoin the group’. The immaturity and naivety was hilarious, but also shocking… as well as changing in personality (Mad woman without coffee one morning and then never again??)
I also want to mention, we barely get told about the spell, and what award ceremony??? Also, Aiden not wanting a mate is… is it even brought up???
To summarize the above: It is corny, silly, pushes what we are willing to believe, and really doesn’t cover what the summary says.
But, damn I loved this. I will probably always smile when I think of the tampon adventure. Also, for all the Alphas and mega men, they were normal ass guys!! Possessive? Yeah, but they blushed, they laughed, were dorks, and even bent to their ladies will. I love these men. And the women? …well, we didn’t get too many and I wouldn’t put them to any tests (although Meryn isn’t used to having friends, soooooo), but I liked the personalities. Meryn, while immature at times, is amazing. She is a geek, a nerd, and a computer hacker — hell yeah. Give me more mature ladies like Meryn PLEASE!! I don’t feel like she and Aiden are the best match — interest-wise, but I feel like they will grow together and learn from one another.
Fantasy was pretty slim, there isn’t a lot of magic or shifting going on, but it didn’t feel needed.
I honestly, devoured this book and I’m DYING for the next one, but I’ve spent too much money on books lately I don’t know if I can justify buying more 😦 but this will be a difficult battle of wills!