Book Review My Commander by Alanea Alder

Apr 022019

My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered #1) by Alanea Alder

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 son’s 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 is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and that she would only get in the way. He doesn’t have time to coddle a female. He 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?

Title: My Commander
Author: Alanea Alder
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2014
Shelves: Fiction; Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (236 pages)
Rating: 10/10

First of all, let me tell you how this review is written: after reading all 10 books in a row because I couldn’t help myself to take a break and write the review, I re started reading them again, one by one so I can write this. Crazy? NO!! that is just my excuse to re-read this series as much as I can.

I was so angry after I finished the 10th book when I figured it out that I stopped right down the middle when things got more and more exciting and I really need the next one like half a year ago! From what I can tell, based on the structure that the author is releasing these books, many another 10 books on the way??? Well that makes one like me a very happy person.

I started reading the “Bewitched and Bewildered” series when I was in a hunt to read some very hilarious books, and in every single thread somebody mentioned Alanea Alder’s books. Just let me tell you that they made me laugh out loud, got banned from reading them at night because my husband would lose his sleep from my laughter! Or ship me to another room and be quiet!!!

During my time making this review I have noticed that there are 2 sides of fans for the series: 1 part of which I am also an active participant which absolutely loved the books and find it hilarious and the 2nd part which gives reviews with words like immature, ridiculous and couldn’t even finish the first book to find out more that happens during the series. Well, I don’t blame which side you are, everyone is entitled to an opinion! Start with My Commander and see what you think.

From my point of view, the story is so clever written that I absolutely am in love with every little detail. It is one of my all-time favorite series and can’t wait to see what happens next!
If you are a reader who prefers only books with a reality check and hates the dose of silliness written all over, I don’t think this book is for you. Usually when I read books, I borrow all it has to offer, so for me, personally, I loved being part of that world, and actually did not mind that much the down parts that maybe someone would categorize these series as a DNF (insta-love for instance or too much “Doctor Who” references).

My Commander starts with the story of Meryn and Aiden, a human and a bear shifter who are thrown in together in a world of fantasy where the Unit warriors are soon finding their own mates. Meryn is a short pixie girl who soon makes you love her so much that you just devour every little thing that comes from her mouth. She is extraordinary and a great funny character that soon everyone gravitates around her.

“You locked her in the trunk?!” “She was kicking me.” Aiden protested. “She is human and half your size!” “You don’t understand, she is a terrorist!”

The story is more complex than the two of them; soon one by one, all unit warriors find their mate and we realize that all of them have their own purpose in the grand scheme of things. The feral have a hidden agenda and they have to fight this war against them. I love how fierce Meryn is and how much support everyone around her gives her, especially when we can hint that is more about this human that meets the eye.

“What do you buy a woman to get back on her good side when you’ve made her really, really angry? Cake? Fudge?”
The wrinkles on the old man’s face scrunched together as he frowned.
“How angry did you make her boy?”
“She set my car on fire.”

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  7 Responses to “Book Review My Commander by Alanea Alder”

  1. Hi,
    Just wondering if Meryn has Asperger’s Syndrome? (Autism spectrum disorders/social communication disorder/autism is not interchangeable with Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS because of brain differences and many other reasons. Sorry, a lot of people assume that they could be interchangeable but they are not, it makes it harder to find a character at the high end of the spectrum that is female (rare)). It’s sad but it is so hard to find females in tv shows, books etc that you can just point out and go “she’s an aspie”, let alone one at the high end of the spectrum. Explaining the spectrum to people who are not familiar with it is abstract and some of these people become workers with misunderstandings and harm the people that they are supposed to work with. It would be a great honour to have a female main character that owns her quirks and be on the spectrum. (When I wrote “the spectrum” I meant the group of neurobiological disabilities under DSM 4, not the single specific disability under DSM 5).

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