In His Command by Rie Warren

In His Command (Don’t Tell #1)

  • By Rie Warren
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: August 6th 2013 by Forever Yours
  • Genre: Adult MxM Dystopia / Erotic Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Interesting and fun
  • rating-system3

    In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly.
    It is the year 2070. Generations ago, the world was annihilated by catastrophic environmental events. The survivors were driven to live in big city centers ruled by the Company. To rebuild the world’s population, the oppressive Company had one rule: all homosexuals must be exterminated.
    Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation—and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. For months, the commander has harbored illicit desire for Rice, knowing he cannot act on his attraction. Privileged, polished, and groomed to one day take over the Company, Rice is drawn to the rugged, military man. Yet Rice has his own mysterious agenda, and he knows their love can be as dangerous as the wasteland they must traverse.
    Now leaving the besieged city behind, the two men embark on a journey that becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal—and forbidden passion. But when danger catches up to them, can Cannon trust the secretive man who holds his heart—and his fate?
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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: The dystopia world of In His Command is a stark and chilling place, where individual liberties are far gone and the only purpose of the Company seems to be terror and reproduction. If you like scary worlds to come, this is most definitely a scary one (though in truth, there are places now where sort of the same ‘straight only’ policy is going on, though less gun-forced…*shudders*)
    Characters: Caspar Cannon (good name, lol) was a fun MC and he provided an interesting POV. The man is very army, all guns blazing sort of fellow, but he’s also fun and hides a lot of heart behind all that machismo. I liked him and more as the story evolved, and got to even close to crying two times – I won’t give the plot away, but the moments did involve mentions of Alejandro and that’s all I’m goona say about it.
    Nathaniel ‘Blondie’ Rice kept me guessing almost all the way through the novel. I couldn’t figure out is he was a traitor or not, I mean if he’d betrayed Caspar or not, and I was glad to find out the answer to that question in the end. No, I will not give it away, suffice to say it could have gone either way, if you ask me. The man was slippery and smooth for sure. He was interesting and well built, just like Caspar.
    The couple had super-hot chemistry and I loved their hot one on one time, but the relationship was more of a timid slow burn. I like stories that don’t feel the need to mix falling for someone with sleeping with them, ie you can sleep with someone without proclaiming them your forever beforehand. In fact, that’s the only kind of love I can trust in a story, which is probably why YA romance never does convince me. This is convincing romance, with the passion and hesitation and feeling to make it authentic.
    Favorite Character: Nathaniel, actually {he’s kind of a mix between a hero and an antihero, and I do love me antiheroes}
    Plot: Outside of the romance arc – which was awesome -, there’s a whole Corps like tangent including military-like discipline & structure, rebels, revolution, spying and such. Sadly, this is not the kind of story I find interesting myself, though it was well built in my opinion. It’s why I read little Dystopia, and when I do, I pray it won’t be armed forces centered – not a fan of war & such. If you are into military active duty stories, you’ll most likely totally love this one.
    Writing: First person narrative, Caspar’s POV. I liked the style, Caspar had a distinctly personal voice and it made for interesting reading.
    Curb Appeal: Nice cover, hooking blurb. Not compulsive buy material, but this has been my first reading experience with Rie Warren (sort of like a first reading date, lol; you can’t be totally in love with someone from the first date only, right?)

    All in all, this was an interesting read and it featured fun characters and erotic romance that I highly enjoyed. Though the Corps-like action isn’t one of my favorite plots, it was well paced action and it kept me engaged all through. I enjoyed it and I would like to read the next novel in the series featuring Liz.

    I recommend this if you’re into hot military types, smoking hot chemistry and dystopic scenarios that include the struggle for freedom.


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