Throwback Thursday Read: My Commander by Alanea Alder

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

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme that was originally created by It’s Book Talk as a way to share reviews on old favourites as well as books that we FINALLY got around to reading. Our endless TBR list continues to grow, so this is a great opportunity for us to get around to all of those books we’ve been wanting to read! 

As our first pick, we’ve decided to cover an old favourite…

Book Blurb

Published October 2014 by Sacred Forest Publishing

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Buy it here: AMAZON KOBO B&N

In book one you meet our delicious Alpha Unit leader Aiden McKenzie. 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 human daughters-in-law 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 men’s mates to them, whether they want it or not. Aiden is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and that they would only get in the way, little does he realize Fate is sending him his mate first! He meets his destined mate Meryn Evans and things go downhill from there. In the first twenty four hours she kicks, screams and knocks her bear shifting mate unconscious. They eventually 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.

THIS BOOK. What more is there to say other than it’s one of the funniest reads we’ve had in a long while. As a third re-read we’re still in love with Meryn and her hilariously eccentric nature. Poor Aiden. He was not at all prepared for the whirlwind that is Meryn Evans. The slow manner in which he became accustomed to her quirky, nerdy personality was a delight to read and made this paranormal romance not only exciting but also a breath of fresh air! Why do all paranormal romances have to be so serious? Although Meryn’s antics were a bit immature for her age it made this book a simple, funny read that was highly enjoyable.

When the founding matriarchal mothers of the Elders decide that their sons have waited too long without their mates (…is there anything better than fated mates in paranormal romance?) they convince the witch Elder to scry in search of them. What may have been a simple case of curiosity is met with the beginning of chaos for Aiden McKenzie. Chaos in the form of pint-sized, laptop-loving Meryn Evans. A human unaware of the shifters, vampires, fae and witches that secretly reside in the World around her.

Meryn’s expected refusal of fated mates and violent tendencies to thwart any attempts to steal her freedom is a hilarious and surprisingly realistic reaction that leaves the reader sympathetic for her position. My Commander refrains from being the usual insta-love trope that is common in paranormal stories about fated mates. Rather, it takes a firm stance on independence and Meryn’s right to decide her own fate when met with the prospect of being a bear shifter’s mate.


Meryn’s frank, yet compassionate, nature is conveyed well throughout the book despite her initial aversion to claiming her mate. This reaction, while still following the fated mate trope, gained my respect as she had come to the decision to love Aiden on her own and not from a predetermined destiny.

Aiden’s role in this book is understated and yet no less important. Meryn’s dominant and hilarious appeal quickly gained our attention however, it is Aiden’s understanding nature and consideration for Meryn that quickly captured our hearts. His unabashed acceptance of Meryn for who she is, without the necessity for change, was endearing. Although their relationship had a rocky start (after she bashed him on the head with a toilet seat) his patience for Meryn and acceptance of her quirks made up for it. He truly did grow to care for her in a way that we absolutely adored.

Overall, the hilarity of Meryn and the sweetness of Aiden made this book a charming, captivating read that I will re-read for years to come. It’s certainly one for the favourites shelf!

// what are your favourite tropes in paranormal romance? //

Nen & Jen

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