My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered # 1)

By Alanea Alder



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?


I had MY COMMANDER sitting on my Kindle for eleven months before finally reading it, and I was left wondering why I waited so long to read it.  The humorous side of the story was an unexpected surprise, and I found this story to be enjoyable and unable to put down.  In this world we have humans, shifters, witches, fae and vampires, and all of these paranormals are featured heavily throughout the story.

“Tell me what scares you, and I’ll kill it.”

Aiden is a bear shifter and Alpha Unit Commander, and is very well respected in the community.  He’s strong, tough but fair, but when it comes to Meryn, he’s just one big ole teddy bear.  He has no real clue about human life, so it’s sweet, funny and endearing watching him try to make sense of his human mate.  I absolutely loved Meryn.  She’s a snarky, feisty, coffee addict, tech guru geek.  I loved her geek references, even though I only understood about half of them, so clearly I’m not as big of a geek as she is.  She speaks her mind and is not afraid to ask questions that would be considered impolite in paranormal society.  She’s also strong and has no problem taking charge when the situation calls for it.  Simply put, Meryn kicks arse.

She felt conflicted.  This man was a growly, horrible brute who had manhandled and kidnapped her.  But he was also gorgeous, pouted adorably, and lit her body on fire.  To call the police or not call the police: that was the question.

There are a lot of characters introduced in this story and it’s hard to keep track of them all and what race they are.  But there is one character who I think deserves a special mention, and that is Felix, the sprite adopted by Meryn.  For a creature that was hardly seen or heard, he definitely left an impression and I fell in love with him instantly.

MY COMMANDER is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Gavriel’s POV, who will get the next book.  Each book will be about a different couple, but they cannot be read as stand-alones as the story arc about the missing and murdered paranormals is ongoing.  I loved this book and can’t wait to start the next one.

My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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