ARC Review: In His Command by Rie Warren

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Title: In His Command
Authors: Rie Warren
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Don’t Tell #1
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Netgalley

Purchase at: Amazon

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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I’m not really sure why I chose to read this book. I think it was the dystopian setting that drew me in. I don’t really read a lot of books with homosexual romances, and I find those somewhat interesting. But when it comes down to it, I only really see two people who fall in love. And I think that in itself is beautiful.

This is a highly erotic novel, which surprised me a little. I thought there would be more details on Caspar and Nathaniel’s journey, but there was a lot of sex scenes, which include GLBT, BDSM, multiple partners, etc. So I think it’s best that only adults or mature young adults would read this book.

I think that the world that this book was set in can really be possible. If a plague kills most of the population, it would really be important to have more people to work and take care of the earth. However, it’s also wrong for the Company to force people into sexual relationships that the people have no say in. And the severe punishment for homosexuality is also something very wrong in this regime.

I think the idea of it is quite interesting, as well as the development of Caspar and Nathaniel’s romance. Caspar was a little complex with all the baggage he was carrying, and Nathaniel was hard to read too. It definitely started out rough and draggy, and I felt iffy about the writing because it was a little informal and I couldn’t really understand what the author meant some times. But the story and romance pretty much won me over in the end. I’m actually glad I stuck out until then. My favorite part is the wedding.

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OVERALL, In His Command is set in a realistic dystopian future where people are forced to mate to repopulate the earth. But not everyone is willing to follow the Company’s rules, even high-ranking officials like Caspar and Nathaniel. There were both good and bad parts, but it was mostly a pleasant enough read. I’m not really sure if I would recommend this to anyone, but it falls under post-apocalyptic dystopian and glbt erotica so people who like those can check it out.

RATING:

3.5-star

P.S. Thanks to Forever Yours and Netgalley for my copy~

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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