Commander In Briefs by Kristy Marie

December 13, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★½

Commander In Briefs by Kristy Mariethree-half-stars
Commander in Briefs by Kristy Marie
Series: Commander in Briefs,
Published by Self-published on December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 405
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Fifteen years ago, I saw him Seven years ago, I begged him.

Locked in a twisted game of friends, I gave Theo Von Bremen everything.We were reckless. We were dangerous. We were crazy in love.

Until he came along.

Cade breathed fire into my soul, forever changing my directionHe was my salvation. I was his redemption. He became my mission.

I became his Commander.

But where does that leave Theo? Exactly where I want him.

On his knees.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By LilyMy review for Commander in Briefs kicked off with my first attempt at playing with speech to text on my iPad. The result was hilarious. After I picked myself up off the floor and stopped laughing, I began to correct all the crazy errors. While my iPad and I have yet to form a solid bond with speech to text, it was a good quick way to get my initial thoughts down!

Commander in Briefs began brilliantly and I immediately felt rewarded for taking a chance on a new author. In the second half of the book, when a plot twist went in a direction I wasn’t on board with (personal preferences, nothing major) a sense of frustration crept up on me but didn’t dampen my desire to keep reading. The twist took me from a massive book high, to watching my reading progress in anticipation that the story could tack back again and reignite my buzz. I was still enjoying the story but the multiple plot twists felt unnecessary and distracting. All the loose ends do come together in the final chapter and short of reading the story again, I can’t say what could be removed without impacting the overall story.

Before I began reading Commander in Briefs, my mind had already started to tick over wondering who the Commander was and the role they would play in the story. While I didn’t guess the identity of the Commander, I thought the role was rightly assigned. The synopsis also led me to assume there would be a triangle but it was clear early on that our girl had eyes for one man only, Theo. Unfortunately for him though, every other man has their eyes on Anniston and this tortures him beyond belief. All the admirers Anniston gathers provide ample entertainment with the interactions between them remaining platonic.

Theo and Anniston have been friends since childhood.The introduction recounts an encounter years earlier where Theo pulls an a-hole act on Anniston which would have been a deal breaker for me. This made it hard to for me to forgive him and get excited about them progressing past the friend-zone they were in for the majority of the book. Anniston must’ve really loved him to maintain their friendship afterwards because I on the other hand was still harboring ill-feelings for him a fair way into the story.

Anniston had other opportunities to consider relationship wise but it was as if she walked around oblivious to the attention she’s attracted. Her behaviour was flirtatious and suggestive but in a manner that didn’t come across as sleazy, just a little naive as to the effect she was having on the guys around her. That said, she won me over right from the start. She was a likeable fun loving and genuine person who was a bit of a sucker for the underdog adding to her overall appeal.

Her professional life in sports medicine confused me at times. Having the misfortune of having spent time in hospitals and dealing with emergencies for a loved one, some of the medical situations seemed to me to be a little far-fetched. Usually I can overlook similar anomalies without a second thought, but the combination of her ability to multitask and what she was doing, had me raising my eyebrows on more than one occasion. It put me off a bit to begin with but as time went on, there was a bigger plot twist evolving which made her skills pivotal to the storyline.

Along the way Anniston finds her time being consumed with her new acquaintances who become her pseudo family much to the frustration of Theo, including one man in particular, Cade. Cade won me over instantly. I kept shaking my head wondering how Anniston could overlook his perfection. Well that’s if you dismissed his current residential status! It was plain to me he was easy on the eyes, sweet, had a good sense of humour and plenty of charisma! It astounded me how clueless Anniston was to his charming ways and feelings towards her. Theo was far from oblivious and the two riled each other up as much as possible behind Anniston’s back..

Be prepared for a generous sized story. While my week only allowed stolen moments reading each night, I found myself getting up early to sneak a few chapters in because I was so keen for Anniston to find happiness. It was during the time the story took a different direction to what I hoped for that my interest started to wane. Other readers may well not experience the same lull in the story. Whether it was my hopes being dashed or the fact there was a lot of baseball and ex-military scenarios featuredduring this time which can be hit or miss for me.

I was blown away by Kristie Marie’s first book. Her writing style vividly brought the characters to life. Her ability to tell an entertaining story and kept me reading when she took me down a path I considered second best was commendable. Commander in Briefs has a plethora of potential characters, all with interesting personalities that have me eager to read their stories!

3.5 Stars


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