COMMANDER IN BRIEFS
Genre: Romance; Sports Romance; Friends to Lovers; Post-Military; Triggers
My Rating: 4.5
Publication: December 5th 2017
Read: November 25th 2017 (ARC)
POV: First-person perspective from 3 main characters
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 direction
He 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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
4.5 Stars to Commander In Briefs by Kristy Marie.
Well this book was different from anything I have read recently, if at all. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and most of them are good. I will do my best not to spoil anything in this book. There are three main characters in this book who are Theo, Anniston, and Cade. There are also many secondary characters as well. You would think with a book having so many characters there would be confusion. There was not. This author wrote each character beautifully, with their own traits and I never felt like it was too much. It was entertaining for sure.
Theo and Anniston have been best friends since childhood but did not take their relationship further until the end of college. It was one night but it changed everything and not necessarily the way you may be thinking. I too had a lot preconceived ideas when diving into this book. I was mostly and pleasantly wrong, lol.
I admit that it took me a few days to get through this book because there was so much going on. I often had to put my Kindle down just to reflect. My emotions were all over the place. I was often frustrated, disappointed, angry, concerned and even sad. But for all of those negative emotions there was a lot that made me smile. A lot! I laughed a lot as well.
While there are three main characters this is not a love triangle nor a menagé. I admit after reading the blurb that I was worried that it would be a love triangle. I am not a fan of love triangles and I will avoid reading them. After a bit of research I found out that this book would be safe for me to read.
Commander In Briefs is not strictly a romance. While love is the main focus, there are so many other aspects we see. Theo and Aniston’s love for each other was beyond complicated. Add Cade to the mix and the complications get even more angsty. This book also has many secondary characters as I mentioned earlier. I would actually say this book has multi-tropes. There is romance, there is also suspense, second chances, best friends to lovers, post military, and I must add there are several triggers.
So I liked Aniston’s character for the most part. She was definitely not a pushover. I found her intelligent, caring, considerate, very loyal and passionate about helping people. That said, I wasn’t her biggest fan through a lot of the book. As a matter fact I hadn’t decided I liked her until the second half. Unfortunately I can’t explain why without giving anything away. As for Theo he was very possessive, protective, and an over-the-top alpha. SO OVER THE TOP! His love for Aniston was beyond intense. It was hard to tell whether he was obsessed or in love; some of the things he did we’re just crazy! But I can definitely tell you by the last pages of this book I absolutely believe he loved her. This author did a great job of convincing me of that. Theo is definitely a character I won’t forget anytime soon.
As for Cade, his character was also hard to read. He had a lot of post-war issues that broke my heart. He was a really good guy and I was rooting for him to heal and be happy. While he and Aniston had a very special and intimate relationship, it was not sexual. Again, I cannot say more without giving away the story.
As I said earlier there is a lot going on in the story; I am impressed how the author gave us a complete story with so many characters. All I can say is you will have to read this for yourself to know what I mean.
I absolutely loved the ending of this book! One of the best happily ever after’s I’ve ever read! I believe that Cade will be having his own story soon enough and I most definitely will be reading that.
That said, if you’re looking for an intriguing, intense and angsty romance featuring many characters and a few different storylines you will absolutely love this book!
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it.