Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Pen Review: The Commander's Desire

Welcome to the next Pen Review...
Today's second review goes to The Commander's Desire by Jennette Green!

The Commander's Desire by Jennette Green
Pages: 312
Sensual/Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

The Commander's Desire follows a love story in medieval Scotland. The love story takes place in 715 A.D. The tale revolves around Princess Elwytha. She has her mind set on vengeance due to the death of her favorite brother. According to her the Commander, who is battle- scared and feared killed her brother. Or did he? The land around her is racked by war, so the only way to seek her vengeance is to agree to a false peace agreement with the enemy.

What's included in this agreement? Her marriage to the Prince! Unfortunatley the Prince does not want her... She is offerd to the commander. The very man she loathes! Hoping to be alone with him.. she plans her moves to attack. Having a strong sense of honor, Elwytha will begin to understand the man whom she thinks a monster with scars. Will she change her mind? More than her life is at stake. Also to her demise, the wedding date gets moved up sooner than planned. What will happen to Elwytha? Will she complete her mission and bring justice to her brother or will she be betrayed? Will her heart be moved?

I really enjoyed reading this tale. Elwytha's character was richely written. Her spunk, toughness, and her love for her people stood out. No matter what happend to her she cared about her people's welfare. The dialouge and scenes flowed perfectly. Anyone looking for a great historical romance would love to read The Commander's Desire.

Read the excerpt below to get a taste !


“Give me your blades,” he growled down at her.

Fear pounded in her chest, and she licked her dry lips. “You found no blades when you pawed through my clothes. The maid found none on my person. Perhaps that is because I have none.”

“I don’t trust you.”

She smiled. As well you shouldn’t. However, she said, “How can we have a marriage with no trust?”

“Come with me.” He forced her toward the door. “You will not return to this room.”

“But my clothes!”

“You will have new clothes. Clothes with no holes for pockets. Clothes that provide no access to the blade at your thigh.”

“Nonsense.” Unthinking, she struggled and then, to her consternation, he picked her up and tossed her over his shoulder. She cried out in fear and horrified humiliation. “Put me down!” She pounded on his broad back. “Put me down, you monstrous serf!”

He strode, silent, through the halls. She squeezed her eyes shut, unwilling to see the others witnessing her humiliation. “Put me down. Put me down at once!” she gasped. She bit her lip, trying to stop the weak tears of a woman, not a warrior. She sniffed and finally stopped struggling, and hung down his back. His belt about his jerkin was within reach. If only she could loosen it, she could cinch it around his massive neck! It was only a hopeless fantasy, of course.
“Where are you taking me?” she demanded, voice muffled. Perhaps if she pretended submission he would return her to her feet. And if she found a dagger, she’d gladly plunge it through his heart.

“To my chambers.”

“Nay!” she gasped out, and struggled in earnest then. “I have decided you are unacceptable to me. You have none of the finer qualities I require in a husband.”

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  1. This looks like a fun read. Great excerpt, too! None of the finer qualities indeed.