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The Commander's Desire

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  774 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Princess Elwytha wants revenge on the monster who murdered her brother. In a false exchange for peace, she offers herself in marriage to the enemy Prince. The plan? Kill the Prince’s battle-scarred Commander—the man who ended King Thor’s life with one filthy sword thrust through the back.

To her horror, the Commander agrees to take Elwytha as his bride. Worse, the wedding
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published (first published October 24th 2008)
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Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I decided to read this one again, its a story that pops into my head every now and then. I love the setting for this book, 714 Scotland, I'm a sucker for medieval knights. While I still enjoyed the overall story, there were a few things that I would have tweaked. For example, I wish there hadn't been such an emphasis on Elywtha being a warrior. She did NOT come across as a warrior at all. Maybe it was all the crying and insecurities. I also got tired of the back and forth with her feelings for t ...more
Okay, I have a new favorite book....okay at least for the day. I'm always finding new favorite books. Let's just say I will definately be reading this one again. I found it on Amazon on a "Clean Romance" list and thought I would try it. I LOVED it:). It was a fast, fun, read and I loved the characters. The title made me a bit nervous;)...but I was pleasantly surprised that it was clean and fit into a "Marcia Lyn Mcclure" type genre(another of my VERY favorite authors.) An author who you can trus ...more
Tia Fanning
Feb 13, 2009 Tia Fanning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Commander's Desire is a thrilling, sensual historical romance novel, and Jennette Green is a wonderful, talented author.

The author takes us back in time to 715AD and spins us a romantic tale about an honorable warrior princess named Elwytha who is torn between her need to avenge her family, and the love she feels for the enemy she's sworn to kill. Filled with intrigue and suspense, "The Commander's Desire" will have you flipping through the pages in breathless anticipation.

The hero in the st
May 16, 2013 Max rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*shoots herself* Ok, I got redirected to this book somehow through a fantasy novel recommendation. So I began this book fully expecting a historical fantasy novel, with romance of course. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
First of all, this novel is the epitome of mediocre writing, with choppy sentences and awful repetition. Secondly, this is just a silly historical romance, and a bad one at that. The summary suggests an intriguing tale of a woman in the belly of the beast, pretending to broker a pea
The beginning of this book was great! I loved the first half. But after that I got frustrated with the main character. I wish she would just do what she thought was right and not whine so much. And I wish she was in the fight at the end, to show off her fighting skills and all that. :) And the love scenes were too much for me. I know they were married and it wasn't graphic, but still too much for my taste. I like it when they get married, he carries her across the threshold, and then he closes t ...more
8/29/13 - Just as good the second time around. I needed to read a 5 star book, and this delivered for me again.

1/28/13 - Really, really good! Loved most every minute of it. Loved the characters! If not for the language, it would have been perfect.

Moral Note: Has son of motherless goat quite a few times 10+, and a few hecks. Some passionate kisses and fade into black scenes between a married couple, nothing graphic.
I really liked it, very well done. It is a early mid-evil read which I love. I really loved the charcters they were great! And it is a clean romance!!
Jasha Gutierrez
that is .5 for: I DESPISE THIS BOOK!

No..not despise the book but something or rather someone else. SO let me begin by saying I read the summary before i downloaded it and was thinking this is goanna be great. I mean, the plot is gripping enough? i can do with mediocre writing (as long as it is not boring and does not sound like a teenager's diary), i have long sought for a plot similar to this and i found it? What is not to like?

BOY WAS A FREAKING WRONG! dis had the making of a great book. TH
Overall this was a good story. The idea of a warrior maiden getting revenge for her brothers murder by becoming the murderers bride and trying to kill him, awesome! Unfortunately the execution was lacking and there were things that bothered me, but they didn't bother me enough to stop reading. The book was just fun to read and I overlooked a lot of the other stuff and just enjoyed the tension and romance between the main characters, because after all that is what I wanted from this book. So if y ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while back and just realized I never reveiwed it.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the tention and I loved how their relationship grew. you also end up really in love with the commander too. As I read I just kept turning pages wondering how it was all going to end. I loved how it ended and part of me wishes for more books!!!
May 09, 2012 Colette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle, 2012
Clean reads fans of Donna Hatch's Queen in Exile and Marcia Lynn McClure's Crimson Frost will love this great love story full of forgiveness and seeing past political boundaries.
I came across this book while I was searching for fantasy type books. When I first read the title I thought surly it was one of those bodice rippers and it wouldn't be for me. But since it popped up in my fantasy search I took a closer look at it. After reading the description and reviews I decided it sounded interesting and to give it a try, mainly because I liked the medieval type setting, but I must admit that I hid the title of this book while I was reading it because I didn’t want anyone to ...more
Final feeling: irritated

I read The Commander's Desire on a road trip, and was pretty irritated by it. The arguing and mistrust seemed like it was non-stop, down to the last two pages. In a romance novel I don't mind a little angst, as long as there is a strong resolution that rewards me for reading through the frustrating conflict. There was no afterglow when I was done reading. There was barely a catharsis. In fact when I finished I was still so frustrated that I went on and on to my husband fo
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Even a week after reading The Commander’s Desire I’m still not really sure what to think of it. There were good elements and bad elements, so I might as well start with the bad.

The thing I didn’t like was the historical ambiguity. Sure, Jeanette Green set a time period for the thing but I really didn’t feel immersed in the period. It seemed like your typical quasi-Medieval TV show, if I’m honest. There
Aug 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I started this book at 8:00 pm the other night thinking I would read one chapter and then get on with the night, go to bed early, etc... Well, I was over halfway into the novel before I finally turned out the lights at 1:00 am! The romantic tension took me by surprise; it drew me in and held me there. I finished the book the next day. Captivating!
Oct 03, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED THIS BOOK! The title sounds a little questionable but not the case! Fun, clean, witty and just an overall good love story!
Angie Cornelison
I loved the characters and the story. Medieval romance is the best! You know it's good when you can't put it down.
Valerie Waters
Jan 16, 2013 Valerie Waters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aww Kathy you've suggested another good one!! Thank you!! Such a good cute book.
From the moment this book popped up on my recommendation shelf, I've wanted to read it. I've always been a big fan of medivial romances, and
the plot to this book sounds wonderful.
Now that I've read it, I feel that the plot could have been a bit more, somehow. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but I feel that it fell a little short of what I hoped from it.

The characters were interesting, well played out, though I felt that the Prince was a bit one dimensional. I liked the Commander. He wa
Dec 29, 2012 Katya rated it really liked it
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ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
This one was ok.
It featured a young princess warrior named Elwytha, who was ordered by her brother & King, to avenge the death of their brother Thor.
King Thor had been ruthlessly murdered by The Commander, and so Elwytha set off to the enemy's stronghold to get revenge.
When a series of events occurred, Elwytha and the commander become bethroed. As the princess bids her time, she begins to see there is more to the Commander than meets the eye. He doesn't respond the way she expected and he sh
...dearest enemy!

715 AD Galwyddel, a Scottish kingdom far to the west of Northumbria.
Caught on the horns of a dilemma, Elwytha has a choice to make, honour or vengeance.
When Elwytha agreed to sue for a false peace with the waring neighbouring kingdom, little did she know that her plans would be thwarted time and time again. Elwytha was ordered by her brother, now King, to kill The Commander, overseer of their enemy's army, revenge for murdering their older brother, King Thor, so foully. Her brot
Storyline is alright, not the most captivating, but I at least read the whole book. The dialogue in the book though is horrible. It is like the author had old english translator and would change every few words, where there was bad fluidity. The conversations in general were weak and choppy as well as predictable. The plot was predictable, but still enjoyable, wish there was a little more depth with the characters, I fell in love with none of them. Read better, read worse.
Jul 27, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was beautiful. Simply beautiful. First story I ever read where the man she falls for isn't some hunk some drop dead hottie. It was different for me in that sense. Sure it's all been done before but I feel the author added her own uniqueness to it. I felt every emotion. Sure the protagonist pissed me off at times but that's just how she handles things. I don't wanna spoil anything but I really liked it. I'm not some picky critic who looks for flaws or what's wrong with it (no offense ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Commander's Desire is one of those books that sort of sneaks up on you. It is set in the 8th century Celtic tradition when property included land and people. Power was the much-sought-after commodity that drove the culture. Fear, poverty, death were all ever-present in everyone's lives, regardless of station or wealth. The characters are crafted as strong, brash, sharp-edged personalities--just as they indeed were. No time for play-acting although there is treachery a-plenty in this tale. It ...more

Can't say I overly enjoyed this book. The heroine's internal struggle of whether or not to go through with her plan was getting irritating. Should I? Shouldn't I? Over and over and over again. The romance was luke warm and the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. I think the author wrote herself into a corner and didn't know how to get out of it.
Nov 28, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.

It probably isn’t often that anything medieval could be even remotely referred to as retro but The Commander’s Desire was precisely that for me. A classic throw back read from my teenage years. Featuring what in my opinion would be one of the best literary plot-lines, the arranged marriage between warring clans.

I adored Elwytha, she was strong yet sensitive often I find when the heroine is supposed to be a warrior they ca
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
I actually loved this story! Very well done! I was instantly caught up in this tale of war and assassins and marriage of convenience! I loved how you never really knew what was going to happen and the romance in it was extremely sweet! The only thing that I don't get is the just doesn't match the story at all! It looks really scandalous and this really was not! There was a lovey scene but there was no description at all and all it said was something like..."she became one with the man ...more
Sacha Gragg
Aug 08, 2016 Sacha Gragg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Thoughtful and beautiful medieval romance about conflicting loyalties. It was clean and well written, fully engaging the reader. The commander was a powerful man who met his match in the strong warrior he wanted to take to wife, who was sent to kill him.
Jan 17, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This story probably deserves less than 3 stars for it's annoying overuse of the words "knave", "anon" and "verily" but I liked the ended so it got bumped up to 3.

The problem I had with this book was I liked the Commander and the Prince but I passionately hated the princess. I also have an issue with authors creating outside conflicts, in this case between unrelated kingdoms, that have no real value to the story. We find out that the Prince is paying fo peace with one kingdom only to find out at
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I fell in love with writing in the second grade. My first romance novel, The Commander's Desire, was published in 2008, and recently updated in 2013. The book is now available in audio book format through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The Commander's Desire has been given the accolades of "Top Pick" novel and "Reader's Favorite Hero for 2009." Other books I've written include Her Reluctant Bodyguard ...more
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