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In His Command (Don’t Tell #1)

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In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn't just dangerous, it's deadly.

Two generations ago, the world was annihilated by a series of catastrophic environmental events. The remaining survivors were driven closer and closer to big city centers-damaged but not destroyed-divvied into sixteen identical international territories ruled by the Company.

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Paperback, 332 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Forever Yours
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Miranda Whore
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review of In His Command by Rie Warren
Book provided by publisher for honest review.

Warning: This is a M/M erotic novel.

HOLYCRAP! Seriously, I was completely FLOORED by this book. I’m fairly new to reading M/M only books, I have read lots of romance and erotica that have F/M/M or M/F/M or some variation of having a chic in there… this book was H O T! I mean like fan yourself, strip your shirt off, take a cold shower, put ice in your coochie kind of HOT. Whew. The sexual tension and angst in this
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Sandra
Gritty, dark in places, horrific in others, but full of alpha male.

The book certainly starts off with a bang, drawing the reader into the year 2070, where after a big pandemic, humanity is corralled into sectors and told to reproduce. All of this is overseen by "The Company". Homosexuality is outlawed, and anyone found engaging in unauthorized sexual activities is tried and hanged. Young men and women are forced into first time sexual relations that are overseen by Company men. Sexy, this is no
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Cryselle
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Here we have a couple of alpha males, on opposing sides of a very wide gap. Nathaniel is a Company man with a more convoluted path than his military lover and escort Caspar can imagine. In this world, the population has been depleted by war and by plague, creating a very stratified society where the major goal is to repopulate the world. If you can stomach the nonsensical worldbuilding of Divergent, you can probably buy into the Company, their complete intolerance for homosexuality, for people w ...more
T.M. Smith
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ARC copy supplied through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Look, Blondie. I’m not asking you to bottom, just to navigate.”
“Jesus, Caspar. I’m not asking you to top me, just to talk.”

This is the relationship as a whole between our two ML, Caspar (Big Boy) and Nate (Blondie). They talk to each other like they talk to no one else; they have a dry, witty banter back and forth that will make you chuckle; they get on each other’s nerves like no other and they love each other fiercely.

Casp
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Why I read this book:
Two things really popped out at me when I considered this book. I felt really drawn in by the dystopian aspect of this book. Dystopian isn’t exactly my favorite genre yet but I’ve read a few that have engaged my attention. So I was hoping that this book would also spur me to further explore the genre.

Another thing is, it’s a m/m and you know I’m all about that!

Initial thoughts:
In the opening chapters, I found myself intrigued by the world. But also very confused. The worldb
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Diana's
3.5 stars
Not what I was expecting ..
The Blurb grabbed my attn and since I love dystopian and m/m romance thought this would be a no brainer especially if we got some angst.. It had the world building and angst but it just didn't flow right for me. I had a hard time making it though to the end.

The flow was off in my opinion and I didn't feel a connection with the characters. I think it's more the fact that I didn’t like Casper..
A plus was that this was a seriously HOT read..

The story follows Casp
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Sophia
Incredible dystopian romantic adventure! My emotions were dragged all over the place with this one and I just couldn't get enough of the heroes and their story.

Caspar Cannon is the hard, brutal face of The Company's Corps- the military arm that kept all the average citizens following the Company's Laws and came down harshly on those who broke those laws. The earth has gone through an environmental disaster and a plague leaving its resources few and humanity in danger of extinction so in walk the
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Katie Michaels
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because I loved the idea of a dystopian m/m romance. It promised a unique story, riddled with angst. It delivered in those respects, but it did not work for me in more ways than it did. In fact, I actually had a hard time making it though to the end.

I had several problems. The pacing was uneven. The first person POV was not engaging, nor did it make me sympathetic to the hero. Frankly, I didn’t like Casper, which made it difficult to root for the romance. I never got any pe
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Ezinwanyi
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is set in 2070, where after some major earth disasters, The Purge was instituted to rebuild and repopulate the earth. The Purge was kind of like ethnic cleansing, where the factions that don’t populate the earth were to be purged. If you were caught committing a homosexual act, you were given a chance to redeem yourself and prove you can live as a heterosexual.

Commander Caspar Cannon patrolled a bar where undercover homosexuals hang out. First, he was an officer working for “The Compan
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Linda
Arc courtesy on Net Galley and forever yours publishing.

Well done m/m romance set in a dystopian society.

In the year 2070 the world has under gone several changes it's post purge , our population suffered great losses, the governments broke down and The company has taken over, the. Company people have been relocated to selected areas and organized into different levels of populaces. The company is about repopulation so teir priority is breeding,starting as a teenager your are evaluated and match
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Mara
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, futuristic, romance, arc
After reading the blurb for this book, I was glad it was available to all who asked: It sounded interesting, gripping and dark.
From the backcover I expected In his Command to be an exciting dystopian/futurist romance. Well, it is futuristic and it is a romance. My problem was that the second way overcome the first.

At half the book, where I DNF'ed pretty bored, I had read a great beginning (that banged) and then and chapters after chapters of boring nothingness. The only point seemed sex (hot s
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Lori JG
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE GATEWAY M/M ROMANCE!

I just finished reading this, and I have to say... READ IT!! Rie reminds me of early Ward with every turn of the page. While this is a M/M love story - its just THAT - one of the best love stories I've ever read! The world she's designed is creative, unique, intriguing and suspenseful! I'm an Utopian kinda girl - and wasn't sure I could "do" M/M dystopian future, but my heart was pulled straight into this story - and the story is fantastic! I haven't cried reading a book
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Hubbys Subbie
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-paid
WOW. WOW. WOW.

This was a beautiful read about an ugly world. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even in an ugly world, there are pockets of beauty if you look for them.

In His Command was hotter than hot, with a great story to keep me turning pages. The post-apocalyptic world Rie Warren created worked. All of the characters had depth and were realistic. There was intrigue, sex, war, sex, suspicion, sex, politics, sex, secret plots, sex, action, and some sex too.

I have read a few m/m erotica books before,
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A Girl Has No Name
2.5 stars

While I really liked the dark dystopian setting and the gritty atmosphere, the story was lacking some background information that I would have needed in order to get a better understanding for the main characters and the world they are living in. I had the feeling that the pace of the story was unbalanced; the plot was moving very fast at decisive moments, but was incredibly and unnervingly slow at other moments.

I have to admit that I was at the verge of putting the book aside for goo
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Has
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Full Review to be posted soon:

Quick thoughts and mini review.

This was a bit of a slog to get through, which was disappointing because this is a premise I would lap up and inhale. But I found the POV of the hero, Casper, pretty hard to engage and connect with because he was crude and abrupt. I also felt that the narrative and writing style disjointed which was hard to get into. I wasn't that keen with the romance because I found the sex scenes a bit too pornish.

But the story did improve towards
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Ilona
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, erotic, dystopian
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley . I loved this dark and dangerous story of Cannon and his rather tumultuous journey to his happy ending. Not that I didn't think at times that neither he, nor his partner in those travels, would ever survive, let alone get that happy ending. The world building in this book was outstanding and the logic of the way this dystopian world comes about is impeccable and (unfortunately) only too believable. I was on a rollercoaster of e ...more
Mandy Beyers
This book had some really good things going for it- I like the dystopian theme, the government was really oppressive and one of the MC's was terribly brainwashed and closed off because of it. But, the writing was a little choppy in places so that I felt as confused as the characters as to what was going on. Still, once all the twists and turns played out and the truth was finally known, I was glad to see the couple get their HEA (especially since it looked really bad for them for much of the sto ...more
Stacy
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley.

First, a little personal background...this is not a book I would have ever expected to pick up. While I read plenty of erotica (because it's everywhere you turn right now and it provides a mindless diversion when I need one) and I have nothing at all against homosexual characters (Mercedes Lackey's Vanyel is one of my all time favorite characters EVER), I just never would have thought to pick up a M/M romance. I mean, I'm not the intended audience, right? But I
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L.E.Olteano
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on November 19th 2013:

Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: The dystopia world of In His Command is a stark and chilling place, where individual liberties are far gone and the only purpose of the Company seems to be terror and reproduction. If you like scary worlds to come, this is most definitely a scary one (though in truth, there are places now where sort of the same ‘straight only’ policy is going on, though less gun-forced…*shudders*)
Characters: Cas
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is a difficult book to rate. The story blurb attracted me. I enjoy dystopian stories. In His Command is a world filled with anger. This is what made the book just a 2.5 star for me. It was a little better than okay but I can't really say I liked it.

The story is written in first person which is not my favourite. Caspar Cannon is an officer in the Corps. At first, it was disorienting to read the story because I couldn't immediately tell who was narrating the story. Once I figured out it was C
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Christi Snow
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I loved this book. It's set in a dystopian world where the Company rules and Nomads rebel. The Company world is VERY regimented. The government decides who you'll have sex with, when, how, and they also tend to watch to make sure you're doing it right. The goal is procreation. The way to escape that is to become a soldier in the Corps. That's what Caspar Cannon has done because he's gay (which is a hanging offense in this world), but he's a good soldier and has managed to climb the ran
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Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
In His Command Review (Don't Tell #1) by Rie Warren
D-, inferno, futuristic, mid kink, m/m, 368 pages

The year is 2070 and the world has barely survived a plague that has wiped out a huge portion of the population.  Leadership has been handed to the rich (collectively referred to as the Company) and procreation is the order of the day.  To that end, any homosexual or deviant behavior is punishable by death.  Following a rebellion, Commander Casper Cannon (in the Company's military called the Corps
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L-D
I received this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Casper Cannon is a military Commander in the Company's militia. In this futuristic dystopia, the world's population is so diminished that those in power have formed the Company and declared all non-propagating sexual acts to be illegal. People have fled the Company's rule to live in communes where they can be free to love whomever and however they choose.

Living with his secret homosexuality, Casper has no
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Literati Literature Lovers
3.5 out of 5 stars.
(mature content 18+)

I am a hopeless romantic and I feel blessed everyday that I am able to love and have that love celebrated. While there are still barriers to cross and stigmas to overcome, life – in most regards – allows for the freedom of choice. Caspar and Nathaniel live in a world where love is a rare commodity. The priority of this future world is that of population stability and the only way to insure that – in the Company eyes – is to punish any act that dissuades fro
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rameau
Dirty talk doesn't work for me. It's unfortunate, because the narrator's voice leans on the graphic side in an overly-wordy fashion. At first I thought Warren's writing reminded me of Damon Suede's in Hot Head because despite its flaws—namely wordiness and vulgarity—the writing is compulsively readable somehow. I can't quite explain it because the story definitely didn't suck me in.

It wasn't the characters either. Neither Blondie—Nathaniel Rice—or Caspar act like men who've grown up in a world w
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Casey
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
After reading the blurb for this book, I was really excited to read it. The story sounded so interesting and I liked the sound of the characters. Unfortunately for me, I just couldn't get into this one. I have tried picking the book up and trying to read several times and each time I am only able to get a few pages in before I want to put it back down again. For me, I just wasn't able to get through the author's style. I'm not sure exactly what it is about it that i dont like, but I just found i ...more
Leanne Crabtree
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I read books for the romance and I'll tell you now, this was full of it, which is why I liked it so much. Normally when I read a MM book, it's more concentrating on the sex, whereas this one concentrated on the relationship and how it grew from mistrust into love. It was so sweet in places and I was bawling for a while near the end.

I liked both of the main characters and how they acted around each other. They were both great
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Heather
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-romance
I really liked the premise – dystopian setting, and (unusually) M/M romance. While I’ve read quite a bit of M/M, I haven’t read anything M/M with this type of world building. While I liked the romance and the buildup, I did feel the story was a bit jumbled and sometimes had trouble following the story. There was also the added challenge of creating a stable romance in a world where homosexuals are killed. If someone was looking for something a little different, I would recommend this with reserv ...more
Jaime
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Warren's dystopian M/M novel is completely unique and she totally proves how talented she is at writing romance. The author is edgy and daring, and readers will agree hands down that this first installment in the Don't Tell trilogy is unlike any other futuristic book on the market today. The heroes are strong, the plot is easy to follow and paced perfectly, and it's a realistic view of the future. Although it's quite lengthy, nothing should have been omitted in order to fully absorb the rare sto ...more
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“I put my hand next to his shoulder on the door frame, not touching, but real close. “Look, Blondie. I’m not asking you to bottom, just to fucking navigate.” 7 likes
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