Review: The Commander’s Captive by Miranda Bridges

Posted July 13, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: The Commander’s Captive by Miranda Bridges
The Commander's Captive

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Series: House of Kaimar #1
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 14, 2019
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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An FB ad by this author got me interested enough to check out this book on Kindle Unlimited. The story had some glimpses of a really good story, but then some elements of how it got there got in the way. The story is told in first-person completely from the perspective of the heroine, which causes the mystery and confusion, but also left me wanting to understand better this alien species. Let’s dive in.

The story opens with Lia and her friend Morgan in graduate school studying. Lia notices a white-haired, muscled man with deep blue eyes watching her. It’s kind of creepy but they continue on until they are abducted by these aliens later in the evening. Waking up in an unknown room dressed in a white nightgown along with other women frightens Lia, but when the same alien who was watching her uses telekinesis to remove a weapon from her hands, she knows the shit has hit the fan. Captured. Unable to speak the alien’s language. Imprisoned in a cell upon an alien ship going somewhere, these women start to realize there is no easy way out of this.

Mogan keeps Lia grounded as they sit and wait to find out what is next. Soon they realize they were taken to be breeders for a race of people whose females are infertile or not giving birth to females. When Morgan is taken from her cell, it is by the Commander Varek. You don’t know what to expect having only seen one other female from their cell taken away. She came back happy. Like really satisfied if you get my meaning.

Lia thought finds herself in Varek’s quarters and extremely attracted to him. He states he only meant to speak with her, but they end up ripping the sheets up. Never mind she is a virgin and can’t get enough. Then confusion sets in on what she means to Varek, the purpose of being kidnapped, does she want to go back to earth, why hasn’t her friend been selected by an alien, and more. This is where the writing doesn’t do much for me.

Lia was studying to be a psychologist, but at one point she goes into a deep depression because he doesn’t say I love you. As he tells her she is his heart, he would do anything for her, bows to almost every need, and even claims she is his mate, but she can’t seem to get past the three little words he hasn’t said. Duh, he’s an alien and male. Get over it.

Varek also explains how they have volatile emotions, so they suppress their emotions. Which I don’t buy at all. When a Dravian’s mate is threatened they go berserk. So yeah, this isn’t something I bought at all in the story.

The second problem I had was how these women had no choice in if they were taken or not or even if they were to be a breeder or not. I use breeder loosely here as there was not a real cognitive choice to make a breeder system.  It wasn’t like they had real plans to breed these women with multiple partners or with a mated couple to give them children. It just seemed all wishy-washy in development. But when Lia goes to Varek, it’s not like she was given a choice to be there or go back. In fact, there is a time with they escape and she stops in the middle to wait for him because she is pregnant. Then she gets depressed he can’t love her. It just felt almost rapey at one point as supposedly you can’t resist these aliens and their sexual prowess.

In the end, they are glowingly happy, expecting a baby and headed back to the Dravian planet with all the women still in cells or finding their mates. Morgan is one exception. She is the Monarch’s and gets her story next.

Why did I finish it? Why did I continue reading the series? Because there was just a glimmer of something that I wanted to make into a great series. I don’t think I found it.


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Reading Challenge #83
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Literary Pickers Challenge #23 – Space cargo or transport ship


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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sherry fundin
3 months ago

the delight got my attention. LOL
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Carole Rae
3 months ago

Oh no. Bummer you can’t find what you are looking for

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

Sometimes a meh book can still do the job enough to keep you reading. It’s tough when a book leaves you unable to follow the character’s actions are thought processes. Sounds like he showed her he loved her. I’d rather that than the words. 🙂