Reviving the Commander by Nadine C. Keels

Publication Date: June 4, 2019:

Opal, to the outside world, seems to be happy, carefree and content with her spinsterhood. When she meets the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s Army, a man who longs for his late wife, she feels an undeniable and yet hopeless attraction. The Exemplar is the first man she’s felt a pull with in a long time but he’s the father of the King and she has a dark secret. Is Opal destined to live her life alone?

 

Reviving the Commander is part of the Movement of Crown’s series. I have read the first book but that was long ago and I’d be lying if I said that I remembered anything about the book. Clearly, it would be helpful but not necessary to read the book before embarking on Opal’s story.

I think anyone reading the title of this story knows where it’s going. The Exempler is a man lost in grief. Opal is a woman lost in fear. Like many of us, she walks around with her public face of sweetness and light and inside the demons are at work. She’s fearful and ashamed and worried that if people knew her for who she really is, she would be hated and reviled. The unique charm of Reviving the Commander is that the characters are so authentic. Often, in romance, the male character is older, a bit of a man-whore and a throwaway cutout. Staid, (yes, that’s his name) is solid and caring. When we meet Opal, she’s simply enamored. Her infatuation has come to an all consuming point but she knows that if the King’s father is looking to marry again (or entertain himself) it won’t be with someone no one else wanted.

This is not a snap-together part connection. Keels gives a solid base for why these people should be together and why her audience should cheer for them. They are sweet and in conversation and development of characters, Keels shows herself as a student of human nature. Reviving the Commander  is economically arranged but well written. The craftsmanship of the work is especially impressive when one considers that it is set in a completely fictional world.

Reviving the Commander is a novella standing at an easy read of 172 pages. There are some surprises and turns readers may not see coming but, ultimately, Reviving the Commander is a story of love and faith. As a wholly non-religious person I can appreciate the biblical connection that isn’t overbearing for the reader.

If you like sweet fairy-tale like romantic stories, Reviving the Commander  is the story for you.

 

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The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott

Publication date: November 4, 2017

 

The Fated Stars by Veronica ScottIn The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott, Samell is an empathetic priest who was kidnapped and sold to a carnival where he’s forced to tell the fortunes of paying guests. He is resigned to his existence until mercenary, Larissa, steps into his tent and he sees in her a fierce spirit with the potential to keep him alive. When Samell and Larissa attract the attention of dangerous foes, can they get out alive? Continue reading The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott

Lady of the Nile by Veronica Scott

Publication Date: October 30, 2017

 

Lady of the Nile by Veronica ScottIn Lady of the Nile by Veronica Scott, Khian, a decorated commander, has been assigned to Thebes to serve out his military career before returning to his farm for planting season. Tuya is one of the most trusted companions of the Pharoah’s wife. When fate throws them together for Khian to act as protector, their attraction grows. When Tuya is kidnapped, Khian is her only hope. Lady of the Nile is the seventh book in the Gods of Egypt series.    Continue reading Lady of the Nile by Veronica Scott

An Unforgettable Christmas by Trisha Wilson

Publication Date: November 30, 2011

 

An Unforgettable Christmas by Trisha Wilson

In An Unforgettable Christmas by Trisha Wilson, Chelsea Roberts’s family died in an accident on Christmas Day. As the holidays approach, she feels it best to spend time near friends but still feels hopelessly lonely. Nick Collins has found himself on his own with a newborn and while he has family all around, he’s also hopelessly lonely. Can these people find their way through the pain and find happiness together?    Continue reading An Unforgettable Christmas by Trisha Wilson

Arkansas Summer by Anne Moose

Publication Date: April 16, 2017

 

Arkansas Summer by Anne MooseIn Arkansas Summer by Anne Moose, it’s 1955 and Catherine is a college student. She travels from California to Arkansas to help her father sort out her grandmother’s situation in the wake of his father’s death. She reconnects with Jimmy, the son of her grandmother’s housekeeper and her favorite playmate as a young child. The attraction between them is strong, but the south is a dangerous place for a black man showing anything other than casual indifference to a white woman. Will their love survive the hate of those around them?    Continue reading Arkansas Summer by Anne Moose

The Bastard Son (Winds of Change Book) by Jerri Hines

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

 

The Bastard Son (Winds of Change Book) by Jerri HinesIn The Bastard Son (Winds of Change Book) by Jerri Hines, it’s 1780 and the Revolutionary War is raging. Sumner Meador has lost everything and pledges to do what he can for the patriot cause. When he arrives at his farm he finds Jane, a woman who has also suffered a devastating loss. Sumner doesn’t have time for distractions and Jane is determined to remain alone but despite their best efforts, love is in the air. Can their love survive the war? The Bastard Son is the second book in the Winds of Change series.    Continue reading The Bastard Son (Winds of Change Book) by Jerri Hines

Danger in the Stars (A Sectors SF Romance) by Veronica Scott

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

 

Danger in the Stars by Veronica ScottIn Danger in the Stars by Veronica Scott, Miriell is an empathetic priestess who has been captured and enslaved by an evil corporation for use to their advantage. When her services are rented to Lady Opherra, Miriell meets Conor and his energy fascinates her. Conor has secrets that Miriell could use against him if she got too close. Can he resist Miriell and keep them both alive? And can Miriell escape and save her people without being blown up in the process? Danger in the Stars is a novel from the Sector series.    Continue reading Danger in the Stars (A Sectors SF Romance) by Veronica Scott

Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne Allen

Publication Date: August 13, 2016

 

Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne AllenIn Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne Allen, Olive wasn’t sure that she and Bill were a match but with all of the other young men leaving Guernsey to take part in World War II, she accepted his proposal as a matter of practicality and regrets her decision immediately. During the German occupation, Olive falls for the gentle Major Wolfgang Brecht.

When Natalie flees an abusive relationship in London for the quiet peace of Guernsey she settles in a cottage on the burned remains of Olive’s and Bill’s farm. Strange things start to happen and she calls on Olive’s and Bill’s grandson, Stuart, for help in unraveling the mystery. Will Natalie find out if its one of the lovers or something much darker haunting her? Continue reading Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne Allen

They’re So Vein (A Grateful Undead Book) by Susan Stec

Publication Date: October 1, 2012

 

They're So Vein (A Grateful Undead Book) by Susan StecIn They’re So Vein (A Grateful Undead Book) by Susan Stec, Susan, a 58-year-old woman, encounters an altercation between a woman and a child in a public restroom where she stops while out with her sister. In her enthusiasm to film the conflict to post on her YouTube page, she inadvertently finds herself the object of the strange child’s ire. Susan wakes up to find that she looks 30 years younger and, oh yes, she’s also a vampire. The women in her life are eager to jump on this fountain of youth but the vampire world is much more organized than they thought it would be and their behavior is attracting attention they could do without. Is a youthful body worth the danger they’ve found? Continue reading They’re So Vein (A Grateful Undead Book) by Susan Stec