Book Review: Act of Command by Mandy Roth – A Fast-Paced Paranormal Romance Novel
Title: Act of Command
Author: Mandy Roth
Series: An Immortal Ops World Novel
Publisher: The Raven Books
Publication Date: February 29th, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Warning: This is not a clean novel
Books that contain shifters can sometimes come across – in my opinion – as cheesy and strange. Thankfully that was not the case with Act of Command. I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed the book. Corbin and Mae – the two main characters – had real chemistry, despite their differences, and despite the turbulent situation. What could have been easily explained away as being each other’s “mate” and therefore destined, the attraction was not superficial.
Mandy Roth also did a very good job in not creating flat or one-dimensional side characters, instead of making me want to read more about them – which in turn made me compare her to some of my other favorite Authors – Kay Hooper, Emily March, and Maya Banks, who are masters at creating side characters and giving them a life of their own – and eventually their own books.
Still, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of action, and there is a lot of detailed sex, yet it does not come across as an erotica novel, or as forced. All of the action flowed, was well paced, and not out of place.
Because of the definition that is given in the book about what an Alpha Male is within its Universe, the women in this series and in Act Of Command could have easily been made into a two-dimensional, weak side character, who are willing to play along with whatever their male counterpart wants. Instead, Mandy Roth gave them spunk, and power over their mate, making this book and the series a much more enjoyable read.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this quick read and will continue to read this massive series.
This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, which is awesome, so no cliffhangers here.
5 out of 5 Stars
Captain Corbin Jones heads his own Paranormal Security and Intelligence Agency Special Ops team. He’s used to being in command. Used to having to make the tough calls. As a lionshifter, he’s no stranger to fighting his primal instincts. He’s had them well in hand for most of his immortally long life—that is, until he catches a scent that sets his body on fire.
The scent of his mate.
Mae wasn’t looking for love and certainly didn’t want to go on a blind date. When she’s stood up and grabbed instead by madmen who want to use her to breed other supernaturals, she’s not sure who to trust. Not even when the very same man she’s been fantasizing about is deposited next to her. Fate—and her own supernatural hormones—won’t be denied, and she finds she can’t control the desire burning through her. The only problem is, her fantasy man, the very man who came to rescue her, is now a prisoner too.