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Mesmerized: A Phantom Corps Novel Paperback – 18 May 2011
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- ASIN : 042523908X
- Publisher : Heat; 1st edition (18 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425239087
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425239087
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 13.92 x 1.96 x 20.85 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 442,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Piper Roundtree never forget Andrei and wants to take this second chance they got. She is fascinated by the man he has become and wants to spend more time with him.
Will they give their love a chance and will they be able to keep the Imperium from taking over the world and creating chaos?
I was super excited and happy to finally be able to read Andrei's story because since meeting him in "Insatiable" (book #3 in the series) I wanted to know more about him. So far I have enjoyed all books in the Federation series and "Mesmerized" fits perfectly to the other three books.
Lauren Dane's engaging writing style made following the new developments easy and kept me reading on and on. I finished the book in one day because I was fascinated by the story and loved reading about Andrei and Piper. I think they are a perfect match. Both are loyal, strong and likable characters and don't wait for others to do the things that need to be done. Their relationship was both sweet and sexy, I loved the hot sex scenes between them just as much as the quiet, romantic ones.
I enjoyed that Piper stood up for her own ideas and that Andrei took her seriously. I also liked that on the one hand he wanted to protect Piper from his dangerous job but on the other hand accepted her help when he realized that she was willing and capable to fight against the enemy. I especially loved the scenes in which Piper took care of Andrei, it was so lovely and sweet to see how the strong and silent man gave himself completly to her.
The action scenes were thrilling and the new, dangerous developments between the Federation and the Imperalists were fascinating and fit to what happened before. I loved meeting the characters from the previous books again and I'm excited to read more about them and the fight against the ruthless enemy.
The new relationship between Julian and Vincenz was heart-warming (both appeared in "Insatiable") and it will be interesting to see what will happen with their love story.
I think you can read and enjoy the book without knowing the other three in the series, however it's easier to understand what's going on and it's more fun when you have some background about the world the book is set in and already know some of the characters.
I'm already excited to read how the story will go on and will definitely get the next book in the series as soon as it's published.
Of course I like the cover, it's sexy as hell and just great to look at. However the hero in the book has long hair and I would have loved to at least see a bit of this on the cover (even though I'm normally not a big fan of men with long hair).
Mesmerized is a thrilling erotic romance with strong characters and a lovely, sexy love story. Lauren Dane's engaging writing style makes reading the book easy and a lot of fun. I liked reading about the new developments in the Federation and enjoyed meeting characters from the other books in the series.
I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy erotic romances with strong, likable characters, a thrilling story and futuristic elements.
coming next: Captivated
Andrei Solace had a hard life growing up. After being jailed for a fight, the Phantom Corp recruits him to be a deadly assassin. Leaving what little family he has behind, he moves on, but never forgets his past. While he has a job, he never goes back until the war gets closer and he is forced to go on assignment back to the people who loved him, especially the woman who holds his heart.
Mercenary Piper Roundtree has loved Andrei since she was a young girl. She hoped he had found peace when he left their lives, but she never stopped thinking of him and loving him. Money came from time to time, which reassured her he was still living. During a particular hard fight with the Imperialist, Andrei walks back into her life and heart.
While Andrei tries not to get involved, he can't forget that Piper was the one calming part of his life. He loved her fiercely when they were younger and now the woman is so much more than he can believe. But he is afraid to give his heart knowing his job is dangerous. But Piper is having none of it. She knows life can be taken away in an instant and she intends to love Andrei for as long as she can; never leaving his side.
Finding out what the Imperialist are building, mining and planning is more important than one man or woman, but Piper refused to leave Andrei's side, becoming a pair that is feared and revered.
I like Piper's character a lot. She isn't rich in a monetary way, but is rich in the heart of those who love her. She is a natural leader and a take charge lady. Living on a harsh planet has made her fiercely loyal but also capable of taking care of herself and her compound. But the planet is hard to live on, and she is doing all she can along with her brothers to take care of each other. She is feminine but also hard as nails. All the little things Andrei gave her are her treasures, little things most people take for granted. When she decides she is in love, she gives it her whole heart and soul. There is no half measures with her. Even in the face of some tough military guys, she holds her own.
I respected Andrei's character. He doesn't have much of a life where he is from except for Piper. When the Corps finds him, he knows it is the best thing he can do with his life. He works hard, but it isn't easy to just give up you old behaviors, so things weren't totally easy for him. Never forgetting where he is from, he often sends money back to his family and continues to sponsor helping other people. They all love him but he is a quiet man not wanting the appreciation he is being shown. He is humble. I guess that is what drew me to him. A good man with a huge heart, but a tough assassin who does the job he feels is for the best for his government.
While I loved this story, I had some problems with it as well. There is one character who is killed and it broke my heart. I understood that war is hard and not everyone can or will survive, but it still hurt and I can still say I didn't like it! The second thing I really didn't like was the easy acceptance of Piper into the military fold. While she had some good ideas, it felt like she forced her way in and they just gave in. There was one more thing that bothered me but it is a spoiler so I won't mention it.
The romance was sweet while the sex was meltingly hot! Sweet because they had a past and he treated her like a queen. Meltingly hot because they rocked the bed and made me melt. There is no lack of hotness in this book!
So while I liked it, the issues still have me wanting me to rise the dead. But I seriously love the series and suggest you read all of them and wait like I am for the next book, Captivated.
Lauren Dane is a fantastic author - humor, romance, sex, great storyline, and incredible story-telling ability for any genre. The tie-in stories are fantastic and add more enjoyment with back-references to earlier stories.
Her books are in my "keep" stack....although I had to add another shelf for duplicate (loaner) copies!!
Add her to your "buy" list as soon as possible!!
The other thing Dane brings to the table in erotic romance that many other authors don't is a great story to go along with the heart-stopping, hair-raising, grab your significant other for a good pounding erotica. She manages to combine both which makes the love scenes that much more intense and meaningful and it holds true for this installment.
Mesmerized wasn't my favorite of the series but as I look at each component I'm not sure why. The character development was fantastic as usual and both were extremely likeable and hot. The story was action-packed and engaging. The sub-plot, hopefully a lead-in to the next novel, was enticing and yes, did its job--can't wait for the next installment. In other words, I have no idea why it wasn't a fav or why I didn't feel as typically fulfilled when closing the back cover. It was a great story with terrific characters and yummy steam. My only guess at this point is that it was me, not the book. I get moody like everyone else. Ha ha.
It's a great read and well worth the bucks. If you haven't checked out the series or this book in particular, I highly recommend it.