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I Belong

Review: Captivated by Lauren Dane


Author: Lauren Dane

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Phantom Corps (Book 3)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Format: Paperback, 326 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425247368 (Penguin/Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-0425247365 (Penguin/Berkley)

Reviewed by: Kiwi


Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal. In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only like minds, but kindred spirits.

However unexpected their relationship, everything changes for Vincenz and Julian when Hannah Black comes into their lives. Having been captured and held in near total isolation by imperialist troops, their immediate response is to protect her.

Emotionally shattered but resilient, Hannah rebuilds herself. Because of the warm safety she finds in the arms of Julian and Vincenz she becomes someone harder, stronger and bent on preventing the Imperialists from harming anyone else.

For the two men, wrestling with their passionate feelings for Hannah is only the beginning. War is about to send all three into harm’s way and an equally dangerous secret could tear them apart.

Quick & Dirty: Phew! Is it hot in here….

Opening SentenceShe rocked because it brushed her hair over her skin.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The third book in this series features the yummiest of love triangles. Though, I don’t think that’s quite the right term for it. Threesome would probably fit more aptly, *angelface* but triangle will do for now.

Let’s start with the lady, shall we. We first met Hannah Black at the end of the last book, when she is rescued by Vincenz as he and others are on a mission at a factory in a remote part of a Verse. Hannah has been subjected to imprisonment without any human interaction for, at best guess, almost a year. When she is finally extracted from the hellhole that had once been her place of employment, she is physically unwell and mentally broken. But, with the care of her savior and his love, Julian, Hannah is eventually capable of regaining her health and overcoming her battle with the demons in her mind. In fact, with her expertise as a doctor and researcher, she turns out to be indispensible in this war on the Imperium.

Vincenz cannot forget the way Hannah looked when they first met or the way she clung to him, as if her very life depended on him. And I guess, at some points, that was exactly the case. When he returns from the op, Vincenz takes Hannah to his own home to live with him and his partner Julian. Vincenz is an integral part of the team fighting the leader of the Imperium, who just happens to be his father. But, he is willing to put it all on hold to help Hannah heal. Also on Vincenz’s plate is his relationship with Julian, and all that entails.

When Hannah is brought into his home by Vincenz, Julian automatically feels protective of her, and will do anything for her. Still on the mourning train after his closest friend is killed in battle, Julian is in serious need of someone else to focus on. While Vincenz goes a long way to fill the gap, all is not completely healed until Hannah arrives.

It is really too terribly cute in the beginning, the way Vincenz and Julian dote on Hannah. And later, when they decide to acknowledge the fact that they have become sexually attracted to her, and she reciprocates…well, cute is not the term you’d use. This book is jam-packed with sexy scenes that will have you fanning yourself with the book for a while before you can continue reading the rest of the story. Or, if you are the impatient sort, I would totally recommend spending the time in front of the AC.

Oh, and that war with the Imperium and all that stuff? Well, I’m pretty sure there’s a conclusion and a happy ending in there somewhere. I highly recommend reading this series.

Notable Scene:

Working quickly, everyone wanting to be done, she didn’t notice the soldier until he was on her, knocking her to the ground.

The fight-or-flight impulse took over and the fear broke through as she clawed at his face and kneed him in the balls. He tried to hit her with his weapon but she dodged and sank her teeth into his wrist. The animal who had lived in her for so long surfaced, snarling, snapping, fighting for its life.

She heard them nearby, knew somewhere that they were also fighting with soldiers and that she was on her own.

On her own. The memories of the helplessness came back, threatening to suck her under. But she held on, fighting.

Then she heard Wilhelm Ellis in her ear.

“His weapon should be on your right side, Hannah. Make sure the safety is off and end this. You can do it.”

Some part of her heard and registered, her fingers scrabbling through the blood to grab the weapon he’d dropped when she’d bitten him. It was him or her and it sure wasn’t going to be her.

The Federation Chronicles/Phantom Corps:

1. Undercover

2. Relentless

3. & 1. Insatiable

2. Mesmerized

3. Captivated

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of Captivated. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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