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I Belong


Review: Mesmerized by Lauren Dane

Title: Mesmerized

Author: Lauren Dane

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Phantom Corps (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 5, 2011

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 042523908X (Penguin/Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-0425239087 (Penguin/Berkley)

Reviewed by: Kiwi

Synopsis:

When You Least Expect It…

They call him the Shadow. Andrei Solace delivers death on silent feet as an assassin for the Phantom Corps. The perfect weapon in the fight against the Imperium, he’s sent to the same ‘Verse he left behind as a youth.

Piper Roundtree is a mercenary prepared for anything—except for being rescued from Imperial lackeys by the man she hasn’t laid eyes on in eleven years. While she remembers every mesmerizing sensation he gave her, she thought they were through. And against the backdrop of an impending war, their passion is reignited.

The girl Andrei once loved is now a fierce woman who can pilot a ship through canyons at high speeds, and drive him wild with equal abandon. As much as Andrei tries to protect her from the darkness inside him, Piper admires his skills and the code he lives by. Now the lovers must join forces—in more ways than one—to save the Known Universe before the enemy hurls it into irreversible chaos…

Quick & Dirty: This is a book I seriously think you should read.

Opening Sentence“Sir, you can’t go in there!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I don’t know what to say about this one, how much to tell you, the things you need to know that will make you want to read this book. But what I do know is how I want you to feel about this book. I want you to go read it.

This series takes place well into our future, during a time when we’ve apparently figured out the whole space travel thing and have been settled on other planets in other places for quite a long time. Here, we have taken these places and split them into two groups, The Federation — the “good guys” and the Imperium — the “bad guys”. These two are on opposite sides of an impending war, and nether of them will stop before the other is gone.

Andrei is another super spy extraordinaire on a mission to eradicate evil from destroying his peace of mind. His mission, however, involves returning him to the ‘Verse of his birth to revive an old friendship with a family of mercenaries from his childhood. Upon the death of his last remaining family member, his mother, the Roundtrees became the family of his heart. So close was their relationship that he even sends them money to help out. But it was his relationship with the Roundtree sister, Piper, that remains today in his very soul.

Eleven years ago, Piper Roundtree’s first love, and first lover, disappeared from prison without a trace. She held the fear of his sentence to a work camp, or even death, in her heart until the day a packet of money arrives signed with his initial. And now those packets are her only remaining link to him, the only way she has of knowing he still lives. That is, until the day he arrives to save her and her family from an attack.

It appears the Imperium wants her to run some rather serious illegals across the Verses, and she has refused. Repeatedly! So, they turn towards brute force to get their way, and are turned back around by Andrei. Who, by the by, has returned to find out exactly what those illegals are. It is for this purpose that Andrei enlists the help of the Roundtree gang, and of Piper specifically. Well, Piper actually enlists herself, as Andrei would rather her stay home safe.

The pair play a part in uncovering an evil plot that will cost many lives and create much chaos. And in the process, discover that their young love was indeed true love, over and over again.

I like this book’s hero more than I liked the last one. I felt for him more, the heartbreak a bit worse. I just wanted to wrap him up in a blanket to keep him safe…wouldn’t mind joining him in that blanket, though. *wink* Overall, this is a book I seriously think you guys should read.

Notable Scene:

He shed her as he left, not wanting any part of her to be sullied by what he’d be dealing with. Moving silently, steadily and down toward the part of town where law and order were a long distant memory. Where murder was common, fights like communion. He moved, letting it all roll off him, slicing through the crowds, barely noticed.

His quarry lay in an establishment full of the worst society had to offer. As such, he had the information he needed within a few minutes and headed out again.

He climbed the exterior fire stairs to a one-room, coldwater flat above a whorehouse. Inside it was the man who’d been trading credits for Imperialist access to the Waystation.

Andrei dropped to the floor and shook his head at the man who rose and made toward the door. The man didn’t listen, and so Andrei used his blaster on the man’s left knee.

Then they came to an understanding.

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 Mesmerized. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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