Review: Mesmerized by Lauren Dane

Posted May 18, 2011 by Francesca in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Mesmerized by Lauren Dane
by Lauren Dane

4 Stars


Released: April 5, 2011
Series: Phantom Corps #2
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 294

Andrei… Andrei… Andrei… YOU SEXY BEAST! There is nothing I like more than a hot, intense, alpha male! And Andrei is all that and then some. Now if we could only get him to admit he has a future with Piper.

I thought Andrei was a sexy as hell in the previous book, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his story. I enjoyed the beginning where it actually gives us a small glimpse as to how he became a part of the Phantom Corps, and where he came from.

I was not expecting, however, that this would be a story of reunited lovers. Such a contradiction for him. He’s been in love with Piper from when they were both poor teenagers without much of a future. He was always the trouble maker, and this leads him to disappear from Piper, and her family’s lives, pretty much without a trace.

Except he kept in contact with them throughout the years, helping them by sending them credits. With this help they were able to do something with their lives, and Piper is now a bad ass mercenary!

When the war in the ‘Verses is almost upon them, and danger is escalating, Andrei is sent to investigate and gather information through the mercs, and he is put in close contact with Piper again.

Piper was such an enjoyable heroine. After the disaster (for my taste) of the last heroine in this series, I’m so glad I can say I really enjoyed Piper!

“She’d lived her life making choices. Not always the ones she wanted to make, but she’d made them and dealt with the consequences. She’d existed and survived, and on the continuum of joy and sorrow, she’d had much more of the former. Her life was filled with love. Love she’d made the deliberate choice to open her life to.”

Even though he fights this all the way, he can’t deny his attraction, and even his love, for Piper is still there. He was in love with the girl then, and he’s still in love with the woman now. No other woman since could compare, and no woman ever will. He realizes this will always be true. But he doesn’t think he has anything to offer. He’s a killer, no good for her.

Except Piper has plans for them. But she’s changed as well, and she can play with the big boys. In fact she shows him that she can by becoming sort of his partner in this investigation, against his better judgement.

This story is full of action, a lot is happening, attacks that are changing the future, and new information coming in.

On the other hand, Andrei and Piper are HAWT together! He’s a bit of a dominant, and she lets him show her his wildest side.

“You know,” Andrei spoke low as he moved his chair closer, “it’s so dark back here I bet I could make you come without putting my hand in your pants.”

This is my favorite book in this series now!! And let me just say the setup for the next book was very well done, and I can’t wait to read it!

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About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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