07 April 2011

Review: Mesmerized - Lauren Dane

Mesmerized by Lauren Dane
published April 2011
futuristic erotic romance; Federation series #4
bought my copy

Andrei Solace is one of the top men in the Phantom Corps, an organization that fights against the ruthless and cruel Imperium. He is like a shadow that leaves a trail of dead enemies behind wherever he goes. When a new mission takes him back to his home planet and to the woman he once loved, he has a hard time to stay professional.
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).

final appraisal
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.

Federation series
coming next: Captivated


  1. Great review!

    I loved how Andrei totally wanted to protect Piper, and then had to grudgingly let her participate, even though he fully respected her abilities. They complemented each other so well.

    I still need to look up the issue you tweeted me about. But will get to it hopefully today.

  2. Lori: So true, I love it when men respect their partners and their ablities.

    Maybe I just didn't get the beginning if chapter 10 but somehow the order of the scenes didn't make sense to me. I'm excited to see what you think about it.

    Dreamer: It is great :)

  3. I'm glad to hear this one is great, love the cover!
    I think I will want to read the books in order though, I'm ocd like that.
    Thanks for the great review.

  4. I've had my eye on this one but wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it or not. I'm so glad you reviewed it and I'm totally picking this one up!




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