Sunday, August 14, 2011

Undercover by Lauren Dane

Title:  Undercover
Author: Lauren Dane
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Federation Chronicles #1
Main Characters: Brandt, Ash, & Sera
Release Date: December 2008
ISBN: 978-0425224649

Publisher: Penguin Group
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $11.25
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
A sexy debut exploring an erotic future universe of passion, danger, and deceit…

On the battleground or in the bedroom, one woman and two men fight for dominance in a bold, new, and excitingly different direction in erotica…

As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can’t stand—and can’t stop thinking about.

With the enemy Imperialists gaining ground, a covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years before, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. But when he was forced into a political marriage, she refused to play mistress. His marriage now over, Ash wants Sera on his team—and back in his bed.
The third team member, Brandt Pela, has an elegance to match Ash’s savage sexuality. And when their undercover plan requires Sera to pose as Brandt’s lover, it ignites a passion among the three of them more dangerous than their mission.

My Review:

A wonderful mix of science fiction fantasy and eroticism, this was a fun book to read. Sera, Ash, & Brandt are all soldiers for the Federation, which is at war. Sera has been working her own team, but Ash & Brandt have been working deep undercover and want to add Sera to their team. The issue is that Sera & Ash have a history together that left her broken-hearted 10 years ago and she is not ready to let go of that yet. Brandt comes up with a plan to get Sera to agree to work with them by having her act as his lover rather than Ash's. They are working deep undercover where their every move is monitored at all times so the undercover work has to be VERY convincing.

This book is really very hot. These three are having to maintain their cover story while at the same time, they all three are getting re-acquainted and trying to find a comfortable place mentally to work together. The emotions under the surface are roiling, growing, and changing. A very cool feature in the book is that because they are having to work so deep undercover, they have a comm link within their heads, but they have to open it to get it to work. Sera spent a lot of the book stubbornly ignoring the calls from the other 2 on her comm link.

Sera is stubborn and strong. While Brandt & Ash both have family power and money behind them, Sera comes from nothing and has made a lot of her life regardless. She was devastated 10 years ago, but managed to pull herself back up from that and has become a better person for it. She believes in the job that she's doing and that is most important to her. As her feelings for both Brandt & Ash grow, her softer side comes out and it's really gorgeous how much she soothes both of them just by little touches.

Ash never stopped loving Sera. Family obligations kept him from being able to do what he wanted 10 years ago. In this regard, this book reminded me a lot about the structure from historical novels... Where moneyed sons have to make the correct family matches for their families. But now, Ash has made that sacrifice and is not willing to make it again. He realizes what he lost 10 years ago when Sera walked away and will not lose her again.

Brandt was my favorite character in this book. He realizes almost immediately that he wants a relationship with that includes Ash too. He is the most level-headed of the three because he does not have past emotions holding him back. All he knows is that he loves these two and wants to do what he has to to make their Triad work. It's really a fabulous dynamic.

Like I said, this book was simply a fabulous sci-fi erotic book. I enjoyed the world that was established seamlessly throughout the book without all the detailed world-building that you normally get in first books of a series. The scenes are hot and I loved that there was a relationship between the men as well as the relationship with Sera. It makes for a really beautiful relationship between all three. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this series in the very near future!

1 comment:

Pearl said...

Great review Christi!
Have you read TTE yet? I loved it even more than this one! That one just blew me away...and Pale...OMG Pale...He is so on my favorite heroes list!