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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042522760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this erotic universe, passion knows no rank...

Since the first settlers came through the portals from Earth, fifteen Families have held the rule of the Federated Universes in their hands. There's never been a better time than now to throw out the old and usher in a new order. Give voice to the unranked. Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system. A fighter, she's always been too busy and driven to pay much attention to finding love. But when she's granted audience with Roman Lyons, the head of House Lyons, who stands for everything she hates, her instant attraction catches Abbie off-guard...

It's common knowledge that the Known Universe revolves around Ravena--and that Ravena revolves around Roman Lyons, bred to lead since birth. Roman dreads his meeting with a defiant--if stunning--rabble-rouser. But, sometimes, headstrong personalities in the conference room make for hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private....

Now, Abbie will show Roman the parts of her world he wouldn't otherwise get to see. And he'll give her a glimpse of the Families' age old tradition and unleash a sexuality he'd never given rein to before.

More About the Author

The story goes like this - While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about "giving that writing thing a serious go" to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.

Visit Lauren on the web at
You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MNix on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Abbie Haws is a busy barrister and the spokesperson for the Movement for Representative Democracy. Neither is an easy job, but Abbie is up to the challenge. The first thing she has to do is get a chance to talk to the Governance Council and to address the Ranked Families that rule the Federated Universes through it. At the same time, Abbie is going to have to keep some of the more radical members from acting out so that the Council will realize that the group is serious and want to come up with a solution for all people to have a voice in how they are ruled.

Roman Lyon is the head of House Lyons and also is the head of the Governance Council. Being the leader has never been easy but lately it has become much harder. Several of the family members of Ranked Families are about to be tried for treason, the Council is fighting amongst itself and there is a group that seems to be determined to change how ruling has always been done.

Abbie and Roman meet after the greedy actions of one family bring false charges on an unranked employee. This meeting will begin to open up Roman's eyes on just how the unranked live. Abbie and Roman have an instant attraction that both know can never go anywhere based on old laws. The `verses are holding together by a thread as Abbie and Roman surrender to the erotic passion between them and the battles come to a head. Abbie is placed in danger as the movement goes before the entire Governing Council. The Council must make a decision that will affect all of the `verses; but will Roman and Abbie find a way to be together or are some long followed rules never to be broken?

Relentless is filled with heat and erotic passion between two people on either end of the social structure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Dionne VINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
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The Federated Universes have been ruled by Families and their descendants while the common person has little or no voice regarding their lives. Their wellbeing is often at the whims of those in power, but one young woman is standing up for what she believes is right and major changes are about to take place.

Abbie Haws, spokesperson for the Movement of Representative Democracy, has spent her entire life fighting for the unranked. Recent events brought about by activities of a few select Families have lead to more unrest than usual and she's got more backing than ever before. She just hadn't anticipated gaining the ear of Roman Lyons, the head of the Ranked Council and the most powerful man in the Known Universe.

Roman Lyons may be a powerful man but he's also very fair and takes his duties as a leader and head of the Ranked Council very seriously. He's seen Abbie on the vid screens and is aware that times are changing. The Families have ruled for a millennia but the abuse of power he's noticed lately is leading to much discontent. He'll have to meet with the rabble-rouser and finding out what exactly the Movement of Representative Democracy feels should be done to give the unranked a voice.

Abbie's elated to have the opportunity to talk with Roman but when she's forced to cool her heels for hours in his outer office after the scheduled meeting was to take place she opts to leave and tells his assistant to have him reschedule if he's truly interested in speaking with her. Roman had been busy dealing with a life or death situation on another Verse but she had no way of knowing that and as a senior barrister she has her own busy schedule.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Redz VINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
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Abbie Haws has worked tirelessly defending people in the Federation Universe and lives a comfortable life, but hasn't been able to shake the feeling of second class citizenship. She feels the bulk of society; the "unranked" members deserve to be represented more in Ravena's democracy. Current events happening in the Federation allow Abbie an audience with Roman Lyons, the head of the ruling Lyons family. Will Abbie be able to persuade Roman into allowing the majority of its citizens more power within their society?

I've been a fan of Lauren Dane's for quite some time and I must say I can't get enough of her futuristic works. While we were taken on an interplanetary voyage with Undercover, Ms. Dane focuses on only one planet, Ravena, for Relentless. Ravena is reputed to be one of the more progressive planets in the Federation and is headed by Roman Lyons, who is known for tough, yet fair leadership. Meeting Abbie for the first time, Roman is steamrolled by this petite spitfire. Abbie is the first woman to stand toe to toe with him, a feeling Roman finds highly erotic. He enjoys being challenged by her and their repartee releases emotions deeply buried within his psyche. He vows to go against all societal taboos and claim her as his own, no matter what the cost.

Abbie knows getting involved with Roman is a sure road to heartbreak but she's powerless in his relentless pursuit of her. Abbie falls in love with this "Ranked" member of society, something she never thought was possible. Both know they will never be together forever since Roman must fulfill his societal duty and marry someone within his strata.

In Relentless, Ms. Dane once again returns to this futuristic world, showing us how two people from two entirely different classes of society can work within the system to bring about change. After you finish this wonderful story, you'll be like me, begging Lauren Dane to return to this futuristic world soon.
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