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Andrei Solace had a hard life growing up. After being jailed for a fight, the Phantom Corp recruits him to be a deadly assassin. Leaving what little family he has behind, he moves on, but never forgets his past. While he has a job, he never goes back until the war gets closer and he is forced to go on assignment back to the people who loved him, especially the woman who holds his heart.
Mercenary Piper Roundtree has loved Andrei since she was a young girl. She hoped he had found peace when he left their lives, but she never stopped thinking of him and loving him. Money came from time to time, which reassured her he was still living. During a particular hard fight with the Imperialist, Andrei walks back into her life and heart.
While Andrei tries not to get involved, he can't forget that Piper was the one calming part of his life. He loved her fiercely when they were younger and now the woman is so much more than he can believe. But he is afraid to give his heart knowing his job is dangerous. But Piper is having none of it. She knows life can be taken away in an instant and she intends to love Andrei for as long as she can; never leaving his side.
Finding out what the Imperialist are building, mining and planning is more important than one man or woman, but Piper refused to leave Andrei's side, becoming a pair that is feared and revered.
I like Piper's character a lot. She isn't rich in a monetary way, but is rich in the heart of those who love her. She is a natural leader and a take charge lady. Living on a harsh planet has made her fiercely loyal but also capable of taking care of herself and her compound. But the planet is hard to live on, and she is doing all she can along with her brothers to take care of each other. She is feminine but also hard as nails. All the little things Andrei gave her are her treasures, little things most people take for granted. When she decides she is in love, she gives it her whole heart and soul. There is no half measures with her. Even in the face of some tough military guys, she holds her own.
I respected Andrei's character. He doesn't have much of a life where he is from except for Piper. When the Corps finds him, he knows it is the best thing he can do with his life. He works hard, but it isn't easy to just give up you old behaviors, so things weren't totally easy for him. Never forgetting where he is from, he often sends money back to his family and continues to sponsor helping other people. They all love him but he is a quiet man not wanting the appreciation he is being shown. He is humble. I guess that is what drew me to him. A good man with a huge heart, but a tough assassin who does the job he feels is for the best for his government.
While I loved this story, I had some problems with it as well. There is one character who is killed and it broke my heart. I understood that war is hard and not everyone can or will survive, but it still hurt and I can still say I didn't like it! The second thing I really didn't like was the easy acceptance of Piper into the military fold. While she had some good ideas, it felt like she forced her way in and they just gave in. There was one more thing that bothered me but it is a spoiler so I won't mention it.
The romance was sweet while the sex was meltingly hot! Sweet because they had a past and he treated her like a queen. Meltingly hot because they rocked the bed and made me melt. There is no lack of hotness in this book!
So while I liked it, the issues still have me wanting me to rise the dead. But I seriously love the series and suggest you read all of them and wait like I am for the next book, Captivated.
Lauren Dane is a fantastic author - humor, romance, sex, great storyline, and incredible story-telling ability for any genre. The tie-in stories are fantastic and add more enjoyment with back-references to earlier stories.
Her books are in my "keep" stack....although I had to add another shelf for duplicate (loaner) copies!!
Add her to your "buy" list as soon as possible!!
The other thing Dane brings to the table in erotic romance that many other authors don't is a great story to go along with the heart-stopping, hair-raising, grab your significant other for a good pounding erotica. She manages to combine both which makes the love scenes that much more intense and meaningful and it holds true for this installment.
Mesmerized wasn't my favorite of the series but as I look at each component I'm not sure why. The character development was fantastic as usual and both were extremely likeable and hot. The story was action-packed and engaging. The sub-plot, hopefully a lead-in to the next novel, was enticing and yes, did its job--can't wait for the next installment. In other words, I have no idea why it wasn't a fav or why I didn't feel as typically fulfilled when closing the back cover. It was a great story with terrific characters and yummy steam. My only guess at this point is that it was me, not the book. I get moody like everyone else. Ha ha.
It's a great read and well worth the bucks. If you haven't checked out the series or this book in particular, I highly recommend it.
The other books do not need to be read in order, and this book certainly stands alone, but I strongly recommend that you not choose this book as the first one that you read in the series so you that will fully understand the 'verses and how the worlds operate.
Buy all of them, and then take a week off work, and just gorge yourself by reading them in order. These books are wonderful.
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