Monday, May 4, 2009
This is my third book by the author Lauren Dane and it is part of her Federation series that began with her novel, Undercover, which I had the pleasure of reading an ARC before it came out last year in December. I was lucky enough to have won this ARC of Relentless and I knew it was going to be very a great read because I loved reading her first book, Undercover, with it's unique futuristic world. I've read futuristic books since I'm a fan of J.D. Robb's In Death series but I haven't read many erotic romances before especially with some really erotic sex scenes so this is going out of my realm of reading experience. I was warned by the author just in case because she didn't want me to feel uncomfortable reading and reviewing this novel and I told her not to worry because I love reading new things every chance I can get since I want to become a romance writer one day. First off I have to say I'm super glad that I won the contest because I was only one of a very long, long, long list of readers and authors who wanted to get their own ARC of Relentless. Now onto the very honest review of this book that I promised to deliever to the author Lauren Dane.

Since the first settlers came through the portals from Earth, fifteen Families have held the rule of the Federated Universes in their hands. We got a glimpse of this in the first book Undercover but now you will get a more closer look at how the Federated Universes is handled by the fifteen ranked Families. There’s never been a better time than now to throw out the old and usher in a new order that leads to giving a voice to the unranked. Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system and as 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 because he knows that she wants to talk about making changes to the 'Verse's government that would not go over well with the other ranked Houses. But, sometimes, headstrong personalities in the conference room make for hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private and 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.

I enjoyed reading Undercover because Lauren Dane wrote such a new and exciting universe filled with such characters that were complex enough to keep you guessing with every page you read. Now it was great to get to read more about this futuristic universe that Lauren created in the first book because I knew that there just was something more to the first book. We are introduced to the powerful leader of Ravena, Roman Lyons, and to the unranked advocate, Abbie Haws, in this second novel. They are both strong characters who are trying to do what is in the best interest of the people of the Known Universe both Ranked and Unranked. I was happy to read that Ash and Brandt who were the main hero characters in the previous novel made a couple of appearences in this book. They made those appearences in order to help Roman make the right decision concerning to his ever growing relationship with Abbie.

In this novel we are again dealing with an unranked woman and a ranked man falling in love with each other but having to struggle with various issues along the way that will keep them apart unless they figure something out. The heroine, Abbie, is such a strong independent character who is trying to make a difference in her world even though it may cost heer so much and maybe even her own life. She has a very horrible experience in her past that would have broken many women but she didn't break but made it her mission in life to make it so that the unranked citizens would have their voices her by the ranked citizens. Abbie helps create an organization the will someday make it so that the unranked over every 'Verse can have their voices heard in their government which is controlled by the ranked families.

In comes the hero, Roman, who is the head of the Lyon family and the one who is the leader of government in all the 'Verses. He was groomed to become the head of the family and he had to take control of the family at a young age. He married into the Kerrigan family when he was 18-years-old to give that family a ranked station in the 'Verse as well as to give the Lyon family sons. Roman loves his sons and he hopes for them to one day be good, powerful men who will make their family proud when he finally has to retire. But everything changes when Roman finally meets Abbie for the first time because I think they both have finally met their match. It was such a pleasure reading this completely HOT and SEXY novel that had me flipping the pages and steaming up my glasses every now and again. I fell in love with both Roman and Abbie that I was both happy and sad that the novel had come to an end but at least they come to have the HEA. I give this book 4 Open Books:




Here is the description from the back cover of the book and picture:

RELENTLESS by Lauren Dane $15.00 (Book 2)(339 Pages)


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.


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