Posted by: Jennifer | December 17, 2008

Undercover – Lauren Dane

Dane, Lauren. Undercover. (New York:  Berkley, 2008). ISBN – 9780425224649.

Main Characters: Sera Ayers, Ash Walker & Brandt Pela

Description from Book:

Journey to an erotic future universe of passion, danger and deceit . . .

As a lieutenant in the Federation Military Corps, Sera Ayers is more accustomed to giving orders than 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 new covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years ago, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. And when he was forced into a political marriage, she chose to leave him rater tan become his mistress. But his marriage is now over, and Ash wants Sera on his team – and back in his bed.

The third team member, Brandt Pela, as 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 Thoughts:

Sometimes, I’m entirely sure what makes me buy a book (or on the other hand, what makes me pass one over). Every once in a while, I see a book everywhere I look, online, bookstores, etc., and for some reason feel compelled to buy it. It kind of seems like the book is haunting me or something. I was definitely seeing Undercover all over the place. I was hesitant to buy it because the story takes place in a future universe – which isn’t my favorite thing. Additionally, I hadn’t really read much by Lauren Dane. However, Undercover is about reunited ex-lovers. The reunited lovers theme is one of my all-time favorites, and this is what finally made me give in and buy the book.

I will say that I wasn’t expecting much given that it is set in the future. But, boy was I surprised by this book. I loved it – mostly because of all of the emotional angst and turmoil between the ex-lovers, Sera and Ash. Sera and Ash had been lovers, right up until Ash revealed to Sera that he was engaged to someone else. As a member of a dynastic family, he was obligated to make a political marriage. He had hoped that Sera would be his mistress, but she refused. At the time of the story, Ash is divorced. He and his partner, Brandt are working on an important mission, and they need Sera as part of their team. She is very unhappy with the situation, especially since part of the plan for the mission calls for her to pose as Ash’s mistress. Brandt soothes the situation and helps get Sera to agree to work with him and Ash.

Meanwhile, Ash has plans beyond the mission that include getting Sera back into this life and his bed. He wasn’t happy that his family forced him to marry and give up Sera, the love of his life. He is genuinely upset about the situation with Sera, and has a great deal of difficulty watching Sera and Brandt develop the intimacy that the mission requires.

While on the mission, Brandt and Sera become lovers. Brandt falls in love with Sera, and Sera with Brandt. Yet, she can’t deny her feelings for Ash. The three develop a menage relationship. Brandt and Ash make this decision somewhat consciously. Ash knows that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Sera at the beginning of the story. Brandt figures out that he loves Sera pretty quickly. Added to this, is a very interesting relationship between Brandt and Ash. While I sense that they do not consider themselves lovers, they do engage in sexual activities with each other. It seemed a bit of an odd relationship. They are each dominant men without a woman to submit to then. As such, they take turns dominating each other. There is no doubt that they are much happier to give that up and dominate Sera, but it leads to some interesting undertones. In the beginning, Brandt and Ash seem to not want to touch each other when they are together with Sera. Of course, Sera is turned on by the thought of the two men pleasuring each other – and they do allow themselves to interact with each other during sex.

Ultimately, I like to read about the emotional angles of committed M/F/M  menage relationships – especially the emotional angle of the two men. Given my own, M/F relationship, I need to be convinced that a menage relationship makes sense both emotionally and physically. It is one thing to have multiple sexual partners, but is another thing to commit to multiple partners. I find it difficult to believe that a M/F/M menage relationship can work when the two men have no sense of intimacy. I think that Brandt and Ash had an interesting relationship, before and after Sera’s entry. They certainly had a deep bond; and it was probably this bond that allowed the two to be able to share Sera.

Wow, I’m still surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I think that my reading slump may be over. Yeah!

Read first December 15, 2008



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