19 July 2010

REVIEW and CONTEST: Insatiable by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane
ISBN: 978-0-425-23526-3
Penguin Putnam/Berkley Heat
July 6, 2010
Trade Paperback

Desire is the most dangerous sensation of all.

With tensions between the Federation and Imperial ‘Verses rising, one woman may hold the key to victory. The dangerous mission to smuggle her out of Imperial Territory falls to Daniel Haws and his team, the ultra secret Phantom Corps. This elite squad of the Federation Military is the only one trusted and skilled enough to remove her from under the watchful eye of her father, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial ‘Verses.

Carina is used to wearing a mask. Her father and his men think her little more than a pretty prize to be won by a man more ruthless than the rest. When he announces his intention to marry her to one of his henchmen, a man known for his cruelty, Carina knows she has to move as soon as possible to get out. But getting secret information to the Federation has served her well for years and she appeals to them for help.

She expected rescue from a man who’d been her enemy. But she wasn’t prepared for just how intense her attraction to Daniel Haws would be. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive–by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable…


There was no sound other than heavy breathing and then an in-drawn breath gone liquid. Normally, the sound would have fallen on deaf ears as he simply did his job and walked away. Then again, normally, it would have been quicker, anonymous, so the target wouldn't nkow what hit them, even as their life ended.

Today Daniel broke the rules and took a step closer to teh ever-looming darkness. He wanted Saul Kerrigan to see his face, to know he was dying because Daniel made it so. To know he was dying because of what he'd done. Not just to the citizens of the Federation but to Daniel's sister as well.


Confession, I’ve been a Lauren Dane fan girl ever since I won one of her books in a contest. The moment I finished that book I either went to the library and got most of her back list or bought it. While there might have been some aspect of one of her novels that I didn’t like, I always loved the writing and would beg, borrow, or steal to get her latest release. INSATIABLE was no exception. I love Lauren Dane’s novels because she is one of the few erotic romance authors who manage to perfectly infuse great character development and strong family ties in her heroes and heroines.

Daniel and Carina were strong characters and I loved them and I loved them together. While INSATIABLE didn’t have the sexy ménage relationship like book one of the series (and I’m not a big fan of ménage books anyway), nor the intense sexual chemistry/dirty talk of the second book in the series, I totally bought into the relationship and thought it fit with the intense life-threatening situation that Daniel and Carina found themselves in. I found the build-up of their relationship realistic and believable as Daniel comes to terms with his value as a man who deserves to have a relationship no matter his dangerous job and Carina and her ability to embrace her true self after living such a repressed life with her father.

Although I understand the whole point of INSATIABLE was the journey of getting Carina out of such a dangerous environment, I couldn’t help having several are we there yet moments during the journey. I believe that was because although they were in fear for their lives, I kept expecting something more. That it would harder for Carina and Daniel to escape her father’s territory and that they would have to confront several people (to tell you who and why would reveal too many spoilers). That mild annoyance didn’t deter my enjoyment of the novel though I loved everything that happened once they managed to get free. It was still full of tension, but equally satisfying. Lauren Dane will continue to be on my must buy list and I encourage you to give her a try as well.

Received review copy from CK2S Kwips and Kritiques for review on their site.



Because I'm such a fan girl. I'm going to give away a copy of Undercover the first book in the Federation Chronicles series to a follower of my blog who leaves a comment below and lives somewhere where The Book Depository ships to. The contest will be open until Sunday, July 26th until midnight EST. Good luck!

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25 people posted their 2 cents:

Bells said...

Great review Lynette. I read this book as well and kept thinking, "When are they going to get there?!" It just kept going on and on. By the end of the book I wanted to slap Carina. She just kept whining about Daniel!

Lynette said...

LOL. I can totally see your point. I think the planets must be aligning or something because we rarely agree on books! LOL!

Kwana said...

Thanks for the great review. I do want to read this. The cover alone is Le sigh.

Leontine said...

*waves at fellow fan girl* I love LD and have got her shapeshifter series to discover on my e-reader :) INSATIABLE however didn't really do it for me I just couldn't feel the love for either Daniel or Carina as a couple :((

Melanie said...

Great review and thanks for the giveaway!! I'm embarassed to say that I haven't read any of Lauren Dane's books yet but I've heard a lot of great things about them.

elaing8 said...

Great review. I love Lauren's books, but this series I haven't read.Thanks for the chance to win Undercover.

Lynette said...

@Kwana - Hey just so you know I'm giving away the firt book in the series not the current release. Hope you still want it!

@Leontine - I can totally see where you're coming from, but surprisingly it didn't bug me as much because of her background.

I think you two are doing to love this series. I'm serious Lauren Dane could write about a paper bag and I'd want to stand in line and read about it!

ms bookjunkie said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love a copy of UNDERCOVER! I'm a huge Lauren Dane fangirl, but have been concentrating on her ebooks so far and have yet to venture into the world of the Federation Chronicles.

Pearl said...

Another fan girl here!!
Please DON'T enter me for the contest, just wanted to comment on your blog ;)

I had about the same reaction to INSATIABLE as you did...except I did miss the dirty talk and menages, but hey...I am a menage AND dirty talk fan girl too so....


Vixen Pearl said...

Hey, is it really as SF as it sounds, I'd love to read it. Do add me into the giveaway, Lynette. :)

Vixen Pearl
Vixen's Reviews

Spav said...

Nice review. This series has been on my wishlist for quite some time. So many books, so little time ...

Lori said...

I loved this book. Not as much as Relentless, but still, a wonderful read.

flchen1 said...

Lynette, it's SO true--I'd be happy to read her grocery lists, though I'm not sure she'd appreciate the stalkerishness of that admission ;)

Lynette said...

I haven't read her paranormal series or the chased series. Those are next on my list, but I'm sure I'll like them.

See though I loved the world in Undercover I couldn't help wanting to bash the main guy over the head and was annoyed he was forgiven so easily. Whenever I read menages, there is always one person I'm rooting for more and that's how I felt in Undercover.

@Vixen Pearl
I would consider the Federation Chronicles Sci-Fi. Some of Earth's inhabitants had emigrated to another planet and set up a whole new culture and clash system. Now theres in-fighting (think Star Wars). But the situations are highly charged. Like Sci-Fi for girls who like for their men to get their groove on! LOL!

Relentless was my favorite too!

I am happy to admit that I'm a stalker and I'm willing to pimp myself out for some of her upcoming releases!

FionaChan said...

I've heard a lot great things about this too! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

Marissa said...

Hi Lynette,

I love Lauren Dane, I have read her Chase Brothers, but have not started in this series, hope to get to it real soon. Just for the cover alone I want to hug that cover...
Anyway just wanted to drop in and say hi, hope you are well.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

First it was the gorgeous cover which made my jaw drop in an OMG! swooning moment, then when I could finally pull my eyes away from that abs and that torso (let me tell you, wasn't too soon!*cough*) I read the blurb and knew I would love to read Insatiable (oh, and this is one of my favourite words, so sensual mm..)

Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Dara Young said...

Oh...I have been wanting one of her books! And those covers are so great.

Malea said...

Hm, I guess I have to start reading yet another series.;)
BTW, I <3 your reviews -- they're the kind of reviews that I want when I'm thinking about buying a book. Nothing makes me madder than reading reviews that rate a book highly then buying the book and realizing that the reviewers weren't exactly honest about the book's faults.
Stay strong!

katsrus said...

I love her books. And this cover~OMG! Thank you for your review.
Sue B

CrystalGB said...

I love Lauren Dane. That is one sexy cover. :)

JenM said...

I've read the Chase brothers series and loved it. Their mother was an absolute hoot - I almost wish she had a book of her own. I haven't read anything else of Lauren's though, so I'd love to win this.

jen at delux dot com

Nicole said...

Oh I love Lauren Dane. Her books rock! Great contest


Kaetrin said...

Hi Lynette - I came over from Smexy Books and stayed to browse a bit. I've read Laid Bare and Coming Undone but haven't read any of this series. The 2 Dane books I have read have been great, so please count me in to the giveaway. (Plus I've just read the review of Butterface and while I don't usually read YA, I think you may have hooked me...)

Sarah said...

I've never read any of this series. I love Dane's contemp stuff but her futuristic has just stopped me because I usually don't like those settings. Willing to give it a go for a contest though!


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