Captivated (Phantom Corps Series #3)

Captivated (Phantom Corps Series #3)

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by Lauren Dane
     
 

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Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal.  In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only

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Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal.  In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only like minds, but kindred spirits.

However unexpected their relationship, everything changes for Vincenz and Julian when Hannah Black comes into their lives. Having been captured and held in near total isolation by imperialist troops, their immediate response is to protect her.

Emotionally shattered but resilient, Hannah rebuilds herself.  Because of the warm safety she finds in the arms of Julian—and Vincenz—she becomes someone harder, stronger and bent on preventing the Imperialists from harming anyone else.

For the two men, wrestling with their passionate feelings for Hannah is only the beginning. War is about to send all three into harm’s way and an equally dangerous secret could tear them apart.

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ISBN-13:
9780425247365
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Phantom Corps Series, #5
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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As a stay-at-home mom, Lauren Dane had lots of conversations in a singsong voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. Armed with a secondhand laptop, she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.” Eight years and several dozen books later, she’s well aware of her good fortune and is loving every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again.

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Captivated 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
I’ll start with a warning, this books is smoking hot! You’ll need to keep clean, dry panties on hand because you’re going to have to change them multiple times while reading. The sex is frequent, graphic and steamy. I had no idea what I was getting into with this book. I started reading and quickly realized that Julian and Vincenz were a couple, then Hannah entered the scene and I realized I was going to be reading my first menage relationship. That was a surprise, a good one as it turned out. When Hannah enters the book she is a prisoner, she had been kept in isolation for a year and was tortured during the time. To say she is barely functional and emotionally broken is an understatement. It takes months for her to begin to emerge from that state and as she did I realized how much I loved her character. She is smart, has an endearing vulnerability, and an incredible amount of courage. She’s everything I secretly wish I could be. Vincenz is the one to discover Hannah in the prison. He sees what has been done to this woman and becomes fiercely protective. He’s caring but tough, the perfect alpha male. He has a complicated past and had to make some tough choices in order to do the right thing. I love him for that. Julian came from nothing but managed to overcome his past. He has a tough guy exterior but underneath he is emotionally damaged yet so loving. He doesn’t give his love easily but once he gives it he is loyal and protective. Vincenz and Julian are in a relationship when the book begins. It’s a committed, strong and loving relationship. Hannah comes to live with them and in this environment she begins to heal. It’s purely a platonic love between the men and Hannah in the beginning and I was thankful for that. It gave Hannah time to heal and the support to do it with no other complications. Strong bonds among all three of them develop and slowly transition into another type of relationship. They all have some personal demons they are trying to work through. It’s almost as if they can see and understand the pain the others are feeling and that is what draws them together. I loved how the relationships developed over the course of months and they never felt rushed. At times the relationships seemed to meld together a little too seamlessly but the romance is so hot that it doesn’t really matter. The backdrop of the story involves a war between universes which is fabulous on its own. Vincenz and Julian are soldiers in the war. That helped to integrate the war and romance really well. It introduced the obstacles and challenges the romantic relationship was missing on its own which made the overall story much more interesting. This is book 3 in the Phantom Corps series and the first one I’ve read. That made it a little difficult for me to get familiar with the world and the war taking place. The side characters were thrown into the story with no introduction which told me I should have met them in previous books. As much as I enjoyed the book, I know I didn’t pick up on everything. I will definitely get book one, read the series in order and then read this book again. I think on the second reading I’ll enjoy it even more.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Captivated by Lauren Dane is hot, hot, hot! Vincenz Fardelle is a Phantom Corps operate and son of the Imperium Universe Leader, who he escaped at a young age to join the Federated Universe and the fight for freedom. Riddled with guilt for the sins of his father, Vincenz works to put a stop to his father’s reign. Julian Marsters was orphaned as a child and a young trouble maker when he joined Phantom Corps, since then he has found his place in the world fighting for a better future. But when his best friend is killed Julian sinks into a pit of despair and surprisingly, the one to pull him out is Vincenz. Together they find an unexpected attraction and an emotional connection. When Vincenz rescues Hannah Black from an Imperium lab though, their relationship drastically changes. Instantly protective of the traumatized young women, Vin and Julian bring Hannah into their home and with their support Hannah slowly starts to heal emotionally and physically from her eleven month captivation. But as Hannah heals and finds a future with Julian and Vincenz the war takes a deadly turn and Hannah is the only one who can stop this new and dangerous threat. Can this trio overcome the ghosts of their past to save the ones they love and the Federated Universe? Captivated is a tale of two incredibly sexy and alpha men who have a committed and loving relationship with each other who then open up their arms to a broken woman and bring her back to life. When Vincenz and Julian first meet Hannah their relationship with her is purely platonic and they work with her to heal and overcome her emotional trauma. This is my first story where two main male characters have had a sexual relationship outside of one with a woman and I surprisingly enjoyed it immensely. The relationship Julian and Vin share was masterfully written and beautiful, they captured my heart right away. As Hannah slowly heals and finds that spark of life within herself the trio’s relationship dynamics change. I loved how they came together slowly and naturally, it never felt rushed. Hannah goes from being a broken shell of a woman to a strong, smart and endearing character with the support of Vin and Julian. And in return she helps them face their demons and feel worthy of love. Even though three may be an odd number the balance between them was perfect. Not to say there aren’t any snags, when you have two over-protective males and a woman who is determined to be strong on her own you know they are going to butt heads on occasion. But the chemistry between them sizzle, and Captivated has frequent and graphic sex scenes between Julian, Vincenz and Hannah. And let me tell you, they are each panty drenching! M/M, M/F and M/F/M. This one is off- the-charts hot, my friends. Being my first read from Lauren Dane and the Phantom Corps series I had no understanding of this futuristic world, the technology or the lingo. There wasn’t an introduction to it or any side characters so I know I was missing out on some important details on the world and the war taking place, but surprisingly that had no affect on my over-all enjoyment of the story. The characters of Julian, Vincenz and Hannah and their relationship ensnarled me so completely it wasn’t an issue for me. I do have the previous two books on my shelf though and plan to read them as soon as I can, and I look forward to more from this series. Lauren Dane provides readers with an emotionally packed, sexually explosive and facinating story that is sure to hook you from the start! *A recommended Ménage read! (M/M/F)
StephJ-GA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was action packed from the beginning to the end. It kept me interested
bigreaderMF More than 1 year ago
Lauren Dane is a wonderful writer. This story grabs you in the first few pages and keeps your interest throughout. Great storyline. I would highly recommend this book.
bookreader716 More than 1 year ago
If you like erotic romance,with a real story and you're open minded this is the book for you.First time readingbooks from this author. I will look for other books with this GREAT writer again in a heart beat. This book remind it me that I'm still alive inside WOW....
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lellis42 More than 1 year ago
love her work and read all this series, waiting for more.
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I read a lot of books, this one had a bit of everything.
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I really enjoyed this book, Although I hate it when the author does not describe the characters. In the end all I had learned was that Hannah had dark hair and Vincenz had blond hair. That is so frustrating to me when an author does that I need some point of reference. She also failed to reveal why Hannah had been kept alive in the labs. They spent the whole book trying to figure this out and then failed to answer the question. Maybe it will be in the next book but it looked like the series was over to me. This is my first book by this author maybe this is common for her I don't know.