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Undercover (Federation Chronicles #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,516 ratings  ·  114 reviews
A sexy debut exploring an erotic future universe of passion, danger, and deceit... On the battleground or in the bedroom, one woman and two men fight for dominance in a bold, new, and excitingly different direction in erotica... As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can't st...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley Books
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Isis FG
I typically don't read fantasy/futuristic stuff...it doesn't appeal to me all that much. But I read this one anyway. Actually, when I read the summary on the back at B&N, I missed the little thing at the top calling it futuristic, and though the summary seemed a little odd to me, I thought maybe it was some covert group-contemporary thing. Oops! My bad. I didn't realize it was a futuristic romance until I got home and looked at the reviews here on GR. But I read it anyway. It sounded pretty...more
Marion
Nov 27, 2008 Marion rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: loaned to D
Shelves: erotic-romance
Ten years ago Sera walked away from Ash. Due to his social status he could never get married to her and was forced to marry another women. Ash offered Sera the status of being his mistress which hurt her deeply. Now working as an officer for the federation she is forced to work with Ash and Brandt to expose traitors within the Federation. Sera is furious because she has to pose as Brandt's concubine so they can gather evidence. She is fighting her attraction to Brandt and really hates herself fo...more
Lisa Kay
Who knew I would like a futuristic sci-fi tale with tons of three-way action when I prefer Regency with a little sweet and spicy? This book was HOT. Plus, it was a good story and I found it easy to envision the futuristic setting. I usually don't like stories about 'second chances' at love. I figure, when it's done, it's done. But, LD wrote a very convincing story here with a plausible background. So, I had to read the next book in the series.
Cindi
This is really a 4.5 star book. I always enjoy Lauren Dane's work because, while her stories are classed as erotica, she tells a great tale first and formost. The sex is encased with love so anything some class as "kinky" seems very normal. In fact, her characters discuss that very thing: anything between consenting adults in love is OK. That said, the crux of this love story and covert ops sting results in a permanent threesome which may make some readers uncomfortable; however the discussions...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
This one has to much BSDM as in PAIN!!! and M/M in this one for me, I couldn‘t finish it.. Plus the story line is different, but it just to similar to Laid Bare.. I will suggest for those like me who likes D/s with out pain and less M/M please go with Laid Bare..
I also didn’t enjoy the characters or the story line.
Katie(babs)
Undercover is the first book I have ever read by Lauren Dane, and it defintely won't be my last. This futuristic sci-fi tale is a bit on the kinky side with a great deal of erotic sex. There is no plain vanilla fun in these pages, but a great story filled with S&M and wonderful ménage love between two men and the woman they want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Sera Ayers is a lieutenant in the Federation Military Corps, a strong leader and woman not to be messed with. Her past comes ba...more
ElaineY
DID NOT FINISH.
Too much sex and nothing else despite two gorgeous hunks. It's lost my interest as it reads more like a historical in parts rather than a futuristic and I'm not captivated by the sex in this menage so have been hoping for the action-suspense sequences. It took too long so I ditched this for Cindy Gerard.

I gotta stop buying these erotic romance tradebacks - too costly not to finish! I'll be looking out for someone else's review, though, and even spoilers that might entice me to car...more
Jane Stewart
Hot and wild erotic scenes, but weak on the story side.

STORY BRIEF:
Sera’s parents were from a low class. Ash and Brandt are from the “Ranking Families” the highest class. Sera and Ash were in love, but Ash couldn’t marry Sera due to the class difference. His family forced him to marry Kira, for an alliance. Ash wanted Sera to stay with him as his mistress, but she was hurt and left. She became a successful military officer. Ash ended up divorced. Ten years later Sera is assigned to work with Ash...more
Lea
May 21, 2010 Lea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lea by: i_love_my_kiera@yahoo.ca
Shelves: read-in-2009
Lieutenant Sera Ayers has earned her way in the Federation Military Corps to lead her own team to defend the Known Universes, from an Imperialist threat. Sera is a distinguished military officer, a linguist, a tough highly trained soldier who is proud of her career accomplishments. Enter Commander Ash Walker, (the man she hates most in the universes) and Paracommander Brandt Pela who recruit an enraged, kicking, screaming and punching Sera as an operative in a covert mission. Sera is forced to l...more
Cindy
Futuristic/SFR with a relationship driven plot. I'm not saying there isn't action but much of it is sexual. Since this is a ménage book, a great deal of time is spent on scenes exploring combinations of one, two and three partners. [Despite the heroine assuring them she is okay with 'boy touching' - her words, not mine - the two guys are into her and not each other. They are emotionally intimate, and there is an occasional kiss or caress - but it's on the way to what they really want, her.] Ligh...more
Leontine
At one moment in time Lieutenant Sera Ayers has submitted herself to a man who claimed her mind, body and soul to betray her in the worst of ways. After this she lost herself for a while, searching for another dominant but always shying away from completely trusting and surrendering herself again. She found solace in the Federation United Forces, using every one of her skills she climbed their ranks, honing her body into a perfect working machine. Until Ash, her once dominant lover, walks into h...more
Saritza
Had to give myself a day to think about my review for this book because there were many parts I enjoyed but felt a little discomfited about the lack of real M/M in the book. This menage book is very well-written with a storyline that was engaging and a great plot not to mention three highly seductive and sexy main characters. I've read a few reviews stating the M/M element was something they didn't enjoy and I always get annoyed by these when reading any menage book. The boys have to touch at so...more
Phoebe
Sep 29, 2010 Phoebe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Phoebe by: Lauren Dane
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Jackie
Aug 27, 2011 Jackie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of M/F/M relationships who enjoy D/S play in the bedroom scenes
Shelves: read-in-2011
Lauren Dane made a fan out of me with her Brown Siblings series books and although Undercover has a lot of the same flavor with the M/F/M story line that is where the comparison stops. This book is much darker, much harsher and even with the enticement of being a Fantasy Sci-Fi it just did not quite hold my attention the way I was hoping it would. For one thing to be honest the main characters of Sera, Ash and Brandt never really connected with me. I think given reactions from long time fans o...more
Jill Dunlop
Sera Ayers walks into her commanding officer's office only to be confronted with a man she vowed to forget, Ash Walker. Their love affair ended abruptly after she found out he was engaged to be married and he wanted to set her up as his mistress. See in this Universe, Ash is from one of the founding families and as one of the first sons he is expected to marry for political ties. Keeping a mistress or two on the side is perfectly acceptable by societies standards. Only Sera has more pride than t...more
Andrea
This wasn't my favorite book by Lauren Dane. I enjoyed the characters and their romance but the other aspects of the story made it less enjoyable. There was nothing wrong with the book, it was my reaction to it that stopped me from enjoying it more.

I didn't like the patriarchal world the book was set in. I can understand the basics of a dominant/submissive relationship but I don't really get it. Sera needs the safety and comfort of being submissive, I don't get that at all so it made it difficul...more
Vicky
I was very out of my element while hunting for a menage book for a challenge and stumbled across quite a bit of praise for Lauren Dane. A lot of said praise specifically targeted Laid Bare, but I decided to go with Undercover since it was a science-fiction romance and I thought it would be more my style. It wasn't.

There were different universes, spacey travel, and the technology to implant chips in their heads so they can talk to each other while undercover. Outside of that it could have been an...more
Michelle Kelly
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Patti Loves FAB Romance
I picked up this book because I liked Laid Bare, and while browsing Amazon saw this book was on sale. Whoo-eee! I didn't realize it was a futuristic story, as I don't usually enjoy that sort of book, but this one was great. Sooo sexy.

Sera Ayers was in love with Ash Walker 10 years ago. He was totally Dominant and she loved submitting to him. He was the love of her life and he ended up having to marry for political reasons. Sera refused to be his sanctioned mistress. She was bitter and depressed...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
Undercover is my one of my FAVOURITE books by Ms. Dane. This book has it all - angst, kinky sex, two HOT alpha doms, a sexy sub and menage scenes that make me melt into a puddle. I love this new world Ms. Dane created. I love the sci-fi parts of it. I really love Ash, Brandt and Sera. The painful past which becomes a hard future together was pretty impressive. I felt emotionally attached to each of the characters. No one was perfect. Each had flaws which were easily relatable. With how hot Ash a...more
Barbara ★
I own over 20 of Ms. Dane's books but this is the first that I've actually read. I did like this story but I must admit that it has more sex than plot. Luckily for me, I really really liked the heroine (Sera) and both the guys (Ash and Brandt). It was blatantly obvious that Ash was forced to marry another woman ten years ago, leaving his lover Sera. Poor Sera had a rough time getting over him (not that she ever really did). Ash turned to his best friend Brandt for a little M/M relief and eventua...more
m.allen
I had mixed feelings about this book. I would have rated the first half of it 4 stars and the second half 2 stars, therefore I went in the middle and gave it 3 stars.

The beginning was great with the character development and the plot set up, but after a while it just started to drag on. I think the author could have done a lot more and been more creative with the menage situation. I would read another book by Lauren Dane in the future though, it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't give her a second c...more
Lucy

Well, hell! My very first ménage book and it was HAWT!

I consider myself a very open-minded person and I love to try new things, however I was more than a bit reluctant to try this kind of book, for mainly two reasons.

First of all, I tend to love one love interest and hate the other(s), so I didn't see myself getting into the story and enjoying the plot and the book in general.

Also, it usually just takes the heroine making out with both love interests for me to feel like she is betraying them in...more
Artemis
This book was not for my taste, a bit too graphic for me. I couldn't get myself to like the storyline and the heroine was also not to my liking. I'm not a prude but this was just not up my alley, there were multiple sex scenes, can't even count, didn't finish the book. If you like Erotic novels, here's one that might catch your interest, it has a sci-fi twist to it with a historical context. Enjoy!
Kelly
HUGE Disappointment.
Sci Fi aspect was very weak and the world building blah....
The erotic story would have worked better with more angst and less all one big happy family.
This one really had potential and didn't go where I think it needed to.
:-(
Jean
This is a futuristic menage story. The story itself and characters were ok. The sex was very repetitive and got boring pretty quickly, and IMO the author did not take full advantage of the menage opportunities.
Bookfanatic
This book is not good as the second book in the Federation series. The heroine is reunited with the much higher ranking aristocrat who devastated her years earlier by leaving her to marry a more politically connected woman. Of course now that he's divorced, he wants the heroine back. It reminded me of the old adage "Never make someone a priority who treats you as an option." Too bad the heroine didn't know that saying. I thought he need to squirm some more and beg her forgiveness for a lot longe...more
Alisha
Rating: 3.5, I'd say.

Flesh out review to follow shortly.
Felicia (Ferishia)
I'm not a huge reader of sci-fi fiction, but toss in a healthy dose of smexy time in, and I'm so there!

I loved every moment of this and not just the mmf and the mfm parts. The whole relationship between Sera, Brandt and Ash. It seemed like it would be awkward because Ash & Sera were former lovers in an D/s (light) relationship until Ash had to leave it. Fast forward ten years and Ash & Brandt are on the same military team and they need help finding out who is a traitor. Sera, a high rank...more
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Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

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