Title : Mastered
Series : The Enforcers #1
Author : Maya Banks
Release Date : December 29th, 2015
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breathless Trilogy comes the first novel in the Enforcers series—a bold new direction in erotic romance that explores the games men and women play, and the price they’re willing to pay for pleasure.
What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.
She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.
What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.
The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.
Coming May 2016: The Enforcers Book II: Dominated
* A review copy was provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *
~ 3.5 Angel Stars ~
Have you ever read a book that was enjoyable and intriguing read but still didn’t WOW you?
Well Mastered is that book for me. This is the first Maya Banks book that I have read and even though it wasn’t a 5 star read for me I will continue to read other books by this author.
Mastered is the first book in a new series by Maya Banks. I thought this was a good start to this series, but I also felt that the storyline was a little lacking. This book really didn’t have enough drama for me. This truly was a book about Drake and Evangeline’s relationship. This book gave me a 50 shades/ Pretty Woman vibe. This book does focus on a Dom/sub relationship and it also ends with a Cliffhanger. It was sort of an insta-love type story, in the sense that Drake is immediately attracted to Evangeline and is determined to claim her and make her his.
We meet Drake and Evangeline in this story. Drake is a very wealthy man who owns many clubs. He had a tough upbringing, even though we don’t learn a whole lot about it. He is also a very strong Dominant. Evangeline is a quiet and reserved girl who lives in New York with her girlfriends from school. She is a waitress at a local pub so that she can send money home to her parents. Evangeline has always taken care of things for her parents and has never done anything for herself. She has extremely low self esteem due to a bad relationship experience. This is how she comes to meet Drake. Her friends talk her into going to club Impulse (which is owned by Drake) with a VIP pass her friend got. This is all in hopes to make her ex realize what a fool he was in letting her go. Instead she catches the eye of Drake and like I said before, he is determined to make her his.
I liked Drake as a character even though there were a couple things he did in the story that really pissed me off. Maya sure knows how to create a sexy Alpha hero. As for Evangeline….I liked her but yet I didn’t. What bugged me the most about her was her wishy washy attitude. One minute she was all self conscious and then on the next page she pulled up her big girl pants and stood up for herself. This lasted throughout the whole story. I would’ve liked to see better growth from her. The fact that she always needed reassurance from Drake kind of got on my nerves towards the end.
Now I did say this book ended with a cliffhanger and it does but it isn’t a true nail biter. I kind of saw it coming after certain things are revealed at the end. I am interested to see where Maya takes this series. I am hoping for a little bit more drama in the next book. I also hope that some of the other guys we meet in this book get a story of their own.
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.