Susi Reviews Mastered, (The Enforcers #1)
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.
I’d like to begin this review by telling you that this is my first Maya Banks book. Intriguing, erotic, sexy are words I can use to describe it. This is the story of Evangeline and Drake, two characters who are total opposites. Evangeline is a young innocent woman who moved to New York from a small town to help her parents financially. Big city life is pretty new to her. Drake is a powerful businessman. He is the total alpha male. He is handsome, dominant, and relentless. He is a club owner who lives a very private life. Women are disposable to him, except for Evangeline.
Evangeline visited Drake’s club one night, and that one night changed her life.
Drake takes over her life and keeps her, controlling her every move in life. His relationship with her, unusual for his lifestyle but one that I hope will become clearer in the next books. I admit, it took me some time to really get into this book. I didn’t care for Evangeline’s character. I felt she was weak having allowed this man she just met take full control of her life. However, I’m betting Evangeline’s character will flourish in the next book and surprise readers.
I liked the secondary characters. Drake’s men, those that kept watch over Evangeline were intriguing and made me laugh on several occasions. They have their own stories I wouldn’t mind reading about.
This book had plenty of sex scenes and some that made me squint and feel a bit uncomfortable. It is a BDSM book so expect the kink. All in all, I did enjoy this book.
The ending, a cliffhanger. The last 20% of the book will keep you hooked for sure.
I look forward to reading the next book because I need to know what happens to this couple. Maya, you have a new fan.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Be sure to add Mastered to your TBR list.
About the Author
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.