Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mastered by Maya Banks


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist.

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F BDSM Romance
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Let me start by saying that I really enjoy Maya Banks' books. I was a little thrown by this one though, as it seemed to be missing things or just lacking in what I have come to expect from Ms. Banks.

Drake is an alpha male who is used to getting what he wants. Not in some things, but in all things. He uses intimidation, money, and his loyal men to get the job done. While I had issues with his alpha-ness when it came to Evangeline, I think overall, he just lacked development or depth. He was sweet and generous when it came to Evangeline, but he believed that he needed to keep her wrapped in bubble wrap in order for her to "survive in his world." I liked his men far more than I liked him in this book.

Evangeline is somewhat of a conundrum. She was humiliated and rather than stand up for herself, she somehow manages to catch Drake's eye and then submits to his every whim without really knowing him. While I can understand the power an alpha male who won't take no for an answer might have, she just seemed to fold on herself pretty quickly. She molded to what Drake needed.

There were times in this story that I wanted to shake each character. They had the potential for so much. And while I did enjoy the story as a whole, there were things in their history that seemed to be glossed over. Also, I absolutely hated how Drake treated Evangeline throughout. Despite telling her she was important to him, he didn't quite live up to those words. I truly hope that Evangeline will find someone worthy of her gift or that Drake will quit being so alpha-holeish and show her what she is to him.




Maya Banks is a multiple #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels. She lives in Southeast Texas.

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Avid Reader reviewed her personal copy of Mastered (The Enforcers #1) by Maya Banks for this post.

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