Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Dec. 29

  • Mastered by Maya Banks: Release Day & Review

Mastered (The Enforcers, #1)

Book: Mastered

Series: The Enforcers #1

Author: Maya Banks

Publication Date: December 29, 2015



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 love Maya Banks books and was excited to get to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first in a new series and is centered around Drake Donovan and Evangeline Hawthorn. These two characters are polar opposites but totally right for each other.

Drake is one of a group of “brothers.” These men are very much alpha males that have seen and done things that would scare most normal people. They all have their secrets and live in a world that doesn’t always work within the laws of the land. Even with these characteristics, all of them have a softer, caring side that they don’t seem to normally show to anyone, yet they do to Evangeline. Drake finds himself feeling things that he had closed off years prior.

Evangeline is the very epitome of an innocent young lady that cares much more for others than herself. She is finds herself in Drake’s world; a world that is totally different from everything she has ever known. Her feelings for Drake are important enough to her to give up her independence to be a part of his life. The entire time, she doubts that Drake could care for someone like her.

The story of these two attempting to make their relationship work is very emotional at times. It is very hot as is typical with Ms. Banks books. Just as you think all is well, you are hit with a cliffhanger that will have you shaking your head. I really enjoyed this book and the story. I found it a bit “wordy” at times and felt that it could have moved a little faster because of that. I very much enjoyed the characters and am now anxiously awaiting the next book to get a resolution to the cliffhanger and this couple. I am also very interested in reading the stories of Drake’s “brothers.” 4 Stars for this one.












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