by Maya Banks
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Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
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.
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
“I don’t deserve to walk on the same ground as you. But God help me, I won’t give you up. I can’t give you up. You deserve a man who can offer you all the things you give to him and more. More than I can give you, Angel. You deserve far better than I can ever give you.”
I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve read an erotic/BDSM type of book and after finishing this, it got me in the mood to read more. Maya Banks, Mastered, is a first in the series of Enforcers. Originally slated to for each book to be a standalone, the first two will be about Evangeline & Drake so prepare for a hell of a cliffhanger. I need the second book NOW!
Evangeline is a sweet, young woman who’s been crushed by the fact that the guy she was dating took her virginity and dumps her. Her friends, in an effort to cheer her up, offers her a pass to an exclusive club, Impulse, so that she can run into her ex, looking gorgeous, and make him regret what he did. Plans go awry, when, completely out of her element in such a place, he attacks her both verbally and physically.
Sexy Drake, owner of Impulse, spots Evangeline the second she walks and immediately knows she should not be there but is beyond intrigued by her. Beauty and innocence, he knows that she has to be his. Drake is an alpha. Oh my, is he an alpha. I loved every inch of his dominant sexiness. I think a lot of alphas can come off more like assholes and yet Drake’s didn’t feel that way. I was just constantly fanning myself because everything he said and did was just HOT! He was domineering but damn if he didn’t take make sure that Evangeline was taken care of in every aspect of her well-being.
There is a feeling of insta-trust between them, especially on Evangeline’s side, but it just worked for me. She has vulnerabilities but she’s spunky. She sees past Drake and his men’s façade and it’s funny and sweet. She literally had me laughing out loud and was just so endearing that I couldn’t help but like her.
Drake, however, is fighting his feelings for her. What was supposed to be an arrangement becomes so much more. But Drake is hiding some big secrets about his own life that may forever change their relationship. I wanted to know more about what he’s hiding and damn it, that ending!! I don’t want to wait a few months for the next book! I want it now!