Release Day Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

Mastered by Maya Banks

Mastered by Maya Banks
Series: The Enforcers #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: December 29th 2015
Links: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

Mastered is the first book in Maya Banks’ The Enforcers series, and it tells the story of innocent and naive Evangeline being thrust into an erotic world that is completely out of her comfort zone. Drake Donovan is the lion to her lamb, and while Mastered should have been a cliché, I actually enjoyed it for the most part. It’s an exciting start to a new series that has a great potential to become even better.

Evangeline lost her virginity to a guy who only viewed her as a challenge, so her friends want her to get back at him by going to an exclusive club and showing him what he’s missing out on. Evangeline is shy and doesn’t have much confidence in herself, and even though she’s not a virgin anymore, she’s innocent in a lot of ways. But when she walks into Impulse, she has no idea that her entire life is going to change and that she’s going to be claimed by a rich, powerful man.

Drake Donovan is alpha to the max – he needs control in all things, and the one thing he can’t control is his need for Evangeline. Her innocence draws him, even when he knows he doesn’t deserve her, but he’s going to claim and dominate her anyway because what he wants, he gets.

What I liked most about Mastered was how Drake opens up Evangeline’s eyes toward herself and helps her develop her self-confidence and sexuality. Evangeline’s insecurity annoyed me in the beginning of the book, because she keeps repeating over and over how she never belongs anywhere, but with Drake’s help, the way she views herself starts to change and she becomes more endearing than anything to me by the end of the book. What was also sweet was the friendships that grew between Evangeline and Drake’s best friends. I adored the way all these hardened, alpha males became so smitten with her!

Mastered is book 1 of 2 in Drake and Evangeline’s story. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book, because I did not expect that cliffhanger ending in Mastered! If you’re a fan of steamy, kinky books with a dominating alpha billionaire and a heroine who is his complete opposite, then I’d recommend this book.

3.5 hearts

Reading Order: The Enforcers series

Mastered by Maya Banks Dominated by Maya Banks Kept by Maya Banks

#1 ~ Mastered: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Dominated: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads (May 3, 2016)
#3 ~ Kept: Paperback • Goodreads (Nov. 1, 2016)


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12 thoughts on “Release Day Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

  1. Im a huge fan of Maya’s. Her Sweet series is one of my all time favorite series…..But lately her books haven’t had “It”…..I’ll still read it, but i was wishing for a higher score

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever read any of Maya Banks before. I’m sorry this book is not your favorite. Which book would you recommend you read?

  3. I am fan of Maya banks. Her Rush, Burn, Fever are my favs .
    I just bought Mastered in paperback.
    Having said that, I hate cliffies so I buy the books, but I read only after series is complete…I’m wierd !!

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