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DNF 59%There were so many things wrong with this book I don t even know where to start DNF 59%There were so many things wrong with this book I don t even know where to start Genre EroticaType Book 1 of The Enforcers seriesPOV Third PersonRating Drake Donovan was a successful businessman One of his many ventures was a nightclub called Impulse where only people with the right look and the right connection would ever allowed in Being successful meant never showing weakness and he never did until an impressionable young woman stepped into his club.Evangeline Hawthorn was not supposed to be there, but a push by her best friends brought her to Impulse, only t Genre EroticaType Book 1 of The Enforcers seriesPOV Third PersonRating Drake Donovan was a successful businessman One of his many ventures was a nightclub called Impulse where only people with the right look and the right connection would ever allowed in Being successful meant never showing weakness and he never did until an impressionable young woman stepped into his club.Evangeline Hawthorn was not supposed to be there, but a push by her best friends brought her to Impulse, only to be humiliated by an unexpected turn of event It brought her face to face with the commanding Drake, and sucked into his world headfirst without completely realizing what she signed up for What first attracted me to this book was the BDSM element the promise of dominance and submission, discovering their limits and pushing boundaries There were plenty of instances where one character venturing into new territory, but it was lighter on the BDSM sideShe was dizzy, balancing on the razor s edge between pain and pleasure, and Drake was apparently an expert in knowing a woman s limitsEvangeline was sheltered and innocent Her mentality seems younger than her actual age However, she was matured in the sense of responsibility, working hard to make sure she provided for her family I respect that part of her, but the most part she was too meek for my liking Drake was always in control in every aspect of his life, but he wasn t a tyrant He was open and understanding to the needs of not only her, but the people around him in general.As mentioned, the BDSM elements was a little too tame There were hardly anything that pushed either of their limits much But thank god for the Manuel scene I d say it saved the day hahaEvangeline was innocent, na ve, sweet to her bones and as genuine as they cameStory wise, if you like books about hot successful mogul and their young impressionable ladies, this one would appeal to you Personally, I think it was an overused trope and it needed somethingto keep it fresh and engaging One major problem I had with this book was the pace and length For a book of this length I thought we would have a complete story Unfortunately now it has become a two part book of a standalone series I think everything could have been compressed and fit into one book because the story lacked arc It plateaued from about the moment they agreed to be together until almost the very end The cliffhanger ending was actually pretty good The overall would have been better if the journey towards there was tightened Note I love Silas I hope he is still getting his own book because I am intrigued by his story In fact, I like all of the secondary characters in this book because they added dimension to the book.Books in the series Forreviews reveals giveaways visit Title MasteredSeries The Enforcers, 1Author Maya BanksRelease date 29th December, 2015Cliffhanger Yes HEA view spoiler n a hide spoiler Have you ever read a book that has forced you to drink Well, after a few chapters it quickly became apparent to me there was no way I d be completing this sober.It s been a while since I ve read a book that that had next to no redeeming qualities What I pegged would be a romance between a powerful, protective dominant and a sweet, endearing he Title MasteredSeries The Enforcers, 1Author Maya BanksRelease date 29th December, 2015Cliffhanger Yes HEA view spoiler n a hide spoiler Have you ever read a book that has forced you to drink Well, after a few chapters it quickly became apparent to me there was no way I d be completing this sober.It s been a while since I ve read a book that that had next to no redeeming qualities What I pegged would be a romance between a powerful, protective dominant and a sweet, endearing heroine instead was an eyeball rolling, ereader throwing, binge drinking affair.On paper Evangeline possess some of the traits I adore in females on my kick ass Heroines shelf She s from a humble background, she s hardworking she puts the needs of her family before her own.In reality however, she had to be one of the most fickle, insecure, irritating heroines I ve ever come across It didn t help that every male that came within sniffing distance of her seemed to fall under her rapture They immediately seemed enamoured by her innocence and charm The problem I found however is that I was at a loss to what they all seemed beguiled by Quite simply put, I found her extremely foolish You need a keeper Someone to take care of you for once in your life You re moving in with me Suffice to say I wasn t a fan of Drake either It always perplexes me when a character is hugely successful in their professional life but can t seem to transfer those skills to their personal one I found Drake to be high handed and an utter turn off For the sake of my liver I ll wisely bow out of the series now I found myself too drunk frustrated with the characters storyline to form any attachments, not even the the revelations at the end can tempt me out of my detox FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON This heroine was just unforgivably annoying She deserved that ending. ( FREE E-PUB ) ♉ Mastered ☸ From theNew 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 pleasureWhat 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 endComing MayThe Enforcers Book II Dominated Evangeline has just been dumped and humiliated by her boyfriend To make matters worse he breaks up with her and criticizes her after taking her virginity Her friends offer her a VIP pass to the hottest club in NYC, Impulse, and concoct a plan for her to run into her ex looking perfect, so he can realize what he is missing Like all good plans they don t exactly workout as perfectly and instead of begging for forgiveness he attacks her Drake is a successful business man and owner of Impulse, h Evangeline has just been dumped and humiliated by her boyfriend To make matters worse he breaks up with her and criticizes her after taking her virginity Her friends offer her a VIP pass to the hottest club in NYC, Impulse, and concoct a plan for her to run into her ex looking perfect, so he can realize what he is missing Like all good plans they don t exactly workout as perfectly and instead of begging for forgiveness he attacks her Drake is a successful business man and owner of Impulse, he is immediately drawn to Evangeline She is beautiful, but way too innocent to be in a club like Impulse Since she already has his attention he watches Evangeline s ex and immediately intervenes After saving and interacting with Evangeline, Drake decides he wants Evangeline as a submissive Evangeline is completely clueless to this world, but decides to give Drake a chance, to do something for herself and live a little I don t care how many times this plot line is run there is something about these stories I just love While I did enjoy Mastered I didn t love it like I usually do I am not sure if it is just timing or me, but Evangeline was so weak throughout the majority of the story Drake was this domineering force in the beginning, but when it came to Evangeline he was constantly cowering to her Don t get me wrong it is a fantastic trait in a character, but it just didn t fit with the idea I had in my head I felt like Drake would act on something, then had to constantly explain and reassure Evangeline.Obviously I enjoyed Mastered and I am very eager for the rest of their story, but when you go into a story expecting one thing and get another it just throws you off sometimes This is one of those cases and I am sure other readers will not be as distracted by these things ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review He tasted and smelled divine Hot, alpha, badass male Arrogant Confident And so yummy looking she couldn t fathom that she was standing in his office while he was thoroughly kissing her in a way she d never been kissed before It s no secret that I am Maya Banks fan ever since I read her Breathless Trilogy I was so excited and couldn t wait to get my hands on Mastered and meet Drake Donovan While I know there are some mixed re ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review He tasted and smelled divine Hot, alpha, badass male Arrogant Confident And so yummy looking she couldn t fathom that she was standing in his office while he was thoroughly kissing her in a way she d never been kissed before It s no secret that I am Maya Banks fan ever since I read her Breathless Trilogy I was so excited and couldn t wait to get my hands on Mastered and meet Drake Donovan While I know there are some mixed reviews on this book, I happen to agree that yes there were scenes that had me questioning the heroine s judgement and how realistic the story is BUT I did happen to find the story entertaining, sexy, hot, and suspenseful Evangeline is a good girl from a small town, who moved to New York in order to financially support her parents, whom are not able to support themselves due to their health and circumstances Evangeline s life consist of work, work, andwork So with a non existent social life, she has her guards up But when she finally decided to take a chance on dating, she was humiliated when her boyfriend dumped her right after she gave him her virginity So when her friends decide it was time for Evangeline to let loose and show her ex boyfriend what he had lost, Evangeline never expected her one night at VIP exclusive club in NYC will lead her to Drake Donovan The price is you All of you I ll own you Every inch of you I m a man who is always in control of everything in my world My world, my rules And you have to play by my rules I especially demand control when it comes to the women in my bed Do you understand what I m telling you Drake Donovan is your sexy, very dominant and controlling alpha male He likes things to be done with order and precision So when Evangeline catches his eye, he wants her and won t stop till he claims her Instantly, he takes control of Evangeline s life He moved her into his apartment, provides for her financially, and has her monitored 24 7 Suddenly, Evangeline s whole world is shaken when she instantly trust Drake to take care of her I do, Drake God help me, but I do I feel safe with you I ve never felt so safe in my life Drake and Evangeline instantly falls into this relationship that was insta lust and insta trust Drake made it known to Evangeline that she must obey his orders and in such he would provide for her financially and open her sexually Their relationship is very one sided in such that Drake holds all the power and Evangeline is swept up in this whirlwind of money and obeying and trusting Drake Evangeline doesn t know what to make of this new found relationship because she was so used to providing for herself Little by little, we see Drake stripped down Evangeline and parts of the old Evangeline gets lost as she tries to submit and let Drake take over But what happens when Drake destroys the trust that Evangeline had for him Can Evangeline go back to the man who made her feel like just a property I only meant that our lovemaking won t always be as it was tonight I enjoy a variety of methods of sex Rough, soft, hard, sweet Bondage, spanking, you at my complete mercy, me in control at all times I enjoy kink I like the idea of my woman being available to me at all times Mastered may not be the book for everyone since the heroine is not very strong but I feel confident that Maya Banks will showcase a new strong Evangeline in the second book While the sex scenes were hot, there were some scenes that had me on the fence since I wasn t expecting it But other than that, I really enjoyed reading Mastered and getting to know the secondary cast of characters, whom will I assume play an integral part to the storyline The writing as always was sexy and addicting I wanted to knowabout Drake Donovan and his business I will just say the last 20% will definitely have readers devouring the book so fast and that cliffhanger ending had me intrigued and I can t wait to see what awaits for Evangeline and Drake Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages Banks This is a cruel prank right Someone please tell me that Maya Banks did not write thisI refuse to believe it I have read almost every single book that she has written, the Breathless series numerous times I refuse to accept that she could write such a horrible book, horrible So below her standard of writing that I don t even know what to sayThe book was complete filler with not an ounce of substance Way too far fetched to the point of serious eye rolling, too many characters to foll This is a cruel prank right Someone please tell me that Maya Banks did not write thisI refuse to believe it I have read almost every single book that she has written, the Breathless series numerous times I refuse to accept that she could write such a horrible book, horrible So below her standard of writing that I don t even know what to sayThe book was complete filler with not an ounce of substance Way too far fetched to the point of serious eye rolling, too many characters to follow because of the bad writing, I could go on and onDoes anyone even know a single thing about Drake besides him owning a night club and possibly being a bad guy Not me and the book was over 300 pages I swear it was like reading a first time author who was giving this genre the ole college tryAny true Maya Banks fan will feel the same way, it s impossible not to So do yourself a favor, if you are a true fan of her work, spare yourself the major disappoint you will feel after you ve paid 10 to read such a horrible book Sorry to be so harsh but there are few authors out there that you can count on writing amazing books and Maya Banks was one of themuntil now I am a big fan of Maya Banks but this book was really disappointing, it was just so predictable, boring and yet another over done dominant, Alpha male Billionaire Drake Donovan with his sexy side kicks Maddox, Silas, justice and Zander who always gets what he wants and he wants Evangeline an innocent country girl who moved to the big city to work in a bar to support her sick parents back home Evangeline s character is a boring air head and Drake wants to mold her into his sex slave, you would g I am a big fan of Maya Banks but this book was really disappointing, it was just so predictable, boring and yet another over done dominant, Alpha male Billionaire Drake Donovan with his sexy side kicks Maddox, Silas, justice and Zander who always gets what he wants and he wants Evangeline an innocent country girl who moved to the big city to work in a bar to support her sick parents back home Evangeline s character is a boring air head and Drake wants to mold her into his sex slave, you would getout of having a tooth pulled at the dentist than this book Narrated by the sexy voice of Jeremy York and even his talent couldn t save this Not at all what I was expecting Unable to rate as so disappointed