by Maya Banks (Goodreads Author)
From the #1 New 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 pleasure.
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.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult BDSM Erotic Romance
Part 1 in a new series
My Mastered Review . . .
This is one of those books that I liked but at the same time it made me cringe with displeasure. Anyone who follows my blog knows I'm never a fan of a super insecure heroine and here we have one. Yet she's also a huge dichotomy. In one hand she's real, sweet, loyal, fierce and genuine and then on the other hand she's super insecure that she can't believe anyone would ever like her or even pay attention to her.
Her insecurities were throughout the WHOLE book and there was a brief moment where they were getting better but they end up being her demise in the end. Evangeline is a quiet girl who doesn't have much of a life expect for work, her friends and helping out her parents. After making one bad judgement her friends convince her to be bold and show him what he's missing. As she steps way out of her comfort zone she meets the domineering, rich Drake Donovan. Even though she's a fish out of water, she instantly warps to Drake's pleasure.
Drake is dominant and doesn't do relationships but there is something about Evangeline that makes him want to own her. Now here is where parts of this story irked me. Usually with the BDSM lifestyle and a newbie the dominant explains what they are getting into but here Drake dragged her into his world with not alot of information and made a lot of demands on her. Since she's in way over her head there's a large learning curve for her but she came across as an insecure spineless victim more than a strong natural submissive as she was intended to be.
In some stories where the male is possessive and takes ownership it can come across as sexy in a alpha male type of thing but since there relationship escalated so quickly and so many elements were vaguely brushed over the ownership had a more negative tone for me then intended. It could have been the mood I was in while reading, as that does effect reading but I'm not convinced that is solely the reason.
At the beginning of the book, her friends are fiercely loyal but the one moment Evangeline sticks up for herself and chooses herself they quickly abandon her. I'm all about sisterhood so this part also left me wanting more, but maybe it will come full circle in the next book. The jury is still out on the aspect of the story.
As soon as Evangeline is getting comfortable in her own skin her biggest fears are met, but since her insecurities rule her she can't read behind any lines or actions causing her to be hurt and run. In the end we are left with a cliffhanger wondering if these two will find their way.
Did I like this book? Yes and no. Will I continue? Yes as I need to know what happens with that cliffhanger ending. Do I think the series will get better than this book? Yes, actually I think it has huge potential and I can't wait for more from Silas, Justice and Maddox.
2 I'm not sure thumbs up!