Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review- MASTERED (The Enforcers, #1) by Maya Banks

Published- Berkeley 
Pub. Date- December 29, 2015
Genre- Erotica
Source- Print ARC 
Rating- 2 Stars

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.

Coming May 2016: The Enforcers Book II: Dominated

"He was in control. Always. No exceptions. Not a woman. Not anyone. And he planned to keep it that way."

Mastered could have been good if it weren't for the fact that the heroine was always bringing up how she wasn't beautiful. Even though we're led to believe she's insanely gorgeous and turns heads
everywhere she goes. Yeah, she's one of "those". You know the one; she doesn't "know" she's
beautiful and that's what makes her beautiful? And heroines like that aren't the ones that get on my last nerve. No. It's the ones that have such low self esteem and are like poor me, poor me. It felt like every page we had to be reminded that she didn't belong and that she wasn't that beautiful. 


I knew once I finished the first chapter that I would not be connecting to the story. For one, I feel like I've read it before. Girl meets boy; boy is insanely rich while girl is insanely naïve; girl might as well be a virgin; guy wants her to submit to him; girl basically does...no questions asked. Yawn. Give me something new. I'm okay with storylines being used over and over again if I can actually connect to the story that's being written. Drake Donovan definitely had that Christian Grey appeal; and I always was a sucker for Mr. Grey. 

I honestly wished I had enjoyed this more. It's a book I was very much looking forward to. I just like my heroines to have a little more confidence and more back bone. I also like a story to have a little more if you can look past a door-mat main character that thinks very lowly of herself, don't let my words sway you the other way. Everyone has different tastes in books. Unfortunately, this one was one that made me happy. I spent a lot of time wanting to throw my book across the room. I'm disappointed. 

"If it made him arrogant to consider himself God, so be it, because he was God. At least in his world."

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author-
Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.


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