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 the new trilogy, The Enforcers. Evangeline has been dumped and humiliated by her boyfriend after giving up her virginity to him. Her friends convince her to visit an exclusive club as a VIP guest, in hopes that the ex would see what a good thing he threw away. But, while she is there she attracts the attention of Drake, a man used to being in charge. He is dangerous and mysterious, but he can’t help feeling protective of the sweet Evangeline.
This story focuses on Evangeline’s self-worth and how she struggles to feel any value in herself. I enjoyed how she was not afraid to stand up to Drake, even though she questions her validity to do so. On the other hand, Drake’s alpha status was trumped up to the point where I felt like he was arrogant at times. However, I enjoyed how much he cared about Evangeline and felt that her safety was his main focus in life.
I have always been a HUGE fan of this author and any book that she has written. With that said, Mastered is the first book that did not live up to the high standard I hold Ms. Banks to. There was a lot of repetition of details within this story, which took away from my focus on reading. Also, I am not a fan of the dynamic of the D/s relationship between the main characters. I hope that might be different in the next book, but I don’t feel as though Evangeline is strong enough to be the kind of sub that Master Drake needs. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the story as a build up to the trilogy, it did not live up to my expectations.