ARC Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

Title: Mastered
Author: Maya Banks
Genre: Erotica
Type: Book 1 of The Enforcers series
POV: Third Person
Publication Date: December 29, 2015


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.


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ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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 side.

She was dizzy, balancing on the razor’s edge between pain and pleasure, and Drake was apparently an expert in knowing a woman’s limits.

Evangeline 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 haha!

Evangeline was innocent, naïve, sweet to her bones and as genuine as they came.

Story 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 something more to 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.

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.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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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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