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Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist.
 
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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michele review 3 and a half stars

When I was asked if I wanted to read this book, I jumped at the chance! After reading others by Maya Banks, I’ve fallen in love with her writing, so it was a given that I would want to read this book as well. I just wish I loved this book as much as I did the others.

I first start off with what I really liked about the book. Ummmm can you say Drake Donavan? That is one slice of hot and sex man candy! I love the sexy alpha male in any story, and Drake is definitely one of them. He’s mysterious and in control of everything that’s around him. This definitely leaks into the bedroom, and if you’re like me and totally down for some BDSM, then you’ll enjoy the leakage ;). I also enjoyed Evangeline’s character as well. She a very sweet, yet sometimes naïve, but you can’t help but love her. She’s very loyal to those she cares about and will do what ever she can to stand up for them.

The story line was just OK for me. I loved Drake and Evangeline’s characters, but I just wish there was more to them than what was in the story. Too quickly, Evangeline gives in to Drake’s demands (even though she doesn’t fully agree with them). I wish she would’ve have shown the backbone she shows to everyone else, to Drake as well. Drake, all of us women love a man of mystery, but I wish we could have had more of what made him him. He’s got all these bodyguards surrounding him at all times, but we never fully understand how he got to where he is or what he really does on the side. Who knows, I probably would have loved Drake even more if I knew some more about him.

Overall, this book was a good read, but there were some holes that I hope are filled in the next book. Don’t get me wrong, the story was pretty good, and Maya Banks does give you the feels. I just wish there was more to the story than what there was. I’m hoping that the next book will make me fall in love with this series. I know sometimes the authors build up the tension during a series, but I just wish I had more instant gratification with this one.

If you love Maya Banks, I’d definitely say give this book a try! As they always say, not everyone reads the same book. So who knows, this could be your top read for the year!


** I was given a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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