RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                             MASTERED by MAYA BANKS



Title: Mastered

Series: The Enforcers #1

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic / Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th December, 2015

Publisher: Berkley









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.






Kindle Friends Forever 3 ★ Review

by Rachel McEwan & Sharon Thérèse Nuttall


We were so excited to be invited to review this book. The blurb was just up our street, too. Alpha male, naïve female protagonist who is attracted to him like no other man she had ever met. To say he is irresistible would be putting it lightly. Angst-ridden, hidden secrets and different in the respect that the secondary characters play an important part in the first book in this series should be in the making for a really good read. And we can’t argue that the author’s writing is perfect. Told in past tense and in third person with all the characters’ thoughts, what we really would have liked is more banter between two people who are as different as night and day. Saying that, KFF are fairly new newbies regarding this author’s works. Punchline! When there was dialogue, we had to rewind as we literally got lost in the minute details which were to our mind of thinking, a tad over the top.

Drake ~ ‘’I don’t deserve to walk on the same ground as you. But God help me, I won’t give you up…’’

Innocence is the name of the game and we loved the female protagonist’s absence of filter, who is so damn adorable and who is so sincere that we were left aghast. We blasphemed, cajoled and when it didn’t seem enough for her to see the light, we even went to lengths to talk out aloud to the person who held her future in his hands. He takes advantage of this gal who thinks she’s not worthy and is plainly ordinary in her eyes. Generous to the medulla, and in a place where she well-knows isn’t fitting for her, we couldn’t believe what we were reading. Does this happen in real life, we asked ourselves! We most sincerely hope not because it is a dangerous situation to be in for any young lass. Does he do what he does because he is out of his depth, has never come across someone so outstandingly sincere? So many questions which will only be answered by reading this book.

Drake ~ ‘’Why the hell are you working yourself to death in that shithole bar every night?’’
Evangeline ~ ‘’You could at least continue the fabulous foot massage if you’re going to interrogate me.’’

Evangeline is your girl next door. We’d just love to have her as our sons’ girlfriend. She’s a fighter, had a hard life but from a loving family that is foremost in every step she has taken. Quite honestly… the perfect daughter. Guided by her besties up to a certain point; she has principles even if they’re a tad archaic or conflictive to her persona. This trait of hers we found a little confusing as one minute she is influenced by her them and in another, she is defending secondary characters. Now this quirk of hers also confuses the man.

Evangeline ~ ‘’What could you possibly want with me? We exist in completely different stratospheres. I’m nothing. I’m average at best. Nothing to look at. The typical plain Jane who wouldn’t even draw notice in a small group, much less a crowd!’’

Yes, the man of the day is nothing less than drop-dead gorgeous and no wonder she succumbed to his persuasive ways. Who wouldn’t bend over backwards, (pun intended) for Mr Drake Donovan! Private, not at all forthcoming with his feelings, his wheels and deals have never been questioned by a third party, either. So is he prepared to come clean for once in his life? He has a dilemma on his hands and it’s on a force ten scale. He wants to own her, he wants her total submission. But for how long? Will he tire of her like he has with all his short-lived affairs in the past? Will he drive her away? Her reservations about her future are justly voiced. She is also justly proud for everything she has accomplished in a dire situation no one would wish to be in. Interesting don’t you think!

Drake ~ ‘’ ……. And just a warning, Angel. I give a lot. Everything. But I take every bit as much as I give.’’

So why did we award this book three stars when it had so much going for it? Quite simply the thoughts and feelings in this book for us were overly described. The plot was full of twists and turns which had so much going for it. We thought this was such a shame as so many characters in this read won us over. We adored Drake! The way he cherished Evangeline was simply delightful; however, there is a turn of events in the storyline which surprised us. It left us feeling differently towards him which disappointed us somewhat. Having said that, it did take the sex scenes to a whole different level in terms of steaminess! Although we are no prudes whatsoever to this kind of read, we felt this was out of character for this couple.

In a nutshell, read Mastered with an open mind. We most certainly hope it works for you.





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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels including the KGI series, Slow Burn series, and the Breathless and Surrender trilogies. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas. Visit her website at






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