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(The Enforcers #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,525 ratings  ·  688 reviews
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 amon
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Berkley Books
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Julie Perham Haley appears in the 3rd book of the series Kept, which is about her and Silas. There is no mention of her in Mastered.

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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
1 Star
This review is actually painful for me to write. Why? Because I used to love this author. I adored her Sweet series, and her early KGI series, so I know what she's capable of. This book? I felt like I was reading an entirely different author. I never thought I'd read a worse take on D/s than FSoG, but this took the cake. I kept reading in the hopes that it'll get better, and regretted that fully when I finished. Also the mere fact that the term of endearment; angel, is used almost 200 time
Geri Reads
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 59%

There were so many things wrong with this book I don't even know where to start...

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Title: Mastered
Series: The Enforcers, #1
Author: Maya Banks
Release date: 29th December, 2015
Cliffhanger: Yes
HEA: (view spoiler)

Have you ever read a book that has forced you to drink? Well, after a few chapters it quickly became apparent to me there was no way I'd be completing this sober.

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It's been a while since I've read a book that that had next to no redeeming qualities. What I pegged would be a romance between a powerful, protective dominant and a sweet, endearing he
Sarah Toussaint
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This heroine was just unforgivably annoying. She deserved that ending.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of FSOG type of books
Genre: Erotica
Type: Book 1 of The Enforcers series
POV: Third Person

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 t
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Evangeline has just been dumped and humiliated by her boyfriend. To make matters worse he breaks up with her and criticizes her after taking her virginity. Her friends offer her a VIP pass to the hottest club in NYC, Impulse, and concoct a plan for her to run into her ex looking perfect, so he can realize what he is missing. Like all good plans they don’t exactly workout as perfectly and instead of begging for forgiveness he attacks her.

Drake is a successful business man and owner of Impulse, h
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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“He tasted —and smelled— divine. Hot, alpha, badass male. Arrogant. Confident. And so yummy looking she couldn’t fathom that she was standing in his office while he was thoroughly kissing her in a way she’d never been kissed before.”

It's no secret that I am Maya Banks fan ever since I read her Breathless Trilogy. I was so excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on Mastered and meet Drake Donovan. While I know there are some mixed re
J. Grayland
Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of Maya Banks but this book was really disappointing, it was just so predictable, boring and yet another over done dominant, Alpha male Billionaire Drake Donovan with his sexy side kicks Maddox, Silas, justice and Zander who always gets what he wants and he wants Evangeline an innocent country girl who moved to the big city to work in a bar to support her sick parents back home. Evangeline's character is a boring air head and Drake wants to mold her into his sex slave, you would g ...more
Jamie Owsley
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is a cruel prank right??? Someone please tell me that Maya Banks did not write this...I refuse to believe it!!!
I have read almost every single book that she has written, the Breathless series numerous times! I refuse to accept that she could write such a horrible book, horrible!!
So below her standard of writing that I don't even know what to say...
The book was complete filler with not an ounce of substance! Way too far fetched to the point of serious eye rolling, too many characters to foll
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Not at all what I was expecting. Unable to rate as so disappointed!
Spoilers ahead

Evangeline is pursuaded by her best friends to use the one VIP pass that they have to go to the club. Her boyfriend had cruelly ended their relationship shortly after taking her virginity and she was encouraged to have a night out, the confrontation with her ex didn't go well as he said hateful and mean things to her and got physical, Evangeline was saved by the security of the club and led back to meet the owner.

Drake has risen from a tough childhood to being a successful business
Elfina Renee
May 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Sadly disappointed. Once upon a time I was addicted to everything Maya Banks. The Sweet series, KGI, Breathless and so many more. She's a hell of a gifted writer, her talents shouldn't be ignored but Masted wasn't my cup of tea. Highly doubt I'll continue with the next in the series. But you may feel differently...happy reading! ...more
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




23-year-old Evangeline is your typical shy, innocent, almost-virgin.
Her idiot ex Eddie dumped her cruelly after telling her she totally sucks in bed...and not in a good way.
Her friends/room-mates want her to win back some confidence - to show Eddie what he threw away - so they send her to the in-club in Manhattan IMPULSE --- a club owned by Drake Donovan!


He's your typical dominant, dark, hottie millionaire.
He doesn't have time for girlfriends, or love or any other stupid shit.
He controls
Debra Presley
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
On the fence, between 3 and 4 stars.

OMG I have so much to say about this book that I'm not even sure where to start.

Overall I enjoyed this book but there were a bunch of little things that bugged me. I'll start with the biggies of the little things first. This book isn't quite insta-love but it's more like insta-trust and insta-compliance and it just wasn't realistic to me. Then there's anal play and that's not the issue, but the scene in which it occurs had me asking a lot of questions. I bud
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Been awhile since you ventured into the world of dominance? Need to feel the thrill of and “Fifty” type of romance? Maya Banks’s latest series, The Enforcers, just might be what you’re longing for.

Not quite a virgin, yet naive in all things romance, Evangeline is being thrust into a night out by her friends. Completely and utterly lost in the world of night life, she runs smack into the guy that that has done nothing but make her feel worthless.

Drake is not a man to mess around. When he wants so
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.

BDSM/Erotic romance books are some of my favorite ones to read. When I was asked by the publisher if I wanted to review this Maya Banks book I jumped on it. Sadly this book had great potential but there was so much I felt could/should have been done differently.

This is a mature adult book so expect quite a bit of sex. Of course it has some BDSM aspects included. There's some anal sex - but these scenes turned me off. I don't
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
This was my first read by Maya Banks and I had heard nothing but great things, unfortunately though for me it did not really deliver what was promised. I did finish the book as I must admit I was intrigued as to what would happen and I will probably read the next one (I know sucker for punishment) but what could have been a great story just fell flat. It was long, too long in my opinion. A lot could have been edited out to help with the flow, but for me personally the characters just did not add ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok

God knows, why I have finished this...
And only God knows why I'll read the second book...

Nah, it's the devil, i'm sure, cause i can't leave it's my personal curse...a torturous flaw in my brain...

Gretchen  (About That Story)
This story was so captivating! I was completely pulled in and fascinated by this very dominating man that is Drake Donovan. An intense and erotic read!

Wow. I'm not sure how to describe all that I am feeling. The world that Drake Donovan lives in is like nothing I've experienced and I had a million questions about him and what he did. Intense and controlling doesn't even cover it! Evangeline Hawthorne is so genuinely sweet and sincere, honest to a fault and a bit naive. Loved the dynamic of the t
 Mary ❤️ DBO
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: a-m
I can't belive I'm doing this...
I loved the previous books of this author. It was, still is (I hope), one of my favourite authors, but SERIOUSLY, is this book written by her? I don't think this book it's written by her, I hope, because COME ON... it's like the characters are retarded. And the most retarded of all is her, the heroine.
I don't know were to start with my complaining and were to end.
It has so much contradiction in it, and so much fiction. I know the books are fiction, but hell
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
3coffeebeans *3.5

“My angel likes the pain.”

“It’s only pleasure,” she whispered.

     Well what can I possibly say... This book took me on a wild ride. I thought I knew how things will go but boy was I wrong. Maya kept surprising me every hundred pages or so with the plot twists. As this book is the first half of the Drake's & Evangeline's story there is much left to discover that was only alluded to (at best). The ending does end in c
Evangeline Hawthorn is on a mission. Well, not so much a mission as following through on an intervention staged by her best friends to make her ass wipe ex boyfriend regret dumping her. The plan: strut her stuff at the city's premier club Impulse where he'll be and have the time of her life with every other guy in the place. Her friends have even gone all out to glam her up and provided a VIP pass to assure her success.

Drake Donovan runs the city. Nothing happens without his knowledge and permi
Anas Attic  Book Blog
Right now, for now, this is a DNF for me. I read about 25% and just found it a little ridiculous. The female heroine in ridiculously innocent and naive and SO DOWN ON HERSELF! She was a sweet innocent almost virgin, then let a stranger go down on her in a nightclub? It was all a little silly, but not too bad. I may have enjoyed the book a little until I found out it was also a cliffy. I am not reading two or more of these, it's ok, just not ok enough for me to devote more than one book slot to i ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has me so times, it totally turned me off, and I was supremely annoyed at both the hero and the heroine for their actions and attitudes. Other times, I understood why Drake was the way he was and how that actually helped Evangeline to feel cherished and loved. The parts where Drake's partners interacted with Evangeline were my favorite because those scenes truly illustrated what an honest and genuine person could do for even the toughest badasses around, and I have to s ...more
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, 2015, 1-star, dnf
DNF @ 55%

I really, really wanted to like this book. It started off so promising, but quickly fell apart. I could not connect with Drake and Evangeline at all. To me, there was no likable quaility to either one of them. Their relationship was one based off of insta-love/like to the max, and it felt very far fetched.

I rarely ever DNF a book. So, the decision to DNF this book was not an easy one for me. I agonized over what was the right thing to do. I had so many issues with the characters and the
I drank an entire bottle of wine to get through this and have no idea why I read it to the end or what I am even doing with my life RN.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC Review:
2.5 stars

Mastered is book one in Maya Banks’ Enforcer series. I am a fan of Maya Banks’ KGI series. I love her ability to write memorable characters and drive a strong storyline. That is why am I surprised at how much I am disappointed in this book. First, this is a very familiar trope. Evangeline Hawthorne is a small town ingénue living in the big city working to support her parents back home. After being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, she meets big town millionaire bad bo
☣ Jessica ☣
3 - 3 1/2 Stars

I'm kind of torn over this one. The beginning started out so great! The first "encounter" of Drake and Evangeline was so hot and had so much potential, but it quickly got weird and down right cringey. Her third time having sex, she does anal. Her fourth time, she has sex with another man with Drake watching. It just seems so unrealistic to me. Her whole shtick was that she was this innocent little naive angel and without questioning jack shit, she lets him and a stranger tear her
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: alb-ebook
Christian Grey is a fucked up controlling pathological stalker, but Drake is definitely giving Mr. Grey a run for his money!
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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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