Release Day May 5, 2016
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breathless Trilogy and Mastered, comes Dominated, the second 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.
Coming November 2016: The Enforcers Book III: Kept
“Find her,” Drake said harshly, the nights without sleep evident in his haggard appearance. “This is your only priority, your only job. Find her and bring her back to me.”
He’d gathered his sentinels. The only men in his inner circle, a tight band of men—brothers—his partners in business and the only men he trusted with his life—and Evangeline’s.
The only men he’d allow to see him at his lowest, unguarded. Vulnerable. Nothing mattered to him. Not exposing his weakness. Not allowing his iron control that had maintained him through most of his life to slip. They all knew that Evangeline was . . . special. All important. And they, like him, liked her. Respected her.
And they were all pissed. At him.
“Goddamn it, Drake,” Maddox hissed out. “How could you do it? There had to be another way.”
“There was no other goddamn way and you know it!” Drake barked, fury and helplessness eating him alive, gutting him until there was nothing left but a soulless shell of a man standing helplessly in front of his brothers begging for their help.
Looks were exchanged. Some of sympathy, some of resignation as they realized Drake was right, and still others of quiet fury that Evangeline had been treated—betrayed—in such a despicable manner.
Goddamn useless woman. Can’t even give good head. Your only use is in my bedroom.
His cruel words sliced through his mind, a jagged cut making him bleed all over again, a vicious reminder of the unforgivable things he’d said to her. All in the effort to convince the fucking Luconis she meant nothing to him.
When in fact, she was his goddamn world. And she was gone.
He couldn’t blame her. He’d devastated her. Had ripped her to shreds until she was bleeding from the verbal wounds he’d inflicted. And Jesus, his physical treatment of her. No, the only person at fault was himself.
Silas had remained silent, his features carved in stone, but his eyes were a dead giveaway in a man who usually gave away nothing at all.
“She didn’t deserve this,” Silas said in his quiet voice. But then he never had to raise his voice to make his point. When he spoke, others instinctively ceased talking and listened to him. He was a man who commanded authority and respect.
“No, she didn’t,” Drake said hoarsely. “Don’t you think I know that? Do you think a single night goes by that I don’t replay the image of her broken, in utter despair, her tears—goddamn it, her tears—and worse, her fear. Of me. Of her humiliation. Her absolute belief in every insult, every word I hurled her way in an effort to make sure the goddamn Luconis never suspected what she meant to me. I’ll never forget. As long as I live, I’ll never forget that night.”
His tone grew savage, fury radiating from him like a beacon.
“She could be anywhere out there. Alone. Afraid. Her parents haven’t heard from her. And those bitches she called her best friends . . .” He broke off and had to visibly compose himself.
He and Maddox had gone there first only to discover that they hadn’t heard from her either. Except . . . Lana had admitted that Evangeline had called that day, the day she’d planned to visit them. To reconcile. And that she’d told her not to come. Guilt had been reflected in the eyes of all her “friends.”
It was then that Drake had understood that she’d never planned to execute her surprise to him, hadn’t lied to him in order to set up her playing hostess for him. She’d been hurt by her friends’ rejection, and so she’d turned to the one true thing in her life, seeking his approval, needing it, because she had no one else.
Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Maya Banks, 2016.
*arc provided by the publisher for an honest review*
First thing I need to find out .. will there be another book?? Someone please tell me there is!!! (FYI there is.. please see the bottom of this post) . The answer question to that may impact how I feel about this book. I liked this one a heck of a lot more than Mastered, and lets be honest that ending killed us all.
In Dominated (you can find my review of Book 1- Mastered here), I feel like maybe I had my expectations too high. Maybe I needed too much from this book. I liked it, and I liked it... a lot. I liked the storyline and the characters, but I still feel like I have unanswered questions.
Okay how do I address this without spoilers... her friends. Maddox had a small talk with Drake about what happened and his suspicions, yet nothing comes of it. We don't have an answer when it came to them. We were left just as unsure as Angel. I just needed more when it came to them. It wasn't enough. It still felt a little unresolved. Just a tad bit.
I still feel like I don't know what Drake really does. While I love that he's finally making a statement with her. I felt like it was a one time deal. If he wanted to prove her worth to him, I don't feel like he proved much. <-- see maybe I expected too much. Maybe I needed too much from him. Maybe it was me.
I feel like we're still kind of missing our independent Evangeline who worked so much to care for her parents. I feel like we got snippets of this stronger woman, then she'd be taken away and the weaker woman would emerge again. I needed to see her grow some balls and be a strong woman to stand beside Drake. <-- see maybe I needed too much again.
Drake on the other hand. I want to love him, but after his actions in this book... I don't know if I do anymore. Evangeline is quick to always forgive, but I don't know that I can. Somethings I just can't move past on, and what happened ... it's right on the line of "can you get past this huge mistake I made?" I don't know if I can.
I loved the changes we saw in Drake though. I love love love seeing more of his men and learning more about them. Let's be honest, we all love us some of that special visitor. And the things Drake does for her parents warms your heart toward him. Of course Maya's writing was great. Some parts were a little redundant, but at least I didn't feel that overwhelming feeling of wanting to skim like I did before. This time I was all in from page one.
BRING IT ON DRAKE. was all.I could.think from the start. and for the most part , over half, he brought it.
I gave this 4 stars
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Mastered (The Enforcers #1)
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 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.
Kept (The Enforcers #3)
From the author of Mastered and Dominated comes the third Enforcers novel—the searing story of a woman who finds sanctuary in surrender...
He can’t change who he is...
A horrific childhood has made Silas the man he is today: dangerous, distrustful, and demanding. He’s lived in self-imposed solitude, convinced that no woman could ever accept his need for absolute control—in business and pleasure. That is, until a young violinist walks into one of his buildings and into his life.
She can’t change what she wants...
Haley has been struggling to fulfill her father’s dying wish: to attend a prestigious music school in New York City. But even working two jobs, she can’t afford the tiniest of apartments. Seeing her hopeless and near tears, Silas vows to help and protect her, no matter the cost to himself. But when Haley meets his every demand with unwavering acceptance and love, he is overwhelmed by her goodness and gentle spirit. He knows that the dark stain on his soul can never be erased—and rather than risk destroying the most beautiful thing he's ever experienced, he knows he'll have to do the hardest thing he's ever had to face. Let her go. But he's totally unprepared for the lengths Haley will go to fight for his love and a future brighter than the sun...