Wednesday 4 May 2016

Review ~ Dominated by Maya Banks

Title: Dominated 
Series: The Enforcers #2
Author: Maya Banks
Release Date: May 3, 2016

The desire that exploded in Mastered continues its conflagration in Dominated—from the New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy.

To save her, he had to betray her...

In Drake’s shadowy world, his enemies would exploit any weakness he had in order to bring him to his knees, and so he’s never allowed himself to care about anyone...never exhibited any vulnerability, and it made him a force to be reckoned with. Until Evangeline—his angel. A woman who slipped past his defenses like no one had ever managed. She was his to protect and ultimately, to do that, he had to do the unthinkable and drive the only good thing in his world away.

But he will stop at nothing to get her back...

Devastated and destroyed, Evangeline doesn’t know what made Drake turn on her in such a shocking manner. She only knows she’ll never be the same. He once freed her from all her inhibitions, only now she is a prisoner to never-ending pain. But when Drake finds her again, she realizes there is more to his world than she ever imagined, and she must decide if she can once more trust—and submit—to the man who holds her wounded heart in his hands. And he must convince her of just how far he’ll go to regain her love and forgiveness.

Emotional roller coaster…

After the way Mastered ended, I have been impatiently waiting for this follow-up story, which takes that emotional cliffhanger and just keeps on going… 

Evangeline and Drake met by chance but the connection they had was hot and fiery from the start. Evangeline was sweet, stubborn and devoted to her family and friends, and now Drake. He was her dominant and her love, there was nothing she wouldn’t do for him. Drake really didn’t know what to make of this woman who wanted nothing from him except…him. He was rich, handsome and charming; women wanted him but for than just him…. She was too trusting and he didn’t trust enough. Chances are, there was going to be trouble.

And trouble there was! Two steps forward and three steps back could characterize the roller coaster ride that this loving-but-at-odds couple are on. Emotional, devastating and painful can only describe the feelings on both sides when misunderstandings and betrayal dog their every step. Evangeline, despite the knocks she keeps taking, refuses to give in to bitterness and anger. Learning more about Drake and the legacy of his childhood brings a lot more to the story as the two have to dig deep if they are going to make things work.

I loved this story and the highs and lows it brought with it. Evangeline and Drake’s dynamic is intriguing and highly entertaining to watch. What I found irresistible were Drake’s ‘men’, who were an integral part of this story once again. Maddox… sigh… and Silas! Oh my goodness, Silas... I want to wrap him up and take him home… 

Please, please say there are going to more stories in this series… I recommend, yes, Silas to be next on deck! 
~ Review by Diane

Dominated is the follow-up to Mastered. We continue our love affair with Evangeline and Drake, following them through the darkness that is their relationship. From lies, to deceit, to so much more… 

Is their relationship doomed from the start? It seems that way. Evangeline is a broken woman. She’s worked her whole life to support her parents and take care of them. Always sacrificing for others, until she meets Drake and he provides her with a different type of life. Then, the tables turn and she finds herself lost and broken, again. Drake will stop at nothing to find and bring his angel back to him, except… tell her the truth. The total truth. 

Dominated was fast paced and intriguing. I was flipping pages at an insane rate, trying to figure out what Drake was keeping from Evangeline. However, my real love isn’t with Drake and his angel, but with the secondary characters. All of those hot, hunky men who are intertwined in their lives and are integral in taking care of Evangeline and keeping Drake safe. Now that’s what I want more of. 

This is a well written story, with a fast moving plot that keeps you entertained. I hope that we’ll see more of those hot men in books to come! 
~ Review by Heather

Maya Banks is the #1 USA Today and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender trilogy, the Breathless trilogy, the Sweet series, and the Colters’ Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen!

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