Sunday, March 6, 2016

MASTERED by Maya Banks


Publisher: Berkley
Date published: December 2015
ISBN: 9780425280652
Contemporary erotic romance
Reviewed by Gabrielle


Obtained via publisher
Rating 3 1/2 Hearts

Maya Banks gives us a new tale of love and a new couple in this book. MASTERED brings us the beginning  of Drake and Evangeline’s story.  Will the two ever be able to work through it all and find their way to a happy ever after? Hope so but we must wait and see as this book is only the first part of their story. In this part of their story we get to see how they began their relationship. Evangeline has worked hard to get what she has in her life. When Drake enters that life he turns it upside down. Drake is used to playing the field and having everything go his way no questions asked. Yet when it comes to Evangeline his emotions come into question and Drake is not so sure of himself.  Can the two work together to find happiness or are they to far in opposite directions to connect?

I am a big fan of Maya Banks but Drake has left me wondering how I feel about him. One minute he has you adoring him and the next he has you thinking otherwise. I hope that in the end he redeems himself and has us adoring him. Evangeline is a good woman who begins to find what she wants with Drake but how far will she go for him? Watching the two work through everything in this book made for a good read but there is a lot of tearing down of Evangeline’s self-esteem and confidence.  There are many things about both characters that I loved and some that I did not like but hopefully both will grow in the next part of their story and realize just what could be. I enjoyed meeting some of the secondary characters like Drake’s men. They show themselves to be good men and I hope that we get to see more of them in the future. This book is a cliffhanger and does not end well for this couple but we will hopefully see redemption in the second half of their story.

MASTERED is an intense read from start to finish. Love is hard to find and harder to fight for. Drake learns this lesson the hard way and I cannot wait to see just how he will redeem himself for what he has dome to Evangeline.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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