Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 29, 2015
Let’s get to this gals and guys! Mastered wobbled on my list of reading materials. See I haven’t had any luck with Maya Banks books the last year. Why? Well the men seem to be stalkerish, alpha, controlling and dangerous in their obsession of the woman they lust after. The see the woman they want and while they won’t take no, it feels like a wrong no. To the point they seem to be kidnapped and brainwashed into being everything the hero wants.
We meet Evangeline as her three friends are doing a makeover to send her to the hot club you have to have a pass to get into. With her VIP pass in hand, she meets resistance just getting in the door. Nervous as all get out, she orders a drink from the flirting bartender. Feeling uncomfortable, she decides to finish her drink and try a dance or two before exiting, but her ex-boyfriend shows up with his new hot number on his arm and proceeds to humiliate Evangeline up to the point he is going to assault her.
Drake owns the nightclub and many more business. Some not quite above board or legal, but he’s watching his club this particular night when he sees Evangeline. Fascinated with her, he knows she doesn’t belong there, but he wants her. When he sees her being assaulted he sends down his “man” to take care of the rubble and bring Evangeline up to him. Maddox takes care of business and right away is attracted to her, but knows the boss has already staked his claim.
Drake steamrolls Evangeline, nicknaming her Angel. He tells her what she is going to do and when. So being a woman I would respect, she defies him and goes about her life only to have herself kidnapped by Maddox and taken to Drake. This is when Drake pretty much takes over her life, asking her to trust him and hiding his darker side of life away from her. Then starts the “baby, I want to dominate your ass” kind of cave man demeanor. He is kinky and introduces Angel to it because that’s what he wants.
Through all of this, Evangeline’s (known as Vangie to her friends) friends are worried and threatening Drake’s men over kidnapping their roommate, but when Angel decides to give it a go with Drake, they think she is crazy and start shunning her. Even with Drake paying their rent for two years since he took Vangie from the rent cycle, plus he got the landlord to price control their rent.
The whole reason Evangeline came to New York was to make money to send home to her parents. Her father was screwed out his disability and her mother has illness they don’t go into. They lover her to pieces and approve of Drake taking care of her even if they don’t know everything going on.
So this is where I get weirded out. Drake has his brothers or friends and they take turns accompanying Angel, since God knows she can’t take care of her self since she has only been doing it before he came into her life. There is Maddox, Silas, Vance, Hatcher, and more that I can’t remember the names. They all fall in love with Angel because she is the “real thing” meaning she is honest to fault, protective of those she cares for and has no concept of her beauty. Creepy in there is a scene where Drake shares Angel with another man, someone not in Drake’s brother department.
The sex is sweet at first, but then goes into full dominate mode with Drake taking what he wants. The first really hard scene takes so long to get to since the author spent so much time inside their heads. I skimmed tons of pages as they go over their thoughts over and over that I was bored. In fact the book could have been a 50% less and gotten the story across just fine. Tons of times, I just wanted to scream at the characters to shut the hell up and move on already.
The story ends in a cliffhanger and I need to get this off my chest. If you don’t want to know the ending, then leave this section without reading.View Spoiler »Towards the end of the book I realized it wasn’t going to end well and in fact not really end. Drake’s secrets are going to crush his dreams. He arranges to have a business meeting with his dark group and sends Evangeline to be with her friends who are spurring her. She escapes Maddox and comes back to cook supper and be a hostess. Drake can’t let the men know he has a weakness so he assaults Angel in front of them and calls her names. It’s all for show, but it is humiliating and devastating to Evangeline. She leaves, throwing his commands out while trashing his penthouse. Drake knows what he did was bad, but he has to get through the meeting before he gets back to her only to find her gone. And for fucks sake I don’t need another book because I don’t give a damn if his guardian angel comes down to beg her back. She needs to stay hidden and away from him. Period. « Hide Spoiler
So I am stuck with a cliffhanger and the thought I will have to read book 2 just so I can finish this story. But hold up, I am pretty sure this is a trilogy just for these characters. If only she had cut out so much time in the characters heads, she might have gotten this all in one book.
I would only recommend this to anyone who loves Maya Banks all male style of writing where women are worshipped but kept hidden. If you don’t want to get caught up in a set of very flawed characters for more than one book, then skip it.