Author: Maya Banks
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing Group 5/3/16
Length: 352 pages
Series: The Enforcers #2
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.
This is yet another example of how Ms Banks knows how to weave a story together so nicely that you’re not only drawn in by the characters both main and supporting but the story line just keeps it flowing at such a nice clip that you’re dying to keep reading even when it’s like 3am.
In this 2nd installment of the series, we see that Drake and Evangaline are at a crossroads of a sort – where Drake’s hand was forced in a sense for him to make his ‘enemies’ think that Evangaline was nothing more than a warm body to him in order to keep her from danger. In doing that though, he pushed her so far away that she wanted nothing to do with him, even though without him she had nothing and felt like she was nothing.
This story takes us on the rollercoaster that is their relationship. Drake has to not only find her, but convince her to believe that he didn’t truly mean anything that he said, and of course that is something that never comes easy in these stories. Trust is a hard thing to come by as we’ve seen with both our mains, and it’s only through the help of Drake’s men who adore and love Evangaline themselves that we see progress being made.
If that weren’t enough, they are going to find themselves dealing with issues and challenges at every turn. How much do they share with the public – how will he keep her safe, and what will that all mean for their relationship which is in a territory that neither are familiar wit hand are comfortable with.
If you think that’s enough to make a really good story – there’s yet that other element of something amazing that Ms Banks always gives us and that’s chemistry and heat that is sooo intense that you can’t help but root for them. And if you think that the depth of relationship is enough between these two, you can’t forget all of the men that are in their circle – Silas and Maddox of course are favorites but the others (sans Hatcher of course) are definitely worth learning more about as they are not just sexy in their own ways but ultimately great guys. So…not sure who will be next featured in this series but i can’t wait to see what happens.