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  • The Enforcers, Book 1
  • Written by: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Mastered

Written by: Maya Banks
Narrated by: Jeremy York
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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.

©2015 Maya Banks (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Informative and well written!

While I truly enjoyed the story and delving into the psychology of the dom/sub dynamic, the internal dialogue was FAR too long and repetitive. The same artful telling of the story cold have been achieved in a few hours less to be sure. Still worth the read however.

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  • Vickie
  • 2016-02-22

The bad reviews are off base

Maya Banks has produced another ADULT entertainment story that was hot, moving and enthralling. The complexity of the story was enticing and gut wrenching. Take the plunge. You won't regret it

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  • Fran
  • 2016-11-23

prepare for whiplash & hideous southern accents

What did you like best about Mastered? What did you like least?

The characters have a lot of potential, but there is no development. The fast jump to relationship conflicts with what the characters themselves say. The male voice is fine, but his attempt at a female southern voice comes off as a parody, and makes them sound simpering and whiney.

Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks again?

I have liked other books by her much more!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO - there is no resolution and the characters constantly contradict themselves.

Any additional comments?

Didn't realize this book ends with a huge cliffhanger. Be prepared for dissappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-02

Unexpectedly AWFUL!

Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Jeremy York?

This is a teenage fantasy of a poor waitress being swept off her feet by a rich man. Which would be fine, but she is a dumb, whiny girl and he falls in love with her and wires money to her family, moves her to his house and buys her new wardrobe within 48 hours of meeting her....poof, life is great and she keeps whining. I can't even listen to this crap. Save your credit and buy a realistic, believable fantasy.

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  • N. Thompson
  • 2016-01-22

Constant Repeat

I couldn't get past the narrators voice first of all. Especially when he narrated the female. So corny...And the story was so repetitive. If I heard once I heard a million times how this woman was different than no other and that Drake was angry. I was mocking it in my car. I couldn't even finish it. I like Maya Banks Highlander books but this was my first and possible my last modern story from her. Sadly this is a thumbs down!

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  • Lauren
  • 2016-01-08

Very Disappointed!

I love Ms Banks books, however this story has been written at least twice by other authors. I find her male lead not sexy, but cruel, and her female lead is nauseating in her "innocence".
One of my biggest complaints, with Audible, and the publishers summary, is that NO WHERE did it mention that this is book one, of an undetermined number, in a series.

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  • Linda
  • 2016-01-03

NOT MAYA'S BEST EFFORT

Found myself rolling my eyes at characters and dialogue. I returned book before finishing. Disappointing.

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  • Brigitte
  • 2016-09-13

Omg! Omg! Omg! I don't think anything can be worse

Does Evangeline have to be such a doormat. She has absolutely NO PRIDE or self worth.

And why is book so long. Horrible storyline, too many side conversation, and no substance. I have read many books by maya banks, this is not her best work.

The narrator was great as the male voices however horrible as the female one. Especially Evangeline's. It sounded like a southern older women named Betty. It was bad.

I don't recommend this one.

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  • PeanutButterCup
  • 2016-02-09

What about your friends?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The weak, whiny female character and her story of woe. How many times was she going to whine about never having love, never having money and being oh so unattractive? Being a submissive doesn't necessarily mean a woman is helpless with almost zero self esteem.

What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give the girl some self esteem and direction in life. It also would've been great to hear some of Drake's history.

What three words best describe Jeremy York’s performance?

Good. Just Good.

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I've heard Myra Banks stories were entertaining but this one left me unfulfilled. This story did have potential which is why I think I'll try another one of her series.

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  • Pat
  • 2016-03-28

I Want To Be Mastered

Loved the book it flowed very easy from one chapter to another. I'd say this book is equal to "Shades of Gray". I hope there is another book that follows.

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  • Luz Greer
  • 2016-02-01

wow

oh my god . Again, Maya did a fantastic job writing a story. I can't wait to put my hands or I should say my headphones on for the next book.

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