Why I read it
I adore Maya Banks books!
What I rated it
What it’s about
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.
At the end of the first book in this series, Mastered, we are left with a pretty big cliffhanger. Be advised, this is NOT a standalone, but a continuation of Mastered. Dominated picks up right where Mastered left off.
One of the most precious and fundamental parts of a D/s relationship is trust. Without the trust of both parties, the relationship cannot thrive. Drake has broken Evangeline’s trust, and we spend the majority of this book with him trying to find his redemption in her eyes, and him trying to win her back.
Evangeline has every right to be wary; why should she trust a man who has so completely destroyed her? But Drake pulls out all the stops in his quest to win her back.
I loved that this was not just a simple, “I’m sorry, please take me back” type of a story. Drake had to grovel, bed, and plead in his attempt to win Evangeline’s heart back. She is not going to cave easily, and Drake certainly was up to the challenge.
The Thanksgiving holiday spent with Evangeline’s family was very precious to me. I loved seeing the interactions with the parents and Evangeline. I really felt both Drake and Evangeline needed to spend time with them, and it warmed my heart Drake was able to arrange everything for them
I loved the relationships between Evangeline and Drake’s men, especially Silas. He is truly one scary man, but he has opened himself up to Evangeline, and I am hoping to see his HEA in the near future!
Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and hope to see Silas’s book come out soon!