Dominated (The Enforcers #2) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published: May 3, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

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.

Review –

Drake is dominant, powerful, alpha male feared by many and he’s surrounded by a group of other alpha males whom he considers to be brothers and enforcers. Drake prides himself on having no vulnerabilities or weaknesses, until he loses Evangeline in a bid to protect her.

Drake was going to hold a meeting at his apartment with unsavory men from a mafia-like group and to make sure Evangeline was no where around because if the men saw the way he looked at her they would see how much she meant to him and could use her to get to him.

Evangeline had no idea of the seriousness of this meeting and decided to surprise him by hosting it for him and when Drake came in with the other men in tow he about died. He had to think quick so he demeaned her with every foul word he could think of and treated her as if she were a prostitute off the street. Drake moves the meeting to his office and Evangeline packs a change of clothes and leaves. Her plan is to regroup before heading home, but Drake turns New York City upside down in his desperation to locate her. Drake’s men, especially Silas and Maddox, are also devoted to her.

Their relationship has had its ups and downs and while  Evangeline forgives Drake, she’s still not entirely sure of her place in his life. She also knows that there are many things that Drake isn’t telling her, such as the nature of his businesses. They do reconnect as he encourages her to voice her fears and concerns. Evangeline also challenges Drake to provide the domination she’s come to crave.

I won’t go into any spoilers but suffice it to say there is a HEA and it is a white-hot read/listen.

The next book in the series is KEPT and it is about Silas. I can’t wait to start it. He is a big, brooding, quiet man who is sexy as Hell!

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Mastered (The Enforcers #1) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published:December 29, 2015

Format: Audio/Library Book

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.

Review –

Mastered is the first novel–and an emotional roller coaster–in a new erotic series by the very talented Maya Banks. If you’re a fan of really getting into a character’s mind while going on a journey of the heart, I think Drake and Evangeline will have you intrigued.

Evangeline  was unsure of herself, doubted her good looks and her  sex appeal, but knew she was a loyal friend and would protect those she loved. Drake started off all bad-ass alpha so it was a rocky beginning, but he turned out to be such a tortured character.

In the book we spend a lot of time  in Drake and Evangeline’s heads. This had a big psychological element to the plot, both with how the main characters evolved and with how they were becoming accustomed to their Dominant/submissive relationship. Drake realizes that “his angel” isn’t like any of the other women he has had before. She doesn’t want gifts of jewelry, money, or expensive clothes. All she wants is his trust and his time. Evangeline is naive and has no clue of Drake’s “other” business, aside from the sex club and he means to keep it that way.

What he has to do at the end is horrible for both of them, but especially Evangeline. All the faith, trust and respect that Drake had given her is forever shattered. 

The book ends with a cliffhanger but I’m lucky enough to have it queued up and will be listening to it very soon.

Fantastic book with great, completely believable characters and VERY hot sex scenes.

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Monster In His Eyes (Monster In His Eyes #1) by J.M. Darhower

Book Description:

Published: April 27, 2014

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

Review –

OMG!!!!! This book is so HOT I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t go up in flames. Just a minute while I catch my breath.

Okay, Here’s the scoop on this story:

Twenty years ago Naz and his wife, Maria were gunned down in their home by his best friend, Johnny Rita and he has been planning his revenge ever since. He wants to make him suffer the loss of his loved ones(wife and daughter) and then kill all three.

Naz is an enforcer for a mafia guy named Ray and has killed many times over the years with no regret. He is a bad man.

Karissa thinks she meets Naz unexpectedly but Naz has orchestrated their meeting, has studied her and knows just how to play her to get her to like him. He’s rich and gives her gifts and takes her to fancy restaurants  and out-of-town on trips  all the while planning to kill her. You see, she is the daughter of the man who shot him and killed his wife.

They have sex almost immediately in their “relationship”  and he likes it when she fights back and so some of their sex is very rough and he even chokes her, almost to the point of passing out. Other times he makes love to her and sometimes they just f**k. All of the scenes are HOT.

Along the way, he finds that he has fallen in love with her and no longer wants to kill her,even if Ray (his dead wife’s father, does, and she says she loves him too, but he still wants revenge against her parents and uses her to find them.

Karissa finds this out and realizes that he’s had this plan the whole time and that probably everything he has ever said to her has been a lie and she tells him she hates him. End of book one.

The emotions felt by Naz and Karissa are deep and dangerous and both know that their being together is not good for either of them.

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

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Sordid by Nikki Sloane

Book Description:

Published: May 29, 2016

It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

Review –

Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

I found out that Amazon was banning this book from their website for inappropriate subject matter and that just made me want to buy it all the more so I found my copy on iBooks and read it in one sitting. The the subject matter is dark and disturbing but I have read just as dark in several other books that I have purchased through Amazon. I really don’t understand, much less approve of banning books, for the simple fact that if a person is offended by the nature of the book or doesn’t think the subject matter is  for them, then DON’T read it, but let those who want to read it do so.

The disturbing act in this book was rape, pure and simple. The rape led to holding  a young woman against her will. I won’t go into a lot of detail because it will ruin the story if you decide to read it, Luka treated Addison horribly,humiliated her in front of people,  physically and sexually abused her and tried to kill her twice (for her own good) and believe it or not Addison grew to love him. 

It is a very dark but enchanting erotic romance but not for the faint of heart.

Five stars *****

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Ride (Bayonet Scars #1) by J.C. Emery

Book Description:

Published: October 25, 2013

Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.

Review –

I’m a sucker for a good motorcycle club erotic romance so when this one was offered free I couldn’t resist!

This story is basically Motorcycle Club meets the  Mafia.  It’s dark and edgy and I totally loved it.

Alex is the mafia princess with a twin brother and she trusted the wrong person and ends up being rescued from the clutches of the Mafia boys that wants her dead. She is taken away by a motorcycle gang cross-country to California to be kept safe by them and her Aunt, who is the wife of the President of the club. In reality, the Aunt is really  her mother. (long story)

Ryan, the man she becomes attracted to could sometimes  be a decent guy or a real a**hole and since he was trying to get Alex to hate him he treated her horribly, physically and mentally, and needed an a** kicking.

Their relationship finally becomes as important to Ryan as it is to Alex and  when Alex’s father sends henchman to California to kill her and those who stole her away, Ryan finally acts like a man and helps his club brothers take care of business.

The story ends with a lot left to the imagination but I’m sure it will be covered in the second book in the series, Thrash. Although it also is a standalone book about another couple, I’m fairly certain it will tie up the ends from the first book..

I loved the book because for an erotic romance it had it all. Sex, dirty talk, more sex, romance and of course handsome sexy guys on motorcycles.

 

 

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Private #1 Suspect (Private #2) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Book Description:

Published: January 2, 2012

Unsolvable cases

Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most effective investigation firm–sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private’s investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world–and they always uncover the truth.

Impossible murders

When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.

The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan

While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

Review –

This subject of this book is primarily Jack Morgan. Someone is framing him for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and he doesn’t know why or who but he has a pretty good idea, his twin brother Tommy.

As usual, the story is a combination of multiple stories going on at the same time and all being solved by Private, a private investigating firm that can get away with things others can’t.

It fast paced, action-packed but sometimes frustrating.  All in all, a great read or listen.

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