In the vein of Fifty Shades, the first book of The Enforcers series features a wealthy, controlling dominant who falls for a novice submissive. Evangeline’s repeated insistence that she’s not attractive when everyone tells her otherwise gets old quickly, but she eventually recognizes her beauty and strength. Drake and Evangeline’s physical connection is instant, but their emotional bond takes much longer to develop. Don’t expect a happy ending; this volume concludes with a cliffhanger after an emotionally fraught, violent episode, but their story will continue in Dominated.
Evangeline Hawthorn is struggling to recover from humiliation and heartache after giving her virginity to a man who promptly dumped her. Naïve and trusting, the guileless small-town girl finds herself in over her head when she accepts a VIP pass to the most exclusive club in town. There, she catches the eye of Drake Donovan, a dark, dangerous and exceptionally rich man. Smitten, Drake promises to financially support her and her loved ones, and all he asks for in return is her total submission. Evangeline is conflicted, but also drawn to his dominance. However, her devotion is tested when Drake’s attempt to protect her from his shady business associates takes a brutal turn and his sadism outweighs his sense. (BERKLEY, Jan., 368 pp., $16.00)