Series: The Game Maker #1
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Also in this series: The Master
Also by this author: Poison Princess, Endless Knight, The Master
The highly anticipated complete novel of The Professional—the first installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s scorching Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?
He makes the rules…
Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.
Rules are made to be broken…
Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.
Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…
“If you run from me again, I will catch you. It’s what I do.”
A book about BDSM, a Siberian beast of a man, and the Russian mafyia ; sounds like a win-win situation, amiright? I honestly never paid this book that much attention when it previously published in three parts. It wasn’t until my friend Stephanie at No BS Book Reviews started reading it and had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. As per usual, she was right. The Professional was filthy, funny, and action packed!
“Insight: if a guy I had sex with ever carved a notch into his bedpost, I’d tell him to carve one into mine too–and then to go make me a fucking sammich.”
Quite a few of my friends have been trying to get me to jump on the Kresley Cole train and after reading this I can see the appeal. I have only read her YA series, The Arcana Chronicles, and considering the “tamed” sexuality in that story is pretty hot and heavy, I was looking forward to her more adult writing. All I have to say is that she can write a pretty mean sex scene. O.M.G. There were a few that definitely left a blush on my cheeks and I find that to be pretty surprising with the amount of erotica I read a month. It also didn’t hurt that the hero is a 6ft+ huge Siberian enforcer with a penchant for rough sex. If you are unawares, I have a thing for Russia. Men, history, culture, etc. I also have a thing for the mob. Literally, this book is like a dream come true for my hormonal, hot mess, fantasies. But it wasn’t perfect.
“I’ll consider myself lucky, my elusive girl, once you consider yourself taken. Every man has a weakness, you are mine. I’ve accepted that. Now you must accept me.”
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the heroine Natalie. Not only was she really funny but she had brains on her too. My problem lies with the fact that she was a 24 year old virgin. It’s not that I don’t believe that there aren’t 24 year old virgins out there, but I’m so tired of that being a character trait. Like the sex and tension between Sevastyan and Natalie could be tainted if she wasn’t pure. Again, this is just a minor detail and it’s not like Natalie was a fumbling or inexperience virgin, but I just wasn’t a fan of this being part of the story. I also had a slight issue with how Sevastyan kept pushing Natalie away. It wasn’t a big deal but I, again, wasn’t a fan of that plot point. So although there were a few issues that prevented this from having a perfect rating, it was still a very enjoyable and sexy book! Seriously, if you are looking for some heat and some laughs, The Professional is worth checking out!