Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

Book Info:
The Professional
Series: Game Maker #1
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: May 6th 2014

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…

Reese's Review:
Natalie Porter is trying to figure out what to do with her life. She’s working three jobs to help find her parents, and she’s working on a Masters degree because she can’t figure out what else to do.

Then one night at the bar with her best friend while playing a game she sees him: Aleksei Sevastyan. He’s the first man Natalie has ever seen to not fit into one of her perfect boxes for men. When he shoots her down at the bar she thinks that’s the end of it. Until he breaks into her house and kidnaps her to take her to Russia, to meet her father.

Realizing her father is in the mob isn’t the only surprise she gets. Sevastyan is the man she wants to take her virginity but nothing is that simply. If they have sex they are bound forever. While everything Natalie learns about Sevastyan intrigues her more and more he’s holding things back, and continues to push her away.

When a brutal attack on her fathers home forces Sevastyan and Natalie to flee to Paris where their relationship both sexually and emotionally will come to a head.

First let me start off by saying this is one of the hottest, swooniest, hard-core books I have ever read. When reading about the BDSM lifestyle sometimes the themes can get a little old, especially when you’re reading a lot of them. Many of the guys want full control in everything in their lives including sex. Kresley Cole took that and went a completely different direction with both Sevastyan and Natalie. The BDSM aspects of this book with the Dom and Sub roles were written in different ways that were refreshing.

Natalie was a great character to read about. I enjoyed her humor and how she never backed down from what she wanted. She pushed and persisted to get to Sevastyan even while he was being a mega jerk. Natalie is smart, which helps her reach realizations about herself and what she wants. Natalie is definitely a great character that I fell in love with from the first pages.

Sevastyan was assigned to watch over Natalie and report back to her father. However, in that time he fell for her and throughout the book he struggles to be what he thinks she needs and who he is.  While he was sometimes a major jerk to Natalie there is never doubt that he cares for her. He’s protective and possessive which is totally sexy.

So, I mentioned the sexy because of course there is sexy. It’s HOTT!! I mean seriously hot. I have never read hotter scenes than in this book. There are sex toys, clamps, bindings, voyeur-ish stuff, and a whole other slew of naughty things they I promise will leave you needing a power fan for how hot the scenes are.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Seriously, you want and need to read this. I love Kresley Cole’s other works and The Professional was just perfection. The writing, the humor, the characters, and the originality are truly what did it for me with this amazing story.

I received a copy of The Professional from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review. The free copy in no way influenced my review.

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”

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