The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley ColeThe Professional by Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker #1
Published by Gallery Books on May 6, 2014
Pages: 401 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

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…

So many times it seems that I’ve started and stopped The Professional only to say that I wouldn’t pick it up again. So many times. But from the reviews of the other two stories in this series I decided to jump into The Professional one last time.

Why didn’t anyone tell me about the heat level of The Professional?!

The complexity of The Professional must’ve been the best kept secret of the book community because none of the review I read did this book justice. Once I was able to get past the part I kept stopping at I couldn’t put The Professional down, between the unique storyline and Sevestyan’s character I was hooked.

The story of The Professional would’ve been perfect for me if Natalie had pulled her head outta her butt sooner than at the last 30 or 20% of the story. Additionally, the communication problem that kept rearing its ugly head and dragging The Professional out could’ve been nipped in the butt earlier than when it did. But taking The Professional for what it was I have to say that it was a solid, very solid, start to what I”m hoping is a promising series.

  • I think something that really hurt this book was it was first released as a serial. I got it from the publisher on audio in three different pieces over several months. I was not a fan of getting a story like that. It seems that serials aren’t as much of a thing anymore (thankfully). It has been a while since I read this. Maybe I need to try it again. I have listened to the next two books. The heat level is off the charts. 🙂

    • Yeah I saw that and I will admit that that was something else that made me not want to read The Professional.