Title: The Professional: Part 1
Series: The Game Maker
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Erotic Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published:December 16, 2013 by Pocket Star
He makes the rules . . .
Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.
Rules are made to be broken . . .
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls 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…
Reviewed By: Sara
In a Nutshell: Nebraska native Natalie finds out there's more to her biological father than the fact he's Russian heritage when she is swept up, over night, into a world of wealth and intrigue. All of this pales in comparison to the instant deep, dark lust she feels in the presence of her new bodyguard, Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan.
The Set Up: A DNA match leads to danger and some hot sexy times.
Why I Read this Book: I really enjoy Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, in part for its way of combining humour, adventure, and hot and heavy sexy-time action. So when I found out Cole was writing an Erotica series, I was all over that. I'm pretty sure I squealed when I saw The Professional: Part 1 on NetGalley and squealed even louder when I was approved a copy.
What I Liked: True to form, Kresley Cole has written some smart characters. Natalie isn't a young ingénue with the brain and life-experience of a gnat; she's a smart, cynical, and hilarious multi-faceted character. If only more female characters in Erotica were written this way.
What I Also Liked: The Professional: Part 1 is only 160 pages and it is full of beautiful descriptions, vivid imagery, great characters and humour. This isn't a run of the mill, slapped together Erotica. This is engrossing, well written literature that happens to be sexy as hell.
What I Didn’t Like: The second book of the series isn't out until January. GIMME MORE!
Overall Impression: This is quality reading. Yeah, it's Erotica so there's lots of sex and sexual overtones and a smattering of BDSM and smart literary types will poo poo all over it, but it's so GOOD! If you already enjoy Kresley Cole and/or enjoy smart Erotica with multi-dimensional characters and a well-woven story-line, then you should jump on this.