Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole
The Professional (Game Maker #1)
By Kresley Cole
Published May 6th, 2014
Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster
Adult Erotica | Contemporary Romance
About the book:
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…
Okay folks, we’re all adults here. If not, can you just quietly shut the door on your way out and come back tomorrow? I love you and come back soon, okay?
Now with that out of the way, let me get down to it. If you’re going to read a book, know what you’re getting into, okay? This book, The Professional, is erotica. E-R-O-T-I-C-A. It says so right on Ms. Cole’s webpage. I’m not even sure where some Goodreads users got their intel when they put the book on bookshelves called “paranormal romance” or “vampires”. This is a contemporary romance with hot, steaming, sometimes out of your mind, senseless sex written across its pages.
Kresley Cole’s (sort of) first book in her Immortals After Dark series, A Hunger Like No Other, completely spoiled me for sex in (paranormal) romances. The only other authors who can compete with Ms. Cole are Showalter (duh), Ward, and I’ll kick in LKH but she started in urban fantasy but let’s not go down that road today, okay? I’ve only started reading contemporary romances recently. I only bring this all up so you know where I stand on romances and my experience: I love young adult romances for their sweet, sugary, improbable love stories. I love new adult because it’s like young adult on steroids. And I sometimes enjoy an adult erotica/erotica-lite story because this girl likes to read about a world completely different than the world she’s living in – it’s called a fantasy!
It’s because I was fully prepared for Ms. Cole’s scorching storyline and the fact that I have a healthy appreciation for the type of sex used by the main characters (*whispers BDSM*) in relation to the plot and it’s progression that I truly enjoyed this story. Ms. Cole wrote a smart story that showcased a girl who thought she knew how to do everything, except for perhaps how to commit to someone. It’s also about a guy who knew nothing about love and how its supposed to work.
The adventure starts with Natalie in college as she’s working on her doctorate. She knows she’s adopted and she’s recently become curious about who her biological parents are. She knows she’s Russian but she has to hire a private investigator to track down any more information. Next thing Natalie knows, the P.I. isn’t returning her calls and out of the blue a stranger breaks into her home and whisks her off to Russian to a father she’s never met. All for her own safety. What a way to find out your father is a huge mob-boss.
Not so much a rags to riches story as it’s a story of how two people realize they can help each other discover what it is to love another person and what it takes to have a healthy, NORMAL, committed relationship. I ended up being a fan of Sevastyan more so than Natalie. I think it’s easier to “feel” for a character who has had a rough life and they are missing a key component from their life. It’s harder to relate to a character that’s had a good life and then feel sorry for them when they just have a problem committing to anything. Sevastyan really stole the show for me. I really wanted to smack Natalie in the head a few times during the story.
But if you’re on the fence about this book, don’t write it off because you think you might not like Natalie. You’d be doing yourself a HUGE disservice by missing out on Sevastyan. Eh, but don’t take my word for it…. scroll down and enter my giveaway for a paperback copy :)
About the author:
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 eighteen 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.”