ARC Book Review – The Professional

Posted May 10, 2014 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
ARC Book Review – The ProfessionalThe Professional Series: The Game Maker #1
by Kresley Cole
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6, 2014
Genres: Erotica Romance
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley
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four-half-stars

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…

My Review 4

I originally read and reviewed Part 1 of The Professional.  Now that I have read the entire book, I still feel the same way – I really enjoyed this book! I am a HUGE fan of Kresley Cole’s the Immortals After Dark Series (IAD), so as soon as I heard she was releasing an erotica series I was curious and had to read it.  IAD is a sizzling adult romance series and in The Professional the heat meter is increased to a 3 alarm fire!! Warning there are BDSM scenes which were shocking (since I rarely read erotica) and sexy!

What I love about Kresley Cole is that she creates heroines that are intelligent and independent. I was so pleased that The Professional continues this pattern. Natalie Porter is a PHD student who has worked hard to put herself through school.  But she meets the sexy and mysterious Aleksandr Sevastyan and her life is completely changed.  Instead of finishing her PHD she is whisked away to Russia. Natalie is thrust into a new world of palaces and expensive gifts, and is also surrounded by men who believe that women are fragile and should be protected.  But the intelligent Natalie refuses to be kept in the dark and tries to maintain her independence in this new life.

The Professional does earn it’s “erotica” label, the scenes are steamy and graphic.  But don’t expect just hot sex scenes, there is also a great story happening here.  The story of a “farmgirl” landing in a new glamorous life is a modern day fairytale – but with a mafia twist!  There were parts of the story that did seem to drag, but overall I was glued to this book.

I recommend this book to readers who love a combination of romance, action, mystery and hot, hot sex!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

About Kresley Cole

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

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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2 responses to “ARC Book Review – The Professional

    • Kathy

      That’s great, I hope you like it!! I love Kresley Cole and I’ve read every book in her adult series. I just haven’t read her YA yet, even though I have the books =)