by Kresley Cole
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6, 2014
Genres: Erotica Romance
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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…
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!