Book Review – The Master

Posted March 19, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 7 Comments

Book Review – The MasterThe Master Series: The Game Maker #2
by Kresley Cole
Published by Gallery Books on February 17, 2015
Genres: Erotica Romance
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.

Everyone fears the Master…

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

Except her.

Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.

If pleasure is a game, play to win.

After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.

My Review

5 Seductive Stars!!


In the words of Cat Marin The Master is a SMBAOTH (Sensual Mind Blowing Affair Of The Heart)!


Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors because she is a master storyteller. Her books have action, excitement, and steamy romance that keep me coming back for more.  And The Master went beyond my expectations.  This book is so steamy it had me blushing and unable to put down! This is an erotic novel so the sex scenes are scorching hot.  You get a taste of BDSM which maybe shocking but the focus is on the passion they feel, so please do not let this delay you from reading The Master. It is the story of Cat and Maxim that had me captivated.


Cat Marin is in hiding and is trying to rebuild her life.  She fears her husband has found her so she is desperate to leave Miami. But she needs more money so she reluctantly becomes an escort.  Her first client is the sexy Russian billionaire Maksimilian Sevastyan (which Cat prefers to call Maxim). From the moment they meet there is intense chemistry.  Maxim is a dominate and used to getting his ways but his world gets turned upside down the moment Cat walks into his penthouse. Cat is intelligent, beautiful, independent and a smart ass which makes her one of my favorite female heroines! Maxim is completely thrown off with her feisty comebacks but he can’t help but be drawn to her. The scenes between Cat and Maxim are funny and passionate. They both have a painful past and are afraid to trust anyone, so besides the physical attraction there is the emotional connection that is strong between them.  The Master isn’t just about sex.  This is a story about two people healing and moving forward to a future with love and trust. I loved The Master but I do wish it was written as a dual point-of-view. I would have loved to hear what was going on in Maxim’s head, especially early in the book.  But despite that I would read this book over and over again!


The Master is the second book of The Game Maker series but it can be read as a standalone. You do get introduced to characters from the first book, The Professional, which will tempt you to read. Trust me you will not be disappointed if you do read both books!!


I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.





Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


My favorite non-spoiler quote:


“Sure. Say cállate la boca.”
He repeated the phrase. “What does that mean?”
“Shut up.”
“You’re teaching me how to tell you to shut up?”
“Por Dios, no. You must understand when I tell you that.” 


 My Bookish Mood Board


The Master by Kresley Cole


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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7 responses to “Book Review – The Master

  1. Maddie

    I can’t wait to read this!! I love how Kresley Cole has a mix of romance, mystery and action. Great review!!