My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
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…
REVIEW:Oh man… It’s hard to even put into words how much I liked this book. This my second book by Krelsey Cole as I enjoyed her Arcana Chronicles, but now I feel like I have been totally missing out on her writing for her other series. This series gave me chills and had me staying up late to see what the dark tattooed and seductively intense Sevastyan was going to do next.
The Professional follows Natalie Porter, who has been working her butt off to pay an investigator to find her birth parents. Little does she know that finding her birth parents brings her into the Russian Mafia. She discovers her father is the head boss and after one night of drinking with the girls finds herself attracted to a dark and deadly looking man. She is surprised to find him later that night at her apartment, telling her that she is to come with him to Russia to meet her father. She is in danger now that she has discovered her lineage and Sevastyan is to keep her safe. Natalie must learn what it is to be the daughter of a powerful man and also what it mean to fall for a dangerous man like Sevastyan.
Natalie get a little in over her head, she is only trying to find out more about her family and finds out her only living blood relative is the head of the mafia in Russian. Natalie is first introducing to Sevastyan while out with her friends, Natalie finds him mysterious and she can read him like she can all the other guys. But he brushes her off and she heads home thinking about her mystery man. Sevastyan knows who she is however and shockingly ends up in her place ready to take her home. I found their first encounter utterly hilarious, Natalie has no intension of wanting to go with him, she can tell he’s dangerous and wants to get far from him. She actually ends up running through a cornfield and tackled by him, I was laughing so hard picturing this whole scene. Anyways she has a lot to learn about where she came from, her strong connection with her father, her strong attraction to her father’s enforcer Sevastyan and dealing with her distant flirtatious cousin. I was able to connect to her easily because she was just an average girl going to school, working hard in three jobs. Her attitude meeting her father was worried at first but she totally adores him and they share such a sweet bond.
Sevastyan is one heck of a mystery; he’s so intense and dark. It takes a long time for this guy to show much emotion besides anger and jealousy. He is a fighter, killer, and protector, plus he doesn’t trust anyone besides Natalies father. When things start to get dangerous, Sevastyan protects her even when she’s fighting him. Their connection is seriously hot; they have a major love hate relationship especially since he never opens up to her. He’s a hard character to connect to because he never tells full truth until near the end. He’s had a really hard life and I felt so much for him because I can see he wanted to open up but was afraid. Nonetheless this guy is a brutally tough person, inside and out and Natalie is the only person who gets to see more of him day by day.
Overall I loved this first introduction to the tough Russian mafia men. I wasn’t sure what to expect, it’s definitely violent, but its romance it like fire with every scene the two protagonists are in. The romance is tough to describe as the love hate is a lot on the hate and confused side for a while, but they have some unbelievable chemistry. Also the first half of the book I enjoyed the most, as the second half focuses more on Natalie trying to communicate with Sevatyan, which is like talking to a wall because he just wont talk. In the end there was just something that kept me hooked and I cant wait to meet the rest of the men.
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