Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 stars
Date published: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Synopsis: 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…

What I Thought:

Kresley Cole's first book came out in 2003 and is one of my favorite historical romances.  Since then Kresley has written romance in many genres, but I've never read anything in the mafia vein by her.  When news first broke about this book being released as a serial I was excited.  However I heard very little about it or the other two parts until the final book was released and all it took to get my attention was a small excerpt posted on a blog.  After that I had to read this book and see what happened.

The Professional is a book I very much enjoyed.  I liked the idea of a "forbidden romance" between Sevastyan and Natalie and the fact that Natalie's parentage was out of the ordinary.  I also loved how Natalie was not the simple, happy go lucky girl she seemed.  I loved that she had hidden depths.  Sevastyan's loyalty and dedication to his Boss and Natalie is something I admired as well.

I've got to admit this book is very hot.  As in I needed to change my underwear when it was done.  I was also surprised by at how good the plot was.  Being no stranger to Kresley's books I really shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.  I started reading as I often do well after I should be asleep and I wasn't able to put it down until the early hours of the morning.  It's hard not to do that when the book starts off strong and just keeps on going that way.

This book had my emotions all over the place.  I laughed, bawled, 'cause crying doesn't begin to say enough about what I felt, whimpered, and fanned myself as the heat from Natalie and Sevastyan's chemistry.  

I'm hoping Kresley will write more books set in this setting, well I'd be happy reading whatever she wrote.  If you're a fan of mafia/underworld romance, or a Kresley Cole fan who hasn't tried anything other than her paranormal novels, I'd strongly suggest you read this book and some of her earlier historical romances.

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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 twenty 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.” You can learn more about Kresley or find her on twitter.

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any manner.*

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