Title: The Professional
Series title The Game Maker, 1
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster. Inc.
Genre: Contemporary. BDSM, M/F
He makes the rules . . .
Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.
Rules are made to be broken . . .
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls 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 of book
I've never read a serial story before, and I was concerned that'd hate waiting for each piece to be released. I shouldn't have worried; whether read in its separate parts or as a whole, The Professional by Kresley Cole is everything I knew I wanted in a book, and a ton of other things I had no idea I'd like so much. The gritty, action packed, and intensely sexual plot was much more graphic than what I'm used to by Ms. Cole, but she carries it off so easily, you'd think that it was her norm. Coupled with characters that you love (Natalie), and love to hate (because you don't want to love them - Sevastyan), there was no way that I couldn't love it.
Natalie is the girl we all want to be like. She's working full time to pay for college and earn her elusive PhD, and in spite of not knowing who her father is, she seems to be well adjusted and well liked by her friends. Not having a lot of free time to date though has left her lonely - when she can spare a moment to think about it. Natalie has also paid an investigator to try and locate her father, using DNA sampling, and is panicked because she hasn't received any response from him. Putting that to the back of her mind for a night, she hits the local bar with her friends and they make a game of her observation skills to gauge potential dates. Not one to find the local offerings interesting enough to sample, she's suddenly drawn to a darkly mysterious man at the bar. Meeting Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan changed Natalie in ways she couldn't fathom at the time, and it's quickly apparent that the attraction went both ways. Suddenly, she not only knows who her father is, she's become embroiled in the world according to the Russian Mafia. "The Siberian" is no ordinary guy; he is her father's right hand man, his lead enforcer, and more complicated than a Rubik's cube after a sleepless night.
The chemistry that Sevastyan and Natalie have just jumps off of the page and grabs you by the throat. The enforcer knows that he has no business being so enamored of the boss's daughter, but he just can't seem to stay away. Natalie came across a little naive at times, which is understandable considering the culture shock she had to be experiencing, but I think it was instrumental in breaking down Sevastyan's defenses. It was refreshing that she didn't inherently "get it" all at once - her vulnerability lent realism to her character.
I don't want to give any more of the plot away, but I will say this; if you don't like your reading to be liberally sprinkled with dirty, kinky sex, then these serials are probably not for you. Let me repeat, The Professional is a much different feel than Kresely's Immortals After Dark series, though liking one certainly won't preclude you from enjoying the other. I'm living proof of that. I thoroughly enjoyed them both, but for very different reasons. If you don't mind having to fan yourself constantly over scorching set the bed on fire sex, and love an emotional plot packed with twists and turns, then I would definitely recommend that you pick up all three serial installments of The Game Maker series by Kresley Cole. The author will be making all three parts available as one volume in the future, but I'm confident that you won't want to wait that long to figure out what all the fuss is about.
Four Shooting Stars!!