Contemporary Romance

Book Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)

Oh baby.  Give me a bit of The Siberian any day!  Am I ready to play? Yes I most definitely am.

Book Synopsis: 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…

My review: Having read Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series previously, I wanted to read The Professional because it was Kresley Cole but I was a little bit hesitant as I, admittedly, wasn’t sure if it would be something I could get along with.  I’ve heard tales of people who have read an authors paranormal romance series and then gone on to read their contemporary romance series and have found it lacking.

To be sure, Kresley Cole is not a one trick pony.

The Professional, well, what can I say?  Gimme.  I’ve read some mafiya novels in the past but none have kept me reading like The Professional.  The dynamic between Natalie and Sevastyan is explosive and in some ways a little bit toxic also.

The Siberian as Sevastyan is also known, is a hardened mafiya enforcer who has had a harsh start in life but after hitting the bottom he fought – literally – his way back to the top and became an enforcer that no one wants to fuck with.  He likes his relationships to be less relationship and more BDSM and sex than anything else, he shows little to no emotion at all and is basically as cold as Siberia.

Natalie on the other hand is a farm girl who is kidnapped from her hometown and taken to Russia by Sevastyan to meet her biological father for the first time.  Regardless of how excited she is to meet her father for the first time after she managed to sort of track him down (in a backwards kind of way) I’d be running in the opposite direction if I was told I had 5 minutes to pack a bag of my stuff to go to Russia, alas, Natalie doesn’t run at first but she does at the plane.

The plot line is very Mafioso, very crime orientated and very murder and mayhem but there’s also an undertone of romance in there coupled with some very hot sex and BDSM scenes.   The emotional side of their relationship is mostly on the part of Natalie – which to be fair, stands to reason.  She’s been uprooted from everything she knows, has no friends, is kept locked away for her own protection but isn’t told anything that she wants to know, witnessed the murder of her father at the hands of her cousin and then to top it off she has to put up with the bullshit attitude of The Siberian.  I’d be pretty emotional too.

The Siberian, on the other hand, does everything he can to stay away from Natalie despite the fact that he wants her; he does as her father wishes and leaves her alone for the most part.  But he divests her of her “skin tag” (the affectionate term for virginity given to Natalie from her best friend), after the death of her father and he believes he’s taken advantage of her when she’s emotionally “unstable”.

As I mentioned before the dynamic between the Siberian and Natalie is explosive and toxic and just so good all rolled into one; the two characters play off each other in the best of ways and in the worst of ways, the secondary characters (Maksim and Dmitri) also appear to be very volatile in some ways and I can’t wait to read their stories.

The Professional was on the same level as Kresley’s Immortals After Dark series and I loved it.  I would recommend this to any fans of alpha men with mouths like a sailor.

Series: The Game Maker

The Verdict: 4 stars

For: Lovers of Russian men with dark backgrounds and an attitude problem, of men who completely own their women and of women who give as good as they get and “joke ’em if they can’t take a fuck”

Publication details: May 20th, 2014

Format: Kindle, 400 pages

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