The Professional

Kresley Cole
The Professional
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Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date
May 2014
Action/Adventure Romance, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 29, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
266 people found the following review helpful
Kresley Cole, the talented and popular paranormal writer of the Immortals After Dark series, makes a scorching hot, 5-Star transition to erotic suspense in THE PROFESSIONAL. What a debut! Be prepared for some of the most titillating, lascivious writing around, including some really steamy BDSM scenes, and an introduction to one of the most seductive, intriguing, alpha heroes ever! You will also get a thrilling, adventure-filled, behind the scenes look at the world of the Russian Mafiya and their vors (warlords) and enforcers. No doubt, THE PROFESSIONAL will leave you wanting more of this exciting Game Maker series ASAP!!!

Natalie Porter, a grad student living in Nebraska, has led a fairly uneventful life. She's never traveled beyond the Midwest or even had sex before (not for lack of wanting, she's just never found anyone worth it). That all changes when she begins a quest to find her birth parents. Shortly after her investigator disappears, Aleksei "The Siberian" Sevastyan shows up claiming that he works for her father who insists on her immediately coming to see him in Russia (lack of passport notwithstanding). Possessing a highly keen sense that allows her to quickly analyze men, which she refers to as her "manalyzer", Natalie quickly assesses that Sevastyan, and quite possibly her father, must be criminals who are involved in the Russian Mafiya. Not wanting to get involved in that world, she tries to run away, but quickly learns that Sevastyan is a man who always gets what he wants; and instead just manages to commence a wickedly alluring but possibly nefarious seduction game.

Sevastyan knows from the first minute that he sees Natalie that he wants her, causing him much angst, not only because she is the long-lost daughter of Pavel "Clockmaker" Kovalev, the head of the Bratva (a Russian criminal aristocracy brotherhood) with a ten-figure net worth, and his boss and mentor--in fact the only man who has been a father to him--but also because of his "particular interests" in bed. He warns her numerous times, and even tells her that she is "taboo" to him, but like a moth to a flame, Natalie's desires have also been unexplainably piqued by Sevastyan and she continues her quest to find out why.

Thus begins their journey, where Natalie discovers both the pleasures of unimaginable wealth and Sevastyan's darkest and most forbidden desires. But what will happen when her father finds out? Moreover, Sevastyan is used to total control and is a deeply private man. Will Natalie be content to play the game by all of his rules or will she demand the impossible, that this master game maker alter some of his rules?

Kresley Cole is a master of prose. In addition to the highly erotic passages, she also manages to weave in a whole other dynamic through Natalie's interactions with her best friend Jess. Adding an interesting humorous chick-lit vibe to the parts of the book where Natalie and Jess analyze men and coining some memorable terms in the process, like "manalyzer" and "ABC" (Always Be Crazier--a method that they use for "badly behaving males"), THE PROFESSIONAL will leave you both aroused and smiling.

A totally enjoyable, intoxicating read. I highly recommend THE PROFESSIONAL to lovers of erotica suspense novels. I, for one, am definitely hoping that Kresley Cole focuses her attention on writing more Game Maker series and similar style novels in the near future!
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Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Jul 31, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
222 people found the following review helpful
Gah! Does everything Kresley Cole create have to be so super amazing? Yes! Yes, it does. I never go wrong with this author. THE PROFESSIONAL is a fast-paced erotic romance that I couldn't put down. From start to finish, it had me hopelessly hooked.

Alexandr Sevastyan is an enforcer for the Russian mafia. His boss and mentor sends him to America to locate and protect a newly discovered daughter. It is his mission to protect her; instead he becomes obsessed with possessing the woman.

Natalie Porter is a normal Nebraska student. She works hard while trying to locate her biological parents. I liked Natalie's character. She was sexy and had some spunk. She was attracted to Sevastyan, so she made a move right away. Too bad he pushed her away at first, only to show up again later that same night. Natalie was in danger so he practically kidnapped her for her own safety, rushing her from Nebraska to Russia and a new life with her father amidst the Russian underworld.

As usual with one of Kresley Cole's books, the characters here were compelling. Sevastyan was an alpha of the best kind--ruthless and cold in one moment and then seducing Natalie's panties off in the next. Then he had me pulling my hair out when his guilt had him pushing her away because he felt such loyalty to her father. But you know how it is. They shared a desire that couldn't be denied no matter how hard he tried. He gave it a good try though, and the angst and drama was outstanding.

The story had some violence and a good suspense. I'll just say that the enemy is closer than they realize. It leads to a real tragedy that was heartbreaking to read. Enough said. It also had great secondary characters, like Sevastyan's brother, Maksimilian. Will we read about him? I have high hopes for that one. I'm already dying to read it.

I think anyone would love this book. So I recommend it to all. I'm giving it five stars.
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