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?
Meet the Professional.
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, Aleksandr will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.
He makes the rules.
Grad student Natalie Porter has barely recovered from her first encounter with the dark and breathtaking Siberian when he whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.
In the game of obsession, two players are better than one.
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Aleksandr spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-rich in Paris, the two lovers tempt each other’s boundaries to discover whether their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies really can come true...
Previously released as The Professional—Parts 1, 2, and 3 as ebook exclusives.
Cole's first Game Maker contemporary erotic romance (originally released in three digital segments) relies on adrenaline and inevitability. Natalie Porter's curiosity about her birth parents leads her to the heart of the Russian mafia. Her father sends bodyguard Aleksandr Sevastyan first to watch over Natalie, and then to kidnap her and take her to Russia. Amid the dangers of mob life, Natalie and Aleksandr form a passionate, kinky relationship. Cole treads an old path with uncertain footing, as if conducting a tour at dangerous speeds, and there are few surprises. Though her depiction of BDSM enthusiasts sometimes lapses into stereotype, her enthusiastic writing helps to make up for it. This is wish-fulfillment fantasy written in a smooth voice that makes the best of an orphan girl's sudden rise to a life of wealth, passion, and danger.
I'm currently reading this story for a third time. There is just something about the male lead - strong, masculine, and mysterious that has brought me back to this book for the third time! I also like that the female lead is not so meek and mild - she has a strong personality that is more realistic than most female leads in this genre. I have read the second book -The Master - in this series (waiting for the third) and this one is my fav by far. HOT! HOT!! HOT!!!
Very good erotic read.
Purchased this one first but I am not sure how it can be topped.
This book left me undone, altered. I completely lost myself in it and am trying to scoop up the pieces.
I have read the IAD series and wasn’t sure how this would measure.
I wish this book were longer and that I could stay lost in it forever.