The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) by Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker #1
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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...
I really liked a lot of things about this book. It had me enthralled from the first page. Almost immediately I was laughing. Then wham, the hero, Aleksei, kidnaps the heroine, Natalie and ends up chasing her through a cornfield. Trust me, I’ve run through many a cornfield and they are creepy, which means the sexual chemistry between these two was intense when she was able to get past the creepiness of the whole situation and think about getting it on with her kidnapper.
Aleksei was one of those tortured alphas and he had some true over-protective alpha-hole moments. What’s not to love about that? He was all in and all about protecting our newly found mafia princess. I adored him. I choose to ignore the “I’m not good enough” crap he had going on towards the end. I decided to pretend like that never happened because I 100% agree with Jess -if they say it, then they really aren’t good enough so you need to cut and run.
Natalie was harder for me to like. She was kind of a ditz, and way too much in her own head. The world fell down all around them, yet she’s concerned that he hasn’t opened up enough. The fact he had other things on his mind and asked her to be patient for just a short period of time was beyond her and that just flew all over me. In fact, it drove me batty, but there was so much good stuff going on, I decided to say “lalalalala” loudly in my head every time I caught myself rolling my eyes. It was only somewhat successful.
The book did bog down towards the end. That couple of weeks in Paris felt like a couple of years with Miss Selfish and Impatient and Mr. Undeserving Hot and Cold. Overall, a definite 4 star read, despite its shortcoming.
Spice’s Rating: 4 “I liked it despite itself” Stars
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