From number-one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional - the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has listeners asking: How hot is too hot?
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...
©2013 Kresley Cole (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
Before I gripe about the format, let me be clear that I did very much enjoy this first installment of The Professional. It's written in first-person (Natalie's - only acceptable reason Robert Petkoff isn't narrating this Cole story) which is a nice change, and she doesn't seem to be prone to the over-reacting a lot of that IAD heroines tend to do. The chemistry between the two lovebirds is hot for sure, and I'm surprised at the lessons on Russian culture. Wasn't expecting it but really liking it!
Now, the format of this story. It's about 4 hours, and I got the book on sale for $5. Not too bad. But, this is only part 1 of 3, which means in the end I'm going to end up shelling out $15 (or more) for this story by the time it's done, when the IAD novels are less than $10 a pop. LAME! And on top of it, you're going to make me wait a total of 6 weeks to finish the story. I can understand the appeal from a publisher's perspective, and maybe for the print reader, but for audio folks, it's a bummer situation.
So, the book is good, but had I been really thinking/ what I'd do if I could do it over - I'd wait to see if they end up releasing it as one volume in a few months at a standard price. Because if you start, you're going to end up like me and overpaying...because now I can't NOT buy the next one as soon as it becomes available since I'm totally sucked into the story!
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Wow. I really had no idea how Kresley Cole would go from her Immortals After Dark series to some contemporary/erotic/ suspense/romance. This is actually the first installment of a three part series. Natalie, the main character, has been searching for her biological parents for 6 years. When she starts to believe she has hit another dead end....Alexei Sevastyan (pronounced like Russian Sebastian) walks into her life suddenly. After a whirlwind night Natalie is on a plane to Russia to meet her very rich mafia father. Overall, I enjoyed the first installment in this series. Be prepared for the cliffhanger!! I’m interested to see what happens between Natalie &Sevastyan in the next book. The plot is different, characters are engaging, fast pace, just enough smexiness!! I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did!
Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.
Don't get me wrong - I love KC's writing and the worlds she creates. I work in an Indie bookstore and prop the Arcana Chronicles like the paranormal floozy I am. But, honestly, looking at the publishing schedule and the length of the books, we know the trilogy could be wrapped into one delicious read. But the math works like this: one $20+ audiobook discounted to under $10 in less than a year. Or 3 audios released over two months with the discounted price netting almost $15.
It's only her recent books that have pushed the $16 to $20 mark and we all try use credits on those. No way would we waste a credit on $4.61 audio. So all the middlemen are making more money at the expense of the consumer and the needy characters who want their story completed in one book.
Will I buy the rest of the series? Absofloozy! But I tend to shy away from overt marketing ploys with other books and have written KC about my concerns with this series. Maybe she'll tell the gurus she was nucking futs to agree to this capitalization and it won't happen again.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I LOVED this book!!
Great story, great characters! I can't fault the contents of the book at all, I liked Natalie and I liked the Siberian!
This would have been 5 stars if only it wasn't such a short book!! I can't stand listening to something in a matter of hours then itching for more only to find the entire series are all very short novellas !!! I'd rather buy all the books together as one book!
I didn't purchase the second book because of my annoyance but I know I will NEED to know what happens to Natalie!
So for those looking for a good long read - avoid this.
If you don't care how long a book is and like to be teased with what felt like a long intro to a good book then it ends - get it!
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Way to leave everyone hanging! Besides the abrupt end the book is fantastic. Natalie a 24 yr old grad student/ farm girl in Nebraska is adopted and searching for her biological parents. Her search has her roots coming from Russia. One night Natalie was out with her friends at a campus bar, when a dangerous mysterious man walks in that catches Natalie's eye and her life is forever changed by the stranger that knows Natalie's true identity. You can cut the sexual tension with a knife between the dangerous stranger Sebastian and Natalie, its a very cat and mouse alluring. The question is who is really the Hunter and who is really the prey?...just delicious!
This was one of the hottest little tales I've heard in awhile. I enjoyed every erotic moment! I was pretty sure I was walking around with my mouth gaping open and ears melting with every word in this story. It was funny, hot as sin, and has thoroughly peaked my interest. Kresley Cole is so adept at writing interesting story lines that happen to be super erotic, which is exactly what I'm looking for in a delicious escape. This one gets an infinity star rating from me because it was just that good. Excellent narration, and this Sevastyan character--WOW, I have no words for this man, except YUM-ME! I cannot wait for the next book to get here!!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Wow! Kresley Cole does erotic romance with absolute perfection. I had very high hopes for this one - as I love her IAD series and I'm a huge fan of the Arcana Chronicles. As always, Ms. Cole's writing does not disappoint. Who knew a Russian mafia enforcer could be so HOT!?!
Even though this is a short story it really packed a punch. The narration was excellent and the story was very fast paced. My only complaint is that it was too short. Thankfully books 2 and 3 will be releasing soon.
5+ star listen!
Unfortunately I started this listen as I got into bed late one evening, I say unfortunately because it hooked me right in and kept me as it's eager, willing and captivated prisoner until dawn - but oh it was sooo worth the bags, the bloodshot eyes and the bad mood the next day.
In my opinion, it just doesn't get better than this - it had intrigue, mystery, a hint of danger with more to come, sizzling chemistry, quick and witty dialogue, sex (not full way yet but still hot), one feisty and very very lucky Heroine and the Hero, a Russian Bodyguard, was a handsome, tattooed, muscled badass (and he ticked ALL my boxes girls).
I stand up and applause both Kresley Cole and Kimberley Alexis for giving us an exciting, compelling and an 'off the charts' enjoyable listen - thank you, thank you, thank you but I NEED BOOK 2 NOW!! So Ms Cole I'll gladly come and cook, clean, nanny, garden or do anything it takes to leave your schedule totally free to devote your precious time into giving us, your fans, MORE, MORE, MORE.
Worth a credit? Well I think I've said enough to answer that question - but if not then YES YES YES...... and a pint of blood.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I cannot wait until vol 2 and 3 comes out...then book1.... This was awesome... Man... there are no words...
I must sale, credit or buy for fans of KC... or just a simply must for anyone... This was great...
Great smex, great plot, great drama, great action...just great... and that cliffhanger ending... Perfect way to leave me wanting sooooo much more!!!!
Narration was awesome too...
Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
Absolutely, yes. When my kid is in bed. Or away for the weekend. Or wearing headphones and my bedroom door is locked.... Wow, it's spicy. It's a naughty/nice break from all the YA I listen to with my pre-teen. I probably wouldn't listen to it again until all three parts are out, though. I hate, hate, hate it when stories are left hanging like this.
The obvious comparison is Fifty Shades of Grey (virginal college student, dom/sub forbidden relationship) but The Professional is so much better (so far, anyway). The cringe factor is way down compared to Fifty Shades. Plus, it helps that Kresley Cole can actually write.
Yes, I would. I really, really liked her for Natalie's parts. I wasn't so crazy about her Russian accent though. It wasn't bad (truly, it wasn't), but there was something about it that didn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on it, but I found her Russian accent distracting. Maybe it wasn't "sexy" enough. She was fantastic as Natalie though!
Yes, and I did! I stayed up late into the night listening to it and then just about died when it ended. I want the rest of the story!
I think if I ever listen to a serial or multi-part story again, I will wait until all parts are available before I begin listening. The suspense is killing me! I need me some Sevastyan!
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