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The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker | [Kresley Cole]

The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker

Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’ 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional: Part 2 - the second scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has listeners asking: How hot is too hot?

He makes the rules….

Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’ 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.…

©2014 Kresley Cole (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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    Katheryne MD, United States 01-22-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Middle Book Syndrome?"

    Good, but not great...
    Part two of The Professional picks up right where it left off in part one. (the very steamy sauna) As much as I enjoyed the beginning part of this book, it suddenly took a weird turn. I understand this is erotica, but it went from an exciting Russian Mafia story to a Fifty Shades of Grey BDSM plot. I don’t mind all the sex, but I just didn’t like the way it was written. Some of it made me cringe and laugh. It was a little over-the-top and unexpected for Kresley Cole. In spite of all of that, I still enjoyed most of the story and thought it was a 4 star listen. I hope the final installment is better and that this one just suffered from “middle book syndrome”.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-24-14
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Kresley Cole Erotica"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read all three parts in ebook format before listening to Part 2 and enjoyed the overall story, but I would only recommend The Professional to fans of erotica. Reading some of these reviews, I get the feeling that it wasn't clear that The Professional is an erotica book, rather than straight-up romance (think X-rated vs. R-rated). It probably doesn't help that Audible categorized Part 1 as "Fiction > Contemporary" rather than "Romance > Erotica".


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have released all three parts as one audiobook. Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the story, but it doesn't hold up as a stand-alone story (which I don't believe it was meant to, anyway).


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Alexis?

    Yes, I would. She did a great job as Natalie and with American accents. Her Russian accent is decent as well, but I would have enjoyed it more if she dialed back on her Russian accents a bit. I didn't find them very sexy and it distracted from the story. She did a good job overall though.


    Could you see The Professional: Part 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If Fifty Shades of Grey can be made into a movie, why not The Professional? It's a much better story than Fifty Shades, anyway. (All three parts, that is...not just Part 2 on its own.)


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I've read Part 3 in ebook format already, I'm still looking forward to Part 3 in audiobook format, and I'm definitely looking forward to other books in this new series (The Game Maker) in the future. Fans of Kresley Cole, keep in mind that Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the book (Part 1 covers chapters 1-17 and Part 3 covers chapters 34-44 and epilogue), AND this is _erotica_ with lots of BDSM and other XXX-rated naughtiness. Not for the faint of heart!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-06-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-06-14 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Good Sexy Continuation To The Series"

    The story picks up right where Part I left off. Literally. The ending of Part I was Sevastyan and Natalie riding their horses to a sauna house to get out of the storm and Part II starts with them in the sauna. I did have to go back to the first book and read the ending again to get my bearings.

    Whereas the last book we were on the edge of our seats wondering what the Russian Mafiya would be like and what that meant for Natalia, this one is more relationship building with Natalie and Sevastyan. She likes her time in Russia getting to know her father. Things aren’t so scary for her except for the fact that if anything were to happen between her and Sevastyan they’d be expected to get married. Which Sevastyan is all on board for but Natalia… not so much.

    This was a great follow up to Part I. I don’t want to say too much but there’s also suspense in this one when betrayal within causes Natalie and Sevastyan to go into hiding. Plus we get more of those steamy scenes between the two. This is a great erotica story with a lot of backbone to it and I for one cannot wait until part 3 comes out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 01-26-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 01-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "WHAT... is behind that curtain!"

    WOW... JUST WOW! I totally love KC books, and man can she write a cliffhanger. I was so wrapped in this part 2, even though I already read the book... I was just as shocked at the end as Natalie... counting down the days for part 3 to release... I so want a Russian Mafioso now!

    Narration was awesome... great buy or sale... save credit for something more expensive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy United States 01-22-14
    Jordy United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "I'm clearly teetering on the fence with this..."

    I really feel cheated.This wasn't horrible just wasn't anything special at all. I loved the beginning of this miniseries but this part just failed in comparison to the first installment. I'm confused by the direction the series is going. There was no real forward progress aside from one major development. While I like the chemistry between Sevastyn and Natalie, I found them both a bit irritating in this 2nd installment. Sevastyn is too closed off. I understand this is who he is, I just want more from him. As for Natalie, I found her slightly whiny. When we are first introduced to her she's independent and her own women, but now she seems to have lost some of her spark. I really hope things turn around in the next installment. If I were looking at the series as a whole, this part wouldn't have bothered me soooo freaking much, but since they keep throwing little pieces out there, I'm judging the individual parts and this one was lacking big time. Seriously, what happened to the action and suspense of a Russian hitman romance I was hoping for??? It was refreshing to have something different rather than another BDSM-themed plot line. I'm going to cross my fingers and have faith the next installment will possibly make up for this one.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 01-28-14
    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Seriously HOT"

    This one was extra spicy! Not the greatest follow up in terms of storyline--it really takes an abrupt turn--but the hotness factor was off the charts. Sevastyan's tortured soul is further revealed but he still remains shrouded in mystery, while Natalie tries to keep up and discovers her own kinky side. The first book was SO good, I wanted this one to be equal to that, but, in all honesty it lacked just a bit. Overall, the superior sex, the humor and the excellent narration makes this a worthy purchase. I'm hoping book three will seriously bring the fire as well as a nice little HEA.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 01-23-14
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "And the TEASE continues...."

    I am NOT a fan of having KC books released in parts! I am into instant and complete gratification. The book is awesome like all her work, if you're a fan you're getting the book anyway. Just be prepared to scream when it ends abruptly....it's a TEASE!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-24-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A delicious BDSM"

    I was initially very upset at Audible to have broken down a book into three parts and so after reading the first book, I did a search and found-out that was how the books were released. This is one story cut up over three books and each short enough that all would have made one book of about 12.5 hrs total but the readers will pay for three books. This May the books will be released as one, so if you can wait, it may be best to pay one credit rather than about $18 for all three. Great story but I really like how witty Kresley Cole is. Wonderful one liners are throughout the books. A definite 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A.L. Hernandez Rodeo, CA, United States 02-19-14
    A.L. Hernandez Rodeo, CA, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Hmmm, kind of a strange turn..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like the bdsm turn that this book took. The dialogue was ridiculous, and didn't seem well thought out. People, JUST DON'T TALK LIKE THAT!

    That being "said," the overall story is good, it just would have been made so much stronger without the poor dialogue, and ridiculous sex scenes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kresley Cole before, how does this one compare?

    This was my least favorite, and I don't think I've ever rolled my eyes as much as I did while listening to The Professional: Part 2


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less ridiculous sex scenes, and FAR LESS ridiculous dialogue. It pulled you out of the story, and that's never a good thing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Plano, TX, United States 01-23-14
    Amazon Customer Plano, TX, United States 01-23-14
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    "kresley at her most sizzling yet!"

    so far, everything has gotten even more hot and heavy between sevastyan and natalie. i'm a little hesitant over BDSM but kresley cole does wonders keeping me trapped in the book so it's intriguing me just a tad :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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