I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Professional by Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker
Narrator: Kimberly Alexis
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on January 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance
Length: 12 hours 28 mins
Audio | Goodreads
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’m reviewing The Professional as a whole novel since that’s how I experienced it. I was not about to be left hanging so I waited until all three parts were released. I received parts 1 & 2 from the publisher to review but I couldn’t wait for them to send me part 3 so I used my last credit on my Audiobooks.com credit.
Kresley Cole’s IAD series and The Arcana Chronicles series are both on my auto buy list (on audio). Cole has cemented herself on my auto list no matter what it is. I love her writing. She brings humor, sexiness and depth to her characters and worlds she develops.
What I liked:
When I saw Cole was releasing The Professional I thought UGH another BDSM book with a virginal heroine and a billionaire hero. WRONG.
Yes Natalie is a virgin but she’s not virginal. She has her toys and kinks. She’s just had the bad misfortune of trying to hook up with guys that didn’t know what they were doing and never lost her skin tag (her BFF Jess’s words not mine).
Sevastyan is not a billionaire playboy. He’s a dangerous, sexy and alpha… thug. He has been raised by Natalie’s birth father and he is right hand man in the Russian mob. But as the story unfolds Sevastyan has many layers to him.
What I would have liked to change:
The Professional is written in first-person from Natalie’s POV. Which I thought limited the depth of the story in some parts. I would have loved to know what Sevastyan was thinking in a few scenes. But I guess to keep the mystery and suspenseful elements to the story it had to be told through Natalie’s eyes.
With a lot of romances there is a cheese factor. And some of the bedroom talk was a little over the top cheesy for me.
Kimberly Alexis does a great job with the narration of The Professional. She has a young sounding voice that lend itself well to Natalie’s voice but want I enjoyed most about her narration was her Russian accent for Sevastyan. Yes, a sexy male voice coming from a male narrator would have been even better for Sevastyan but Kimberly pulled off the male voice well along with the Russian accent. I enjoyed her narration enough that I would try another audio performed by Kimberly Alexis.
I want to my own room in that underground club in Paris with a sexy Russian to teach me the ways of submitting. Meow!
Is this a series?
The Professional was released in 3 parts but I wonder if there will be another book? Natalie and Sevastyan pretty much got their HEA so I don’t really think they have more story but I would like to see a book about Natalie’s friend, Jess, because she reminded me so much of the Valkyries in Cole’s IAD series. It would be fun to see what kind of guy could collar her.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).