The Professional by Kresley Cole ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday

I have finally made time to read The Professional by Kresley Cole... It was a scorching hot read and I loved evry moment of reading it!
Title: The Professional
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: May 6th 2014
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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...

The Professional has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I decided to take a chunk out of my Simon & Schuster pile, so why not start with this one. I can’t believe I’ve left it so long, because I have enjoyed Kresley Cole’s writing in the past, and wasn’t disappointed with this one either. The Professional was a scorching hot read, but I was kept in suspense as well, especially when the characters were on the run!

So a quick rundown of the story, Natalie is looking for her birth parents. She hired someone to look for them and she’s unable to contact him. She has a night out with the girls and approaches a dark and handsome Russian at the bar, who brushes her off before leaving. A little while later, he literally drags her away and puts her on a plane to Russia. This begins their passionate affair and Natalie is able to explore some of her secret fantasies.

Natalie is a character that doesn’t like to back down. Although she is a submissive in the bedroom, she challenges Sevastyan constantly. She’s determined to uncover his secrets, despite how much he shuts down. I liked how she called herself a ‘manalyst’ and would rely on her senses to analyse men. She has an open mind and a great sense of humour.

Sevastyan is definitely the dark and dangerous type! I could see that he had awful secrets that he has never spoken about before. He’s a killer, that’s for sure! He has a fierce attachment to Natalie and will not let anyone get her and will murder those that try to. He’s confused by Natalie though, because the only interactions that he’s had with women before have been of the one-night-only variety.

I loved seeing the relationship between Natalie and Sevastyan grow. They had a connection that was purely physical to begin with, but I could see the trust building between them and it became something deeper. They were explosive in the bedroom, and explored a lot of the darker sides to their sexual relationship. They ventured into the BDSM world, but it wasn’t over the top in my opinion, just enough to keep any girl flustered!

Complimentary copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Here is a sweet tease between Sevastyan and Natalie...

He eased closer to lick a drop of juice from my lip, making my lids grow even heavier. “Your blood is flooded with endorphins. That’s why you felt—”


“Precisely. But what goes up must come down.”

“You’ll be here to catch me when I fall?”

He curled his forefinger under my chin. “Vsegda.” Always.

Paperback Page 304

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Kresley ColeKresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. 

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”

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