The Professional [The Game Maker, #1] by Kresley Cole

The Professional [The Game Maker, #1] by Kresley Cole
Pocket Star | E-book
Publication Date: December 16th, 2013
Adult Fiction, Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My first venture to Kresley Cole’s written world came with fireworks – and I mean that this slight book exploded in all its erotic glory. Regardless of how I felt for its ending (if I had blue balls, they’ll be violet), it’d left me just enough to salivate for the next series of novellas.  


Quick Story:

Natalie Porter hired an investigator to find her biological parents. When the PI lost contact, she’d just about lost all hope. But an encounter with the immovable Aleksandr brings about a family history and legacy that she may not be ready for. It turns out that she’s the lone daughter of a powerful Russian mob boss and Aleksandr is his right hand – which means that she’s off limits and vice versa. If word gets out that she’s alive, her father’s enemies will be chomping at the bits to take down the Mafiya boss through a long lost daughter. With her life in danger, she’s whisked away to Russia against her will.  

Before they even landed on Russian soil, Aleksandr and Natalie indulged in a game one of them was not ready to finish but will continue until one of them breaks. “Are you ready to play?” seem a little mild of an invitation for what Aleksandr has in mind though.
My Thoughts:

This book must’ve caught me on a good day because I normally would be rolling my eyes at the copious sprinkles of cheddar in the dialogues and some situations but I have to admit that I ended up enjoying this.  Oh heck, who am I kidding? It was the most erotic, non-sex, sex, all right? It was such a tease! The foreplay was just too much of a preamble for the ‘real thing’, and what’s worse? They didn’t even get  there. Ugh. It’s the primary reason why I’m jonesing for the next book. I did request it from Net Galley but they didn’t get back to me. Sob.
There is something inherently dangerous charming about a big bad russkie and Aleksandr fit the fantasy to a t. Surly, possessive, hot and cold and frustrating as hell [see blue balls]. 

Other than that, there’s not much to say about this book. If you’re looking for some mindless entertainment, well, you’ve come to the right place. It’s funny and sexy. 

  • I've never read anything by this author, but I know she does have pretty big fan base. This doesn't really sound like the book for me, but I hope you get your hands on the next one soon. Lol. Great review!

  • Hah. Awesome review Joy 🙂 Thank you for being honest. <3 I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book. Though that ending sounds evil.. sigh. Hope you will like the next one better, if you read it 😀

  • I'm not sure the book is for me, I like Kresley Cole but well I'm not really into the genre. I hope you'll be able to read book 2..

  • Your first Kresley Cole book?? You MUST read her Immortals After Dark series. Her books were the first (and only) in the paranormal romance genre that I actually enjoyed. Normally, the cheese factor of hot guys in leather pants that populates other authors' books is such a turnoff. But somehow, Cole makes it work.

    I was surprised when I heard that Cole was doing something “new” by writing erotica in The Professional series. I thought her IAD books were already pretty damn erotic, and I really didn't know how much more erotic she could get. I bought the first two novellas of The Professional, but I've only read a bit. The dynamics of the romance seemed very similar to the IAD romamces.

    Glad you enjoyed it, Joy!

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  • A big bad russkie, huh? :))) Glad you enjoyed it, J.!