Sunday, 3 August 2014

Review of The Professional by Kresley Cole

The bit on the back…

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...

I was introduced to this book on twitter (what a surprise) when my friend Victoria was reading it as part of the #SexMeUpReadathon that she along with the other Gosling Girls Book Tour girls were hosting in conjunction with the The Hot Bed team over at Simon and Schuster. I read the story in the three parts which were available on kindle from Amazon and read them back to back because I couldn’t end the story at only 30% through.

The story is all about main character and narrator Natalie. She’s a student and workaholic trying to put herself through a PhD without relying on anyone. She’s known for being able to read guys a mile off but when one dark and mysterious stranger defies her ability her life gets turned completely upside down.

First of all let me just put it out there that the story line is really a tad farfetched. For a kick off we’re talking about the mafia, abduction and gun toting Russians. Not anything that I know a lot about. If you are able to overlook the implausibility of the main character finding herself in this situation then I’m sure you will enjoy their relationship.

Natalie and Aleksandr have an instant chemistry that sparks straight from their first meeting in the bar. It later becomes revealed that as part of his work he has been following and protecting Natalie for a little while. Their chemistry intensifies when the characters are forced to spend time together in close quarters.

I really enjoyed their relationship, particularly when they were sparking off of one another in the beginning. The sexual element of their relationship is intense, very descriptive and contains some scenes which readers may not enjoy or may be put off by. This is definitely an over 18 read. Although I found it farfetched I did enjoy the writing and found that I couldn’t put any of the 3 parts down until I had finished them. Although I didn’t really know that much about Russian history which was included in the book it felt like it was well researched and descriptive enough to be relevant to the book without overpowering it.

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