Release Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
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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.
This is a great holiday surprise from Kresley Cole to her fans. I haven't read all of her work but I'm not surprised that she's dipping her pen in the erotica inkwell. From all the reviews and excerpts I've read for her dark PNR series, Immortals After Dark, I know she won't disappoint us with this new venture of hers.
THE PROFESSIONAL 1 is a serial cut in three parts... and I am not a fan of serials because I dislike cliffhangers and unresolved conflicts and more importantly, I hate waiting! Having said that this serial felt "full" at 17 chapters so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. THE PROFESSIONAL 1 was exciting, downright sexy, mysterious, addictive, undeniably racy and certainly fluckable. Plus as it's also a romantic suspense, the feeling of danger and pursuit was most definitely an aphrodisiac.
The story is, Natalie Porter is in search of her birth parents and her research led her to Russia. Turns out she's the daughter of a billionaire over there who's involved in some Mafiya business and now her father's enemy have her as their next target. But before that tragedy happens, Natalie's biological father hired Alexsandr Sevastyan to bring her to Russia to keep her safe and get Natalie acquainted with her blood family. Aside from the technicalities of consensual kidnapping and the anxiety of meeting your real father under duress, there was also a lot of bumping and grinding between these two. To say that THE PROFESSIONAL 1 is exciting is the biggest understatement IMO.
The heat level is through the roof and the coitus explosive, that I can guarantee. The tension between Natalie and Sevastyan is all too consuming and very primal, any reader will feel the burn and urgency of their attraction. I know I'm probably over thinking but the challenge for me here is I can't relate to Natalie in some ways. I can't put myself in her shoes, leaving everything behind, running away with a strange man, going to a strange country without telling anybody while bumping uglies here and there with a total stranger. The blind trust and utter faith went over my head which in some ways prevented me from being "in" on the story.
Regardless, I will never turn my back on a well written erotica even if I have issues with the heroine. I find it stimulating to gush and gripe over the characters and their actions with equal measure I can't help but get passionate over the story. THE PROFESSIONAL 1 isn't your typical serial, it's a lot of "book" for something so short plus you can be comforted that you're in good hands with KCole. #mustread