The Professional: Part 1

  • by Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by Kimberly Alexis
  • 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional - the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has listeners asking: How hot is too hot?
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...

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Serial series = more expensive audiobook

Before I gripe about the format, let me be clear that I did very much enjoy this first installment of The Professional. It's written in first-person (Natalie's - only acceptable reason Robert Petkoff isn't narrating this Cole story) which is a nice change, and she doesn't seem to be prone to the over-reacting a lot of that IAD heroines tend to do. The chemistry between the two lovebirds is hot for sure, and I'm surprised at the lessons on Russian culture. Wasn't expecting it but really liking it!

Now, the format of this story. It's about 4 hours, and I got the book on sale for $5. Not too bad. But, this is only part 1 of 3, which means in the end I'm going to end up shelling out $15 (or more) for this story by the time it's done, when the IAD novels are less than $10 a pop. LAME! And on top of it, you're going to make me wait a total of 6 weeks to finish the story. I can understand the appeal from a publisher's perspective, and maybe for the print reader, but for audio folks, it's a bummer situation.

So, the book is good, but had I been really thinking/ what I'd do if I could do it over - I'd wait to see if they end up releasing it as one volume in a few months at a standard price. Because if you start, you're going to end up like me and overpaying...because now I can't NOT buy the next one as soon as it becomes available since I'm totally sucked into the story!
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- M "Daydreamer"

fantastic narrator!!!

Wow. I really had no idea how Kresley Cole would go from her Immortals After Dark series to some contemporary/erotic/ suspense/romance. This is actually the first installment of a three part series. Natalie, the main character, has been searching for her biological parents for 6 years. When she starts to believe she has hit another dead end....Alexei Sevastyan (pronounced like Russian Sebastian) walks into her life suddenly. After a whirlwind night Natalie is on a plane to Russia to meet her very rich mafia father. Overall, I enjoyed the first installment in this series. Be prepared for the cliffhanger!! I’m interested to see what happens between Natalie &Sevastyan in the next book. The plot is different, characters are engaging, fast pace, just enough smexiness!!  I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did!
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- Jordy ♡♡♡♡ "I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality...."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio