The Player : The Game Maker

  • by Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by Kimberly Alexis
  • Series: The Game Maker
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole brings listeners the third book of the erotic Game Maker series, a searing tale of a man racked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.
A madman with a shadowed past....
In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine - sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.
A grifter with nothing to lose....
Descended from a long line of con artists, 24-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.
Love is the ultimate wild card.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband's past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?


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I really don't know how Kresley Cole does it.... time after time she delivers, to her eager waiting fans, stories that captivate you, stories that enthral you, stories that take you on emotional roller coaster journeys, stories that tempt and tease you and contain within them love stories that are hot and hauntingly beautiful. But nothing could have prepared me for this final story in her Game Maker series.... and, IMO, it blew all others out of the water.

Vice and her family were life long con artists but they were in trouble - of the deadly kind and they had various scams going but they still needed a rich 'mark' to keep the big bad wolf from their door. Dmitri was handsome, sexy, damaged and haunted by his past. He'd resisted all women... until he sees Vice and Cupid's arrow instantly hits its mark - and Vice has found the Billionaire mark that will get her family out of trouble. Dimitri became possessive, jealous, tender, vulnerable, sweet and loyal to Vice and even shared his deepest darkest secrets. However, Vice wasn't prepared for the intense feelings that the emotionally wounded Dmitri evoked in her as he tried hard to please her - giving her everything and anything she, and her family members, desired. Vice planned on a fairly simple sting operation where Dmitri would lose her and a portion of his money... however, it was she that ended up with everything on the line, everything to lose and absolutely no way out.... because all roads led to heartbreak.

Absolutely flawless writing skills, clever, hot, great characters and a drool-worthy loveable sexy Alpha Russian Hero who has a few secrets of his own that left me utterly euphoric with its oh so delicious twists. A book that snared me the moment I started listening to it and I was helpless (and unwilling) to hit the 'pause' button until the very end.... and what an end it was. The narrator was perfect for this book - I actually thought, at points, that there were more than one narrator and her epic abilities at emotions, genders, accents and voices brought the book and its characters to life and took this listen to outstanding heights. Told entirely from Vice's POV.

Worth a credit? 100% YES - and for Kresley Cole fans there's never any need to read reviews and no deliberation or hesitation over the purchase... instead the only question that burns at you is "when oh when is her next book coming out?"
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

The Long Con!

Kresley Cole manages to take lust-at-first-sight and turn it into love with her couples in The Game Maker series. Much like the other two Sevastyan brothers, Dmitri knows he has met his soul mate in Victoria when he sees her for the first time. If you can suspend your disbelief that people can fall so hard for each other within a few days you can fully enjoy The Player. If you can’t then this series may not be for you, but I ask if you can’t suspend your disbelief why are you reading fiction anyway?!

Sure with romances like this the guy can come off as a creeper when he is obsessed so fast with the woman and Dmitri straddled that line but then there were also moments where he was just plain swoon worthy.

“I want to protect you. I want to spoil you. I want to have children with you and spoil them too. I want to grow old with you. And at the end of our lives, you will have no doubt you were loved and adored by me for every second.”

Victoria thinks she is conning Dmitri but she’s really conning herself if she thinks she can spend time with the sweet and sexy Russian and not fall for him. As a grifter, Victoria is great at reading people but Dmitri is very adept at reading Victoria and knowing things about her that she never knew about herself. Like the fact that she’s an exhibitionist.

I think that Dmitri is my favorite brother because he has shows vulnerable and uncertainty that makes him endearing.

“How can you be so sure about me?” He leveled his spellbinding gaze on my face. “When you’ve been in the dark as long as I have, moy angel, there is no mistaking the light.”

I am not sure if The Player is the last book in the series but since Dmitri is the last of the Sevastyan brothers it could be. Although Cole has introduced some interesting characters with Victoria’s family that more stories could happen. And let’s not forget Jess, she’s been around since The Professional, book 1. She needs her own story.

Dear Kresley Cole,

Please. Please. Please. Give Jess a story even if it’s only a novella.

My only complaint about The Player is the overuse of the grifter terminology. I understand that some are needed to set up Victoria’s world but I found that it was overkill in some parts. But once you get to the ending, I think the overkill was hitting to the ending. I predicted much of want was going to happen but then there was a WOW factor that’s classic Cole. I loved that I wasn’t able to guess all of the details of the ending.

Kimberly Alexis continues to deliver a great performance for the Game Maker series. I love her Russian accents for the Sevastyan brothers. Kimberly’s performance for The Player was spot on! When she performs the sex scenes that Cole wrote between Victoria and Dmitri I feel like a voyeur. The passion and robust performance makes my ear buds melt and has me reaching for . . . well, that’s TMI.

While there are cameos from previous characters in the series. The Player works well as a stand-alone but I recommend listening to the whole series. If you’re a fan of HOT sex, vulnerable billionaires with a sexy Russian accent then you’ll enjoy The Player along with the previous books in Kresley Cole’s The Game Maker series.
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- Jennifer (The Book Nympho) "Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2016
  • Publisher: Valkyrie Press