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Good, but not great...
Part two of The Professional picks up right where it left off in part one. (the very steamy sauna) As much as I enjoyed the beginning part of this book, it suddenly took a weird turn. I understand this is erotica, but it went from an exciting Russian Mafia story to a Fifty Shades of Grey BDSM plot. I don’t mind all the sex, but I just didn’t like the way it was written. Some of it made me cringe and laugh. It was a little over-the-top and unexpected for Kresley Cole. In spite of all of that, I still enjoyed most of the story and thought it was a 4 star listen. I hope the final installment is better and that this one just suffered from “middle book syndrome”.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I read all three parts in ebook format before listening to Part 2 and enjoyed the overall story, but I would only recommend The Professional to fans of erotica. Reading some of these reviews, I get the feeling that it wasn't clear that The Professional is an erotica book, rather than straight-up romance (think X-rated vs. R-rated). It probably doesn't help that Audible categorized Part 1 as "Fiction > Contemporary" rather than "Romance > Erotica".
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have released all three parts as one audiobook. Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the story, but it doesn't hold up as a stand-alone story (which I don't believe it was meant to, anyway).
Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Alexis?
Yes, I would. She did a great job as Natalie and with American accents. Her Russian accent is decent as well, but I would have enjoyed it more if she dialed back on her Russian accents a bit. I didn't find them very sexy and it distracted from the story. She did a good job overall though.
Could you see The Professional: Part 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
If Fifty Shades of Grey can be made into a movie, why not The Professional? It's a much better story than Fifty Shades, anyway. (All three parts, that is...not just Part 2 on its own.)
Any additional comments?
Even though I've read Part 3 in ebook format already, I'm still looking forward to Part 3 in audiobook format, and I'm definitely looking forward to other books in this new series (The Game Maker) in the future. Fans of Kresley Cole, keep in mind that Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the book (Part 1 covers chapters 1-17 and Part 3 covers chapters 34-44 and epilogue), AND this is _erotica_ with lots of BDSM and other XXX-rated naughtiness. Not for the faint of heart!
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