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 love Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, so that’s why I picked up The Professional as well.
The Professional is a full length novel, cut into three parts, published in serial form. I’ve read only Part 1 and Part 2 of the story. Actually, it’s not really a review, just my feelings about it:
- disappointed(by the tons of clichés),
- eye-rolling and bored(by the erotica),
- irritated(by the characters – for example the smart historian Natalia speeds the time with watching the passers-by on the security camera when she is bored because her man is away… pathetic…; or the weak and sentimental mafiya vor; or the always brooding and never talking – therefore mysterious – Sevastyan),
- annoyed(by the mistakes and gaps in the plot and by the inconsistency of both the main and side characters),
- laughed-to-tears(about Sevastyan’s vodka import business – it was actually very funny!),
- and a little bit ashamed(of caving in to the hype and reading it).
I could go into the details as there is a LOT to complain about, I just don’t want to waste more time on it.
I read positive reviews about it, so obviously there are many readers who enjoy it. Besides, after all it is a Cole, so give it a try! But I have no intention nor interest in reading the last part.
However, it doesn’t alter the fact that I’m still a fan of Ms. Cole’s Immortals After Dark.