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The Professional: Part 1

(The Game Maker #1a)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,119 ratings  ·  708 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional—the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers 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, tantalizi
Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published December 16th 2013 by Pocket Star
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Ritazasoares "The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)" is the compilation of the books "The Professional: part 1, 2 and 3", which means that these three book are the…more"The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)" is the compilation of the books "The Professional: part 1, 2 and 3", which means that these three book are the same story as the first book about Sevastyan and Natalie, just separeted and with cliffhangers... The book "The master (The Game Maker, #2" is the story around Lucia and Maksim, Sevastyan's younger brother, which means it's a different story.

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This had great potential that got drowned in cheese and corn. Cheesy sex talk and contemporary romance just don't go. What may work in pnr, fantasy or sci-fi is just a big nyet! in CR.

*Warning! May be spoilers ahead

...his stiff rod pillaging my core.
The only woman who's allowed to utter those words is Lagertha, Ragnar's wife.


...spurt heavy ropes of cum.
Think about it.... heavy.ropes ....


Now, think how huge his testicles must be to manufacture these heavy ropes
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 48% but I skimmed to the end. Warning: tons of sarcasm because I can’t help myself. Read at your own risk. Not giving out spoiler alerts because I’m past caring.

So this was my first Kresley Cole book...and it was a bust. I mean, I saw that the blurb had tagged it as “erotica series” but wow, I sure underestimated the amount of ‘erotica’ in the story. Let me be honest here. I didn’t pop open this book because of the erotica label. I did it for the advertised suspense on the blurb, for the
Duchess Nicole
Wow. I really had no idea how Kresley Cole would go from her Immortals After Dark series to some contemporary/erotic/suspense/romance. And let me tell you, I was fairly blown away. I knew I'd like the hero, but I ended up really, REALLY liking him. And still two more installments to get to know him better! Le sigh...

The story starts out as a typical young innocent miss meets big ole bruiser bad boy. But this is only surface level in this somewhat unconventional story. Natalie is an
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. Sometimes you just gotta embrace the cheese. 99% of the time, I prefer to do my embracing with paranormal or historical romances. I rarely let cringe-worthy moments or sketchy behavior slide when it comes to contemporaries. After all, contemporaries aren't supposed to be fake in a silly way. They're supposed to be at least somewhat relatable when it comes to life as we know it. In a PNR, if a wolf-man wants to mark his territory all over a helpless woman, whatever - it's a fantasy wor ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I was pretty excited when I saw that Kresley Cole, one of my favorite humorous paranormal authors, was starting a contemporary erotic romance series. I think fans of erotic romance will be pleased as hell by this story. It is all "bad boy meets virgin with a kinky side" and, honestly, it is pretty well done.

My favorite parts of this story were the funny one-liners. I swear, I laughed out loud at times. I think Kresley Cole can be incredibly witty if she wants to be. I wish there was
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
OMG!! ♡♥♡♥♡♥ I loooveee this boook sooo much!

As I noted additional details-scarred knuckles, tattoos on his fingers,he had a roman nose that had likely been broken and a razor-thin scar that sliced down across both lips.A fighter?

He is officially one of my favorite heroes, there was just something very raw and grabbing about him.
He rested his hand on the wall above my head, surrounding me with his heat. “When a woman singles me out”—he leaned down to murmur at my ear—“it’s because she
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Start with a Russian mafia enforcer, throw in a needy virgin, add some insta-lust and a touch of BDSM and there ya go.


• I do like the story line and I'm intrigued to see where it goes.

• The sex scenes are pretty hot especially with I want you but I shouldn't but I can't stay away.

• I liked the Russian language and how it added to the story.

• For the most part - Natalie's Dad, Pavel, even though I think there's something more going on.



• The CHEESE factor - there's some really
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
According to author:
My publisher and I are releasing an erotic e-serial this winter called The Professional—1st in the Game Maker Series—about a former prize-fighter turned mafia enforcer whose obsession for the boss’s long-lost daughter will take them to the darkest limits of their desires

Umm YES PLEASE! Sign me up for that!

And it's set to be released on my birthday! YEY! Happy friggin birthday to me!

**ARC courtesy of publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Well damn. I did not expect to like that as much as I did. That was such a good read that I actually forgot it was three part series. I mean talk about a rude awakening when the book ended! I'll give a legitimate review later. All I have to say currently, Is I'm loving this novel and quite annoyed ( in a good way) that I can't devour it all tonight!

KRESLEY IS DOING AN EROTICAAAAAAAA! you all know my life is reallllllly reallllly complete right now!

like this is literally me at my screen

Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars
“Understand me, girl, I will eliminate any threat to you, pitilessly.”

Natalya has been looking for her birth parents for quite some time now; little does she know that she put herself in danger just by searching. Sent to protect and watch over her Sevastyan is left wanting, what he found is more than what he expected and his reaction to her is unacceptable. Forced to flee her home she is taken for safety to her father a very powerful influential man who has a lot of enemies that wish
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um...very steamy. I must check out more of Kresley Cole’s books her writing very entertaining. I read The Master a while back and remember liking it a lot. Surely, her fantasy books are worth checking out.
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: Duchess Nicole
Noooooooooo....why did it have to end right there!!!! Thank God I only have to wait 2 weeks for the next book!!!! I've had this book on my list for a couple of weeks and after reading Duchess Nicole's review I had to read it NOW!!

I loved Savastyan and Natalie. Savastyan is not your typical Hero he's very much an Anti-Hero except where Natalie is concerned...not that he turns into a cuddly kitten, because he doesn't. He is dominating, cold, loyal, honorable, and ruthless...but in a gentle way wi
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.5 STARS! ***

I really need to read more Kresley Cole! This was fantastic! Russian mafia meets erotic hotness: Yes, please!
This, although short at about 120 pages or so, packed a punch.
I was reeled in from the first page. It was fast paced and promises to be an exceptionally addictive series. I've already pre-ordered books 2 and 3 and can't wait for their release.
I really liked Natalie. She went after what she wanted and is proving to be a fearless heroine. And Sevastyan?? I love an alpha t
“If you run, I will catch you. It’s what I do.”
- Aleksandr Sevastyan "The Siberian"

* * *
“Actions speak louder than words, Siberian.”
- Natalie Marie Porter
Emily (Falling for YA)
**This is a review for an adult book (Fair warning YA Readers!)

I went in to The Professional with high expectations. I really enjoyed Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and love her YA Arcana Chronicles books. This was actually my first experience with a Cole story that didn’t have a supernatural element and I found the plot a little harder to believe because there wasn’t that aura of mystical surrounding it.

Natalie, the main character, has been searching for her biological parents for 6 years.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Yay…me….beyond excited…………..Kresley Cole has a new book!!!!!!!
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And after a few pages….I’m like….
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Before I continue, please let me clarify that these are my opinions – I know loads of readers have loved this book, but I guess it does it for someone and not for everyone….for me, it was
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The plot is so ridiculous and silly that it’s beyond OTT. Natalie places messages on social media sites looking for her lost Russian father and voila!!! Soon she’s met up with some gorgeous Russian bodyguard, w
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Natalie has been looking for her birth parents for the last six years, juggling three jobs with her PhD classes to fund it. However, she never expected her search to have such life changing consequences and ones that involve Alexei Sevastyan “The Siberian”. Sevastyan is the first man who has ever really excited her, but completely off limits but once she gets a taste of him, all she can think of is having more.

This is an actual text I sent to the other girls at Under the Covers whilst I was rea
Kitten Mercer
For the nth time after reading this I keep asking myself why am I only learning about this series now? Seriously, I don't think I've ever read a book with a Russian Mafia hero hotter than Aleksandr Sevastyan. *fans self* I need to read more Kresley Cole books. For a minute there I forgot how panty-dropping hot her books can be. I wasn't prepared for this one at all. On to the next!
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Hot Russian stars!!!

I’m fairly new to Kresley Cole as an author, but I love her paranormal writing, so I was very keen to try something contemporary. Smart, feisty girl meets dark and mysterious Russian badass – I was hooked from that alone (I love anything Russian!). But the book surprised me with its depth, and the wonderful story that develops alongside the intense UST and dirty, hot-as-hell almost-romance (it’s building, but not quite there yet).

Part 1 of the story introduces us to 24 ye
This is part one of a three part series from Kresley Cole, that is about a woman who sets out to find her biological parents and ends up finding out that she is the daughter of a Russian Mafiya Lord. Aleksandr Sevastyan is a Mafiya enforcer who works for Natalie's father, and is extremely loyal to him as well. He comes to collect Natalie and bring her back to Russia to meet her father for the first time. She becomes thrown into a world that seems almost like a fairytale. Her father lives in a ma ...more
I read this as a serial story- chopped up and divvied out like misers with gold? Because that's what you are you wretched publishers/marketers. (I'm blaming them because I refuse to believe KC could be so cruel. I mean really, to borrow a phrase- Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.)

It's hard enough waiting for stories that are good from authors you love, you do this to us? You've made yourselves to be bigger cock-teases than the writers of "How I met your mother" and it's just wrong to play with fangirl he
Well, scorch my Kindle! The Professional: Part 1 by Kesley Cole has it all, and I mean ALL! There is the teasing, the humor, the darkness, the brooding, the hot, HOT, HOT erotic moments and two amazing characters, his darkness to her lightness! Grab a fan, the smelling salts, and keep the BP cuff on hand, this is going to have you panting for more! BEST CARDIO EVER!

Without a paranormal in sight, Kresley Cole has done it again, created heat, chemistry and an intriguing plot that has me begging fo
I will say right away that I hate the serial form. I think it is a a way to eek out more profit and I don't enjoy the wait. Even with writing as good as this is, I remain not a fan. When all the parts have been published, I will want to read them all together and this means I will have to open one part after another to do that. It is easier for me just to wait until the whole book is out and buy the united copy.

This said--I am excited about Cole's venture into Erotic Contemporary Romance and he
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Diddling the da stars

Natalie Porter has been studying and working hard, especially since the loss of her adoptive father. She’s done quite a lot of investigating into who her real parents could be, and found her investigations taking her to Russia.

What she didn’t expect was to be whisked away by a Russian Mafiya’s right hand man, adoringly known as The Siberian.

Aleksandr Sevastyan is indebted to his boss, Pavel Kovalev, and on hearing he has a daughter, he entrusts the job of returning her to
Aisling Zena

5+ Hot Hot Hot Stars!

Part 2 6th of January,part 3 20th of January. That is called torture Mrs Cole!!


This was a great read but short. Want more,waaaaaay more. An American girl searches for her birth parents and gets more than she bargained for. It's very much insta-lust, which oddly enough I didn't mind one bit in this book. Chemistry off the charts and one seriously dominant alpha male. This book will knock your socks off. Cannot wait for the rest. The ending isn't like an ending of a bo
Joan (official heroine hater)
So, it looks like the general consensus on this book is sort of “meh”, but I really quite enjoyed it. It probably has something to do with my obsession for all things Russian. There’s just something somewhat mysterious, dark, cold and hard about Russia. Random Note: I visited back in 1989 when it was still the USSR and can also attest to the fact that there’s some good eye candy there…mainly the soldiers with those trench coats and tall black leather boots….but I digress into fantasy land. Back ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Professional: Part 1 is pure erotic brilliance. Cole will blow your socks off with this high stakes, Russian Mafia meets US raised farm girl erotic novella. Cole catapults sexual chemistry to an entirely new level, Sevastyan and Natalie beat Grey any day. The Professional is a stunningly vivid, fast paced, panty melting must read.

I received this ARC copy of The Professional: Part 1 from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books - Pocket Star in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publi
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
When I first added this:

crap, it's a serial...but since it's from KC, gimme, gimme, gimme!


I don't know what to say. It's readable but doesn't scream KC to me, nor do I find it sexy. I'll revisit my rating after I read the next 2 parts.

Dayum, that Russian accent!! 3.5 stars.

Audio bookin' ♥
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Professional is a serialised novel currently available in 3 separate ebooks. The whole story will be released as a full length novel in May 2014 both as an ebook and in print. This is a combined review for the entire story written after I read all three instalments. As a fan of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark paranormal series I was excited when I heard that she was going to be writing a more edgy, dark erotic romance and I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Professional. A friend who ...more
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
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The Game Maker (3 books)
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