Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Player (The Game Maker, #3)” as Want to Read:
The Player (The Game Maker, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Player

(The Game Maker #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  10,494 ratings  ·  1,032 reviews
In this searing stand-alone installment of the erotic Game Maker Series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers a tale of a man wracked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.

A madman with a shadowed past . . .

In the City of Sin, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine--sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a
ebook, 334 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Valkyrie Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Player, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
DemetraP Kresley Cole's newsletter that she emailed to subscribers November 13, stated, "Dmitri's book will definitely come out in 2016, so stay tuned for more…moreKresley Cole's newsletter that she emailed to subscribers November 13, stated, "Dmitri's book will definitely come out in 2016, so stay tuned for more news." (less)
Kristi it is said to be releashed June 1st :)
Let's Hope it stays like this…more
it is said to be releashed June 1st :)
Let's Hope it stays like this(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  10,494 ratings  ·  1,032 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Player (The Game Maker, #3)
Kresley Cole's books are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love her over the top Alpha-males and their monosyllabic dialogues. No other author can make a guy grunting words like, "mine" and "come" sound so damn appealing! Yet, time and time again, I fall for these cavemen.

Dmitri Sevastyan is no exception to the rule. He's possessive, dominating and completely irresistible. At the same time, there is something vulnerable and sensitive about him that lures you in.

When Victoria Valentine, aka Vice, set
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed a lot, largely due to the dreadfully dull, avaricious heroine who was as self-righteous as she was hypocritical. Aside from that, the plot quite simply was uninspired.
Aisling Zena
3.5 stars

You'd think that by now I would have learned this lesson.
Maybe I shouldn't look forward to a book too much, I usually end up disappointed.

I was expecting something mythical I suppose. I had built up Dmitri's book so much in my mind that the actual book let me down. I have no one to blame but myself. It's by no means a bad book or plot. Just not what I expected and needed.


I didn't get Dmitri's POV at all. I didn't see how he clicked. I didn't feel his torture or his salvation. All of t
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(4/25/19) - I listened to the audio version and this book is still a +5 stars re-read for me!! The complete Game Maker Series is just awesome!! 🔥🔥💓💓

Masterfully done!

Loved this third installment in the Game Maker series. First I have to tell you that at the beginning I was not too fond on Victoria. I didn’t like the fact that she and her family played Dmitri this way. Even knowing she was acting in the interest of the con and what was at stake, I just didn’t care. But then she redeemed herself an

This review is 100% spoiler free and more or less sums up the entire series.

Q. What do you do when an ARC of one your most anticipated reads ends up on your Kindle?

A. You drop EVERYTHING and read it, of course!

 photo the player gif_zpsciwie8rc.gif

They say 'good things come to those who wait' and in this case the wait was so worth it! VICE and Dmitri didn't disappoint!

To say I am a HUGE fan of this series would be an understatement! I first fell in love with it while reading The Professional and was a complete goner after The Mast
Sophia Triad
Another amazing story! My favourite book from the series was The Master, but this is a close second.

“Would you like to know how I view the world?”
Would I? I didn’t know if I was ready to peek into his tricky, complicated mind. “Okay,” I said, the word sounding more like a question.
“Imagine a pitch-black room with a single candle lit in the center,” he said, his voice gone low. “The room is the world. You are the candle.”
A shaky breath escaped my lips. “How can you be so sure about me?”
He leveled
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book pretty much grabbed hold and didn't let go. The more involved the story line got, the more invested I was in the outcome. To top it off, although I had an inkling of what was to happen, it was so well executed that I found myself genuinely surprised. Dimitri is the most introspective of the three Sevastyan brothers. He can easily come off as standoffish or even rude. Then he meets an angel in the form of Victoria and he falls HARD. Like his brothers did at their turn, he knows she is t ...more
The Sassy Bookworm
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm always nervous to start a book I have been so anxiously waiting to read. I'm worried that it might not live up to the expectations I have in my mind for it. That wasn't the case here AT ALL.

O-M-G did this book live up to all my expectations. In fact, it pretty much blew them out of the water! I didn't think anything could be hotter than Maxim in THE MASTER but GOOD GOD dirty talking Dmitri made me change my panties more than once...


Dmitri, what can I say. The man was PURE perfection. Hot,
Sammy Loves Books
OMG My Nook is loaded!!!


My Body is Ready!!


Full Review coming as soon!!!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterfully done!

I loved this third installment in the Game Maker series. First I have to tell you that at the beginning I was not too fond on Victoria. I didn’t like the fact that she and her family played Dmitri this way. Even knowing she was acting in the interest of the con and what was at stake, I just didn’t care. But then she redeemed herself and I realized this was just part of the plot and not the core of the story. Slowly but surely I grew attached to her.

Victoria (aka Vice) is a con a
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 The Player...Who is Being Played
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free
I am going to keep this very short for there are enough reviews out there to give you all the details you may wish. My major contribution is this....

This book took all of the smarts from the second in this series, The Master, and added an additional layer. It had a plot, characters who were insanely attracted to each other, conflict and a delicious outcome. It also had Las Vegas.

Oh, and before I sign off...Lots and Lots of Sex.

A good
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! That’s all i can say.

No seriously, this series is a masterpiece, it’s an absolute must read!

Going into this book, I was really anxious, since i wasn’t sure it would measure up to The Master( which is still my favorite book in the series, and one of my all time faves). But i had no reason to be anxious, i absolutely loved it.

On one hand Dmitri Sevastian is a lethal combination of a hot possessive, obsessive and powerful alpha and a damaged, scarred and vulnerable russian man.( my Achilles
Melanie A.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It was always going to be you. Or it never would have been."
Wow! What an ending!

After reading this series, I've come to the conclusion that Kresley Cole writes some of the BEST TRASHY ROMANCE out there. I'll now have to start making my way through her extensive backlist. Yay!

Ok, so, my review...... While this installment was my least favorite of the series, there was still A LOT to like:

The hero: Dmitri was amazing! Dark, broody, unapologetic, driven, hot as hell, and
DNF @ 71%. I tried -- I really did! I just never felt their connection. WAY too instalove for me. In only a very few occasions have I been ok with "love at first sight" type situations, and it didn't work for me at all in this one. I kept on getting distracted and bored with my reading, but I kept at it. Honestly, the sex is pretty hot -- so there is that. That might have been the reason I held on so long. I had huge issues with the h being so dishonest. The H obviously adored her, so I didn't s ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pre-review: Although I dislike the first book of this series with a passion, but judging from the blurt the plots of this third book is too interesting to be missed...

Outline of the story: Victoria Valentine, aka Vice, was from a family of con artists and grifters, and her family must come up with tons of money within a month's notice since her parents pissed off the wrong people. In order to save her family, she tried to trick Dmitri Sevastyan, an IT billionaire, into a honey trap, using hersel
I can't wait for this novel. This has to be Dimitry's story and with everything he went though as a child and how hard it is for him to connect with people, it's going to take more than "love (*cough* lust) at first sight" to get him to move past it.

Well, it was still lust/love at first sight, but it was still good.
1-Click Addict Support Group
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I told myself, when I opened The Player on my Kindle at around 6pm on Friday evening, that I would just get started. Get a feel for the book, and hopefully, be finished by the end of the weekend—children willing.

It's now 1:45am Saturday morning, and I just closed it. With only brief breaks as I made dinner, or acknowledged that I actually HAD kids, I read every page, poured over every word, gasped and grinned at the twists and turns, and fell completely in love with Dmitri Sevastyan.

To be clea
“Desire is like chess.
Do whatever you must to achieve your endgame.”
- Dmitri Sevastyan

* * *
“The lesson?
Never reach for the stars.”
- Victoria Valentine

* * *
“He controlled me. He’d taken ownership of my body, my mind. The thrall had me in its grip.”
- Victoria Valentine

* * *
“It was always going to be you. Or it never would have been.”
- Dmitri Sevastyan

* * *
“You trusted me, and I trusted us.”
- Dmitri

* * *
“When you truly open your heart to another, you do so for life, and you’re loyal to a fault. You
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Ugh Stars

Why didn't I love this?! I don't know! And I'm so mad at myself for not loving it!

I gave both of the first two books 5 stars, and I was looking forward to this book so much. Maybe it was all of the anticipation in my head that just led to the disappointment? It just wasn't what I expected. I thought Dmitri's character would be much darker. I didn't care for the insta-love, especially with his past. It just didn't seem like something he would do. I was hoping she would have to fight f
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

3.5 Tortured Hero Stars!!

Dmitri Sevastyan is the youngest Sevastyan brother, having survived a horrid childhood, he is now extremely wealthy, very handsome and very, very troubled. Having recently been reunited with his older brothers, he has decided to take break from business and visit Vegas along with his brothers and their beloved wives (loved catching up with them!!).

Victoria is from a long line of grifters (con artists). Victoria is very much involved in her family’s business and she c
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
That was the thing about the beast from fairy tales; he didn't want to be a beast. He didn't want to be alone.

Ugh. If I had an impressionable, just becoming aware of gender issues, dynamics, etc. teenage daughter, would I want her to read this? Probably no. Then why do I find myself giving it three stars?!

"I'd rather have an honest madman than a sane liar."

I don't want to spoil anything but let's just say the hero has issues, deep heartwrenching ones that involve abuse and other ones I'
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one. Super smutty, but with a nice emotional aspect to it, the third and (? final) book in The Game Maker series rounds out the story of the Sevastyan brothers really nicely.

This book tells the story of youngest Sevastyan brother, Dmitri. Having survived a tortuous childhood, Dmitri has become hugely wealthy and, having recently been reunited with his older brothers, has decided to take a well-earned break from business.

Victoria is from a long line of grifters. Well ensc
Rating: 5 stars for the amazing plot twist at the end.

Not a helluva lot happens in this book. The relationship and the characters carry things despite the watery plot. There is loads of sex. Intrigue. Sex. Luxury. Sex. Insta-luv-obsession. Sex.

Then once it all unravels. Bang! Zoom! I got hit with a cross blow of a plot twist.

Dmitri, who knew?

Vice/Victoria is mediocre to me. Her sister was more interesting. I can't understand what Dmitri sees in her but hey! He's a very damaged soul. I have to tr
Natalie A
Dimitri, you got lots of work to catch up to maxim if you're going to entertain me.
I feel that if he doesn't end up with Jess, which is a possibility, Jess should get her own book. I just love her!
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mafia
1 star

99% sex and 1% (terrible) plot
I gave this audiobook an A- for the narration and B+ for the story at AudioGals*

Narrated by Kimberly Alexis

Fans of romances featuring grifters or con artists will love both the intensity and detailed background of living the life as a con artist detailed in The Player. I really am not sure where Ms. Cole did the research for all of the various con jobs she describes, but I found this aspect of the story to be fresh, entertaining, and eerily informative. Moreover, Ms. Cole manages to throw in one
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy insta lust and love then The Player is the right book for you. I knew from reading book 2 The Master that those two ingredients would be present in The Player too so I buckled up and enjoyed the ride. Dmitri is very intense when it comes to what he wants and craves. Victoria is what he wants and won’t stop at nothing to have her but she can play the game too since she’s a con artist. She wants something too and Dmitri is the way to get it. It’s a very sexual story which I already kn ...more
Bon Tom
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, normal-sized
I'm surprised how much I liked this. Not only are the sex scenes hot as sun, there's also plot that wasn't cheesy although it had great potential to be so. I mean, billionaire Russian mob that's actually not so much of a mob as he's gentle in the heart and powerful in all other departments. Takes mad skills to avoid the cheesiness and cliches. And I loved the characters. Would fuck them all myself. ...more
Julia's Book Haven
This one is probably my favourite in the series. Dmitri completely won my heart and I thought Victoria was the perfect match for him. I loved the con artist storyline and how I was constantly trying to guess where the story was heading. This just had all the elements of a really great book and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. Definitely recommend this one and this whole series!
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
"When you've been in the dark as long as I have, moy ángel, there is no mistaking the light"

This book is worth a billion dollars ! I thought before that this one would be the darkest of this series, but turned out it wasn't. The Player is the lightest book with many humorous characters and the sex scenes are sizzlingly hot. Dmitri is a man with his tortured part, yet he doesn't turn out to be a jerk after all. I kinda like the way he acts since the beginning, he wants to devour Victoria with
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Reaper (Boston Underworld, #2)
  • Run Posy Run (Underboss Insurrection, #1)
  • Carnal Urges (Queens & Monsters, #2)
  • Savage Hearts (Queens & Monsters, #3)
  • Crow (Boston Underworld, #1)
  • The Bloody Bride (The Rocchetti Dynasty, #1)
  • The Bad Guy
  • Ruthless Creatures (Queens & Monsters, #1)
  • Soulless (Starcrossed Lovers Trilogy #2)
  • Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes, #1)
  • Never Sweeter (Dark Obsession, #2)
  • Sacrifice (Bloodline Vampires, #1)
  • Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes, #2)
  • Obsessed (Obsessed #1)
  • Brutal Vows (Queens & Monsters, #4)
  • Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains, #1)
  • Principessa of Chicago (The Rocchetti Dynasty, #2)
  • Wall Street Titan (Wall Street Titan, #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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.
Her IAD bo

Other books in the series

The Game Maker (3 books)
  • The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)
  • The Master (The Game Maker, #2)

Related Articles

Fans of Sarah MacLean know her as a writer of historical romances, a passionate defender of the romance genre, and a creator of some truly...
91 likes · 19 comments
“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.” 9 likes
“Ultimately, the blame for hurting you goes to your ex-fiancé. He didn’t appreciate what he had,” Dmitri grated. “So yes, I made him my mark, because you deserve a faithful husband. And unlike him, I can keep my eyes on the queen!” Oh.” 8 likes
More quotes…