ARC Review: The Professional: Part 1 by Kresley Cole

Posted December 16, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Professional: Part 1 by Kresley Cole
The Professional
by Kresley Cole

5 Stars


Released: 16 December 2013
Series: The Game Maker #1
Published by Pocket Star
Pages: 120
Format: eARC


The only thing I hated? That it ended ~ Under the Covers

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 reading this book: “I am DYING here, someone either get me some icy water or a vibrator”. Note to self: Never read any more of this series when at work. Other (and more important) note to self: If a hot Russian comes to kidnap you. Don’t. Resist.

From the first meeting between Natalie and Sevastyan the book crackled with sensuality, the couple had some serious sexual tension, which when it broke had me drooling and sending the above text to the girls, only for it all to build up all over again, leaving me in a slobbering mess. Kresley Cole really knows how to write her sex scenes and with the added element of control and BDSM it just made everything that much hotter.

If I hadn’t known this was written by Kresley Cole, her characters would have given her away, especially Natalie, she is reminiscent of the Valkyries in her Immortals After Dark series, clever, smart ass and teeny bit crazy. I loved her. As for Sevastyan, he was as dangerous as any of her vampires and oozed just as much dark sensuality, he has quite easily entered the ranks of my book boyfriends.

The only thing I hated? That it ended, I was desperately trying to turn the last page hoping there would be more, alas there wasn’t and I am now waiting eagerly (and impatiently) for the next installment.

*ARC provided by publisher


“I need to do filthy things to your body, Natalya.
And I know I never can.”

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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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SUZ~ totally agree with your review…loved it….!


Lol great review suzanne


This sounds really good…bummed it’s not available for me-thanks for the great review Suzanne.


this was a great book but it ended too soon- i cant wait until the next part comes out!!