ARC Review: The Master by Kresley Cole

Posted February 17, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Master by Kresley Cole
The Master
by Kresley Cole

3.5 Stars


Released: 17 February 2015
Series: The Game Maker #2
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 448
Format: eARC


“I basically…liked this, you can’t go too far wrong with a book that includes sexy possessive, broody Russians and a hilarious heroine” ~ Under the Covers

I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished the last word of The Professional last year. We all knew that Kresley Cole excels at writing some very sexy alpha males and the sassy females who put up with them. Now we know she can write very sexy, very kinky alpha males with a penchant for toys.
Which, brings me to The Master it’s like the x-rated version of Pretty Woman. Only Richard Gere has transformed from creepy into a gorgeous Russian mobster type whose favourite toy is a ball gag and whip, and Julia Roberts is an heiress on the run from her murderous con man husband, who happens to be in desperate need for cash and so voila escort-dom awaits.
I basically…liked this, you can’t go too far wrong with a book that includes sexy possessive, broody Russians and a hilarious heroine, especially when it’s written by Kresley Cole. However, unlike The Professional it just didn’t have that spark. That instant chemistry that sets Cat and Max apart as a couple I will never forget. Not that they didn’t set the pages alight, their bedroom (and shower, and pool) antics had me panting and drooling like a dog stuck in a closed up car on a hot afternoon (not a good look for me) and I certainly never thought that a chastity belt would get me all hot and bothered…Kresley Cole has taught me new and interesting things about myself!
Bottom line, although I was disappointed with this in comparison to The Professional I still enjoyed it. The heroine was funny and smart and when life handed her lemons, she sure as fuck pumped the lemonade out. As for Max, I don’t think that Kresley Cole is capable of writing a hero I don’t want to lock in my attic and do naughty things to. All I can say is…bring on Dmitri.

*ARC provided by publisher

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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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I just started this audio this morning. The first thing I noticed was the use of acronyms and it was driving me crazy. It has seemed to die off after the first 45 minutes or so. I hope they don’t pick back up. The Professional was hard to top. That was a great book. Great review with no spoilers.


Thanks Suzanne for the review


aw man i was completely taken by surprise with how much i liked the professional and i had such high hopes for this….

Amy R
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I have book 1 but hadn’t started reading this series yet.