Hi Kresley! We’re thrilled to have to back at Under the Covers to chat a little bit about THE PLAYER.
Thanks for having me, Francesca!
Who is Dmitri Sevastyan and what do you think readers will like most about his character?
Dmitri Sevastyan is the youngest of three brothers. He’s a computer and math prodigy and self-made billionaire. For almost thirty years, he has desperately sought to erase the emotional scars from his harrowing upbringing.
I think readers will enjoy his single-minded pursuit of Vice. He is ruthless when it comes to possessing her. He’s also so vulnerable because of his past. Readers tell me they felt the need to hold him when reading his story!
Your heroines are always fun and full of personality and Vice is no different. What is one quality that you think every heroine should have?
A sense of humor! I don’t mind throwing a lot of obstacles in front of a heroine as long as she can use her wits and humor to overcome or endure them.
On that note, what is your favorite thing about Victoria’s character?
I love how loyal Vice is to both her family and to Dmitri. Her family’s motto is “to the grave” because their loyalty to each other will never end.
You’ve written some excellent sex scenes in this series and THE PLAYER doesn’t disappoint ;). What would you say is the key to writing a steamy scene filled with chemistry?
Thank you! I think the key is to tailor the scenes to the characters’ individual quirks, insecurities, vulnerabilities, and turn-ons, and then push their boundaries beyond what they’ve ever experienced (emotionally, physically). A steamy scene must have naked characters at some point—not undressed necessarily, but emotionally revealed.
After writing a scene, I apply the EST TEST. I ask myself if that interlude was the steamiest, rawest, and lustiest it could possibly be between those characters at that point in time. If not, it’s back to the drawing board.
These brothers are definitely smoking hot! What’s your favorite thing about each one of them?
I enjoy how different they are, despite having so many things in common. While quiet Aleks is all seething intensity, Maksim is a charming playboy who’s a “master” with words. Dmitri’s personality is a tumultuous blending of theirs. At times, he can be one of the most intense males you’ll ever meet. Other times, his charm will knock you off your feet.
Do you have a favorite scene in THE PLAYER that you can share without being spoilery?
My favorite scene changes with each reread! Right now, it’s when Vice wakes up in the middle of the night to find Dimitri standing at the edge of a cliff, facing the storm-tossed sea as he confronts his past.
How different is your process for writing contemporary instead of paranormal romance?
For me, it’s not that much different, though the paranormal is much more labor intensive (getting the background details perfect after sixteen books is challenging!)
What’s next for Kresley Cole? Yes, we need more!
I’m currently working on the next Immortals After Dark novel, tentatively titled WICKED ABYSS (you heard the title first!).
I’m also wrapping up an Arcana Chronicles novella titled DAY ZERO. I can’t wait to share more of this world with readers. We’ll see the Flash from several different characters’ points of view. I’ll also introduce some new players who will feature prominently going forward in the series.
In my spare time, I’m working on two super-secret projects. More to come soon!
We can’t wait!
Released: April 12 2016
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: The Game Makers #3
Published by Valkyrie Press
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 protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.
A grifter with nothing to lose . . .
Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.
Love is the ultimate wildcard.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a pre-nup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?