• The Professional: Part 1

  • The Game Maker, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-12-2013
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (4 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional - the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has listeners 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, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms.
Rules are made to be broken….
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.
Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy's reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest - and most forbidden - fantasies can come true...
©2013 Kresley Cole (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on 01-01-2014

Another great author bites the publishing formula

Don't get me wrong - I love KC's writing and the worlds she creates. I work in an Indie bookstore and prop the Arcana Chronicles like the paranormal floozy I am. But, honestly, looking at the publishing schedule and the length of the books, we know the trilogy could be wrapped into one delicious read. But the math works like this: one $20+ audiobook discounted to under $10 in less than a year. Or 3 audios released over two months with the discounted price netting almost $15.
It's only her recent books that have pushed the $16 to $20 mark and we all try use credits on those. No way would we waste a credit on $4.61 audio. So all the middlemen are making more money at the expense of the consumer and the needy characters who want their story completed in one book.
Will I buy the rest of the series? Absofloozy! But I tend to shy away from overt marketing ploys with other books and have written KC about my concerns with this series. Maybe she'll tell the gurus she was nucking futs to agree to this capitalization and it won't happen again.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M on 21-12-2013

Serial series = more expensive audiobook

Before I gripe about the format, let me be clear that I did very much enjoy this first installment of The Professional. It's written in first-person (Natalie's - only acceptable reason Robert Petkoff isn't narrating this Cole story) which is a nice change, and she doesn't seem to be prone to the over-reacting a lot of that IAD heroines tend to do. The chemistry between the two lovebirds is hot for sure, and I'm surprised at the lessons on Russian culture. Wasn't expecting it but really liking it!

Now, the format of this story. It's about 4 hours, and I got the book on sale for $5. Not too bad. But, this is only part 1 of 3, which means in the end I'm going to end up shelling out $15 (or more) for this story by the time it's done, when the IAD novels are less than $10 a pop. LAME! And on top of it, you're going to make me wait a total of 6 weeks to finish the story. I can understand the appeal from a publisher's perspective, and maybe for the print reader, but for audio folks, it's a bummer situation.

So, the book is good, but had I been really thinking/ what I'd do if I could do it over - I'd wait to see if they end up releasing it as one volume in a few months at a standard price. Because if you start, you're going to end up like me and overpaying...because now I can't NOT buy the next one as soon as it becomes available since I'm totally sucked into the story!

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