I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I had mixed feelings about The Professional but I am a huge Kresley Cole fan, so I decided to give the series another go. While I did have a couple of issues, I enjoyed it overall in guilty-pleasure, super sexy way.
The hero is Maksimilian, Sevastyan’s middle brother. He is a Russian politician with ties to the mafiya, but honestly, there was very little that his connections had to do with the story. For this book, Maks is visiting Miami on a business trip. As always, he orders up a blonde from a high class escort service to fulfill his needs while he is in town. But the girl he ordered couldn’t make it. Instead, she sent her friend, a fiery Latina, named Cat.
Well, her name’s not really Cat. Our heroine is living under an assumed name to escape a horrible husband out to kill her. She must move from city to city, reinventing herself and scraping to make ends meet. Her jobs cleaning houses aren’t cutting it, though, so one big payday from a night on her back is too big of a temptation to ignore. Even though Cat is nothing like the woman Maks thought he wanted, the two were on fire together. She slowly thaws out his icy exterior with her warmth. And she finally begins to feel for a man again for the first time in years.
This is book is chock-full of sex. These two have more sex in 15 days than some people have in a year… not only a lot of it, but a variety of it. Oral sex, anal sex, bondage sex, shower sex, wall sex, sofa sex, snow sex, chair sex… well, you get the idea. The frequency didn’t really bother me, since Cole writes the scenes so well and it fits with the story. She also does a very good job conveying the passion and intensity between these two characters. I liked the way she did the backstory on both of them (as well as poor Dimitri.) The suspense elements were pretty good, as was the climax.
My biggest issue was probably Maksimilin’s use of sexual “torture” to force Cat to do what he wants. Or when he holds her hostage. Or stalks her. Or forces her to get an IUD. I don’t like to see a heroine lose her ability to say no and mean it, and here that happens a couple of times. I felt like there were some lines crossed here. It bothered me. Another problem (though not as disturbing) was the essential insta-love. Two weeks and they belong to each other in life-altering and consuming ways. This is especially stark when you look at how Maks viewed Cat for the first half of the book.
These issues aside, the book is quite engaging. Cole keeps me entertained and with the dialogue and fanning myself from the love scenes. Plus, I vastly prefer one book to the serial release of The Professional.
I will read Dimitri’s book, since it is set up so well here, but I fear how big of a BDSM theme it’s likely to have. Because apparently, he is the most screwed up brother of all.
*ARC Provided by Gallery Books
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by Kresley Cole
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books