Review ~ The Master by Kresley Cole @KresleyCole

Posted May 4, 2017 by Tanya in Erotica, Reviews / 4 Comments

Review ~ The Master by Kresley Cole @KresleyColeThe Master by Kresley Cole
Narrator: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 11 hrs 14 mins
Series: The Game Maker
Published by Gallery Books on February 17, 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 448
5 Stars
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A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.

Everyone fears the Master...

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his... complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

Except her.

Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.

If pleasure is a game, play to win.

After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.

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There’s been a long space between when I read The Professional and reading this. I don’t know if that time span had anything to do with it, but I loved this book SO much more than the previous one!

I loved Cat. She is in hiding and doing what she can to survive. Moving periodically, taking less than stellar jobs. But she is committed to her education. When she has to take the place of a coworker against her better judgement, her whole life does a 180. Cat has spunk and fire and Maxim has no idea how to handle that. Her personality evens the score so that she is not the only one on unfamiliar territory. Maxim gets shocked into seeing and feeling parts of himself he had locked away for so long. Both have no idea what they are doing, or even know enough about the other to have a “normal” relationship, so they are running on what their gut tells them. Maybe a little money helps in the beginning too.

So we all know I do not come out of my PNR or UF box very often. It seems when I do it is for PNR or UF authors that are stretching out into other genres. Of course I’m going to read a Kresley Cole book, even if I’m afraid I might be uncomfortable. Cole did such an amazing job that I don’t think I even blushed. I’m not saying that The Master is not as erotic as it is should be. It definitely is. But I also found myself wrapped in the emotions of what was happening between them and I had more of a curiosity about the things they were doing. There was more on the table than just a sex fest erotica. So much more.

The Master pulled me into the story like I hadn’t been pulled in to a book for awhile. I was excited to get in the car to listen. The audio was amazing. There is so much more to The Master than what I originally expected and the excitement and intrigue of the Russian mob world, along with the relationship building of Cat and Maxim and the danger Cat was trying to avoid were all music to my ears. I couldn’t get enough.

If you are in the least bit resistant in trying something dubbed as “erotica”, I highly recommend you try this trilogy. There was definitely some new stuff in it for me. (I did pay attention LOL) but the story itself was just so stinking romantic and fascinating! I can’t recommend The Master enough.

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.

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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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  • This is such a great series. I’m not sure which one I loved more, The Master or The Professional

    • It really is! I found the hardest choice for favorite between The Master and The Player. I don’t think listening to The Professional the way I did in parts made for a good experience for me. I’ll have to go back and read it all in one sitting and see if it appeals to me more that way.

  • Glad you enjoyed this one and thank’s for the review. I know how you feel about branching out. I don’t do it often, but when I do it usually is with authors that write PNR or UF that are moving into CR. It’s hard to branch, but this year I’m trying to do more.

    • I read both these ones and the CR that Gena Showalter put out. I did really enjoy Gena’s but Kresley’s definitely hit the 5 star for me!