Review ~ The Player by Kresley Cole @KresleyCole

Posted May 11, 2017 by Tanya in Erotica, Reviews / 5 Comments

Review ~ The Player by Kresley Cole @KresleyColeThe Player by Kresley Cole
Narrator: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 9 hrs 11 mins
Series: The Game Maker #3
Published by Valkrie Press on April 12, 2016
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 334
5 Stars
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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-three-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 prenup, 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?

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For me, The Master and The Player were my absolute favorites and I can’t decide which is on top. All of the Sevastyan brothers have suffered horribly and that suffering has molded into these different characters with distinct quirks.

Dmitri felt like the most vulnerable of the brothers. He is withdrawn and angry. He just won me over, I think right from The Master, I knew I was going to love Dmitri. When he finally spots what he wants, like his brothers, he will do anything to get it. The thing that scared me is he went way over the top for Vice. He played right into her hands and that really pushed my feelings of his vulnerability along. I hurt for him pretty much throughout the whole book because you know he is putting it all out there, doing everything he can to make Vice love him, while she’s plotting his downfall with her family.

Needless to say, I wasn’t the biggest Vice fan. Her family is pretty sophisticated in their scams. They think they have it totally made when Dmitri decides he wants the one family member that has always had trouble reeling in the prey. I wanted to cry when Dmitri did not make her sign a prenup. He was just leaving himself wide open and it drove me crazy. For some reason I wanted to protect him any way that I could. I was glad when Dmitri got Vice away from the family and sequestered in their own home.

I have a big soft spot for Dmitri, and although I felt at first like he was the vulnerable one of the brothers, I couldn’t have been more wrong. But I was elated that I was wrong. He is perfect. *sigh*

I loved how The Player played out and the ending was awesome. I was left satisfied and happy for the Sevastyan brothers. This trilogy was so much more than I expected going in and I can’t recommend it enough. Kresley Cole is an amazing, talented writer and The Game Maker series proves she can conquer contemporary and erotica just as perfectly as she can paranormal romance.

The narration was truly well done. Kimberly Alexis did an amazing job. I found her Russian accents believable and didn’t distract me at all. Each character, from each of the books in the trilogies was unique and so well done. When they all come together in the final book, the voices were consistent from when Kimberly narrated that couple’s book. I truly enjoyed the narration of the Game Maker series.

The Trilogy

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.

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  • Braine Supie

    Tried this a while back, not for me. 😀

    Happy weekend!

    • Aw, I’m sorry it wasn’t for you! Was it just this one of the trilogy or the Game Maker trilogy as a whole?

      And TGIF **whew** so glad this week is over!

  • I loved this trilogy too. I can’t remember which was my favorite. I’m glad she gave up the serial idea that was used for the first book. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I’m glad she gave up the serial too. I don’t know why, but I think it affected how I felt about it.

  • Well I am loving her Immortal series, now I need to try one of her contemporaries!