Type: Book Two, Erotic, Contemporary, Romance, Mafia, Yummo, Accents, BDSM-lite?, This series is making my windows all steamy
Book One?: "The Professional" by Kresley Cole
About the Book: 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/Mafiya 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.
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. [Description provided by Goodreads.com.]
My Review: It took me an unreasonable amount of time to come up with something to say in this review besides "I loved it I loved it I loved it." That's very true, of course. I might have liked this even more than the first one. Doing a quick comparison to book one.. The Professional was very dramatic, but The Master is more emotional. The Master is one of those can't-stop-reading, one-sitting kind of reads. Saying a book is a "page-turner" may be considered cliche, but "The Master" is, for sure, a page-turning read.
I loved the characters - Cat is not about to take any of Maks' crap, but she will gladly take any pleasure he's offering (and maybe some he's not?). She's been through hell, and knows how to take what she wants, and how to be strong. Cat is the type of female character I can and do respect. And Maks.. Can I call him Maks? This is the kind of man I can find myself falling in love with. A tough guy with a heart of gold (at least when it matters), he's the perfect hero - at least in my opinion.
I can't wait for the next book in the series! Please give Dmitri a book!
Cover Lovin': I don't like smoking. I don't. I think cigars smell gross. But I really like this cover. And bonus points - it goes well with book one's cover.
Recommendation: For fans of Cole, anyone that loves bad billionaires, especially if they have a heart of gold under a really, really rough exterior.
Final Rating: FOUR POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars (4.5/5). I love this series so much. The drama is superb, and the steamy scenes are oh-so-good.
~!~ Amanda at Novel Addiction ~!~