This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Professional Part 1 by Kresley Cole
Published by Pocket Books on December 16, 2013
Genres: Contemp Romance, Romance, Romantica
Pages: 120
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Summary from Goodreads:

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…

Book Savvy Babe’s Review:

Pull out your fans romance readers, The Professional is HOT, HOT, HOT!

Having been a long time reader and fan of Kresley Cole (LOVE her Immortals After Dark series), I was very curious and eager to read a contemporary romance by this author.  I loved this book, it is a quick, short read, and definitely only part one.

I sat down to read The Professional and read the entire thing in one sitting.  Natalie is a great character, she is possibly one of the only contemporary romance virgins I have liked in a LONG time.  She may be virgin, but she is not that innocent.  Sevastyan pops into Natalie’s life, bringing instant heat and permanently changing Nathalie’s world.  Sevastyan has the job of protecting Natalie and delivering her to her father, who happens to be a boss of a Russian underworld-type operation.  Sevastyan is torn between duty to Natalie’s father and his sizzling attraction for Nathalie.  The couple is super hot and their chemistry is intense.  Nathalie has a lot of changes to deal with, like meeting her father for the first time and discovering an entirely different life.  She handles the changes really well, and I respect her a lot.

It is fairly rare for me to rate a novella 5 stars, but The Professional deserves this rating.  The characters are relatable and believable, the storyline is interesting, and Kresley Cole’s writing talent is undeniable.  When I finished The Professional, my only thought was “MORE!”  I can not wait to dive into the second installment in this series!

Contemporary romance readers, and fans of Kresley Cole, you DO NOT want to miss The Professional!

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