Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her 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… 

Published May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Alexandr Sevastyan is an enforcer for the Russian mafia, who gets sent to Nebraska to protect the boss' daughter. He doesn't expect to have any feelings towards her but with one look that's out the window. It turns into an obsession, one that he fights because he doesn't want to disrespect his boss/friend/father figure.
Natalie Porter is a grad student living in Nebraska. She's been trying to find her birth parents for a while now, working crazy hours to pay her private investigators. Natalie is immediately attracted to Alexandr when she sees him in the bar and doesn't understand why he doesn't take what she's offering.

"Was I just a job to you, Savastyan?"
He gazed to the right of me as he answered, "That's all you can be."
"Do you wish you'd never been sent to America for me?" He faced me fully. 
"Every second of the day,"

Without giving any of the plot away, The Professional is one hell of a ride. Fast-paced adventure with unexpected twists and turns. You get a peek at Nebraska (a place I know next to nothing about) and Russia (a country that has always been beautiful to me!) along with private jets, crazy expensive cars and mansions, wealth I have no understanding of. It's a crazy life to be thrust into. I stayed up way past my bedtime finishing this and I'm so glad I did.

The Epilogue was nice, but short. My only complaint is that I wish it could have been longer! I wasn't ready to let Alexandr or Natalie go. However I'm extremely excited for Maks' book! Even though we only got a tease of him, I can tell it's going to be a book worth waiting for.

“Ty sozdana dlya menya .” You were made for me.”

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About Kresley:
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.
A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad. 
Cole lives in Florida with her family and "far too many animals."

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