I’m reviewing The Professional as a whole novel since that’s how I experienced it. I was not about to be left hanging so I waited until all three parts were released. I received parts 1 & 2 from the publisher to review but I couldn’t wait for them to send me part 3 so I used my last credit on my Audiobooks.com credit.
Kresley Cole’s IAD series and The Arcana Chronicles series are both on my auto buy list (on audio). Now Cole is cemented herself on my auto list no matter what it is. I love her writing. She brings humor, sexiness and depth to her characters and worlds she develops.
What I liked:
When I saw Cole was releasing The Professional I thought UGH another BDSM book with a virginal heroine and a billionaire hero. WRONG.
Yes Natalie is a virgin but she’s not virginal. She has her toys and kinks. She’s just had the bad misfortune of trying to hook up with guys that didn’t know what they were doing and never lost her skin tag (her BFF Jess’s words not mine).
Sevastyan is not a billionaire playboy. He’s a dangerous, sexy and alpha… thug. He has been raised by Natalie’s birth father and his is right hand man in the Russian mob. But as the story unfolds Sevastyan has many layers to him.
What I would have liked to change:
The Professional is written in first-person from Natalie’s POV. Which I thought limited the depth of the story in some parts. I would have loved to know what Sevastyan was thinking in a few scenes. But I guess to keep the mystery and suspenseful elements to the story it had to be told through Natalie’s eyes.
With a lot of romances there is a cheese factor. And some of the bedroom talk was a little over the top cheesy for me.
Kimberly Alexis does a great job with the narration of The Professional. She has a young sounding voice that lend itself well to Natalie’s voice but want I enjoyed most about her narration was her Russian accent for Sevastyan. Yes and smoking male voice coming from a male narrator would have been even better for Sevastyan but Kimberly pulled off the male voice well along with the Russian accent. I enjoyed her narration enough that I would try another audio performed by Kimberly Alexis.
I want to my own room in that underground club in Paris with a sexy Russian to teach me the ways of submitting. Meow!
Is this a series?
The Professional was released in 3 parts but I wonder if there will be another book? Natalie and Sevastyan pretty much got their HEA so I don’t really think they have more story but I would like to see a book about Natalie’s friend, Jess, because she reminded me so much of the Valkyries in Cole’s IAD series. It would be fun to see what kind of guy could collar her.
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