The Master by Kresley Cole

April 28, 2015 Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The Master by Kresley ColeThe Master by Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker #2
Published by Gallery Books on February 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Format: Audiobook
Everyone fears the Master...

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafya 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.

Except her.

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.

I never in a million years thought anyone could write a book that turns a escort-ordering mafioso into a drool-worthy, enticing hero, but that is exactly what Ms. Cole has managed in THE MASTER.  From the first couple of chapters, I was honestly thinking that there was no way I was going to enjoy this book – the heroine just agreed to become an escort with no discernible reason to do so and the hero is one of those uber-macho, control-freak types who (at that point) has no redeeming qualities.  Boy was I WRONG!!  This book was amazing!

Cat is a quick-thinking, loud-mouthed heroine with a big, fat secret.  Call it bluster or bravery, she isn’t afraid to stand up to Maxim and take precisely what she wants.  Maxim is a man used to getting exactly what he wants – tall, blonde, and compliant – so when Cat shows up on his doorstep, he’s thrown for a loop.  He’s a no-nonsense business man who definitely doesn’t do romance.  Until Cat.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts!  Sex comprises a hefty portion of this book and the scenes are smoking hot.  Yet I never felt like the sex scene compromised the plot – Cat and Maxim’s sex sessions always made sense within the narrative (not like some books which just seem to have a sex scene for the purposes of having a sex scene).  In fact, sometimes it seemed like sexposition – important plot points told through the action of the sex scene.  And, of course, these characters engaged in one of my favorite romantic tropes, the love/hate dynamic.

Incredibly hot and such a fun read!  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.  And you don’t have to read the first book in the series to enjoy THE MASTER.

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