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The Player

The Player by Kresley Cole

25343787Description: In this searing stand-alone installment of the erotic Game Maker series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers a tale of a man wracked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.

A madman with a shadowed past . . .
In the City of Sin, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine—sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . .
Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.

Love is the ultimate wildcard.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a pre-nup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?

Review: 

Oh. My. God. This book! The plot twists and turns. There’s sensuality mixed with heart. At the center is the ties of family and overcoming past pain. I’m not even sure how to write this review. I want it to be spoiler free and a large part of the book is a spoiler. Let me try to break it down without any reveals.  

The plot focuses on Victoria, aka Vice, and her pursuit of Dmitri Sevastyan. Dmitri is the youngest of the Sevastyan brothers. His older brothers have the first two books in the series, both of which I reread after finishing The Player. Like his brothers, Dmitri is a billionaire, though his money comes from his technology and not slightly illegal means like his older brothers. However, Victoria’s family is in the business of scams. Simply put, they are con artists. When the book starts, Victoria’s dad has conned the daughter of a Mexican mobster and the family is on a tight deadline to pay back a lot of money. Everyone is doing their part, including Victoria although her last few cons have failed. Enter Dmitri, the wealthy billionaire. Her sister attempts to seduce him but fails. For Victoria, however, it’s lust at first sight. She and Dmitri hit it off. Like the first two books, the chemistry between the main characters is explosive and it doesn’t take long for their relationship to become physical. Barely any time passes before Dmitri and Victoria are married, sans prenup which is every con man’s dream. However, Dmitri has demons from his past abuse that he needs to overcome. Victoria starts to fall for her husband and is left wondering if everything she holds dear will go up in smoke when he discovers the truth.

 

As I said, steamy and delicious! An excellent end to the series!

Rating: 5 out of 5!

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Top Ten Authors Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Dous You’d Love To See Write A Book Together.”

  1. Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter! 

    I want a Immortals After Dark/ Lords of the Underworld crossover!

  2. Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward

    Dark-Hunter/ Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover!

  3. Eloisa James and Julia Quinn

  4. Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas

    Writing about competing gambling halls

  5. Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

    That book would be hysterical!

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Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is”Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101″

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice The most classic romance novel of all time and the one of the genre founders.

  2. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

    These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
    To my everlasting shame, I’ve never read Georgette Heyer but this book of hers was recommended and her contributions to the genre are extremely important.

  3. Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (Bodice Ripper)
    Skye O'Malley (O'Malley Saga, #1)

    I thought about going with The Flame and the Flower but I never actually got through that book. Skye O’Malley, I did read, and can serve as both a representative for old school bodice ripper romances and as a contrast to the evolution of romance novels over the last 20 years.

  4. Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

    Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition
    This book is excellent for the history of romance novels and the negative reputation they have.

  5. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (Historical Romance)

    Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)
    Often viewed as the best romance novel, this book is a must!

  6. It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Contemporary Romance)

    It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the best of the best when it comes to contemporary romance!

  7. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance)

    Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
    Nalini Singh shows the beauty of paranormal romance.

  8. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Historical Romance)

    Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)One of the best historical romances, and one with an older heroine, that I have ever read!

  9. Magic Bites by  Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)

    Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
    Nothing can beat the world-building in the Kate Daniels series!

  10. The Professional by  Kresley Cole (Erotic Romance)

    The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)
    I wanted to included a well-written erotic romance to show that not every erotica is Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors”. A lot of my auto-buy authors appeared on last week’s list so I tried to include different authors for this week.

  1. Virginia Henley Enslaved

    She was the first romance novelist I ever read and 10 years later, I still head straight to the bookstore when she releases a new book.

  2. Kristan Higgins 

    Until There Was YouAny time I want to laugh, I pick up a Kristan Higgins book! 

  3. Jeaniene Frost 
    Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)

     Two words. Vlad Tepesh.

  4. Jill Shalvis 
    Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3)

    One of my absolute favorites!

  5. Kresley ColeNo Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #3)

     I auto-buy her romance series. I haven’t read her young adult books yet. 

  6. Tessa DareA Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)

    She’s a relatively new discovery for me but I love her books! 

  7. Julie James A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2)

    I didn’t want to live in Chicago until I read Julie James’s books! Smart, successful heroines and the sexy heroes who love and respect them! 

  8. Jennifer AshleyLady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)

    She’s one of those authors who writes equally amazing paranormal and historical romances!

  9. Lorraine Heath Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)

    I’m not sure why Lorraine Heath isn’t at the top of every romance list. I adore her Scoundrels of St. James series! 

  10. Sarah MacLean No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels, #3)

    Any author who is able to create a twist like at the end of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is an auto-buy for me!

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RWA 2015

RWA 2015.

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RWA 2015

xyvyfpdfOn Wednesday, I made the trek into NYC from New Jersey. Despite a fire in North Brunswick and train delays changing my travel plans, I made it! Around 3:30 my friend and I headed in the New York Marriott Marquis for the RWA Literacy Signing. I had heard horror stories about the craziness of this signing and had expected to be standing around for hours waiting to get in. However, this signing was well organized. When we arrived at the hotel, volunteers checked our bags and directed us to a ballroom full of chairs. Each section of chairs were given a letter and when it came time for the signing, an announcer went row by row to let people in. It was well organized and stress-free. While the ballroom for the signing did fill up fast, it wasn’t overwhelming. Over all, it was a great day and I can’t wait for RWA to return to NYC.

Okay, enough of the boring info. I know all you’re here for is the pictures. Without further ado:

Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison

Maya Banks

Maya Banks

Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole

Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch

Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare

Sabrina Jeffrries.

Sabrina Jeffries

Guys, Sabrina Jeffries asked to take a picture with me because she loved my shirt! Highlight of my week!

Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks

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