THE GAME MAKER SERIES #2
by Kresley Cole
Pocket Books /Simon & Schuster
E-Book/Print 448 pages
Book provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.
EVERYONE FEARS THE MASTER . . .
Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya 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.
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.
Wow, this book is hotter than __fill in the blank with something really, really hot___ . I don’t really like criminals. But sometimes there are mitigating circumstances, and when both characters have done things in their past that are survival driven it is a little more interesting.
Here Cole sets up a character dynamic with two proud characters with pasts, and in Cat’s case, the present. Even as she wonders how he’ll get past her being an escort, he is worried about how she’ll get over his own past.
That she never thinks to call the police when she has been victimized; that our criminal justice system is perceived as so effed-up that guilt and innocence are matters of perception rather than fact, is kind of sad. Of course, given recent headlines it is also, apparently, how the criminal justice system often is, especially in large cities and if you are of particular ethnicity.
The chemistry Cole builds between these two characters, both of whom seek control over their own destinies is one of the aspects of the book that made it simply, unputdownable. The other is it’s gritty edge that makes it just a little dark. It does wrap up in little too cleanly, and a lot of blurry points about crime and the past makes the ending feel a little glib but, still, I wanted more of the interaction between to mob boss and the hooker with a heart of gold.
I’ll be reading more of this series as soon as I can!