Title: The Master
Author: Kresley Cole
My Rating: A
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: The Game Maker #2
Main Characters: Maxim and Cat
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
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.
There are a few things that I really don't enjoy in my romance novels. One is infidelity. The other is the whole powerful, billionaire hero. Well, this book was sent to me by the publisher and I quickly discovered that it had both of those things in the first few pages. I'll be honest...I considered DNF'ing it because of that. But the author is Kresley Cole and although I've never read her books, I've heard good things. Also, I felt like I should give the publisher a few more pages since they sent me the book.
Then I couldn't set the book down. For the rest of the day. Within 15 pages, I was hooked and could not tear myself away from this book. Yes, there's infidelity, but there is SO MUCH more to the story to that. Yes, there is a powerful, ego-driven billionaire, but there is SO MUCH more to him below the surface. And when he meets Cat, she's the first one to touch that area below the surface that NO ONE else ever gets to see.
It was such a good book!! Cat is an incredible character. She's cuban and has that fiery latin temper. She's terrified of this first escort experience, but she doesn't let Maxim cow her in any way. I loved that about her and how she constantly mouthed off at him. She was tough and resilient and all through the end, I cheered her on for standing up for herself in some of the worst circumstances. She may be lying about everything, but she's also so incredibly honest. I know...that makes no sense, but that's who she is. She is constantly on her toes trying to stay ahead of things so nothing can ever entrap her...again. She's learned her life lessons well and even though it was easy to see her downfall coming, I couldn't blame her for the choices she made...any of them. I loved her.
And then there's Maxim. When his whole story comes out, it's simply heartbreaking. The whole story is told from Cat's POV, but I still feel like we got great insight into his character. The author did a great job of revealing him through Cat's sight.
While I'll admit that the sex in this one got to be a bit much - (I had a few scenes where I just wanted them to stop screwing like bunnies) - every scene in the book was important to the story. There wasn't sex on the page just for the sake of having sex on the page and that erotica rating. I can respect that and it did make for an incredibly sexy novel.
Now, I need to go back and read the first book in the series. And I just hope and pray that Dmitri's story is next. When Maxim's story is revealed, so are a lot of the horrific details about Dmitri. We haven't even really met him, and already he has my heart. I look forward to seeing who truly is his match.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.