Title: The Player
Author: Kresley Cole
Date Published: 2016
Page Count: 334 Pages
Year Read: 2016 - 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: A madman with a shadowed past . . . In Las Vegas, Sin City, 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. #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers the third book of the erotic Game Maker Series, a searing tale of a man racked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.
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 wild card. When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, 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?
Quick Thoughts: The first book of The Game Maker Series is still my favorite, but even so I still enjoyed this novel. I feel like I expected a bit more from this novel since the third brother was mentioned, and described in all three novels, and I guess that raised my expectations, a bit, but in the end this novel was enjoyable, and I would re-read the novel, and series.
Review: The Player by Kresley Cole was an anticipated novel for me, and unlike the first two I did put it down a few times, not because the novel was dull, but because my lack of reading time, and reading slump, but when I did read I read this novel in chunks.
The storyline captured my attention almost immediately, and I loved reading about the third Sevastyan brother since, he was described, and mention in the first two books, and since then… I wanted to meet Dmitri. And I did indeed meet Dmitri.
I actually expected Dmitri’s character to be a bit more, then what he was. I just felt like his character would have been a bit more distant, and mysterious, then he was… I suppose, but despite what I “expected” because in all honesty… I have no real idea of what I expected. But in the end I enjoyed this novel for what it was.
It was fun to revisit old characters, and see how these two new characters worked their problems with and without each other. The romance did seem to be a little quick, but my gosh the ending ties everything together. I’m still unsure whether the ending is “okay” with me or not, but it did surprise me, and I was not expecting such an ending.
I did felt like the novel could have been a bit longer, but maybe that's because I would have enjoyed to read more... I really enjoy Kresley Cole's Game Maker Series, and am going miss reading about all the characters.
Overall, I say give it a read if you enjoy romantic erotic novels. It’s actually less “erotic” then the first two in my opinion.
My Rate: ★★★★☆
Overall (Goodreads) Rate: 4.23 Stars
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