The Professional Audiobook – Part 1 by Kresley Cole (review)

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Review of: The Professional Audiobook Part-one
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The Professional Audiobook – Part 1

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 12/13/2013

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4.5 stars rating

4 hrs and 54 mins

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He makes the rules…. Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well – on his own wicked terms. Rules are made to be broken…. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell. Are you ready to play? Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest – and most forbidden – fantasies can come true… ©2013 Kresley Cole (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

The Professional Audiobook (part 1) Sample

Review by Ml Simmons

This book is a serial, which means, it will be released in pieces, in this case, three pieces.  I’m not a huge fan of serials because I feel like I’m left with cliffhangers.  However, with serials, the release dates tend to be closer together than a normal release dates, about a month or so apart.  I’m usually one to wait for everything to be out and then read it all together, but I really wanted to see what Ms. Cole had in store for us.  I’m a huge fan of her work with Immortals After Dark and I loved the idea of this book, I thought I would step out of serial avoidance and give it a try. Boy, am I glad.

This book starts off with a farm raised, Nebraska college girl who has been trying to find her biological parents from Russia.  She has been working three jobs along with college full time, getting her doctorate, so that her mother wouldn’t know she was looking.  She thought the investigator had run off with her money, when she runs into a very menacing looking guy at a bar.  He proceeds to kidnap her and take her to Russia to meet her father who is the head of a Russian mafia.

There is a ton of sexual tension between Natalie and Sevastyan.  Natalie is a 24 year old and still a virgin.  Now, when I first read this, I was a little put out.  Virgins are way overdone, especially in BDSM stories. I thought, “This couldn’t be happening, Ms. Cole wouldn’t do this to me”.  However, as I read on and she starts to explain how and why she is still a virgin, it doesn’t bother me so much.  Sevastyan is an extremely dominant male that is a mob enforcer with a prison background.  While I’ve enjoyed BDSM stories, I’ve feel like they are becoming forced by many authors because they are the new “in” thing. But, I should’ve had more faith in Ms. Cole.  She writes a great story and she does a great job with this. I don’t feel like I’m reading a story where someone is just following the trend.

I love the storyline outside of the erotic scenes, and there are plenty of erotic scenes and they are hot.  I love the relationship that Natalie builds with her father.  The cutoff between the parts is a little harsh, but that didn’t surprise me with the serial aspect of this story.  Luckily, there isn’t a long wait for the next book.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Author

Kresley Cole

The professional Audiobook Narration (part 1)

By Kimberly Alexis

The narration was great.  I’ve listened to Kimberly Alexis read the Anita Blake series, and while I didn’t like her in that series at first, I’ve come to accept her.  I was curious as to how I would like her with something completely new.  She blew this out of the water.  She did a great job with the Russian accents and really helped bring this story to life.  I was very impressed.  She needs to tell Ms. Hamilton to add in some Russian characters to the Anita Blake series for her.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

I like to thank Simon & Schuster Audio for proving me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. OMG! You’re not kidding when you say this was HOT! These are probably the hottest scenes I read in a long time.
    I totally agree about the narration. They sure do a wonderful job picking the perfect narrators for her series. I thought Kimberly was excellent!
    I know what you mean about her narration of Anita Blake, that was another case when I thought she made the heroine sound too arrogant, but all in all I did enjoy her work that series.

    • I don’t think Ms. Alexis sounded like the same person. If I didn’t know better I would say it was someone else. She did a great job. I can’t wait for part two, especially where the story left you at the end of part one.

  2. Great Review! I was hesitant because it was a serial too but now I will be listening to it! Thanks!

    • This is a great and extremely hot story. Probably one of the hottest stories I’ve ever listened to. The only downside I could really give to it would be the fact that it is a serial. Luckily, each part is released only about a month apart. I highly recommend it.

  3. Only in erotica do we encounter “expert virgins”. I mean they haven’t been with anybody and yet they are uninhibited and are very skilled on foreplay. Sometimes I feel like I’m not the perfect reader to read erotica because I scrutinize it too much. #readerproblems

    Anyway, I do love the tension and the mystery of the mafiya & Sevastyan.

    • I’m not a fan of the virgin thing either. However, Natalie is a very well researched and practiced with herself. This is why I think it works in this case.

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! This has been one of my favorite series so far, and I cannot wait for part 3 coming soon! I, like you, enjoy that she is able to mix the erotic aspects with real story. Interested to hear what you think of Parts 2 and 3.

    • Ms. Cole does a great job integrating an intriguing story with hot love scenes. She has always done this with the Immortals After Dark series. Here, she has stepped it up even further. I can’t wait for parts two and three.

      • I haven’t been able to read much of her IAD series, but I know now I definitely need to.

  5. Oh I can’t wait for all three of these to finally come out. Sounds amazing! Been a while since I’ve read a truly steamy one.

    • Ms. Cole really turns the heat up on this one and I have a feeling that it will get hotter before we get to the end.

  6. I have heard great things about this one, but I think I’m going to wait until all the books are released to start reading it.

    • I understand that and thought about doing that myself. This is the first serial that I’ve done. I’m still trying to decide if it bothers me or not. I’ll have to wait until I’ve done all three to make the decision. As longer you get to them, it’s all good. 🙂

  7. Oh I would enjoy this, and I like serials but am careful which ones I buy since some are priced by each release and end up costing more than a single book. Adding this to my audio wishlist 🙂

    • You won’t regret it. This book is extremely hot and well written. Everything you would expect from a Kresley Cole novel, but kicked up a notch.

  8. Holy crap, I need to go to bed. At first I thought his name was “Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr” and was like wtf. lol. Anyway, this sounds good. 🙂

    • His name is Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan, but Natalie calls him Sevastyan. Even a few times she refers to him as Siberian. It is really good, so far. Knowing Ms. Cole, I’m betting it will only get better.

  9. I just heard the audio for this one and while I thought the narrator did an amazing job, I am so sick of the always horny virgins…
    How do you add a sample of the audio in your post???

    • I do agree that the virgin thing is over done, but I guess if they aren’t getting any, they would get horny. 😉

      As far as getting the audio sample, I’ll have to get Loupe to comment on that. She actually formats all the posts. She’s great that way. 🙂

  10. I didn’t know about serials! I’m interested because they are so short that I could read them pretty quickly, but I’m nervous because I could forget about it by time the next one came out.

    All that being said – I’m seriously interested. I haven’t read anything by Kresley Cole but this sounds seriously hot. And the narration clip sounds really good. Thanks for the great review!

    • Thanks. You normally see serials as blog posts. An author will post a chapter or part of a chapter at a time on their blog until the entire story is live. I’ve read some good stories that way. I’m normally pretty impatient and wait for the entire thing to be finished before I read. This is my first time really reading (or in this case, listening), as the story comes out. I’m waiting on part two. I’m hoping to have access early next week, so we’ll see how it goes starting in the middle of the story.

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