Thursday, June 4, 2015

“A Book From An Author You Love That You Haven't Read Yet” 2015 Challenge; THE MASTER by Kresley Cole

Author, Kresley Cole never ceases to pull me in and make me love one of her stories.  I love all her different series, even the young adult one.  She is, by far, my favorite author.  That is why when this book came out, I knew that it would work perfectly for this task in the challenge.
THE MASTER by Kresley Cole
Book 2 in The Game Maker Series



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/Mafya 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.

Except her.

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.

5 out of 5 *Stars*
Mind Blown! This was amazing!  For too long now, it felt as if I were reading mediocre books that I had to work to get through.  I was in desperate need of one that I could get lost in, and this was it!
It’s amazing how all of Kresley Cole’s different series have a certain appeal to them.  If you want to read something paranormal that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole thing, and has some really hot love scenes… the Immortals After Dark series is for you.  If you want something downplayed a little from the Immortals, with everything being a little more tame… the Arcana Chronicles are it.  Last, but not least, is the Game Maker Series.  Lots of intrigue, lots of steamy sex (way naughtier than her other adult series), and a buildup of anticipation that by the end of the book, you’re ready to jump out of your skin while waiting to see what happens, and Cole never disappoints.  I enjoy all three of her series, but the two based for adults are my favorites.  Other than that, I can’t shorten it down anymore. It’s like children, I could never choose between the two.
On to the book at hand…

“It happened.  It hurt.  Better things await you.”

What a mantra to live by!  This book had me captivated from the very beginning. What’s not to love about two tortured souls, thrown together by chance, and needed one another to help each other heal?  You can’t help but route for them every step of the way, and feel the struggle right along with them.  
I like how characters from Book 1 made an appearance, but nothing about this book centered on the first couple’s story.  We already got their happy ending, it was now time for his brother’s.  Ugh!  Except now I have to wait for Brother # 3’s story.  It’s almost painful at times… this waiting thing. 
The Master is a book I will come back to over and over again. 
It made me laugh...
“This whole weekend was surreal.  I was at the wedding of a Russian mobster’s daughter to a cherished hitman, sitting next to a mother-of-the-bride who was tripping balls.”

It made me cry…

“All those years ago, when I was down in that basement, I wish I had known that on the other side of the world, there was a bold little girl fighting for her pride.  And that she would come into my life one day to make it brighter.”

It made me beat my chest and wail at the sky when it was over.  Okay... maybe not so much the last part. 
Throughout the book, we got a buildup of the characters personalities, and with each word another layer was stripped away or chipped off.  The reader couldn’t help but feel connected to both.  It was written with the POV of Cat, but I would have loved the chance to get a glimpse into the mind of Maxim.  The storyline was intriguing and flowed smoothly.  Then there was the ending, which was bitter sweet.  I loved how it ended, but felt like I could have read on forever.  I don’t buy too many hard copy books, but I definitely foresee myself buying this one in the near future.  Till next time…

21 books down, 31 to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!     

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