Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: The Player by Kresley Cole

The Player
The Game Maker #3
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary

In this searing stand-alone installment of the erotic Game Maker series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers a tale of a man wracked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.

A madman with a shadowed past . . .
In the City of Sin, 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.

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 wildcard.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a pre-nup, 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?

( 4 stars)

This is another one of those guilty pleasure, smutty-licious book that doesn't have a big story arc, but I still devoured it nonetheless. I absolutely love the final plot twist presented by Kresley Cole, it was simply a brilliant way to end the story. 


Victoria Valentine is a con woman from a family of con artist. Kresley introduced us to some slang and terms in their grifter world and make me fall for Victoria's family. Being under pressure to settle her father's debt, Victoria and her family members are hard pressed for money and when a certain Russian billionaire set his eye on her, Victoria is adamant to milk-cow him.


Dmitri Sevastyan is the youngest brother of the Sevastyan's family. Although both the elder brothers from the series make a small appearance, you can still enjoy this book as a standalone. For those who are new to the series or like me, being a forgetful person, Dmitri's eccentricity and his secrecy past serve as quite a suspense. A lot of thing that he did simply doesn't make sense and initially I chalked it up to his weird personality, but towards the end everything is explained well. His character is simply too adorable for me not to love, despite his craziness and obsession.


Dmitri is so smitten with Victoria on first sight. For a man who keep brushing off other women, I looking for the truth of his obsessiveness. His love for Victoria know no bounds and the flowery prose expression of his feelings left me weak knees. Only a Russian can said such a thing without making me feel like sugar overdosed. 

"Each minute I spend with you, I crave a thousand more. I wake and see your head on my chest, and I feel as if I live within a fantasy."


Victoria was feeling flabbergasted and flattered at the same time. It also helps that the crazy man is a Russian Billionaire for Godsake. I mean, how lucky can she be? He is also hot and awesome in the sack. Jackpot! Though I find it a bit too much of a coincidence that all the Sevastyan brothers are into BDSM. 

Thoroughout the story, Victoria is having a mental dilemma between enjoying her new beau and finding a way to con his money. But no matter how much dilemma she is in, I never once dislike her. She is the kind of heroine that make you rooting for her and confident that she is going to do the right thing in the end.

"I'd rather have an honest madman than a sane liar."

About the ending and the final plot twist. All I can said is bravo to Kresley Cole. I didn't see it a mile coming. It was simply brilliant and I'm sad to see this series end. I hope that she will consider a spin off series for Victoria's family. I feel that there are too many unresolved issue there. *wink wink*