The Player by Kresley Cole
Description: 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?
Oh. My. God. This book! The plot twists and turns. There’s sensuality mixed with heart. At the center is the ties of family and overcoming past pain. I’m not even sure how to write this review. I want it to be spoiler free and a large part of the book is a spoiler. Let me try to break it down without any reveals.
The plot focuses on Victoria, aka Vice, and her pursuit of Dmitri Sevastyan. Dmitri is the youngest of the Sevastyan brothers. His older brothers have the first two books in the series, both of which I reread after finishing The Player. Like his brothers, Dmitri is a billionaire, though his money comes from his technology and not slightly illegal means like his older brothers. However, Victoria’s family is in the business of scams. Simply put, they are con artists. When the book starts, Victoria’s dad has conned the daughter of a Mexican mobster and the family is on a tight deadline to pay back a lot of money. Everyone is doing their part, including Victoria although her last few cons have failed. Enter Dmitri, the wealthy billionaire. Her sister attempts to seduce him but fails. For Victoria, however, it’s lust at first sight. She and Dmitri hit it off. Like the first two books, the chemistry between the main characters is explosive and it doesn’t take long for their relationship to become physical. Barely any time passes before Dmitri and Victoria are married, sans prenup which is every con man’s dream. However, Dmitri has demons from his past abuse that he needs to overcome. Victoria starts to fall for her husband and is left wondering if everything she holds dear will go up in smoke when he discovers the truth.
As I said, steamy and delicious! An excellent end to the series!
Rating: 5 out of 5!