The Master

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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/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a ...

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Overview

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/Mafiya 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451650075
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/17/2015
  • Series: Game Maker Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 34,215
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Game Makers series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into nineteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the US and abroad. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole.

*Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (KresleyCole.com/Newsletter/).

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  • Posted February 22, 2015

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    The Bigger They are-the Hotter the Fall

    Once again, Kresley Cole scorches the pages with pure romantic heat with her latest in the Gamemaker Series, The Master. The game of seduction, dominance and love go into high gear when a powerful Russian politician and mafia kingpin encounters a beautiful woman on the run from her deadly ex-husband. An accidental novice to the world of call girls and escort services, Cat discovers her inner wildchild and the power in her gifts of seduction when she takes on the hardened Maksim. What started as a “pay for play” night for this powerful and restrained Dom has become so much more as the independent and defiant Cat wraps her claws around his heart. Will their pasts send them on a deadly run for their lives? Maksim’s world comes after them with a vengeance, but together they make a formidable team, something new to them both.

    Pass the smelling salts; Kresley Cole has done it, again! Sizzling tension, off the charts passion and heat are signature to this author and Maksim and Cat’s story is explosive as her perfectly timed snark, attitude and humor completely unglue Maksim’s wall of control. Ms. Cole has taken romantic erotica to another level when these two completely mismatched people find more than they could have imagined, as they balance the tentative tightrope between business, their pasts and the hope that love can bring.

    You know what they say, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, but what a landing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2015

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    Sinfully seductive and smoldering sexuality, the pages of The Ma

    Sinfully seductive and smoldering sexuality, the pages of The Master will burn your fingers with desire and heat.

    Maks Sevastyan, Russian mafia boss and politician is a call girl hobbiest. When he requests a girl while his staying in Miami, he gets the most unexpected surprise...nothing he'd ever consider asking for...

    Cat Marin is on the run from a murderous husband out for her inheritance. When a possible sighting of her ex, has her scrambling for cash she takes whatever out she can find and it comes in the way of selling herself to gain the cash she needs.

    The sexual chemistry oozes of the pages with the couple fight to brake the barriers of that scars left in their lives. They fight just as much as they well you know... Lets just say, Cat is no push over and can dish just as much as she gets.

    I loved the story, both Cat and Maks are majorly wounded but watching them come together was amazing.

    The story was pretty much balanced with just as much fire extinguisher worth sex as story.

    I am very much looking forward to meeting the last Sevastyan brother. I know Cole has another magnificent story brewing in her imagination.

    Look out Mr. Grey, the Sevastyan brothers are going to blow you away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2015

    Enjoyable read, I liked The Professional better.

    Enjoyable read, I liked The Professional better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    I'm a huge fan of Kresley Cole's work and I'd been waiting for t

    I'm a huge fan of Kresley Cole's work and I'd been waiting for the Master to come out for months! It was a cute and captivating story - I had trouble putting it down - but I didn't feel that it came close to the Professional. Maxim went from cold to infatuated too quickly and vacillated from there. Plus, this just wasn't as steamy in my opinion. The climax of the story was poorly fleshed out as well. I hope the third installment is better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2015

    Kresley gets a 5 but bn gets a 1

    Its the 17th ...pre order ed awhile back and no book on the nook. Which time zone do we have to wait for before this book gets released?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2015

    Another amazing tale from Kresley Cole!

    Just finished this book and wow! I thought The Professional was hot but The Master is scorching! Great job! Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted May 7, 2015

    I never in a million years thought anyone could write a book tha

    I never in a million years thought anyone could write a book that turns a escort-ordering mafioso into a drool-worthy, enticing hero, but that is exactly what Ms. Cole has managed in THE MASTER. From the first couple of chapters, I was honestly thinking that there was no way I was going to enjoy this book – the heroine just agreed to become an escort with no discernible reason to do so and the hero is one of those uber-macho, control-freak types who (at that point) has no redeeming qualities. Boy was I WRONG!! This book was amazing!

    Cat is a quick-thinking, loud-mouthed heroine with a big, fat secret. Call it bluster or bravery, she isn’t afraid to stand up to Maxim and take precisely what she wants. Maxim is a man used to getting exactly what he wants – tall, blonde, and compliant – so when Cat shows up on his doorstep, he’s thrown for a loop. He’s a no-nonsense business man who definitely doesn’t do romance. Until Cat.

    The chemistry between these two is off the charts! Sex comprises a hefty portion of this book and the scenes are smoking hot. Yet I never felt like the sex scene compromised the plot – Cat and Maxim’s sex sessions always made sense within the narrative (not like some books which just seem to have a sex scene for the purposes of having a sex scene). In fact, sometimes it seemed like sexposition – important plot points told through the action of the sex scene. And, of course, these characters engaged in one of my favorite romantic tropes, the love/hate dynamic.

    Incredibly hot and such a fun read! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre. And you don’t have to read the first book in the series to enjoy THE MASTER.Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2015

    Loved it!

    Really good read but I still like the Professional better. Can't wait to read about Dimitri !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2015

    Too good

    I really could'nt putthe book down great writer. Great sttory. Worth every dollar spent forpurchsse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2015

    Can't wait for the next!

    I went into this thinking that there was NO way it would be as good as The Professional but I was very pleasantly surprised! Cannot choose which was better! Now I think to myself that I will not possibly enjoy Dmitri's story as much as his brothers', but I'll probably be wrong yet again, which is fine by me ;) I just stumbled upon this author by chance and am so so glad that I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2015

    Best Heroine. Best Story. Just awesome. 

    Best Heroine. Best Story. Just awesome. 

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  • Posted April 10, 2015

    Wonderful read - Highly recommended

    Once you read this book, you will want to read the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    Nailed it

    Another scorching hot book to add to your shelf. I almost loved it as much as the Professional (still giving it 5 stars though, because it really is great) I can't wait to read the next book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2015

    Better than the first!

    Had to read this twice, well written and steamy.

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  • Posted March 31, 2015

    Did anyone else think that Maksimilian was gonna end up with Jes

    Did anyone else think that Maksimilian was gonna end up with Jessica?

    Clever author person.

    I started by being bummed that we were getting Cat as our leading lady, my money was on Jessica. But, by the middle of chapter one I forgot all about Jessica getting her sum-sum.

    Cole is one of my top 3 authors.... (JR Ward and Karen Marie Moning share that stage) She delivers another great read with this one.

    Maxim is in Miami on business, and as a hobbiest, he needs a tall european blonde to let off some steam. What is gets is short, sassy, curvy Catarina Marín. Maksim is her first client as a newly recruited escort. She is hoping to up-sale her services for the night so she can get out of town quick. She has a demented husband on her heels, clients from her maid service ready to call INS to get her deported, a landlord giving her the creeps and final exams coming at school.

    In one night she doesn't give Maksim what he wants, she gives him what he needs..... and Maxim cannot get enough.

    After a night of unprotected sex, Maxim holds her hostage in his hotel suite. He believes she is trying to get pregnant on purpose to trap him and his billion. After insuring that this cannot happen, he decides to keep her until he gets tired of her. While hiding out in Maxim's suite may seem like a ghastly ordeal, when you are on the run, being with a Russian crime lord just might be the safest place for her. Still, our sassy Cat makes him pay for his treachery! 

    While hiding out/ held as prisoner in his suite, she orders food and clothes and shoes and food and a treadmill and food in attempts to piss Maxim off. (As well as his cranky bodyguard) She is determined to make a dent in his billion dollar bank account in order to gain her freedom or the upper hand. Using a marker to hash mark out her captivity, we soon learn that Maxim wants to keep her permanently, he has love and forever in mind. He tries relentlessly to get to know Cat better, she is not giving up anything personal beyond the booty, period.

    After attending the wedding of Aleksei and Natalie (from book #1) You get the impression that both are headed for HEA! But, Maxim pulls a bold move and it just might cause him to lose Cat and drive her might into the arms of a mad man. HEA just hit a speed bump!

    Cat is a super-strong woman, perfect for Maxim. I thought the sizzle was used up on Aleks in book one, but Masim brings his own sort of irresistible hotness, and Cat is woman enough to put a saddle on him! The book was well written and had a spot on plot. Makes me wonder what she has in store for Dmitri! As always, Kresley Cole's humor is top notch, her sex scenes fevered, and her characters are unforgettable.  I just know she has something planned for Jessica too and I cannot wait for the next one!

    A MUST READ!

    Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2015

    Loved the Master as much as I loved the Professional

    Great read. Can't wait for book 3. Kresley has done it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2015

    Wow!

    I love this book. It's been awhile since I have been able to say that. The story flowed beautifully, I couldn't but it down. I can't wait until the last brother's story comes out.

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  • Posted March 25, 2015

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    I was a little leery of this one at first.  After hearing everyo

    I was a little leery of this one at first.  After hearing everyone talk about how good it was going to be, I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to expectations.  I was completely wrong.  There was very little I would even consider changing in the book.  I was drawn in from the get go and it just never let me wander too far away from it.  I just had to keep reading.




    Maksimilian (Maxim), is a hard man to crack.  He has his way of doing things and well, that's all there is to it.  So when Catarina (Cat) wanders into his life, well, he's in for a surprise.  Cat is brutally honest while not ever telling him everything.  She's running for her life and sees his pocketbook as a way to get the heck out of dodge.  Being her first (and only) escort job means things don't go the way either of them planned.




    There was a great mix of suspense and romance in the story.  While there isn't necessarily a lot of action, we can feel the cloud hanging over Cat the entire story.  But it isn't the center point all the time.  We get to see Maxim and Cat fall in love, learn to trust, and just have a ton of fun together.  Watching them experience joy together for the first time was the best part of the book.




    Then ending was equally suspenseful and satisfying.  A lot happens in the last couple chapters but it really takes everything and pulls it together masterfully before giving you a blow out of a HEA.  I will be picking up the first book in the series as soon as my wallet gives me permission.




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2015

    Love Love Love this book!

    I need the next one, like now. I couldn't put the book down, I kept wanting more. I think it was just as good as The Professional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2015

    Loved it!

    Great

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