REVIEW: The Player by Kresley Cole
SYNOPSIS: 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?
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Erotica.
SERIES: The Game Maker Series #3
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3, but maybe more like 2.5, stars.
REVIEW: I wanted to like this book more than I did, really and truly. I really liked the first two books in the series and, of course, had high hopes for the third in this series, but it all just fell flat.
The story started strong, with Victoria (also known as "Vice", which I really didn't like as a nickname, but I got over it) and her family of grifters looking for marks to con for money to pay a high family debt. Sounds super interesting right? Fantastic set-up...Then she meets Dmitri and everything just happens so easily. Sure she's internally conflicted and there's obviously some secret that he's holding on to, besides what we already know from previous books, but otherwise it felt very anti-climactic. Honestly, it wasn't hard to guess what Dmitri wasn't saying.
As for the heat between the characters, like the rest of the story, it started strong but devolved from there. It started to feel like work and not like it was a natural progression.
And that's all there is to really review, which pretty much says it all. So overall, I just thought there wasn't enough to the story.