The Master by Kresley Cole

The Master (The Game Maker Series) - Kresley Cole

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*