The Player (The Game Maker Series) book 3 by Kresley Cole
In Las Vegas, Sin City, 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 wild card.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, 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?
This was the book I wanted to read.
I’d heard so much about Dimitri from both The Professional (Aleksander) and The Master (Maksim) but only snippets, I’d gathered that he’d been abused by his guardian, that he felt his older brother Alek should have rescued him, and that he thought both of his brothers fools for falling in love.
So with eager anticipation I opened it up …..
Dimitri’s life hadn’t been easy. (Losing your mum at an early age is never good, but to have a father who drank and used you and your brothers as punching bags isn’t good either, then after both of your parents dying and your big brother abandoning you, it feels like nothing else can go wrong. But it did, they were put into the care of an abuser) and it was time to end things, his brother Maksim knew everything he went through, but it wasn’t fair to burden him, so Dimitri decides to end his life!!!! Until by accident he meets HER!!! His heart stops, he literally feels like he’s having a heart attack!!! His brothers were right, there was someone for him, (he follows her, and to his dismay he finds out she’s here on her hen night!!!) He puts a plan into action…. he will become the man for her, and nothing will stop him!!!
Victoria “Vice” is a grifter (a con artist) so is her whole family (and it’s a large extended family) it’s their way of life, they don’t take from anyone that doesn’t deserve it (usually rich assholes) But Victoria is hitting a run of bad luck, all her “cons” are hitting brick walls, she feels like she’s a jinx to the family, she needs to get back in the game, and a party for a rich Russian sounds just the ticket.
When Dimitri and Victoria meet, there are sparks, there is a definite chemistry, but she needs to stay on her toes, his eyes and touch keep her off key, she feels under his spell, when really it should be the other way around.
Can the con artist keep her two worlds from colliding? Can she keep her big Russian? Can she keep her family from getting hurt (the mafia are after the father, he pulled a con on the wrong people, and they want money or his head) and Dimitri is just too good to be true, is he conning her?
And will Victoria forgive Dimitri once she finds out his darkest secret?