Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Play Me series by Tracy Wolff

Title: Play Me series
Author: Tracy Wolff
Source: NetGalley


In the seductive first installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria, who needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in. The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy, and kinder than any rich man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t the only thing Aria wants.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences.


Play Me Wild (book 1)

Play Me Wild was an interesting first installment of the Play Me series. Each book is novella length, and there are 5 books. With this book being only 60 pages, it's kind of hard to review. I thought about reading them all and doing one review of the series as a whole, but I will do my best to review them individually.

This book is about Aria, a cocktail waitress in one of the hottest casinos in Las Vegas. It's not exactly where she wants to be – especially since she is always manhandled by all the rich, sleezy gamblers. Her back story has not come out yet, so she is still pretty mysterious. She finally loses her temper and hits one of these billionaire jerks, then loses her job. Around this time, the owner's son – Sebastian – takes over the casino and lets her have her job back.

Sebastian essentially seems like a good guy. He doesn't accept the sexual harassment that the waitresses are receiving, so he's trying to change things in the casino – even if that means losing some of his biggest gamblers. However, he seems to think it's fine to come on to Aria in the very beginning just because he has an attraction to her. Aria is attracted to him too, but does her best not to let it show. So, I have my 2 halves warring with each other. One half is saying that he's her boss and it's sad that she even has to mention that she refuses to have sex with him. The other half of me is saying, “Hey, this is kind of hot”.

Overall, these two characters have some great sexual tension going on and I see good things for the future. Normally, I don't like novellas, but since all of these are out I thought I would give them a try. I'm looking forward to finding out more about these characters and I'm hoping there is a great romance involved and not just some casual sex.

Play Me Hot (book 2)

This second story in the Play Me series is pretty hot – like the title says. This book picks up exactly where the other left off. There is a lot of foreplay leading up to the actual sex. Turns out, Sebastian seems to be a Dom – and Aria makes a good Sub even though she hates taking orders and demands control of her life. I didn't know this was a BDSM type of story and I haven't read many books on the subject. I'm not sure how far the author intends to take it. Sebastian seems different from other Doms. I feel a little out of my league with the whole “subspace” and “subdrop” talk.

Aria seems really unsure and disoriented afterward. She seems to think that he has gotten what he wants from her, and that's it. Sebastian wants to take care of her though and she pushes him away. Both of their pasts are still mysterious and I still don't feel like I know these characters too well. This book seemed to go by very quickly. I'm liking the intense connection that these characters seem to have.

Play Me Hard (book 3)

In this third installment, Sebastian and Aria seem to be having feelings for each other – even though they've only know each other a few days. Everything is happening so fast and it's intense. We are still unsure of Aria's past, but we know there is something going on with her family. I loved how Sebastian was the person she ran to when she was so upset (though we don't know why she was so upset).

This book also hints at a past that Sebastian is trying to forget. Something major. This novella ends on a cliffhanger – so I'm glad I have the next book ready to start reading. I'm really intrigued right now and I'm interested to see how everything plays out.

Play Me Real (book 4)

With the 4th installment of the Play Me series, we find out about Sebastian's past. It's still haunting him, and the fact that he has/had no control over what happened is part of why he needs to have such control in the bedroom. We still don't really know about Aria's past, but this book hinted at the possibility of it being connected somehow.

When they weren't talking about the past, Aria and Sebastian were having sex. For about half the story. I don't normally complain about too much sex when it comes to romance novels. Maybe it's just the fact that these sex scenes are so incredibly long. I think that these two need to spend some more time together when they aren't naked. There is only 1 novella left and I feel like there is still so much we need to know.

Play Me Right (book 5)

Play Me Right is the 5th and last installment of the Play Me series. This part is just as steamy as the others. In this book, Sebastian and Aria get their happily-ever-after, but it's sort of left open-ended. It left me wanting more. I really didn't understand why Aria was so upset with Sebastian at the end of the last book. But anyway, Aria FINALLY tells Sebastian who she really is. You would think there would be some sort of fall-out from the big secret, but there is none. I felt like things were a little rushed. Though, the entire series happened in a one week time span so everything happened a little quickly (which is why I don't normally read novellas).

Don't get me wrong though, this is still an enjoyable read. Sounds like we will hear more about Sebastian and Aria in the Ethan Frost series. I read the first book in the Ethan Frost series awhile back and enjoyed it. What I really want to know more about is Aria's sister, Lucy. In this book she is only 16, but I would love to see a New Adult book with her in it – maybe starting college a couple years down the road. She has severe brittle bone disease, and I know what it's like to have a sibling with it (and now he is a married dad with 2 kids). More books need heroine's with disabilities, and that is a story I would definitely love to read.

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