Book Review: Play Me Series

Play Me #1: Play Me Wild (Play Me #1) by Tracy Wolff: 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. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hot.

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Play Me Wild generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Control. A feeling. A craving. A need. What does it mean to have control? To want it? Where does it come from? Is it a desire you innately possess or a craving you discover? Play Me Wild examines control as a possession and a desire in this first novella filled with off the charts sexual tension. One character possesses control while the other discovers their need to have it.

Play Me Wild presents an excellent first story in a new serial series about a powerful, tortured man and the strong, fierce woman who sets him on fire. Told from dual points of view, the strength and equal-mindedness both characters display make it virtually impossible not to become enthralled with their story. How they meet, under the circumstances in which Sebastian first sees Aria, their initial responses to each other’s presence are what great erotic romances encompass.

Further, this story is what good serials possess. This book one is a great building block for the series, creating a story and a background in which the readers make connections to both the hero and heroine both of whom shield themselves with the mysteries of their pasts. It’s full of intrigue, sexual tension, enigmatic characters, and an engaging plot you just have to know more about. The writing is excellent, constantly moving forward and engaging as well. I can't wait to see where this author takes this series.

Play Me #2: Play Me Hot (Play Me #2) by Tracy Wolff

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Play Me Hot generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Play Me Hot succeeds as a follow up to book one. Picking up exactly where they left off, the connection between Sebastian & Aria feels as undeniable to the reader as it does to the characters. The author manipulates this feeling of control between a desire and possession again with book two. Most of this installments gives us their first sexual encounter together. Off-the-charts HOT. The passion exuded from both of these people keeps you glued to the pages.

Being a novella, it’s short and easy to read through in one sitting especially since the writing pulls as far into the characters orbit as you can be. Sebastian’s needs for Aria, his compulsion to care for the fragility she hides behind her strength provides a safe haven of belief from the reader. He can read her like a book and is drawn to reactions so much so he pulls her apart inch by inch. Whispers of dominance and submission come into play during their first encounter. It’s a softer kind of dominance laced with a delicate submission. Different than the usual BDSM I’ve read yet just as intriguing, just as special.

We get clues and ideas about their pasts but never find out what their story is which just adds to the intrigue of the plot. We’re left wondering how much Sebastian can really break down Aria’s walls and when will she see the scars of his past as well?

There are parts of this story, during their long sex scene, where the language and structure gets repetitive but it’s really so passionate it can be overlooked. Each novella leaves you hanging a bit at the end but not without having already made you want to know more throughout the entire story. Play Me Hot is another great installment.

Play Me #3: Play Me Hard (Play Me #3) by Tracy Wolff

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Play Me Hard generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Play Me Hard continues the intriguingly erotic story of Sebastian Caine and Aria Winston. Things are getting deeper. It picks up exactly where book two in the serial series leaves off. In my first two reviews I’ve mentioned how much I feel this writing and this author’s plots. It’s excellently written, in my opinion. There’s not much worth complaining about with these serials. I love the characters and the writing and the plot enough that I’m zipping right through the books. So I’ll just tell you what I love about book three….

In Play Me Hard I love how the author keeps the plot moving forward. Always moving ahead and moving on, the conflicts are not long drawn out processes. She moves the story forward while still maintaining the mystery of the past. The actuality of the situation is that while these characters move forward each of them falls further and further into the others rabbit hole, so to speak. It seems like so much time is passing when the reality of the story is they’ve only known each other a few short days. The fact they both acknowledge the trust for each other and the need for each other implicitly I also find intriguing. They both feel it, the reader feels it and understands it. The beauty of the characters is that they don’t quite understand the why’s of their new relationship. What will it mean? What does it mean already? How much are they willing to expose? I love that Sebastian wants to break Aria open and I love open Aria is to the idea. The story is all about them and the mysteries of their pasts without other characters muddling the connection. The need and passion is palpable through the writing.

There’s a cliffhanger to end Play Me Hard that’s more acutely jaw-dropping than the rest. You’ll be so drawn into Sebastian and Aria’s world it won’t even bother you. You’ll just wait for more to see where they end up.

Play Me #4: Play Me Real (Play Me #4) by Tracy Wolff

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Play Me Real generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **

I absolutely adore serial structured books. This new serial series from Tracy Wolff is no exception to my love for the structure. The Play Me Series requires you enjoy a fast-paced relationship. Much like Wolff’s writing on the pages, Sebastian and Aria’s relationship moves at lightning speed. The style in which Wolff writes makes this relationship undeniably believable for me. The author has pulled me into these characters orbit totally.

Sebastian and Aria especially are back in Play Me Real in a big way. The reader finishes book three on a major cliffhanger, knowing all along the pasts of both characters are dark. Book four picks up right where three leaves us hanging and the author makes no concessions to the reader with light-hearted banter. We’re thrust into the pain of Sebastian’s past. We live it through both his recanting and Aria’s witnessing of his pain. Through his pain, Aria feels an aching – both for her shaded past and for the suffering so palpable from Sebastian. To ease him she submits to pain without fully understanding where this submission side of her originated.

It’s a poignant installment of the series. Secrets revealed, trust questioned, and intense feelings swirl through the minds of both Sebastian and Aria. The reader realizes there’s still much more to learn in the final book. We need to know about Aria’s suffering badly after this book. We’re intrigued to the light BDSM Sebastian loves and fires in Aria. Play Me Real equals another great reading experience; I’m completely hooked on these books for sure.

Play Me #5: Play Me Right (Play Me #5) by Tracy Wolff

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Play Me Right generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

To start, I’m saying (and you can tell from my previous gushing reviews) this series gave me a really enjoyable few days of reading. I was completely enthralled in Sebastian and Aria’s stories, their mysterious histories, and their undeniable desire for each other. I read the series rather quickly and while it was quick reading the author's fast storytelling in no way deters from the rapture of the characters. Her installments are sharp and focused solely on the main characters and their basic need for each other. I’ve absolutely been attracted to these two from start to finish. Sebastian and Aria’s fast relationship controls the reader just as the two of them fight for control; while they find kinship in control fueling hot desire. I’ve not read any other titles by Tracy Wolff. Her structural efficacy and sharp words have left me intrigued and looking forward to reading more from her.

With that said, this last book – Play Me Right - really let me down. If this book five was a transition book to an ending in book six I would have felt so much better about the way we said goodbye to Sebastian and Aria. Because in actuality, we didn’t get to say goodbye at all. Their story ends so abruptly once we learn of Aria’s scarred past there’s about five minutes to digest before the characters reach conclusions about their relationship and the screen fades to black. I don’t feel resolved, I don’t feel sated about their story. An epilogue maybe could have helped? I’m not sure. I do know after becoming invested in these two so easily I expected more out of the final book. As a reader who hasn’t read Wolff’s Ethan Frost Series, the caveat at the end telling us we’ll see cameos of Sebastian and Aria isn’t enough to satisfy me.

Play Me Right just wasn’t a proper ending to a great serial series. The writing excels as usual. The engaging characters excel. The passion, the desire, the consuming need to learn more about them were all present. Previously stated, had this been another transition book into a final story I’d have loved and gave it five stars. But for a finale, I just can’t. There’s too many loose ends that need tying. Too many questions about Aria’s past are unanswered. I’m wondering too much about their future and where they go from here with what we’ve learned about Aria.

I’d definitely check out this author’s other works. I’m especially intrigued about Ethan and Chloe after their cameos in the Play Me series. But, I can’t rightly and justifiably say I think you’d enjoy this Play Me series without being disappointed in the way it ends. The first four installments I really liked.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great series. Excellent reviews. Thanks for sharing and adding to my TBR :)