Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Revenge, Romance
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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.
So this is the first time I am reviewing a serial, I’m not really a huge fan of serials, because for me I like to sit down with a full length (super long when possible) book and settle in for several hours. Plus I’m terrible at waiting. But I love Tracy Wolff, so I knew without a doubt I had to review these books. So I’m going to review them all in one big review.
Play Me Wild: I’m really glad Tracy Wolff is such a good writer, or I am not sure this first installment would have been long enough to pull me. But Wolff is a great writer and I was easily pulled into the story. So we start out with Aria who is a cocktail waitress in Vegas, and she works the high roller area. She’s definitely hiding something from her past, and it seems as if she is hiding out, like she left her old life behind.
Aria is at work one night when one of the high rollers is getting way to aggressive with a woman. The woman seems to look at her with a plea in her eyes, to tell her she is uncomfortable and in pain, so after giving this guy numerous opportunities to back down, she hits him and ends up being fired right on the spot. I loved this about her, that she knew she was probably going to lose her job but stepped in anyways. Strong woman.
Sebastian Caine is basically now the owner and operator of the casino, and while we don’t get a super good glimpse of him in this book you already know he’s all alpha and is a good guy. He sees the security tape he’s beyond pissed, at the guy not at Aria. I can’t wait to see how this ends up playing out, and I think it’s without a doubt a strong opening to the story.
Play Me Hot: In the second installment of this serial, is where we get into the real hot and steamy of this book. Aria and Sebastian’s first sexual encounter is an intense one to be sure, and takes up pretty much the entire second installment. There is a lot of build up in Sebastian’s office going on, and I think it may have built up a tad too long, but the pay off was really hot and awesome. Wolff is always great at writing the hot and steamy elements for sure.
The only thing that through me in this installment was the way that after their very D/s encounter, Aria goes into what Sebastian calls subspace, and she is woozy, unsteady on her feet, barely able to do her job, and seems almost drunk or drugged. I guess this is something that he felt he should have been able to anticipate. But I did like that Sebastian wants to be more to her then just a quick lay, he wants to take care of her which I appreciated and liked a lot.
Play Me Hard: So it turns out there is way more to this series then I thought there would be. Ethan Frost baby! I am so totally in love with the Ethan Frost series, so when he makes an appearance in this book, I was super duper excited. This book is so going to be a set up for the third Ethan Frost book and I can’t wait.
Back to Aria and Sebastian. You are getting more glimpses into Aria and whatever is going on with her family, clearly there is a lot of history for her. And it makes it really understandable how stand off she is with Sebastian. The two of them kind of have this pull towards each other, and while she seems willing for the physical aspect of their relationship, she doesn’t want any of the mushy parts, she doesn’t want to be taken care of, she wants to be alone and stand on her own two feet. But I loved that Sebastian keeps trying, it makes him all the more likable in my book. And then just when you think this book couldn’t get any more full of secrets, it turns out that Sebastian has some kind of past with Aria’s friend/neighbor Janet, and oh does she have some things to say!
Play Me Real: This installment is all about Sebastian, and I loved that. We finally get a real look into the past of Sebastian. I don’t want to say a whole lot about the specifics of what haunts Sebastian, because I think it will be so much better for you to read it. I will say that what happened in his past is really not at all what I thought it was going to be. I also think that Sebastian holds himself way to accountable for the events, when in reality I believe he is just a really stand up guy who was doing the best that he could do in a tough situation. I loved that Aria was there for him during this and tried her best to help him see things her way. I enjoyed this installment, but I really hope in the next one we get a bigger grasp of Aria’s past!
Play Me Right: I have to say that this installment answered the questions I wanted answered about Aria, and I can totally understand why she was nervous about exposing her past to Sebastian. There is definitely a lot going on in both of these people’s lives, and there is definitely, without a doubt, some serious crossover in their lives, that they just had no idea about. And of course this is where we really start to tie in the connection between Aria and Sebastian and the Ethan Frost series. If you are looking for a really clean conclusion to this serial you aren’t going to get it. It really is a tie in to the third Ethan Frost book, and I have a feeling that both Aria and Sebastian are going to be some major secondary characters in that next book, and I can’t wait.
I enjoyed this series from beginning to end. I am really a huge fan of Tracy Wolff. I am really not a fan of the serial, but this one works for me because it is really more of a lead in to another book in series I am completely and without doubt in love with. If you have read this Ethan Frost series, you have to read this serial too. And if you haven’t read the Ethan Frost books, you really should, so go check it out.