Play Me #3: Play Me Hard

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Publisher Description

No one ever said love is easy. In the third installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian discover that building trust might be harder than they ever imagined.
 
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.
 
Ever since taking Aria under his wing and into his seductive domain, Sebastian hasn’t been able to think straight. Their chemistry is intoxicating. Their power exchange is exhilarating. And the sex leaves them both absolutely exhausted. But if there’s one thing Sebastian does know, it’s that he needs to protect this strong yet vulnerable woman. Because she has depths that are unknown—even to her. Aria has worked hard to establish herself as anything but submissive. That isn’t who she is, or who she wants to be. So why does it feel so sweet to give up control . . . and so intense when Sebastian takes care of needs she doesn’t even realize she has? But he has needs of his own—and secrets that run just as dark and deep as Aria’s.
 
Play Me is intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Real.

Look for all of Tracy Wolff’s seductive reads:

The Ethan Frost series: RUINED | ADDICTED | EXPOSED | FLAWED
The Sebastian Caine series: PLAY ME WILD | PLAY ME HOT | PLAY ME HARD | PLAY ME REAL | PLAY ME RIGHT | PLAY ME: THE COMPLETE STORY
The Hotwired series: ACCELERATE
The Lightning series: DOWN & DIRTY | HOT & HEAVY | ROUGH & READY
The His Royal Hotness series: ROYAL PAIN | ROYAL TREATMENT
And her standalone novels: LOVEGAME | FULL EXPOSURE | TIE ME DOWN
 
Praise for Play Me

 
“The chemistry between Sebastian and Aria makes for a hot read. . . . Readers will be compelled to follow their journey together, hoping this pair will ultimately find trust and redemption.”Library Journal

“I love Tracy Wolff's writing style. . . . Her words are smooth, the suspense is addictive, and her love scenes are scorching.”—iScream Books
 
“Hot is not the right word to describe this book. It was blazing! . . . I am hooked on the Play Me series. I can’t wait to see where this story is going to lead.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
 
“This whole Play Me series totally got to me. The characters were believable, the sexual tension and their chemistry was amazing, and the overall story and plot was compelling.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews
 
“Tracy does an excellent job of making these characters feel real and helping the reader connect. . . . The chemistry is still smoking hot and sexy as ever with these two.”—Summer’s Book Blog
 
“I loved both of the characters and can easily see myself getting sucked in the further I get along.”—Love Between the Sheets

GENRE
Romance
RELEASED
2014
December 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
78
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

glhince ,

Each story is building tension and characters from one to the next

This installment backs off a bit on the tension between them, but only a bit. Sebastian realizes that Aria lives in a rat-trap, and that rat-trap hides a source of guilt and despair for him. While the two are drawn to one another, Aria is fighting the connection with all of her past beliefs and history she is conflicted. On one hand, she feels safe and secure with Sebastian: even only knowing him a few days she is certain he wouldn’t hurt her. Intentionally.

Sebastian is fighting with his disinterest in the casino and his knowledge that what he wants to do with his life: make a difference, is not in his cards – at least while he still wants Aria. His best friend from University appears: Ethan Frost, with a fiancé and a problem, and some secrets are coming to light.

Each story is building tension and characters from one to the next, and answers are slow to reveal. Secrets and their effect on both Aria and Sebastian are a huge stumbling block: these two are only 3 days into a relationship that has become as vital as air. Wolff’s use of first person combined with the electric attraction and seriously hot sex has these two burning up the charts.

Each installment in this serial is 5 – 6 chapters, a whole book of 250 ish hard to put down pages. I’m not certain I agree with the marketing tactic on this – a single full length book would feel less daunting and frustrating to readers – but overall this was a solid and gripping read – full of tension, emotion and steam.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

LisaHines711 ,

Review: Play Me #3: Play Me Hard

Play Me #3: Play Me Hard by Tracy Wolff is the third book in her 5-part serial, Play Me.

"I don't respond well to ultimatums, Sebastian." I've had too many of them in my life, been told too many times that I had real control over my own life when it was nothing but a lie.~ Aria

So we once again begin right where the previous book left off. Sebastian issued Aria an ultimatum. Either he was taking her to is place or he was taking her to hers, but HE was taking her, she was NOT going by herself. He is still concerned over the subdrop she is experiencing and takes her back to her apartment to care for her. The plot twists some more when at the aprtment building we learn that Sebastian has been there before. There's a history and it doesn't seem like a good one based on his reaction.

He cares for her, takes the spare apartment key, leaves her sleeping and fills her bare apartment full of food that has actual nutition value. She calls him on it, ticked off because she sees it as him exerting more control over her but he talks her down. Her issues cause these sometimes irrational reactions to control issues but every time Sebastian seems to be able to break through the issues, even if just for a short while.

Back at Sebastian's casino we are introduced to his friend Ethan Frost (a character in Tracy Wolff's other series Ethan Frost that begins with Ruined). They meet later in Sebastians office and are interrupted by Aria storming in (*chuckles*). Sebastian takes Aria home after her shift but when they are greeted by her drunken neighbor Janet all hell breaks loose. We are so much closer to finding out the secret to why Sebastian is familiar with Aria's apartment building.

As we cross the parking lot, I spot Janet sitting on the steps. Even from this distance I can tell that she's drunk, and I turn to warn Sebastian that I'm going to have to try to wrestle her into her apartment.
But he's not paying any attention to me at all. Instead, he's staring at Janet like he's seen a ghost. Or the Antichrist. I can't tell which.~ Aria

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