Play Me Series, Books 1 – 5 by Tracy Wolff with Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for the 5 part serial story, Play Me by Tracy Wolff. This erotic serial romance series combines a contemporary feel with some tension in a storyline meant for adult readers. I’ve read each installment: each individual book will be highlighted with the blurb and buy links, with an overall rating for the 5 stories combined, and link to the series at Goodreads. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 gift certificate to the eRetailer of choice as well as a Loveswept Mug and Tote.

About the Books


Title: Play Me Series
Author: Tracy Wolff
Genre: BDSM
Published by: Loveswept
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 308
Rated: four-stars
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

tracy wolffPlay Me Wild: Play Me # 1
Tracy Wolff
61 Pages
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About the Book:

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.

My Review:
The first installment is gives the story background and introduces us to Aria: hiding from her father, rebelling against her family, working as a cocktail waitress in a Las Vegas casino. She’s running from / hiding something, and isn’t particularly amenable to men, most particularly men with money.

Sebastian has returned after long absence to the casino his father owns. With his father’s illness and poor decisions prior to his affliction, management of the casino has been experiencing issues. Sebastian’s unusual decision regarding the acceptable behavior from high-rollers after Aria hit a particularly distasteful Russian gambler with a tray meant to hold drinks sets the story for the two to meet, and the sparks fly.

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.

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Play Me Hot: Play Me # 2playmehot2
Tracy Wolff
55 Pages
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About the Book:
Return to a world of secrets and desires. In the sultry second installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian turn up the heat. But will they get burned?

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.

If getting tangled up with her new boss is wrong, Aria doesn’t want to be right. Powerful men usually have a way of thinking they can take whatever they want while giving nothing back, but Sebastian is different. He’s gentle with her body. Rough in all the right places. And hot enough to make Aria break every last rule she’s set for herself. But with her history, it’ll take more than mind-blowing sex to heal the pain deep inside . . . no matter how good Sebastian’s intentions are. She’s spent her entire life fighting for control of her own life, and no one’s going to take that from her. But the more time she spends in Sebastian’s world, the deeper she’s drawn into his sensual games.

My Review:
Jumping right in with the end of the first book: Sebastian is testing Aria’s boundaries and the compulsive needs and desires of the two for one another. Some seriously hot sexual scenes where Aria is brought through the highs and highers, only to instantly cross over into sub-space: that space where all conscious thought is null, and the responses from Aria are all yes: her desires to please and be all that Sebastian needs are foremost, self-preservation is not even on the table.

For his part, Sebastian is trying to exert care and control – but the obsession for her takes him further, and her quick exit have her reacting to the highs of their encounter with a crash that is stronger and more confusing to her than her fascination or fear of what Sebastian represents. His attempts to exert his control and knowledge further on her only lead to more insecurities. Wolff is using the alternating first person to keep readers engaged and aware of each character’s concerns and struggles, and this makes for a gripping read.

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tracy wolffPlay Me Hard: Play Me # 3
Tracy Wolff
78 Pages
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About the Book:

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.

My Review:
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.

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Play Me Real: Play Me # 4tracy wolff
Tracy Wolff
72 Pages
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About the Book:

How do you know when something’s real? In the steamy fourth installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a devastating betrayal unravels a fierce yet tender connection.

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.

Aria has learned to play Sebastian’s game. She’s given him control, taken it back, and let him push her farther than she ever imagined she could go. But when Sebastian’s past comes to light, Aria receives a glimpse behind the facade—a revelation that disturbs her even as it makes her feel closer to this simmering, complicated man. Finally she comes to understand the real reason why Sebastian feels the need to dominate everything in his path. But Aria has a tortured history, too. And together they’re a dangerous combination. Now she’s the one pushing Sebastian to the breaking point . . . and if one of them burns up, they’ll both go down together.

My Review:
THIS was what I was looking for: the break in Sebastian’s ironclad control that reveals his guilt and the reasons for it. Anyone who craves and depends on control to manage every aspect of their life has some serious baggage they have dealt with (or haven’t but bury). And Sebastian is no exception. But everything falls apart in his eyes when returning Aria to her home, and encountering the reminder of his guilt. Then running. Leaving Aria to clean up the mess, and wonder.

Aria though, doesn’t believe the accusations, and knows that she must get the story: the whole story and reason for it. In that way, she can be the strength in which Sebastian can rely on. This is the power-exchange that is so necessary in a relationship, and so long coming for these two considering all they have experienced. Her belief in Sebastian, and her growing realization that he is the one for her adds a dimension to the story, giving us moments where the two will need to bare all to move on.

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tracy wolffPlay Me Right: Play Me # 5
Tracy Wolff
42 Pages
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About the Book:

Good things never have to end. Tracy Wolff, the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, brings her eBook original serial to an unforgettable climax in Play Me’s sensational finale . . . for now.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . but my future belongs to Sebastian Caine.

Technically, Aria may still be in one piece, but she’s feeling pretty damn close to broken. While she knows Sebastian would die before hurting her, their intense, steamy encounters have opened up old wounds in them both. Now Aria is considering the unthinkable: walking away again—this time to save Sebastian from the pain she knows her past will cause him. But Sebastian’s the one who set her free in the first place—how can she not show him the same care and compassion? Because, in the end, being together forever is the only thing that feels right.

My Review:

The final installment in this series leads right into the Ethan Fox series and Wolff’s continuing saga about Fox and his life. We also get Aria’s secrets out in the open, and this gives added oomph to Sebastian and Ethan’s growing plans for the future. Sebastian also has realized that the future as he once planned it is no more, but with Aria on his side, he can continue to ‘make a difference’ in the world.
An interesting wrap up to a quick and compelling story: the characters did build up to complete beings in a sneaky way: Wolff’s use of first person and alternating the voices with their honest reactions, concerns and emotions worked to add dimension and depth to characters who were at first compelling only in the secrets they held and their electric connection. Covering only a week’s time, these two come to one another as strong and mostly independent people that grow stronger and more confident as a result of their connection.

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About Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.

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