Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Play Me series Books 1-5, by Tracy Wolff....Review by Dawn

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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.

This is an ebook original serial, following Sebastian and Aria and... I LOVE IT!

I, sometimes like a book that takes me on a journey and in a round about way it takes quite awhile to get to the point, which works. But sometimes there are these stories that just get straight to point. They grab you by the throat and drag you into a steaming hot place, that you are in no hurry to leave. That is this collection of shorts! 

Aria, is a mystery. She has issues with her family. She has walked away and we don't know why. She loves and keeps in contact with her sister, but that is all. What is she hiding? Aria, is a strong woman who is determined to make it on her own, with no help. Even if she has to live in the "hood" and work as a cocktail waitress, when she has a degree from Vassar.  What could make her just walk away?

Sebastian, has worked far away from his fathers business for a long time. He had no intention of ever running a casino. But do to his fathers health, here he is ... He is a man with a hidden past and not willing to share. He is dark, sexy but has a kind heart. Sebastian takes notice of Aria one night as she is defending another waitress against a handsy "whale" in the High Roller section of the casino. Events happen and they come face to face and well, the meeting is met with explosive results. 

This series just worked so well for me. It's been awhile since something has grabbed my attention as much as these 5 books did. The mystery as to why Aria was all alone and why Sebastian was so control driven, were written so well. You were left wondering, but not for hundreds and hundreds of pages. Maybe it's because I am an instant gratification kinda gal. It was just such an easy, fantastic read.  The story flowed and I went from one book to the next. I could not stop, I had to know what happened. 

This is such a sexy collection of stories. It. Is. HOT! I mean it, blush inducing HOT. Fanning, ones self HOT. To say Aria and Sebastian had chemistry would be the understatement of the decade. SMOKIN' !!!

I am super excited to see what role Sebastian and Aria play in the Ethan Frost trilogy. Sebastian and Ethan are friends and have a mutual enemy.  In my head, my dream story would be. Ethan and Sebastian destroy Brandon and Carlo and we get to watch it all unfold.  I want those men to be taken apart for hurting the women Ethan and Sebastian love..... Oh! the plotting, planning, destruction and eventual decimation... See, I am so excited!  

Really, together these make for a really great book. But add in the fact that we will get some more of them in Ethan Frost's book Exposed, I am super STOKED!

Loved them, love Ms. Wolff's writing and I will be back for more!!! 

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