Part of a series? Yes, it’s a serial.
Cliffhanger? Sort of.
Category: Adult. Erotica.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
This is the first part of the serial Play Me. I don’t always enjoy the first part when I’m starting a new serial, maybe because I need something “strong“ to actually make me want to read the next installments and I’m not fond of short installments only used to set things, introduce characters and here the author didn’t just introduce her characters and the plot, she actually brings things in motion.
This first part is really the launch of this serial. You have mysteries regarding the characters’ past that I’m quite eager to uncover, you have an attraction you can’t overlook and yet nothing is rushed. Things are building up and so far it’s right up my alley. 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this part because I was sucked into it right away. The voice is classic for the genre but it isn’t forced and it truly fits both main characters perfectly. I find it believable, intriguing at times, thrilling more often than not and in the end I didn’t see the time flying.
Let’s go back to the main characters…
You have Aria, a young woman working as a cocktail waitress in a casino in Las Vegas. She’s very much into self-control, hiding who she is and working her ass off to win the money she needs to pay her bills. She’s strong, she’s fierce and she’s quite blunt when talking to the male interest which is quite entertaining. Also, the author conveys perfectly this character’s emotions and feelings. I’m glad that the author gave us just tiny clues regarding her past, enough to make me want more. I have a few theories and I’m looking forward to knowing if I’m right or wrong.
Then you have Sebastian, the son of the casino owner who’s back to take over his father’s place. It’s without saying that this character is gorgeous and very intense. It was thrilling to read his thoughts once he’s meeting Aria. I think his POV adds that little heat, thrill and ups the intensity of the first installment. I’m also intrigued when it comes to him because we know even less who he is other than who his father is and where he used to work before coming back to Las Vegas.
The plot itself seems pretty common so far, but I do think that there should be more to it later on and that the couple in this serial is going to be scorching. If you’re in the mood for this, I think you should try this first installment. It was a nice surprise because I wasn’t expecting enjoying it that way.