Play Me #1: Play Me Wild

Play Me #1: Play Me Wild

by Tracy Wolff

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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 intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hot.

Look for all of Tracy Wolff’s seductive reads:

The Ethan Frost series: RUINED | ADDICTED | EXPOSED | FLAWED
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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804177818
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Series: Sebastian Caine , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 61
Sales rank: 181,862
File size: 850 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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“Why don’t you have a seat,” he tells me, gesturing to the two chairs in front of his desk.
It’s the reminder I need to shock my brain back into focus. Finally. Sticking my chin in the air, I make sure I sound firm—or as firm as any woman can after she’s just been caught, held and caressed by her boss’s boss’s boss’s boss. “I don’t think that will be necessary. I’m just here to pick up my paycheck.”
He lifts his brows then, a quick up and down motion that makes my belly flutter. “Sit down, Aria.” He sounds accommodating but at the same time, I know an order when I hear one. I want to object on general principle—the woman I am now doesn’t follow orders well at all, but I need that money. And a not terrible evaluation. Which is why I bend my knees and sink slowly, painfully into the chair.
He closes the door and I expect him to circle his desk, to sit in the huge, imposing chair that faces the one I’m currently sitting in. But instead, he drops down onto the chair next to me before reaching into his pocket and handing me an envelope.
“I believe this is what you came for.”
I nod without bothering to open it. Instead, I slide it into my purse and move to stand. His hand flashes out, rests gently on my arm as he applies just enough pressure to keep me in my seat.
Heat rushes through me from the contact, my nipples peaking despite my determination to keep this professional. He smiles then, a dark curving of his lips that sends shivers of electricity through me. That makes my body tremble and my breathing erratic.
I shrink back against the chair—a move that’s totally not me—and try to figure out what the hell is going on. He’s not threatening me, there’s nothing predatory or particularly sexual in the way he’s looking at me, the way he’s touching me. And yet my body is lit up like the Strip at midnight, my every cell sparking at nothing more than a casual touch from him.
I don’t get it. I don’t understand why I’m responding like this to Sebastian Caine when I’ve never responded anywhere near this quickly or strongly to another man. Oh, I’ve dated some. I was even engaged, and spent six months of that engagement trying to convince myself that I loved Carlo. And still I never responded like this, so quickly and desperately. Breasts aching, skin burning, sex growing wet.
The oddity of it is enough to keep me in my seat for long seconds, my eyes pinned to his as he stares back. But then fear sets in and I go to stand up again.
Again, he presses me gently but firmly back into the chair. He’s still smiling at me, his face schooled into perfectly pleasant lines. But his eyes are filled with a predatory interest he doesn’t even try to hide.
It worries me. Not because I think he’ll hurt me, not because I don’t think I can handle myself. But because I like it. I like the way he’s looking at me, like the way my body feels under his gaze.
Which is ridiculous—and why I come out swinging. “Look, I don’t know what you think is happening here, Mr. Caine—”
“Sebastian,” he says, interrupting my diatribe. “My name is Sebastian.”
“Good for you. I’m sure somebody probably cares about that, but I only came here for my paycheck and I have it now, so I’m leaving.”
“I wish you wouldn’t.”
“Excuse me?”
“I’d like you to stay for a few minutes and talk to me. See if we can get to the bottom of this mess.”
For a minute I think the mess he’s referring to is us, and the way we’re responding to each other. But then I realize he means the Russian whale, me being fired. And suddenly I’m afraid I’m in for a lot more than I bargained for. I was prepared to fight Richard Caine for my paycheck, was prepared for derision and annoyed condescension. I live every day of my life with it, after all, and have learned to control myself and those situations to the best of my ability.
But this. This is something different. There’s no arrogance on Sebastian’s face, no assumption that I’ll drop to my knees and blow him as a thank-you for my paycheck. No sense that he thinks he can screw me simply because he’s got a corner office on the top floor of Las Vegas’s hottest casino.
That’s not the scary part. I can handle that. Hell, I do handle it pretty much every day of my life. But the rest . . . the rest gets to me. The quiet respect, the obvious interest, the darkness that mirrors my own. I don’t know how to deal with those things, don’t know how I’m supposed to respond. I’m off-kilter, confused, searching for answers when I feel like I don’t even know what questions to ask.
Maybe that’s why I stay instead of running out of here as fast as my feet can carry me.
Because I want to find out—both the questions and the answers.

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Play Me #1: Play Me Wild 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## PATHETIC. That's how I describe this heroine. Yes, in this book 1 she seems ok. But BEWARE. She turns into a complete doormat and lets the hero bruise her and destroy her emotionally. Coming from an abusive background it's just too hard to believe that she lets him control her. In the last 2 installments all she does is beg...Sebastian, please. Please Sebastian. Please, please. What happened Tracy? Couldn't think of any more dialogue? BEWARE: between 50-60 pages each. And book 5 does not give us HEA, and I don't think it's the end of the story. Not enough closure. Don't bother with drivel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book. The only think i didnt like was all five of these books are an average of 58 pages per book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only the first 5 chapters of the whole story. It is only 47 pages long. I have no idea why this auther would serialize the story and publish all five 'books' on the same day. Why not publish as a whole book? I like the begining of the story. I will NOT purchase the rest of the 'books' (a book shouls be at least 150 pages) in this series. The 1 star is because the story is serialized and not published as a single book with with whole story.
Jamers8x2 More than 1 year ago
This book was just what I've come to expect from Tracy Wolff, I loved it. I've only read part one so far, but thanks to the awesomeness of being a reviewer on NetGalley, I have the rest of them so I can start the next one today! This is necessary, since the first book kinda stops in the middle of their story. Which is stops right before it looks like it's gonna get really hot! I've come to learn that I'm not particularly fond of serials, but I couldn't pass up a book by Tracy Wolff. I've read several of her books so far, and loved them all. If you haven't read one of this author's books yet, you're missing out! Look for more reviews of her books to come in the next couple of months!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only people being "played" by this series are the readers (like me) who foolishly bought all five installments. Since each installment is less than 60 pages, you wind up paying almost double what you would normally pay for a series of this caliber. Definitely not worth the money. I don't like being manipulated like this.
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Aria Winston is hiding out from her past working as a waitress in one of the best casino in Las Vegas. Aria is tall and beautiful with a killer body that the high rollers in the club cannot seem to keep their hands off of. Fortunately for her the high rollers keep her tips coming in. Unfortunately for her the more they tip, the more they touch and the more they feel they own you. Aria gets put in a situation she cant walk away from, that results in her not only being unemployed, but trying to figure out how she can continue to hide her secrets with no job, no food, and no cash. Sebastian is stepping in for his sick father to run the casino Aria works in. When Sebastian finds out exactly what happened in the casino on his watch he is livid. Not only does Aria get her job back but she gets the hot and sexy Sebastian wanting her in his bed. Although Sebastian and Aria know this is a line they should not cross, the temptation is undeniable. I have read all 5 books in this series so I don't want to spoil it for anyone. This book was great. I literally read it in an hr. I was going through the pages so fast I had to know what was going to happen next. When I got to the last page in the first book I have to admit that I kept swiping my finger across the page trying to see if there was just one more page hiding. So of course what does a bookaholic like me do at 11pm when I have to work at 7am? I go right on to the next book in the series. Now don't get scared the book was not really short. I can finish a whole book in about 5 or 6 hrs so if you put all the books together it seemed to me that the length equaled about the same as any other book. This is a great book, it is so hot and sexy it's explosive!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This is a novella series that is 5 parts. You meet Aria who is a waitress in a casino in Las Vegas. She is almost fired over an incident with a big spender in the club. Sebastian is the owner’s son. After his father got sick he came back to take over the casino. After Aria and Sebastian meet the chemistry between these two is off the charts. I recommend this book.
psee More than 1 year ago
4"I'll Play Some More" Stars Aria and Sebastian...the names alone have the making for a great story. This book is the first in a serial read by Tracy Wolff. Honestly I am not a fan of the serial read stories...not sure why they are done like this...but I really like Wolff's other books and I was lucky enough to have all the books in the series to read one right after the other. Aria is a cocktail waitress in the high roller section of one of the hottest casinos in Vegas. After dealing with too many groping patrons, she loses her cool and whacks a whale(high roller) after he was harassing another young girl. Out of a job she is surprised to find herself meeting with the boss to pick up her final check. Enter Sebastian, he is a great guy who seems to care about women and wants to make things right with Aria. Unfortunately he cannot deny his intense attraction to her. He is downright honest with regards to his intentions and Aria is equally as confused as she doesn't sleep with rich jerks. Well Sebastian is rich, he just doesn't seem like a jerk. I think both characters have secrets in their past which make me intrigued and eager to read more. The couple also has amazing chemistry which we barely get a glimpse of at the end of the story. On to book two. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ Stars Can a person ever really escape their past and leave it behind?  The bright lights of Vegas beckon those that want to find a piece of the action and also those that want to find a way out of the hidden underbelly of Vegas.  This is the first part of Sebastian and Aria’s story in the Play Me series by Tracy Wolff. Aria had been trapped by her family and the demands that they tried to make on her and her future.  She manages to escape her family home and the stifling life her father wants her to be a part of; a life that would cost her, her very soul.  It doesn’t matter that she has lived a life of privilege and lacked for nothing materially because the cost of that life of privilege almost destroyed her.  Aria will do whatever it takes before she will ask for anything from her father, even put up with serving rich douche bags as a waitress.  She vows that she will not have anything to do with rich, powerful men!  However, she had not expected Sebastian Caine, her boss and a man that seems to be the exception to the rule.  Can she trust the feelings that are explosive and consuming?  When Sebastian steps in and backs Aria’s actions towards one of the casino’s whales, she finds it had to accept that he is being honest and doesn’t have a hidden agenda. Sebastian has returned to Vegas after years of absence to assume his position as his father’s successor as owner of a large casino.  His views of running the business are different from his father’s ideas of how business should be conducted. Sebastian will not allow women to be abused or demeaned.  When a situation is called to his attention where one of his employees has to step in and stop a customer from being abusive to another customer, he is incensed at how it was handled. The employee is a woman and she was fired for stepping in to help the woman.  He is instantly attracted to her and he knows he will pursue this woman but first he has to get her back as an employee. When the two finally meet face to face the air sizzles with electricity and heat.  Can Sebastian overcome her reticence and win her over?  Will Aria forget her promise not to get involved with a man like Sebastian?  How can she trust him?  Where will this attraction take them? Hero: Sebastian Caine 4.5 stars Heroine: Aria Winston 4.5 stars Plot:  4.5 stars Steam Level:  4.5 stars Cliffhanger:  Yes Would I recommend this book:  Yes.  This is an amazing read!  It has everything an extraordinary romance needs to be unforgettable. Hot sexy alpha male, beautiful, intelligent heroine and moments that sizzle with the intensity the two generate. Would I recommend this author:  Yes. Ms. Wolff is on my must read author list.  Everything I have read from her contains to enforce that must read status! Cannot wait for #2 in this series! ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a work of art.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
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.  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. 
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Aria is just trying to mind own business and do her job. When the cocktail waitress notices a casino whale harassing another customer, she takes makes into her own hands and racks him. After getting fired she comes to pick up her last paycheck and shocked by what happens next. A great intro to a new series, lots of secrets to discover answers to. I like Sebastian and Aria and the chemistry is hot. Ready for more….
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is part one in a five part series. This story brings us Aria and Sebastian and takes place in Las Vegas. Aria is working as a bar maid in The Atlantis, the hottest casino on the Strip. She recently got promoted to work the VIP room where very rich men think they can do what they want with the help. Aria does not agree with this and takes matters into her own hands. Enter Sebastian. His father owns the casino and he is back into town to run it since his father is having health issues. It's been 10 years since Sebastian has been back to Las Vegas and he is not very happy about it. That is until he meets Aria and knows he needs her, wants her, has to claim her. Aria is hiding something from her past. She also has a 16 year old sister, Lucy, whom she adores and would do anything for. Even go back to her childhood home and see the father she never wants to see again. This part ends with Sebastian tempting Aria and wanting an answer! Oh, boy are these two hot together.
ChelleBookReports More than 1 year ago
Aria Winston is a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas's finest casinos, Atlantis.  She is trying to escape from her fathers money and what he stands for.  Sebastian Caine is the Atlantis owner's son who has come back to Vegas to take over after his illness.   The story is about their attraction and lots of drama.  It is fast paced and takes place over a 24 hour period. Aria & Sebastian have secrets and we don't know what they are besides that they tend to dwell on them over and over and over. When Aria stands up against a high roller while on her shift she is fired by the floor boss and ends up being called in to Sebastian's office and there is an instant connection.  And Sebastian can't wait to show Aria how to fulfill the need to control! This is the first installment of five.  It is a quick read and a teaser for the rest of the series.  If you are going to read this you better be prepared to buy all five installments and I wouldn't read them until you have them all because they literally run right into one another - which has me very confused as why it wasn't just one book.  If you love the erotic stories with lots of "complex" characters and some really good sex scenes - then this is the series to read!! (ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in Exchange For an Honest Review)
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Play Me #1: Play Me Wild by Tracy Wolff is the first book in her 5-part serial, Play Me. As book one, this is an introduction to the characters and their history, not a whole lot of stuff (AKA Sexy Times) going on, HOWEVER, there is so much promise of what is to come. Aria's character is well-established with her "whale" racking incident, and so is Sebastian's with how he handles the fallout from the whole situation, not only with Aria but also with the "whale" that got racked, his staff, and other "whales". The allusions to Sebastian's proclivities and the sexual tension between him and Aria that just LEAPS off the page, Man, this is going to be a GREAT series. Onwards to book 2, Play Me #2: Play Me Hot.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars!! In this first book, we meet Aria. A girl trying to play by the rules and get her bills paid. But one whale gets grabby and dares her to do something about it. So she does. And it costs her her job. She really needed that job. When she's sent to Mr. Caine's office when picking up her final paycheck, he's not what she expected. She expected an old man telling her she'll never get another job in another casino. She's done. Chaput. When he opens the door, she's floored. Her reaction puzzles her. Even more, she gets to keep her job. What the check is going on? I really liked this book. It was over way too soon and I have to finish this review so I can read the next one right away. I need to know what's going to happen. The pace of the book and the characters are great! I can't wait to see where this series goes. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I haven't been to Vegas. This is how I always pictured it. Being a waitress must be the worst job in the world. Getting hit on 3x worse. Aria tried to nicely get a player to leave a girl alone. No one helped so she cracked him with her tray.Spoiler. She met Sebastian who left his Charity job to run his Dad's Casino. Some minor spoilers and to go on to the next episode.  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--PLAY ME, WILD is the first installment in Tracy Wolff's five part contemporary, adult, erotic romance PLAY ME serial. PLAY ME focuses on Las Vegas casino waitress Aria Winston and reluctant casino owner Sebastian Caine. Told from alternating first person points of view (Sebastian and Aria)PLAY ME,WILD introduces the reader to Sebastian and Aria. Aria is a waitress in a the five star casino Atlantis, owned by Sebastian Caine. When a Russian whale (high roller) sexually assaults another woman on the casino floor, Aria takes action only to be fired for her attempts to protect the woman from further assault. Enter Sebastian Caine, Aria's new boss and the man who would offer her more than just her job. Sebastian has been away from Las Vegas for close to ten years; is the former CFO of one of the world's largest children's charities and a man who likes control both in and out of the boardroom. When his father suffers a debilitating stroke, Sebastian returns to the Las Vegas to run the casino-the way he sees fit. Tracy Wolff pulls the reader onto the Vegas strip where big money is big business, and secrets are meant to stay buried. As an introductory storyline, we get a glimpse at the personalities and profiles of Aria and Sebastian knowing there is more to their story that has yet to be revealed. Each installment is approximately 50-60 pages in length.