EARLY REVIEW ~ Play Me by Blue Ashcroft

Play Me (A1pha, Part 1)
Title: Play Me
Author: Blue Ashcroft
Series: A1pha, Part 1
Genre: NA Romance
Expected Publication: July 1st 2014






Living in a mansion with three hot dudes could be any girl’s dream…it’s just not Kira Wilson's. Not when Alex Dumont is one of them.

Other girls know him as A1pha, a beautiful, arrogant pro gamer and newly minted billionaire. Kira knows him as an ex crush and a major pain in the butt. But he’s also an old friend and gaming buddy, and when she needs to hide from her abusive ex, she knows that Alex and his roommates Ethan and Ollie (her former gaming teammates) are the right friends to depend on.

Despite the rocky history between them, Kira knows Alex is right when he states that no one can protect her better than he can. Kira's just not sure that physical safety is worth the danger the grudge-holding, haunted, and utterly delicious pro gamer poses to her heart.

But with her ex hot on her trail, and Alex looking at her in a way that’s hard to resist, she'd better figure it out soon.

Important note from the author!
A1pha Episode 1 is the first novella in a three part planned new adult romance series about Kira Wilson and her three hot, nerdy housemates. Each installment is a little over half the length of my typical novels, with an intense cliffhanger at the end. Hope you enjoy!
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I've read a lot of NA books, and it is always nice to get some new type of characters that I haven't read about before. Gamers… Smart, nerdy people who love to play any type of video game and win! Now that is something new, but these ones have dark pasts, and that is why I'm so drawn to them and this story.

Kira is on the run from her ex and lands back on her old friend’s doorstep. She has no one else to turn to and is unsure how it will go. She is a bit hesitant in the beginning, but after a while she relaxes and opens up a little. I loved getting to know the guys; they have three totally different personalities. Alex is the dominant and broody type. Ollie is the rational one and Ethan is the flirty one. The author really made me believe that Kira and the guys are nerdy types; they don't know how to deal with feelings, prefer to stick with their games and their work. They struggle with their emotions and find it hard to say what they really mean and therefore they avoid most confrontation that gets too close to their hearts.

Although there is a cliffhanger to this, it didn’t upset me as the author did warn me in the blurb. I am keen to see where things go now in the next part. The sexual tension between Kira and Alex is fiery hot, but they have demons they need to deal with and there is a bit of uncertainty between them. I will definitely be reading more in this series!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


14 comments:

  1. Ooooh this sounds like a great read!!! I look forward to all your reviews. I really love that cover... its awesome!!! I like the sound of Kira & Alex. Great post Naomi :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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  2. I love this book, as a nerd as well I totally could relate except for the extremely sexy hot guys wanting me and a crazy ex..... really all I could relate to was they are nerds, oh well the cliff hanger does suck I want the next one now.

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  3. Gamers?!! Oh that's fun. I've not read gamers before that I can remember. Hmm. That's really awesome she put the warning in the blurb.

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  4. Bookworm BrandeeJune 30, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    *ha* We do love our dark characters, don't we Naomi? Play Me sounds fresh, which I like. I don't know much about the gaming culture but I always like to learn new things and I like a new twist in NA. Great review, girl!

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  5. Oh, they are great and I really looking forward to see what happens next! It was getting exciting!

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  6. Haha! Me too! Although, the sexy bit is hawt!

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  7. I know! I think that is why I grabbed this one! Something new and it was awesome!!

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  8. It certainly is fresh and that was why I loved it! I am keen for more!! Thanks Brandee!

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  9. Hmmm...wonder if each novella will be about one of the guys? Looks interesting.

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  10. This seems to be focused on Kira and Alex right now, but it could shift!

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  11. Huh, now that is interesting. I've never heard of gamer heroes. Having been a little bit of a gamer in the past, I think I might seriously dig this!! Terrific view, I'm going to check the books out!

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  12. It's out now, and I think the next installment is going to come within 2 weeks after the first, I hope so, because I really enjoyed it!

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