Series: A1pha #1
Publisher: Self Published on July 1, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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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.
“I snap my gaze to him, eyes flashing. ‘You don’t get to tell me what to do.’ ‘I do when it’s my house,’ he says, a dark expression flitting across his face. ‘That’s all it is for you? Someone causing trouble in your house?’ ‘Don’t push me, Kira…’ ‘Yes, Kira.’ Ethan says sarcastically. ‘Don’t push him when he’s acting like a constipated wildebeest.’”
Play Me had an interesting plot. I revolved around Kira, a gamer who was part of a gaming team with three boys: Alex, Ollie, and Ethan, who leaves them for her boyfriend at the time. However, things turn out not to go well with Kira and her boyfriend and now he’s after her so she turns to her gamer friends for help. They let her in to live with them but a lot of things have changed.
I enjoyed the plot of this novel because it kept me interested. It mainly revolved around the romance aspect of it: Kira trying to get Alex to let her in. There was also the suspense part of it with Kira’s ex-boyfriend hunting her which kept me on edge throughout the entire novel. There was also a splash of mystery as we tried to figure out what happened to Alex that changed his personality so much. The facing was just right: it was a happy medium of not too much and not too slow either.
I actually didn’t enjoy Kira as much as I was hoping. She just wanted to be wanted, which is how she ended up in the situation that she was in running from her abusive ex-boyfriend. She didn’t realize that she had had three boys who wanted her. She was practically blind to the fact that they were all wrapped around her finger. She was actually pretty bratty in my opinion and she was just adamant on not accepting Alex’s help. But on the other side, she didn’t want them pulled into her crap. I liked her because she admits that she was wrong in what she did those years ago and wanted to reconcile with Alex. That was her forgiving trait.
“The cruelly handsome, scarily intelligent Alex Dumont. He braces a toned, muscular arm on the doorframe and scans me with intense green eyes, his perfectly symmetrical features evident even in the low light. Long lashes flick as he looks me up and down, an unreadable expression on his stone-hard face. I can see the calculations as he watches me, takes in every detail and processes it at light speed. He’s more super computer than human, a gamer with perfect reflexes and the ability to strategize on a dime.”
Alex was the main guy in this novel. He was cold, distant, stoic, and secretive. Those are the best words to describe his personality. He was hiding things from Kira. He was intent that she knew what had happened when she honestly didn’t and that bothered me a bit. We have them, who were supposedly the best of friends a few years prior and he couldn’t tell that she was being truthful? I think he just wanted reasons to push her away. He wanted to isolate himself. I understand that he went through some tough stuff, but I really don’t think that that makes his behavior in this novel okay. He was hot and cold and I just didn’t know how to feel about it.
There wasn’t really much romance in this novel in the traditional sense. There was that I want but I won’t/can’t have feel to this one. Kira and Alex obviously still wanted each other but Alex was intent on it not happening. There were a few moments of lapsed judgment but no outright romance. But the tension was enough to keep me satisfied and I can’t wait to see Alex break.
Ollie and Ethan were the other two gamers in their group. Ollie was the caring and serious one. He would do anything to keep Kira safe. I liked him the best out of all the boys because he was level-headed. Even if he liked Kira (which I actually couldn’t tell) he didn’t just put it out there. He was like the middle man. Ethan, on the other hand, was blatant about his want for Kira, which put him and his best friend Alex at odds. Ethan was the flirty and goofy one. Your typical frat boy. He was there for Kira, though, which is more than what can be said for Alex, but I didn’t think that him and Kira would be good together.
Play Me was a great part one in this novella series: it introduced us to the characters, the predicament, and the tension between the two main characters. I’m interested to see what happens in part two, especially with the cliffhanger that Ashcroft left at the end of this one.