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Play Me

(Players #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,881 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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1 Chef (equal parts sexy and carefree)
1 Pianist (equal parts uptight and endearing)
1/8 inch of drywall between their apartments
2 opinions on everything

Combine all ingredients, mix vigorously, and be prepared for an explosion of heat.

Pianist Ella Thomas is training for the competition of her life. Finally in an
Published January 27th 2016
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Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
After having finished Play Me by Katie McCoy, I realised three things. One, I will never take canned soup for granted again in this lifetime or the next. Two, I wish I had kept up my piano lessons even after having mastered the Twilight theme tune and three, Katie McCoy is the reigning queen of the subtle heart wrench; and by that, I simply mean that she lures you in slowly, garnering your focus to the big things that are right in front of your eyes, it's all smooth, light and the characters are ...more
Lauren - SERIESous Books
Read my full review of the book at! Spoiler Free!

**I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This book was everything I thought it was going to be: fun, lots of sexual tension and great characters.

I loved Jake and Ella's story. I thought they complimented each other so well which made it a blast to read. Jake is completely swoon-worthy for the fact that he can cook but also for the way he treats Ella. I
Becca Reads A Lot
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed.

4.5 Brownies and Black Lingerie Stars!

Guys. If Jake were a real person, I would question some life choices. Seriously. I'm not proud of that statement, but Katie McCoy should be.
This book is funny and sexy and amazing. I loved it. I didn't get bored. I didn't skim. I just enjoyed it. It was a quick cute, swoony read.

My only struggle was with how quick the book ended, but if that's my only struggle then we're in good shape.
Take a chance on this book. No, go
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Katie has the recipe for success with Play Me—a dash of humor, a cup full of drama and a whole lotta delicious romance with one tattooed, mouthwatering chef who loves to make brownies. Yes, please!

Ella lacks color in her world. She is focused on being a professional pianist and has followed her jerk ex-boyfriend/teacher’s instructions on how to live for far too long when the scrumptious chef/neighbor, Jake Matson shows up and brings color to her world.

I laughed, I drooled, I wanted to punch a
Book-Bosomed  blog
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
As a classical pianist trying to compete in a competition and catch a break, Ella Thomas, 25, is focused on her music…or at least she’s supposed to be; it’s what her music teacher slash ex tells her. And not only does he remind her, he’s kind of tried to brainwash it into her, bringing her confidence down a few notes.

“Stupid fucking Mark.”

Anyways, since music is key, Ella isn’t too worried about having bare kitchen cupboards in her new apartment. Having hot tattooed 27 year old
Heather R Callahan
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title:Play Me
Author: Katie McCoy
Release Date: January 27, 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Heat Level: # 5 flames out of 5
Rating: # 5 stars out of 5

“She was a mess of contradictions I was more than eager to explore.”

What do you get when you put a sexy chef and classical pianists? Brownies!

Pianist Ella Thomas is a beautiful amazing woman, but has been hiding her whole life. She grew up in a family of free spirited Jazz musicians, and hates being in the
This book was funny and angst free for the most part. I liked that the hero was a chef and the heroine was a pianist. There were also some great steamy moments. What keeps it from being a 5 star for me is all the comments thought by the H about his busy past with women. He was big into ONS, but then we also learn he dated women too. Some of them met his best friend, he had purchased lingerie for some. He was an expert on removing garters and bras. He cooked for women to seduce them often- he ...more
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a really cute and light read. It has very little angst, and is a perfect one to lighten you up if you have just read a particularly angsty book. It was SO refreshing to have a h and H that both recognized their mistakes and worked to fix them! I had some issues with the pacing and ending, and I wouldn't say that we get in really deep with the characterizations -- but it was enjoyable.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Ella and Jake's story. Ella finally
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a super sweet read!

I loved Jake, he was a sweet and sexy chef covered in tats...yummy! I was worried at first that I wouldn't like Ella, for a short bit at the beginning she came across a bit prissy and cold, but that changed quickly and I ended up liking her.

The plot flowed nicely and there were some laugh out loud moments (the veggie pun discussion was HILARIOUS) I am not sure I would go so far as to say this was a "slow burn" but you don't get any sexy times until slightly over
Gio Listmaker
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-cannot-go-on
I quit around the 60% mark
Boring Detail
No connection to characters
Deserie williams
Dec 30, 2015 marked it as maybe-need-more-info-check-safety
self note: heroine still works with her ex that she lived with before(she has no feelings for him anymore) .but I don't like it and also the hero is jealous of it(which he has every right too). hero past is mentioned a little .like what he likes what he did before(i don't like that either makes me think things he does with heroine isn't to special because he done it all). but after talking with some gr friends I'm hearing it's not too much of an issue. so I decided to put this back on my maybe ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 -totally enjoyed this one- Stars

This was cute, entertaining and super low on the "dumb angst for angst sake" scale. I must also give kudos for the hot smut I got from it. It wasn't kinky or anything extraordinary that I haven't already read before. But for some reason; the simplicity and descriptions felt much hotter than some other more dirtier descriptions that I have previously read.

I woulda/shoulda/coulda rated this a solid 4 stars, but I had to shave a minor 0.25 stars for my lack of
Dual POVs. There was no substance. Too much inner dialogue about useless information that could have been said in 2 paragraphs instead of 2 pages. The heroine talking about her libido and all the other is too hard to like the heroine or get into the story. (loc 92) Sometimes less is more.
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-stars
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Katie's first book Game On, so I jumped at the chance to read her new book. And when I saw that cover....WOW.

Ella is a professional pianist. She has just moved out of her teacher/ex boyfriend's apartment and is living on her own for for the first time in her life. She is preparing for a very important competition and needs to focus. She feels that living on her own will help with that. Jake is the head chef at
Cocktails and Books
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Ella is a classical pianist who is in the midst of an important competition when she moves into her own apartment and meets her upstairs neighbor, hot chef Jake. Their initial reaction to each other is adversarial laced with attraction, but that quickly changed. Soon, Jake was wooing Ella with food and Ella was shedding her "sexy nun" look. But the insecurities come knocking on their door and they both quickly retreat to the people they
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was okay. There were some aspects of the H that didn't do it for me - it kind of felt like we were constantly being reminded that he'd been there and done that so often that he was an expert at seduction/sex. I have no issue with him being experienced - I have no issue with man-whores in general! - but I don't want to have to keep being reminded about it over and over again. It kind of leaves me not liking him as much.

Overall, it was a sweet story. The predictable miscommunication
With this being my first read from Katie McCoy, I wasn't sure what to expect. I LOVE the cover and the blurb had me craving more. It started off at a great pace with lovely banter that had me grinning from ear to ear. It kind of took off from there at an extremely fast pace and things seemed to hit fast forward, which was okay with me for the most part. It seemed like the parts that I needed to savor went by way to fast and the parts that needed to hit fast forward dragged on a bit. Either way ...more
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A recipe for an adorable, sexy book: one enticing blurb, one hot-as-hell chef, one sweet pianist, mix in some quirky family members, a few paper-thin walls, and a smile-inducing ending…and there you have it.

It being Play Me, of course. The cute and fun second book from Katie McCoy. The premise is pretty simple—Ella and Jake share an apartment building, where noise carries. When her piano playing and his late-night antics stop the other from sleeping, they clash…and then, they get it on.

Red Cheeks Reads
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ella and Jake are both driven, both passionate and both dedicated to succeeding. The only difference is for one its all about classical piano and for the other it’s about food. For Ella, Jake is a distraction she says she doesn’t want but maybe he is what she needs and for Jake Ella is the beautiful girl he had no idea her happiness would end up meaning so much. Music, food, drama, laughter and love collide to create a brilliant contemporary romance.

“Have I ever told you about my fantasy about
Romance Readers Retreat
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading Katie McCoy's debut novel, Game On, I was really excited to get more from her and she did not disappoint! The cover and the blurb will draw you in and once you start reading you won't want to stop. She excels at twisting a whole lot of sexy and sweet into a story that will pull you in and make you fall in love with each and every person you encounter! Play Me was completely different from her first novel but still oh so good!

Ella and Jake are both driven to succeed, but take
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
3 Stars:
Such a cute little romance. However, definitely more than 1/8 inch of drywall separates the two.
Aside from a few schematics for dramatic flair I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed it. A couple of schematics for dramatic effects to prove my point. Point 1: He looks out his window and watches her play in her sexy panties. So I ask, how does 1/8 inch of drywall separate the two? Point 2: When she screams rushes down the stairs to her. Again, I ask how the 1/8 drywall separating the
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Play Me by Katie McCoy in exchange for an honest review.
Play with me is a fantastic contemporary romance. It has the perfect blend of Romance,Comedy and Drama.
Ella our heroine has the most sensational transformation throughout the book and I love how she became more confident in her music and herself. However, what was wonderful to read was how our amazing Hero the hot chef next door, Jake, liked her and found her attractive regardless of what she wore. Play Me focusses on
Jun 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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1 Chef (equal parts sexy and carefree)
1 Pianist (equal parts uptight and endearing)
1/8 inch of drywall between their apartments
2 opinions on everything

Combine all ingredients, mix vigorously, and be prepared for an explosion of heat.

Pianist Ella Thomas is training for the competition of her life. Finally in an apartment of her own, she can practice from dawn till dusk.
But she didn't bet on the sexy and frustrating neighbor keeping her up all night -
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this little book. Good writing, sizzling hot chemistry and lots of food talk. A somewhat reserved, classical pianist is training for a big competition that will hopefully further her career. She moves from her family home (after previously living with her "stick up his ass" piano teacher and boyfriend) to the first apartment of her own. Unfortunately, her playing hours interfere with the sleep patterns of her upstairs neighbor, a famous chef at a world renowned San Francisco ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. It was light and easy to read. Not angsty or filled with heaps of misunderstandings (view spoiler)

Filled with humour, this one is great for those who want a quick read and smile on their face while doing it.
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Heroine is a pianist who prepares for a competition and just moved into a new apartment.
Hero is a chef at a restaurant and works late night hours, he lives the apartment upstairs of hers.
Needless to say, a pianist rehearsing in the morning isn't going to please a man who needs his sleep in the morning.
This one starts a bit as an enemies to lovers, which I love, but both characters end up dating and lusting
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun easy read with a HEA.

Cute simple romantic read. 3.5 stars
Sexy chef upstairs and uptight new neighbor below. He works late, she practices her piano early disturbing each other.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Play Me is the second book of McCoy another sexy standalone with two new characters that you will love and adored .Mc Coy latest story tells the story of two individuals trying to make a name for themselves in two different professions. Elle Thomas is a twenty five year old, classical pianist who is trying to prove to her family that she can make a career of it. She is one break away from
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers)

Ella Thomas has just moved into her very own place, its just her and her beloved piano in her little studio apartment. She's looking forward to spending all her time perfecting her craft, in order to win a very big competition and make a name for herself. She doesn't have time for much, she prefers things simple and plain. That is, until she has a encounter with the tall, scruffy, ripped t-shirt, sexy chef in the upstairs apartment. Jake
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Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St.Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.

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Players (3 books)
  • Game On (Players, #1)
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