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Play My Game

(100 Series #5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  656 ratings  ·  107 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the sizzling, emotional world of the 100 Series with Play My Game, a contemporary romance between a tormented, brilliant painter and the beauty he is determined to have at any cost.

She stands out like a flame in the dark. Out of place in my orbit, she is a bright splash of color in an abyss of darkness. An innocent i
ebook, 300 pages
Published 2020 by Lara Adrian, LLC
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Kat Valentine
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read!!! This book is why I love good contemporary romance!!! I'm very picky about reading this genre. It can't just be a bunch of hot sex scenes,I'm a romantic at heart and I need the emotional connection as well and a storyline and characters that jump off the pages and make me become invested in their ending. I've read Lara Adrian books for years because she knows how to capture and hold my attention. She is a amazing storyteller and her words flow flawlessly. This book was ful ...more
Elisa Glendenning
DNF @ 69%

Nothing wrong with the writing per se. I just didn’t feel anything for the main characters. It also didn’t help that I kept picturing the H as a young Feargal Sharkey. Clearly I’m in the minority here but I just couldn’t muster any enthusiasm to carry on! Overall, an underwhelming read with a premise that didn’t live up to my expectations.

Yay! It’s always exciting when a new Lara Adrian book comes out. I’ve been waiting for this book since March 2020 so I was really glad to finally have it in my hands. PLAY MY GAME continues the sizzling 100 days series, featuring Jared and Melanie.

This book opens up with an interesting premise. Melanie’s man has been keeping his gambling problem away from her and when he gets himself in a bind, Melanie actually ends up being the one to get him out of it. Instead of owing Jared money, she is
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 sexy, emotional and intense stars!

I love this book! An intense, emotional and deliciously seductive love story that captured my heart and had me absolutely captivated!

This book is part of the 100 series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. There is some character crossover, but it’s minor, and written in a way where you don’t need to understand previous stories in order to enjoy this one. So feel free to dive in!

Jared Rush is a brilliant artist whose hedonistic paintings have made him
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Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

Yay! It’s always exciting when a new Lara Adrian book comes out. I’ve been waiting for this book since March 2020 so I was really glad to finally have it in my hands. PLAY MY GAME continues the sizzling 100 days series, featuring Jared and Melanie.

This book opens up with an interesting premise. Melanie’s man has been keeping his gambling problem away from her and when he gets himself in a bind, Melanie actually ends up being the one to get him out of it. Instead of owing Jared money, she is
I've been a huge fan of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series for years now but I also really love her contemporary romances and Play My Game was right up there with the best of them. We've met the mysterious and brooding artist Jared in previous instalments of the 100 series so I was already looking forward to his book, I'm not sure if we saw Melanie before but she is friends with Eve so does have a link too. As always it was fun spotting previous character cameos but Jared and Melanie rightly ta ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was a fast paced one although my least fav. in this series.
Alys Baldwin
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lara Adrain has done it again with book. I laughed and cried and truly fell in love with Jared. Loved every page of this book. Parts of it were very personal for me and hard to deal with. Those parts only had me tearing up more. This newest to the 100 series is just outstanding.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-book, own, read-in-2020
An incredible contemporary romance that I couldn't put down!!!

Melanie Laurent is a struggling MBA student and the primary breadwinner for her small family (consisting of her ailing mother and young niece). In the opening chapter, Melanie is confronted with the shocking fact that her new boyfriend has a serious gambling problem. In order to clear his debts, artist Jared Rush makes a deal with the couple that Melanie will pose for him to paint. Melanie is appalled at the idea and that her boyfrie
Play My Game
100 Series, Book 5

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla Digital via PP Library
Dates Read: 11/25/20 - 11/30/20
Stars: 3.5

The Characters:

Jared Rush:
Melanie Laurent:

The Story:

To be honest, I didn’t really like Jared and his vendetta was kinda boring. Maybe because we didn’t find out the full details until late in the book but that whole part was just kinda meh. I did like the back a
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, romance, e-book
I liked this one, but things sure when fast between Jared and Melanie, especially when she starts out the book dating someone else. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad she's not with Daniel, he is a weak POS. I'm also glad that Jared seemed to get his issues worked out and that he and Melanie can be happy. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I don't think I vibe with this author. I hadn't realized that I had previously read her other books as well (Midnight Breed) and felt the same way as I did in this book. I was bored the entire time. I felt like things moved so slowly and there was so much repetition of the same inner dialogue that I was exasperated. Like we'd hear his backstory on how he was scammed from his inner dialogue, then again when he's speaking to her he'll think of how he was scammed by her bf, then AGAIN he has to exp ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story of Jared Rush, a brilliantly talented but tormented artist, and Melanie Laurent, an achingly beautiful MBA student working two jobs to support her sick mother and orphaned niece, is the latest in Lara Adrian’s 100 Series of contemporary romance.

The story features characters from the previous books in the series, but this can be read on its own. However, why would you want to? Read this one, and you will be hooked.

Melanie is the girlfriend of Daniel, who has been harboring many secret
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Play My Game is beautiful, provocative and raw. A story that leaps off page one and doesn’t allow you to put it down until you’re finished, leaving you wondering how it ended so quickly.

Dark, shrewd, and sinful, celebrated artist Jared Rush sets his eyes on Melanie Laurent and she becomes the perfect pawn in his quest for revenge that has nothing to do with her. He reads her so well that it’s uncanny, knowing that by the end of the evening she will accept his proposal to model for his next seri
Samantha Kensington
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lara Adrian's 'Play my Game' is a must read!!

Lara has really done it again! Her books always seem to capture my intrest and pull me into the book, making sure that I'm unable to put it down until I've reached the last page!

'Play my Game' is the latest installment in Lara's 100 Series. It's an emotionally intense and seductive love story about Jared and Melanie.

Jared is a millionaire artist with a past that he's kept hidden from everyone, who is out for revenge. Holding onto a lot of anger from
In simplest terms, Jared is a rich man bend on destroying someone and he thinks it might bring him some closure. The universe puts Melanie into his orbit and he can't control his feelings for her. Melanie is bold, smart and kind. She can't control her feelings for Jared. Their relationship isn't without issues but it's pretty straightforward.

I will say this was a fast read. My issues are many. First, Jared is so angry. Wow. Vindictive guy. His reasons are pretty weak. Second, he's an artist, bus
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book has it all!
I Love Lara Adrian. She is an author who writes with her heart and it shows in every word that lands on the page.
Jared and Melanie are magic.
I'm going to do my very best not to give away any spoilers or details, so please bear with me.
When I first started reading, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. I was picking up some taboo vibes, I don't do taboo, ever. The way Melanie was drawn into Jared's world made me feel a little uncomfortable. Matter of fact, I sto
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of love and betrayal. I really love this world and I’m always happy to revisit it.

Both characters have pasts that seem to be dictating their current lives. Two complex characters with issues that haven’t perhaps been dealt with in a healthy manner but both, especially Jared, at a point where they need to address them and move on.

Melanie is doing her best and living her life as well as she can. Shes had a lot of responsibility and meeting Jared gives her a chance to live abit if
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lara Adrian is back with a stunning new story in the 100 Series, Play My Game, that was a deeply intense, emotional, highly charged, sensual read that I could not put down.

I’m a huge fan of this series and how the author keeps managing to blow me away with every story that not only enriches the world she has created, but tells the HEA of characters I wanted to know more about and this addition was no different.

I’ve been waiting for Jared Rush to find the woman who would bring him to his knees
Khrista Baxter
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revenge isn't sweet

Play My Game is captivating, I couldn't put it down! Jared Rush finally gets a book and I loved it. I have been curious about the bad boy artist since he was introduced in Dominic and Avery's trilogy.
Jared Rush is known for his highly erotic paintings and his bad boy reputation but there is many layers to Jared that come out in this book. Jared hasn't painted in two years, nothing has caught his interest until he sees her dancing in his club, the carefree way she moved her bo
Joyce Gray
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the series to date - Highly recommend!

For mature readers only (18+ years old) as it contains subject matter that may be a trigger or offensive to some including adult language throughout, steamy intimate scenes, and themes of revenge, self-sabotage, etc.

While this could be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend it be read in series order for maximum reader satisfaction and to prevent spoilers as there are reoccurring characters from the previous stories (Avery and Dominic, Evel
Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me!

I stopped reading at chapter 15. Melanie goes to a Club where be known to her she was being watched by the owner Jared (who's a famous artist among other things). Melanie is dating Daniel who gets invited to play card games (gamble) they
We learned that Daniel has a gambling problem when he takes $75k in credit which he loses all. Since he whats more credit Jared decided to call him to his office. There we learn that he owes las Vegas casino like $90k. He offered t
Charlene Gaskins
Another great book from the 100 series. Jared and Melanie are characters that bring such depth to this novel and the "revenge" story line. Some revenge based stories are predictable, but not this one. Ms. Adrian's main character's all have back stories that she is able to weave into the present that gives the reader the feeling of knowing these characters vs., observing the characters. She gets into the heart and soul of the story including an in-depth characterization of each character.

This is
Laverne Brewster
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
2.50 Stars. (WW/WM) Audible audiobook narrated by Maxine Mitchell, Eric Michael Summerer. I have read, enjoyed and primarily given 4 stars to over a dozen of "The Midnight Breed Series" written by this author; but, this book is one I did not enjoy. The storyline in this book starts with the ridiculous and unbelievable and slowly and uninterestingly drags the reader through an unromantic relationship with characters who don't relate well with each other nor the reader. Melanie Laurent, the heroin ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Lara Adrian, then you will love Play My Game. Even if you’re not familiar with The 100 Series or Lara Adrian’s other works, Play My Game ticks all the boxes for a great steamy romance novel. Great characters? Check. Passion and turmoil? Check. No cliffhanger? Check. Happily ever after? Check. Even if you’re not a fan of love-at-first-sight, this story has so much magnetic chemistry between the main characters, the fast-burn romance feels very authentic, with the lead female c ...more
Mikail Alband
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a page turner!
I absolutely loved this one! Even though it is part of the 100 days series you can tell it’s a standalone and is very different from the first ones! I read this one in one night and couldn’t put it down! You don’t need to read the previous ones to understand the story which to me is always a plus if you’re just looking for a random read.
These two characters flowed very well together and Adrian gave them a great fast paced storyline that worked well with their relationshi
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jared Rush, a self-proclaimed master of corruption, has had his eye on Melanie Laurent since he saw her dancing at his club Muse. Jared is a renowned artist known for his dark edgy portraits that expose the broken souls of his subjects. Despite not having painted for a couple years he offers Melanie the opportunity to pose for him, though his offer doesn't come with out consequences. In a an act of desperation Melanie agrees to model for Jared and almost immediately wonders if she didn't make a ...more
Joy Niemeier
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guess who's back? Lara Adrian delivers again in her next 100 series book with Jared and Melanie. The book can be read alone without reading the other 4, but it's great in helping see the background and build to this book. Lara does not disappoint and delivers steamy hot sex scenes and smoking hot men. Jared Rush the bad boy goes for what ever he wants. Melanie Laurent is sweet, caring and focuses on taking care of her mother and niece while dating a man named David. Melanie and Jared's story is ...more
Rebecca Azizov
It's review time 🎧

Narrator score🎧 ; both narrator's are just wonderful. I love Eric and Maxime's voices they work so good together.

Level of steam🔥: well I expected this book will be full of sex but it wasn't at all. They did had some very very very!!!! Hot!!! moments.... don't get me wrong but they didn't get to bed as soon as the story started and I loved it.

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: the book wasn't sad, you had some drama but it wasn't sad. Though you had a lot of very human problems i
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc, adult, 2020
Another great addition to this series. It's a very well crafted plot with the need for revenge and the consequences. It's full of different emotions and a powerful romance.

Jared's well planned revenge doesn't go quite as planned. Instead he finds himself head over heels with Amelia who is totally oblivious to his calculated plan. When things go south and his original intentions are revealed, will he be forgiven?

Jared doesn't get close to anyone besides his close friends. He has his own issues a
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LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers hav ...more

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