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Peek Inside Play Me

Today was supposed to be Kiersten Worth’s wedding day. A bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex sounds like the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues, but her gorgeous target, Garrett Kelly, is a good friend and her son's basketball coach. But Kiersten isn't interested in anything more than friendship...until she discovers her one hot night with Garrett has some rather unexpected consequences, and he’s planning his next move...

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Scoring is only part of the game…

Today, I was supposed to get married, but thanks to my dick of an ex, there’s no happily-ever-after in sight. So tonight, I’m aiming for a happy ending, one that involves a whole lot of champagne, and the hottest sex of all—revenge sex. Garrett Kelly is just the man to satisfy my needs, both in and out of the bedroom. All I need to do is to make the first move…

For one night, he’s everything I wanted and needed. Of course, now I’ve gone and crossed the line between friendship and…something else. Getting involved with an unreliable guy is always a bad idea, and falling in love? Even worse. Now my little game of hot-sex-and-revenge has taken a hell of a turn—and this time, there are consequences.

Previously released on the Ever After imprint in July 2013


"It was funny, sometimes sappy, and sometimes downright irritating. But, that's a good book, right? One that sparks emotions." --Smut Whores

"A terrific, well-written, mellow and seductive story of familiarity turned to love." --RipeForReader

"If you're looking for a good beach read or a feel-good romance, this is the book for you!" -- Snarky Mom Reads

"What a great read it was. High emotion and intense at times... Oh, and the chemistry between them and their schmexy scenes are positively delicious!" -- Read Love Blog

"I liked how this story was totally believable and not all Too Good To Be True. Overall this was a hot read that I look forward to reading again in the near future!" --Paranormal Wastelands

"It was a roller coaster to figure out if these two could ever get on the same page at the same time...I like Diane Alberts' writing style with humor and likable characters with good chemistry." --Tammy and Kim Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661923
Series: Take a Chance, Book 3
Release Date: Jul 29, 2013
Page Count: 141
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, one night stand

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By Darkfallen August 08, 2013

What a great, steamy romance!

Kiersten has been a single mom to her nephew ever since his mom passed away and she isn't interested in anything else. Especially since she caught her fiancé sleeping with his secretary. But can one night with her brothers best friend, Garrett, change her mind? Or will s ...more

By Ambur August 26, 2013

I really really enjoyed Play Me! :D I thought that Garrett was a fantastic guy, and I definitely understood Kiersten's reluctance for relationships! I also really enjoyed their chemistry! :D

This is the first book I've read in the Take a Chance series, so I'm not sure if I might have missed a bit of ...more

By Tana August 07, 2013

Play Me (Take a Chance #3) by Diane Albert’s

I’ve read the first book in this series Try Me and it was quite enjoyable, so of course when I seen the blog tour for Play Me I signed up immediately. Play me is a short, sexy, enjoyable read. The cover is fantastic.

Diane Albert’s writing is great, her wor ...more

By Autumn Review August 03, 2013

I won't lie, the cover sold me. I love sports related romances. While this one isn't heavy into the sports aspect of the story, I was happy with it. I seem to be reading quite a few friends to lovers kind of books lately. I love these kind of stories.

Garrett has had a crush on his best friend's sis ...more

By Emily July 30, 2013

Kiersten Worth has always managed to roll with the punches life threw at her. Raising her nephew as her own, Kiersten had it all until her ex broke her heart. Now on the eve of her wedding day, Kiersten wants to let loose carefully selecting her closest friend and her son's basketball coach, Garrett ...more

By Caroline July 29, 2013

I won this book as an ARC and I read it very quickly. Let me just say I loved the book and I am a big fan of this series. If you have not read the first two in this series Try me and Love me, you really need to. Of the three guys in this series so far before reading this one was Thomas. But now I th ...more

By Sofia August 03, 2013

3.5 stars. review maybe will come some time later... (Actually I don't think that I will write a review edited:1/9/13). ...more

By Cinzia August 12, 2013

I would consider Play Me, given its length, asa short novel; It is the third story in the series "Take a Chance" by Diane Alberts. It is a contemporary romance novel, quite nice, pleasant and easy to read, great at this time of year, to spend a few hours immersed in reading.

Even the best-laid plans ...more

By Kim July 25, 2013

Hot glances? Yes. Happily ever after? No. He was like her. Independent, Unattached, and content to stay that way.

Garrett has been friend-zoned by Kiersten for ten years. But one night changed it all. He has crushed on her for a long time and would love to give her more, but she has been broken and ...more

By Sarah August 07, 2013

I'm a huge fan of Diane Alberts' Take a Chance series so I couldn't wait to read the latest instalment Play Me. Although there is a slight cross over of characters throughout this series each of the books work well as a stand alone story and is focused on a different couple. I've enjoyed each instal ...more

By Jillian July 26, 2013

You can also find my review on my blog:

Play Me is the third story in the Take a Chance Series by Diane Alberts. I have read, and enjoyed, the first two and was really looking forward to this story after just looking at the cover. Well, Diane has done it again… ...more

By Margreet July 22, 2013

When single mom, Kiersten Worth caught her fiancée banging his secretary a year ago, she decided right there and then, that love and relationships were just not her thing. The hurt and the anger from giving your love and trust and having it thrown back in your ...more

By Book Reading Gals July 30, 2013

Title: Play Me

Series: A Take A Chance Novel, Book #3

Author: Diane Alberts

Genre: Romance

Blurb: Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long ...more

By Autumn (Fic Talk) August 27, 2013

Single-mom Kiersten Worth finally puts the moves on her long time friend Garrett Kelly for a one night stand. The attraction between the two has been very mutual, but neither of them have acted upon it. Garrett wants more, but doesn't push Kiersten mostly because of the fact that her son is on his b ...more

By FicTalk December 10, 2013

As reviewed by Autumn on

Single-mom Kiersten Worth finally puts the moves on her long time friend Garrett Kelly for a one night stand. The attraction between the two has been very mutual, but neither of them have acted upon it. Garrett wants more, but doesn't push Kiersten mostly because ...more

By Daphne August 08, 2013

as seen on Gone Pecan


I just realized that I usually start with the woman, but today, I want to start with the hero. Garrett is in love with his best friend’s sister and has been since high school. He’s been secretly meeting with her to have drinks, thinking that they’re friends and nothing ...more

By Lynn August 18, 2013

4.5 Game Winning Stars!

And chalk another one up to Diane Alberts for Play Me. Third in the Take a Chance series, I loved this one just as much as the other two. Not only are her covers wonderfully scrumptious, but the stories behind the covers are just as tantalizing.
In Play Me, Kiersten is having ...more

By Liz August 17, 2013

Play Me is the story of Kiersten and Garrett. I really fell for this story the whole way through. The writing was terrific and grabbed me right from the start. The storyline was smooth and quick moving. Everything was perfect.

Kiersten is a single mom. Well, sort of. When her sister was killed in a ...more

By Jennifer August 30, 2013

Kiersten Worth has sworn off dating! She was engaged and planning her wedding when she found her fiancé cheating on her. Since then she has no interest in dating or marriage. What she does want is some hot and steamy! One night when her friend Garret is over she decides to take a chance and hope he ...more

By Lucy July 23, 2013

Play Me is part of Diane Alberts’ Take a Chance series. This novella tells the story of Kiersten Worth and Garrett Kelly, a single mom and a teacher/basketball coach. Kiersten and Garrett have been friends for years, and Garrett is also her brother, Mike’s, best friend.

Kiersten and Garrett are close ...more

By Carey August 06, 2013

Play Me by Diane Alberts is a quick little CR novella that could easily be read in an hour or two. Perfect for waiting in the Doctor's office or the DMV. The bare bone roots of the story is about family and romance.

Our heroine is Kiersten. She's getting out of an ugly relationship and decides to ha ...more

By My Book Addiction and More August 06, 2013

This was a cute short romance about Kiersten and Garrett. They have known each other for years and Garrett has had a crush on her since high school. Garrett teaches middle school math and coaches the basketball team that her son, Chris was on. Kiersten recently broke up with her cheating fiance’ and ...more

By Snarky Mom July 20, 2013

“Play Me”, by Diane Alberts, is the third in a series themed “Take A Chance”. It’s reasonably priced ($1.99) at 120 pages, and is SUCH a sweet read! While it is the third in the series, it is easily read as a stand-alone. I received this copy in exchange for an HONEST review, so I have to admit I’d ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) October 06, 2013

Play Me, Wow what can I say? Fear is a motivator for making some really wrong decisions. Kiersten Worth seems to not think things through and heads straight for a brick wall called Garrett Kelly a high school friend.
Kiersten had a hard time trusting men. Even her best friend Garrett. So, when she ...more

By Paris February 08, 2016

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I really liked Garrett in this story. In fact, I liked him so much at times that I thought he was too good for Kiersten and I wanted him to meet someone else and fall for them instead. He’s such a good guy and I hated seeing him hurting at times. With that said, I liked Kie ...more

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Diane Alberts

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Diane Alberts

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name. Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats.

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