Review: WELL PLAYED by Jen DeLuca
Also by this author: Well Met
Series: Well Met #2
Published by BERKLEY on September 22, 2020
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Jen DeLuca’s Renaissance Faire-themed romance Well Met was one of my favorite reads from last year, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Well Played. I was so excited to revisit the world of the Willow Creek Ren Faire and to see Simon and Emily, who are now engaged, and the rest of the Ren Faire gang again. Well Played follows Emily’s best friend, Stacey, and since I adored Stacey in the first book, it was fun to get to know her better this time around.
Stacey is a character that I think many will find very relatable. Stacey’s dreams of a fashion career in New York are put on hold indefinitely when her mother suffers a heart attack. Instead of leaving Willow Creek as planned, Stacey moves into her parent’s garage apartment to help care for her mom and, years later, is still hesitant to leave her parents on their own. At first Stacey was content with the arrangement, but now, especially in light of Emily and Simon’s engagement, she finds herself in a rut. Stacey’s not sure what kind of change she’s looking for but vows that her life will be different by the time Ren Faire season rolls around next year.
To put her plan into motion, Stacey decides a good first step would be to reach out to her sexy summertime hookup, Dex MacLean, a Ren Faire musician. The two of them begin exchanging increasingly intimate emails and texts over the next few months, and by the time Ren Faire season starts up again, Stacey is convinced she’s in love with Dex. There’s just one catch — Dex hasn’t actually been the one writing to her…
Well Played is such an entertaining read. I sat down with it this morning and devoured the entire novel in a couple of sittings. The story is filled with plenty of emotional, dramatic, and yes, even romantic moments as Stacey navigates her way through this unexpected plot twist. It’s not all drama though, as of course, the story is also filled with plenty of light-hearted, laugh out loud moments courtesy of the Ren Faire castmates. I loved the mix of the dramatic and light-hearted moments, and I especially loved the mother-daughter relationship between Stacey and her mom. There were some lovely heartfelt moments between those two.
If Ren Faires, romance, and a loveable cast of characters are your thing, you should definitely check out both Well Met and Well Played.
This sounds like it has a fun twist! This series is definitely on my radar for when I have extra time😁
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So many books, so little time, lol.
I definitely related to Stacey feeling a bit lost, and I loved how it all worked out. They were a cute couple too, and I loved the peeks we got at the next pairing.
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Yes! I’m so excited for the pairing in the third book!
I enjoyed Stacey’s relationship with her mom too!
They had so many great scenes.
Sounds like a great light read.
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It really is. 🙂
And now I am so glad that I pre ordered that one Suzanne!
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I really hope you love it!
I really enjoyed Well Met and am really looking forward to this one! Glad you loved it!
I hope you enjoy this one! 🙂
I have a copy of Well Met that I really need to get to – glad the series continues to be great!
I hope you enjoy Well Met!
“There’s just one catch — Dex hasn’t actually been the one writing to her…” Ooh that’s an interesting twist! And I love a good Ren faire, so this sounds like a lot of fun!
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Yeah, this series really has me missing the big Ren Faire we used to have here every year. It was always so much fun.
THis genuinely sounds like so much fun — I could not stop smiling when I read Dex hasn’t been writing Stacey ❤️❤️ Who is the mysterious writer then
. You left us hanging in the best way lol
LOL! I do love a good teaser.
I really like the sound of this series. I may have to try to catch up and read it. Fantastic review!
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Lovely review. I was curious about this one and love the setting. You’ve got me adding it to my wishlist.
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I hope you enjoy it!