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The following is from Goodreads:
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.
When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.
Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.
I knew before picking up this book that I would most likely enjoy it because I had read Jen DeLuca’s previous book, Well Met, last year and really enjoyed it. It wasn’t something that I normally gravitate towards, being that it’s set at a Renaissance Faire which isn’t something that I know anything about. But I gave that book a chance, and when I heard that there was going to be another book, I was pretty excited.
And I’m glad I read this when I did. I really related to the main character Stacey. She is a 27-year-old who basically lives at home with her cat. Which is pretty much me in a nutshell. I’m also not used to reading books with characters who are so close in age with me; that probably made it easier for me to relate to her. So that’s most likely a revelation that I need to read more adult romance rather than YA romance since I can relate to the characters more.
That being said, I really enjoyed the romance in the story for the most part. It was really cute, and I was rooting for the two characters to get together.
But I do want to mention that I feel like the cat fishing element of the story lasted way longer than necessary. It was pretty much 75% of the story, so the romance was cute, but it also only started over halfway through the story. Stacey also forgave the incident pretty quickly, which I can kind of understand, but at the same time, I felt like it was a red flag. It was really off-putting because the cat fishing relationship went on for almost a year. So I can understand why there are some mixed reviews about it on Goodreads.
It is a romance though, so you do expect the main character to get together with the love interest by the end of the book. It’s also in the synopsis, so the reader knows going into it that that’s what is going to happen.
Overall it was a lighthearted story that I really enjoyed, I’d recommend reading it if you enjoyed Well Met. And I’m really excited for the next book in this companion series because it has to do with April and Mitch, who you saw a lot in this book. That should be a lot of fun when it comes out in 2021.
So there you have it. There are my thoughts on Well Played by Jen DeLuca. Have you read this book or Well Met? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!
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