Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Review: Well Played by Jen Deluca

Well Played (Well Met #2) by Jen DeLuca
Publication Date: September 22nd 2020 by Berkley
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
In Well Played we’re brought back into the Renaissance Faire life and this time Stacey, Emily’s friend, takes center stage.   She helped Emily navigate all things Ren Faire as a longtime Faire participant, both as an actor in the events and helper behind the scenes.

Stacey finds out her best friend, Emily, is getting married, and that combined with the Faire ending and the regulars packing it up and moving on stirs up a bit of melancholy. Stacey needs a change. In a drunken moment she messages her Faire hookup, hottie, and star of the Dueling Kilts, Dex, and to her surprise, he messages back. She didn’t remember Dex being so insightful and easy to talk to, but soon they’re emailing and texting back and forth, getting to know each other, and Stacey finds herself falling for Dex’s mind, not just his looks. Unfortunately, it’s not Dex emailing and texting.

Falling in love through emails and texts was fun, even though Stacey didn’t realize who she was talking to for some time. I’m happy it didn’t take long for the truth to come out and that there wasn’t much drama when it did.

Really enjoyed Stacey and our hero’s story! He was such a sweetheart, and a hottie in his own right! Confession: Highlight for spoiler: I’ve always had a thing for redheads! End of spoiler.

 4 Suns

Goodreads Description:
Another laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story.

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.


  1. I am a fan of seeing characters fall in love from afar - letters, emails, texts, phone calls. For some reason it makes it seem more meaningful when there is no physical component.

  2. I really enjoyed this one too, Rachel. It was sweet and I liked the Ren Faire setting a lot.

  3. I'm so happy to see you enjoyed this one. I adored Well Met. I'm excited for my library hold for this one to come in.

  4. I can't wait to read this one! I've got it on hold at the library and am hoping it comes in soon. :D

  5. Oh, yeah this sounds good to me :D

  6. So much communication is done through emails and tests these days that it's nice to see that in books.

  7. I've seen other positive reviews of this one. Wonderful review. I'm glad to know it's a good one.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  8. I am hoping to pick this up...I had an explosion of audiobook arcs arrive and need to swim out of them first...lol