Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Well Played
Well Played
Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Well Met Book 2

Romantic Comedy, Mistaken Identity

Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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.

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I really enjoyed Well Met, and Well Played was no different.  This was a cute rom-com set against the backdrop of a renaissance fair. 

Instead of enemies to lovers like Well Met, this is a mistaken identity trope. I have to admit I did discover something about myself while reading this book, I like conversations between characters.  Well Played mostly had the two main characters exchanging emails and texts and well it was not my favorite.  This is one hundred percent on me and did not affect my rating of the book, but just a personal preference. 

Well Played is told from Stracey’s point of view.  I liked Stacey, but because of how the book was told I didn’t feel like I knew Daniel very well.  Because of this, I wasn’t as invested in their romance as I could have been. I did enjoy seeing all of my favorite characters from Well Met.  It was fun revisiting them and seeing how they were doing. 

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