Well Played | Arc Review

Happy Tuesday everyone, and HAPPY PUB DAY to one of my most anticipated rom coms of the year!! I have been dying to read this book and without further ado, here are my thoughts on Well Played!


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.

First and foremost, thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review! When I got the email that I was approved for this book I legit did a happy dance! Well Met was one of my favorite books of last year and when I heard that it was going to have a follow up, I was willing to do just about anything to get my hands on it, and it did not disappoint! However, while I really enjoyed this book and was swooning over the romance, I will say I did not quite love this one as much as I did Well Met.

One of my favorite parts about this series is the small town charm of Willow Creek. The writing makes you feel like you are living in this small town and are a part of their Renaissance Faire!

Stacey is a relatable main character and I could understand her want to achieve more. She gave up and sacrificed a lot when her mother fell ill and she now feels that she is in a rut and spends all year waiting for the next Ren Faire season to begin.

Now on to the male love interest!!! My oh my, did I just adore him! *Insert swooning gif here* While there are times I feel like he might have gotten off the hook a little too easily, he meant well and truly had such a sweet soul. He is most definitely towards the top of my romance book boyfriend list!

If you read and loved Well Met, or if you are looking for a quick, sweet, and steamy rom com, then I would whole-heartedly recommend this book. Now that this one is complete, I will sit over here not so patiently and wait for the next book in the series!

Book Details:

Title: Well Played
Author: Jen DeLuca
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read Well Met? Did you enjoy it or not? Leave me some rom com recommendations down below! As always, thank you for stopping by our blog and showing us support. We truly appreciate you all!

2 thoughts on “Well Played | Arc Review”

  1. Great review! I loved Well Met and am beyond excited to get my hands on this! I love these covers and Stacey sounds like a really likeable and relatable heroine. I can’t wait to meet this hero as well — he sounds like a cute book boyfriend 🙂


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