Review: Well Played by Jen DeLuca (Contains spoilers)

Title: Spoiler Alert

Author: Olivia Dade

Read by: Isabelle Ruther

Trope: Sort of enemies to lovers

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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.

Welcome to 2021’s first book review!

I loved the first book in this trilogy (series?), Simon and Emily were extremely easy to fall in love with. I got it from the library, and almost immediately after reading it bought a copy, knowing that I would want to visit with them again.

It took me a little bit longer to fall in love with Stacey and Daniel. Stacey, I easily understood, as far too much of her life resembles my own, but we won’t go into that (in this post). Daniel I liked from the moment he was on the page, until I realized where the plot was going. I don’t abide liars well, is all I’m going to say. I really don’t.

But I do love myself an adorable ginger. Especially one who is a little unsure of themselves compared to their Hemsworth hot cousin (just saying, I could leave Hemsworth). I also love “coming of age” stories (a term I loathe, because you don’t just suddenly come of age and know all), even when they happen at the age of 27.

This book made me fall more in love with Willow Creek, and wonder why anyone would ever want to leave it. Because me? I’m ready to take up residency.

Bring on book 3.

Good for: Fans of quick, light romances, online romances, text romances.

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