Thursday, December 9, 2021

Book Review: Well Played

By Melissa Amster

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

I enjoyed Well Played about as much as Well Met (reviewed here). It is a sweet story with a cozy feel. I could easily see myself being friends with Stacey and she reminds me of myself in some ways. I still love how the Ren Faire was used throughout the story and could picture everything really well. I had just gone to a local Ren Fest, so that helped. There were some great romantic and steamy moments that definitely kept my attention. The story was easygoing and engaging the entire time. 

My only issue is that the synopsis spoiled some of the surprise element. Some other aspects also made it easy to guess what was happening, but I'm glad the reveal happened early on instead of getting dragged out. It was great to have a follow up on the characters from Well Met, but read that book first! I'm excited to read Well Matched soon and hopefully there will be some updates on Stacey's life.

Movie casting suggestions:
Stacey: Samantha Hanratty (re-cast from the previous book since I didn't know her age)
Stacey's mom: Kathleen Turner
Daniel: Calum Worthy
Emily: Molly Gordon

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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