Well Played by Jen DeLuca

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 9/28/20-9/29/20

How I Found It: Continuation of Series

This is a review for the second novel in a series. If you haven’t read the first novel, this post will contain spoilers. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book, you can see my post here, otherwise please read this review at your own discretion.

Preface: I gave the first book 5 out of 5. As someone who reread that book so I could remember what happened in the first book, I am definitely in a bad mood compared to the first time. So if this review seems really critical, I’m just in a weird book review funk (I’m hoping that I can get out of it soon).

Set after Well Met, this book focuses on Stacey. I recognize that I never talked about her in the first review, but she was a tavern wench with Emily. Stacey had been hooking up with the lead guitarist, Dex, for one of the bands at Faire for the past few years, and she is trying to figure out where she stands with him. She ended up sending him a drunken message to the band’s fan page on Facebook. Now, it is a point to make, the band manager, Daniel, is Dex’s cousin. So for a year, Stacey thinks she is talking to Dex, but really she is talking to Daniel (I don’t think that is a spoiler because I knew within two seconds of the storyline that it was Daniel, but uh… sorry if it is). So this entire story is about change and how Stacey doesn’t want to be stuck in a small town going nowhere.

And here’s the thing, I have been in a really weird reviewing mood this week. With issues at work, and having to write a really rough review at the beginning of the week, I’m just not in a good mindset to write a good review, so I’m sorry, bear with me. I know that there is going to be one more book in this series, and the relationship that it is going to focus on has already been hinted at in this book (and leaked on GoodReads). So I am very excited for the next one! And I can guarantee that next year I am going to be roasting this review.

Also, quick heads up for people who want to read books that are similar, The Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts and The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory (admittedly, I have only read the first 2 books in this series, but I currently own all of them and hopefully will be reading them soon!) all focus on love stories within the same character-verse. The Inn Boonsboro trilogy focuses on an inn located in Boonsboro, MD, and each book within the series focuses on one of the brothers that were part of the construction company. The Wedding Date series is more independent, but the characters do interact, if that makes any sense.

But back to this book. Having grown up in a small town in Maryland, I understand the feeling of wanting out. I have wanted to live on the other side of the country for years now, but I have never felt like it was a good time to leave. I connected with this book super deeply, and I encourage you to read it. This book didn’t have as much blatantly laughing at work moments for me as Well Met, but that’s not to say there wasn’t wit or humor. Putting myself in the position where I need to make a rating, I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, but keep in mind my weird book reviewing funk.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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