Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for a cute, cheesy romcom about breaking out of your comfort zone and finding change.
Title: Well Played
Author: Jen DeLuca
Content Warnings: character with cancer, sex
Genre: Adult Romance
Series: Book 2 in Well Met series. This book does spoil events from book 1, but you don’t need to read it to enjoy this book! 🙃
Rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stacey has watched as all her friends have left the small town they grew up in and started their life- but Stacey is stuck. After missing out on her dream job to take care of her mother, Stacey has spent the last few years stuck in the same old routine. Work, food, bar, and then finally Renaissance faire. Stacey works for the summers where she gets to put on her corset and dress and become Beatrice, the tavern wench. But one summer, she decides to make changes happen in her life.
When she texts her summer hookup asking if he wants more out of their fling, Stacey is surprised when he writes back. As emails turn to texts that make Stacey’s heart beat faster, she is thrilled to finally see him in person again at the Renaissance faire over summer. But when July comes, things may not play out as she expected…
Well that was a cute book! I’m a sucker for text and email conversations, so I really enjoyed that! Stacey was an interesting character, and I felt bad about (but could totally relate to) constantly seeing people getting engaged and having babies on social media. Her frustration with being stuck at home and loveless was relatable, and I really enjoyed seeing the steps she took toward changing her life. Also I love her cat, Benedict!!!
I loved the glimpses of Emily and Simon’s relationship because I fell in love with them from the previous book, Well Met. They played such a fun role in the faires, and I loved seeing Emily and Stacey get closer- although I really wish Stacey told Emily more about her problems! It was also nice to see Mitch and April! I feel like I got to know them better from this book, and I’m excited to see if they’ll be in future books as well.
My main problem with this book is that I felt like the characters were underdeveloped. The book felt like it spent so much time talking about Stacey’s struggles and fears (which was nice, but..), that we ran out of time to see her really changing. Also, I appreciated that we got to actually see the texting relationship translate into real life the following summer, but it did make it feel like we needed to get to know the guy she was texting better than we did. Everything felt a little whirlwind-y at the end, and although I can see where DeLuca was going, I don’t think she quite made it. I would have preferred reading an extra 80 pages and fully understanding all the characters better.
That being said, it was a fun book that I would read again! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that balances between real life problems in a fantasy-like setting.
Stacey was so funny! I loved her sass, her smile, and her gumption. She really grew in this book, and I loved seeing her take charge of her life at the end! The fact that she missed out on her fashion job to help her mom through cancer was disappointing but incredibly realistic, and I enjoyed that we saw her taking her life back after getting stuck in town for a few years. I loved her text conversations- although I was pretty certain that it was Daniel the entire time…
Alright, so Daniel and Dex. Obviously I like Daniel better. He clearly liked Stacey the first time we saw them together at the faire, and I did feel bad for him because she was so distracted with her hookup with Dex that she didn’t see him. That being said, I wish he was more developed. I wanted to feel what he feels when girls choose his cousins over him. I wanted to see how he sees himself, and I think this insight would have made the book more believable. At the end, I did want Daniel and Stacey together (and I did love their texts and falling in love!), but I was pretty mad at Daniel for lying to her- twice!
Overall, this was an incredibly enjoyable book. I enjoyed returning to the Renaissance faire setting, and I loved planning Emily and Simon’s wedding! It was so pretty and so them! I’m glad that Stacey finally left town and decided to go on the road with Daniel. They’re adorable, and I love that the brought Benedict along (and that he wears dragon wings!!!🥰😂)
Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Be safe, Stay Strong, and Change the World!!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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