Mini Thoughts

We’re back at the faire in Well Played, and while all the characters from the first book are back, this one focuses on Stacey who moved back home after her mom got sick.  Every summer she works at the faire, and every summer she has a fling with the same guy….Dex.  Willow Creek is just a stop that Dex and his band make every summer, and then they move on.

One night Stacey gets drunk and sends an email to Dex, and to her surprise he responds back.  He is a completely different person than she thought he was.  Having written him off as a player Stacey realizes she may have been quick to judge. Over email Dex seems like a completely different person, but that may be because he is!

I like that we got to read about how Emily and Simon’s romance blossomed from book #1 into book #2.  Overall I liked Stacey’s character.  I think the emailing part could have been shortened, I got bored reading them.  I could have also used a little more steam!  Give me more romance!  I am interested to read Well Matched (book #3) that comes out in 2021 about Mitch and April!

I think those who loved Well Met will also love Well Played.

Book Rating: 3/5

Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Goodreads Synopsis

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.