A review copy was generously provided by Berkley Publishing Group.
Last summer, Well Met by Jen DeLuca had me wanting to pack a corset and head to the nearest renaissance fair. After doing a little happy dance that I received an early copy of the new sequel, Well Played (thanks Berkley!), I dove into it and read it over the course of two days. Well Played is an excellent follow up to Well Met – fans of the first book get to see the continued story of Emily and Simon, while discovering who Stacey (Emily’s friend from the first novel) is outside of the Faire and her character as a bar maiden.
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.