Well Played by Jen Deluca

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.


Stacey lives for the summers Renaissance Faire, where she can play, dance, sing and act like a completely different person. She longs for more out of her life but feels like she needs to stay in her hometown to be close to her mother after a health scare. After having a very superficial fling with a fellow Faire performer, she ends up in a pen pal relationship making her feel things that she never knew she could. As she counts down the days to the next years Faire and the wedding of her best friends, she finds out that things are not exactly as they seem.

The one problem that I can see from this story – is the obvious cat-fishing. No matter what “reasons” or crossed communication there were between the characters, it is a pretty serious thing to do and I don’t feel like it was really addressed.

It is the second book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone. I did enjoy it and I would read the others in the series.

4 Stars.

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