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Well Played: 08/09/21
Well Played by Jen DeLuca is the sequel to Well Met (2019). This novel is from the point of view of Stacey, the tavern wench who trained Emily. Her romance is an homage to Cyrano de Bererac, something she's aware of, and something she struggles to accept.
With Emily now engaged to Simon, Stacey is feeling left out from love. Romance begins with a drunken email to Dex of the Drunken Kilts. She knows he's a player but she pours her heart out anyway. She receives a reply that sparks a twelvemonth long-distance relationship via email and text.
Of course it eventually comes out that she hasn't fallen in love with Dex. Can Stacey reconcile her feelings for these two men?
One of the running jokes in Well Played is that most people these days wouldn't get the Cyrano reference. There's also situational humor — a romantic night with a squeaky bed above the parents' garage.
The short of it is: it was a fun and quick read, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
The third novel is Well Matched which comes out October 19, 2021.