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Cat About Town by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
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Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon
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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation by Doug Lansky
Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly
Smash It! by Francina Simone
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany
The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill
This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad
Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau
Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon
The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
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Well Played: 08/09/21

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

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.

Five stars

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