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Well Played
Well Played | Jen DeLuca
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Another laugh-out-loud romantic comedy filled with Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, kilted musicians, and an unlikely love story from the author of Well Met. 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 shes exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey's shock, it isn't Dexshe's been falling in love with a man she barely knows.
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ripley_reads
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My library haul looks like starburst candy!
💛💓🧡❤️

marleed Haha. I noticed a pile of golds in my reading choices for this month, too. 2w
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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This was a fun second book in the trilogy. I liked Stacey in Well Met so I was happy to follow her this time around. Not a whole lot of smut, but it was cute to see Stacey and her love interest begin connecting via emails and texts. I admit there was a bit of a twist that I didn't pick up on, so that was fun, if a bit disappointing. There was less of the Ren Faire this time around simply because we got a lot of that exposition in book one.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Fun and light, this was a pick and now I'm ready to move onto book three to read about Mitch getting it on!

May's #DoubleSpin book read in November @TheAromaOfBooks
#pop21 #BookFromTBRChosenAtRandom #52Books #MaleRelativeWithSameNameAsCharacter #Mitch

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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mcctrish
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Zipped through Well Met, so I‘ve started Well Played. I‘m not sure if it‘s the characters or if I‘m used to the writing style or what? but this one feels a bit less ‘chonky‘ than the first one. But we all have self doubt when it comes to not knowing what someone else is thinking, especially someone we like

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I've been in Ocean City, MD for a few days with my friend. We both brought books and only read about 30 pages each. The ocean and food were too enticing.

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inthegreensandblues
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Resting after an exhausting week. I think, It's such a pretty, early-autumn day; I'd like to read about a Ren fair! Surprised and delighted to find no hold queue standing in my way. 🙏🍁🍂☀️

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Skeeterisme
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Predictable but cute

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Mommamanzi
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My BFF @Ahw06 let me barrow her book of the month book. THEN came in to get her hair done and set up my kindle to link with my library. I‘ve been wanting to do it forever but I‘m not very tech savvy. First thing I downloaded was book two of the Well Met series! Thanks Ash!!!

Ahw06 You‘re so welcome!!! ❤️ you! 5mo
Avanders Yay!! 😄 5mo
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sebrittainclark
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4/5

Really enjoyed this sequel to Well Met, where Stacey gets her shot at romance. There's a section in the middle that felt a little rushed, but overall another sweet ren fair romance.

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Clwojick
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I‘ll have to tally my hours for this weekends readathon @Andrew65 🙈 I listened to a bunch of audiobooks while working on my nail orders. This Hogwarts Houses set was one of my favourites. 💙❤️💛💚

Currently listening to the tagged book, which is adorable so far. Favourite audiobook of the weekend was definitely Howls Castle. 🧙🏼‍♀️

marleed I love seeing your nails! 6mo
Bianca These are adorable! 6mo
Clwojick Thanks @Bianca ! You should check out my Etsy Shop, @marleed .I have tons on there, and I‘m posting more every few days. It‘s called Black Cat Society Nails, in honour of by furbutts. 😻😻 6mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
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Ahw06
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A wonderful addition to the Well Met series! I love how I‘ve been able to relate to each heroine in a different way. I can‘t wait to read the third book!!!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ash.on.the.line
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Mehso-so

I much preferred book one. This book has (POSSIBLE SPOILER BUT NOT REALLY) catfishing the couple doesn‘t really spend as much time together and I just hate the idea of the said 🐱 🎣. I did like Stacy but didn‘t really connect with the romance. #bookspinbingo

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kissmehardy
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I feel like the conflicts get resolved a little too easily in this one, but I love Stacey's narration and her ultimate development, so I'll allow it. Can't wait for April and Mitch's book! #romcom

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MaggieCarr
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Open door romance. There wasn't nearly as much scene building since you get that in the first book but it was fun to imagine the same people in and out of Renaissance roles day to day. The great secondary theme of halting life to worry and parent your parents also present.

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Wildly_Bookish
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Continuing this series!

marleed I own but still have to read Well Met but it‘s on my 14Booksin14Weeks2021 list so I‘ll get to it in August - finally! 7mo
Wildly_Bookish Enjoy!! 7mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Today's #yellow #CuriousCovers are contemporary romance novels on my TBR. If all goes well, I'll listen to one or both this month for the #littenlisten

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs @aperfectmjk

aperfectmjk I loved The Bride's Test! That one also works for the Autistic Pride Day prompt. 8mo
Eggs Pretty💛📒🌼 8mo
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Mrs_B
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I‘d had this one sat in my Amazon wishlist ever since I read “Well Met” and loved it. It appeared in a sale for 1.99 so snapped it up and then devoured it in about three days! Such a fun easy romantic read. :) I think I‘m looking forward to the next one more though...

Scochrane26 I think the 3rd one will be really good—looking forward to it, too. 9mo
annahenke Love this series! 9mo
Mrs_B @Scochrane26 I felt like there were hints of it in this one with the “mama” jokes. 9mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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I loved the first book Well Met. I don‘t love the idea of this story (cat fishing) but I‘ll give it a go. I love the setting of the Ren Faire!
I‘m trying to reacquaint myself with my TBR while on a book buying ban for the month.
#aprilcoverlover21 #catonthecover

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Marni
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Second in the Well Met series. A great follow up, but you should definitely read them in order. Halfway through I thought it had all be solved too quickly, and then BAM, DeLuca hit me with another obstacle. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and can‘t wait for number 3!
25/60
#Read2021

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Marni
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Finally went back into a bookstore after a year. Came out with this one that I can‘t wait to read!

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EatSleepRead
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Audiobook pick:
2nd in the series 👍👍I wasn't sure if I liked the main character at first, but she definitely grows on you.

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Arvena
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A cute romance, but I didn‘t enjoy this second installment as much as I liked the first one. Stacey and Daniel just did not have the spark that Simon and Emily did. This book simply wasn't as charming as Well Met.

BookLove4Ever Agree! First one was much better. Although I‘m still going to read Well Matched when it comes out this fall. 10mo
CaramelLunacy I may need a reread of Well Met... 10mo
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annahenke
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So fun! If you like romance and renaissance fairs, pick this one up ❤️

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annahenke
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I loved the first book in this series (Well Met), so I immediately had to pick up book 2! These are super fun romances set on a small town renaissance circuit. So cute!

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Kenziejo
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This series. ❤ While I didn't love this book as much as I loved Well Met, my love for the world within these books is strong. My favorite character, April, gets her story in the third one and I cannot wait. 😬

#bookspinbingo

Scochrane26 I‘m excited about the 3rd one, too. 11mo
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monalyisha
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Cute but, like the first book in the series, wildly predictable. I‘m honestly not too critical when it comes to my romance novels, though. As long as the characters can fall in love & still be feminists, I‘m basically sold. The love interest in this one is a tall, vibrant redhead; the MC is a plus-sized blonde who belongs to TWO (count ‘em) book clubs; & there‘s a cat with dragon wings. So, reading it‘s a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours.

monalyisha I will say that, just based on the snippet of the next book shared at the end, this second one‘s probably going to be my least favorite of the three. Emily & Simon, from book 1, are English Lit nerds so they‘ll probably always be my favorite. And the featured couple in the next seems like they‘re going to have some heat & more “directness” than I‘m used to from DeLuca. I‘m hoping they may break the “formula” a bit. 🤞🏻 12mo
monalyisha Honestly, I‘ve been vacillating between a “Pick” & a “So-So” since I posted this. I‘m not going to change my rating...but I very easily could. 12mo
monalyisha Okay. I‘m changing it. So my initial review, which claims that I‘m “not too critical” might seem incongruous. 🙈 But after just reading another romance which DID hit all the right notes for me...the places in which this one fell short just seem all the more glaring. 12mo
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After finishing Well Met and having liked it so much, I was glad to find the audiobook for the next in the series immediately available on Libby. While I didn‘t like this one as much as the first, it was still cute and I finished it in two days. The relationship complications were not as realistic in this one, which is my main reason for not liking it as much.

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ajmayorquin
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I loved all the complications in this story and the message it ended with. I just want to say that if you find yourself feeling like Stacy in that people only want you around if you are peppy and happy all the time, than you need to tell them how you honestly feel. If they really only want the happy you then they shouldn‘t be in your life. You should be able to work sadness out with your friends.

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Julsmarshall
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Finished this last night, so good! Mistaken identity and uncertainty mixes with quirky characters and a Renaissance Faire setting? Sign me up! Can‘t wait for the third and last installment of this series later next year.

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Thank you @Bookgoil for my #jolabokaflodswap goodies! I‘m looking forward to reading this book! I really enjoyed the first one, so I can‘t wait to dive in to this one. But really, I‘m just excited for these Reese‘s and I may or may not be having some for breakfast? 😂 Thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful holiday! 💕🎄

TheAromaofBooks The trees are the best!!! 13mo
Bookgoil It‘s Christmas Eve and I say go ahead haha! 😂🥰 the trees are my fave too but I‘m down to some minis I have leftover from a few weeks back. Glad you like what I picked! ❤️💝 13mo
Julsmarshall I‘m reading this now and it is so good! Enjoy! 13mo
BookishTrish Those definitely scream breakfast chocolate 🍫 Happy Holidays! 13mo
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kimmypete1
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I‘m not a Ren Faire enthusiast, but you don‘t have to be to enjoy this book. Fun, flirty and sweet. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNosedReindeer

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This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it. The book is light and fun. It is a romance series set in a Renaissance Faire. I have really enjoyed both this book and the first in the series, Well Met.

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Kenziejo
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That exciting moment when the hold you've been waiting on comes in.. *does a little happy dance* Honestly, after reading over half of A Little Life, a girl needs some happy romance.

CoveredInRust Dude, happy romance helps so much after A Little Life 14mo
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AlizaApp
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This romance, the second in the series after Well Met, is set at the same small town Maryland Renn Faire, but follows Stacy, Emily‘s friend from the first book. Stacy sends a FB message to a musician she has slept with in the past, saying she might have feelings for her, and to her delight he responds. And then things take a turn for the Cyrano.

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I loved this ❤ It was as good as Well Met which isn't always the case with a sequel. A light hearted, feel good read 😊

KendallHershey Same, already looking forward to the third book. 1y
suzie.reads @KendallHershey there is going to be a third? I think that should be it now personally its all wrapped up 1y
KendallHershey Yea a third - I don‘t want to spoil who it will feature if you don‘t know yet (but it‘s in the goodreads description). But then that‘ll be the last one. 1y
suzie.reads @KendallHershey I guessed at Mitch and April as she started to plant the seed at the end of this book 😆 1y
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I gave this 4 ⭐️‘s on GoodReads. Second in a series, this follows a character introduced in the first book and still has appearances of the lead from the first. I love books like that (ex: Virgin River) and it felt more cohesive than the first as well. There was one moment where I thought the lead flip flopped a little too quickly, but otherwise enjoyed the twists and turns. Always fun to be back at the Faire!
Can‘t wait for book 3!

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫I thought this book was much better than the first in the series - it seemed like the debut novel jitters were gone.
After a bit of a slow warm up, I found Stacey really relatable. And I am 100% a sucker for an email romance as that is how, 11 years ago, my relationship with my husband really began 😍😂 Love the side characters, the male lead, and, of course, the Ren Faire setting. Looking forward to book 3!

TheAromaofBooks I thought this was better than the first book as well. The pacing in this one felt better. And that's a fun story about your husband!!! 1y
behudd @TheAromaofBooks yeah there was definitely a lot of nostalgia in this one for me! 1y
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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 I mean, it‘s a corny romcom. But it makes ya feel good! 🥰

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ravenlee
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I really enjoyed Stacey‘s story. Now, I LOVED Well Met so while this was really good it didn‘t quite meet my expectations. I appreciated Stacey‘s predicament, feeling stuck in all aspects of her life while everything changes around her. I got tired of the social media obsession. And why, oh why, did I read the teaser for Well Matched, knowing it‘s a full year away?!

ravenlee Oh, this was my #doublespin for October, too. @TheAromaofBooks 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really enjoyed this one, too - I just read it this week!! 1y
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TheAromaofBooks
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While I enjoyed Well Met, it wasn't really a stand-out read for me, so I went into the sequel with only moderate expectations. However, I ended up liking this one even better. One of my biggest issues with the first book was how much time we had to listen to Emily lusting after Simon (guess what, I don't like hearing women go on about wishing they could bang some dude because his butt looks good in leather pants any more than I like listening to⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) a dude go on about how hot a women's breasts are) BUT ANYWAY the point is that this book felt much better with that and just overall pacing. Well Met was a debut & Well Played feels like the author learned from her first book & is growing as an author, so that's fun. I really liked the MC here & while some of the angst went on a little too long, it was overall a fun & fluffy read. If you liked Well Met, or even if you felt ambivalent ⬇ 1y
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) towards it, Well Played is probably worth the read. It's fun, fluffy, & easy to read. 1y
UwannaPublishme Great review! 😆😬🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Thanks! I was kind of all over the place! 😂 1y
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ravenlee
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I‘m devouring this book! I want to read it slowly to savor it, but I just can‘t. So I‘ll tear through it this first time, and then in the not-very-distant future I‘ll come back for a more leisurely read.

Which, come to think of it, is exactly how I read the first one. Only I had to buy it for the second read, and I got smart and bought the second one ahead of time.

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ravenlee
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Diving into this one next, and I‘m loving it already. Can‘t believe I waited this long! Well Met was one of my top three reads last year and I‘ve already reread it three or four times, so the bar is high.

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Swoon! Back at the Faire.

This novel was exactly what I needed-- like a vacation in an audiobook. Back in Willow Creek, we see the aftereffects of Well Met (eek yay) and get to follow a whole new love story. This is as much a novel about a woman loving a man as a woman loving her phone and legit, that makes it timely, fresh, and so potent.

Stacey is so relatable, funny, and self-aware. She's a heroine you can't help rooting for. Loved this!

rachelm Start with the first book if you haven‘t read the series yet 1y
Mrs_B Ooo I just finished well met and loved it - stacking this one! 1y
rachelm @Mrs_B I think I even liked it better? I don‘t know. It‘s a close thing! Can‘t wait for book 3 though (April and Mitch!!!!🥰) 1y
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Mrs_B @rachelm APRIL AND MITCH OMG! 😲😲😲 1y
rachelm @Mrs_B 😍😍😍when I tell you I cannot wait... yeah. There are hints at it in book 2, too 1y
Owlizabeth @rachelm @Mrs_B when she started hinting at April and Mitch I was so happy!! Can. Not. Wait. for three!! Fingers crossed for some sexy kilt action... 1y
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I absolutely loved Well Played. I also loved Well Met so was impatiently waiting for Well Played to be released. This story is cute and funny while also having some emotional points. I was engaged from the first page.

I highly recommend Well Played to fans of Jen Deluca, Renaissance Faire‘s, and romantic comedies.

Full review: Link in bio or https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/well-played/

mdm139 I am waiting for my library hold to come 1y
JustReadingJess @mdm139 I was on a 6 month waitlist until one of my other libraries bought the book. I hope you get it soon. 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Second in this series about love at a ren faire. This one had a lot of drama that could have been solved with communication so it felt a little contrived. But it was still fun.

jmtrivera Definitely a little contrived, but I thought it was overall cute! 1y
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JustReadingJess
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Review of my week! Books I‘ve read and blog posts this week!

Full post on blog https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com/2020/10/18/sunday-post/

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved how relatable Stacey was. The romance was cute and sweet. I absolutely loved it and devoured the book in a day, which I have not done in a long time.
#bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens

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So fun! I enjoyed revisiting the Willow Creek Renaissance Faire for historic role-playing and romance. #scarathlon #teamslaughter #outstandingoctober #fallreadathon #10dayreadathon #cocoturns50

#BookishBingo: Character wears disguises or costumes

Andrew65 These look cute. 1y
CocoReads Those look right up my alley! 1y
Lovesbooks87 Love this series! 1y
Clwojick 🎉 Way to go #TeamSlaughter! 🎉 I've had Well played on my TBR for a while now. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 1y
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I loved Well Met when I read it last year and was excited to read Stacey‘s story. Stacey had a fling with Dex during the Ren Faire. One night she sends him a drunk message never thinking he would write back. After writing emails and texts back in forth for 11 months Stacey starts to fall in love with him. But what if it hasn‘t been Dex this whole time? Can‘t wait for Mitch and April‘s story next year.

#bookspinbingo space 12

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