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A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story.

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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.

©2020 Jen DeLuca (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Val
  • 05-10-20

Root for him!

Another trip to the Renaissance Faire in Willow Creek. I’ve been waiting for the 2nd book and it was quite adorable. It’s truly a fun, fluffy, and light type of read. Nevertheless, I am into the 1st book a lot more than this one and it’s hard not to compare the 2 couples. Even if Emily and Simon is still #1 couple for me, I still rooted for Stacey and Daniel. It’s a 3.5 for the story plot. Great development of characters and written nicely. I can’t wait for April and Mitch’s story...I got suck in the end about them 2, giving a glimpse of their cutest banter. Story: ❤️❤️❤️💔 Audio Narrator: Brittany Pressley ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥 Overall: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • EJL
  • 06-01-21

Where’s the Faire?

All the things I loved about the first book - Simon’s alter ego at the Faire, the “wooing” in costume, meeting the other Faire players (Stacy, Mitch the queen) are not in this book. Even Simon and Emily’s story is all non-Faire related. Most of the story takes place outside of the Faire and even the main love interest doesn’t participate in the Faire, just does the scheduling. Disappointment for me.

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  • Lisa M. Mandina
  • 23-12-20

Cute, but not as good as the first one

I loved the first book by this author, Well Met. I read a physical copy of that one. For this one I decided I’d fit it in by listening to it. Unfortunately, I think it was one I would have enjoyed more by reading. Maybe, maybe not. I honestly started out really enjoying it. In fact one of my first thoughts was when Stacey drunk texted her fling Dex, was that I was glad I wasn’t a drinker, because there were times I have an ex that I might reach out to in the same way she did with him. A lot of the story made me think of my own sad, sad single life. I also watched that movie, The Social Dilemma, right about the time I was listening to this, so there was part of the story that reminded me of that, with having to check my phone all the time and the disappointment when there were no updates. I had some issues with why Stacey got upset at the end, and even some issues with how the man she’d actually been falling in love with handled things. Probably the reason I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first is that there was a lot of repetitiveness in the how she acted about things or her thoughts, and if I was reading a book I could have skimmed that much quicker than having to listen to it all. It wasn’t bad, and I’ll go back if there is another book in the series, but I’ll probably read instead of listen.

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  • Arctic Sugar
  • 05-12-20

Well Played, WELL DONE!

I absolutely LOVED listening to this book! The content, narration and story were all so adorable and addictive!!!! I very much look forward to more books from this author and narrator.

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  • librarybella
  • 03-10-20

Back in Willow Creek

I loved being back in Willow Creek! The narrator did an amazing job. I can’t wait for book three!

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  • kaytee
  • 27-09-20

such a stellar sequel

Jen DeLuca did it again! This author has brought another story that is captivating. I won’t lie, I was nervous for this story. I enjoyed the Well Met so much, that I was fearful that the sequel would not live up to my expectations. But goodness, I had nothing to fear. DeLuca brought back the magic of renfest, the joy and struggles of small towns, the multilayered characters that I so enjoyed from the previous novel. There is something for any romcom-loving reader in this story. It was nice to see Stacey fully developed, to learn more about her and her family, to learn that she is not just the ditzy airhead she seemed to be, and relate to her (more than I thought I would). This story has twists and turns, keeps you in your toes when you think the story has become predictable, and has such a wonderful “voice.” This is a phenomenal second story in this series, and I can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • Lisa Marie
  • 23-09-20

Read “Well Met” first, but “Well Played” is so good!

Good job Jen DeLuca on your second book. Sometimes the sophomore effort disappoints, but not this one! This story is fun and light, great inter monologuing by main character and a few twists along the way. Very likable characters. I know it just came out, but please tell me book 3 is in the works? April needs a guy, will it be Dex or Mitchell?

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  • ally flores
  • 23-09-20

Its all you could imagine and more!!!

It’s an amazing follow up to Well Met and just builds Stacey into this character that really feels stuck in life but Jen Deluca helps her define the way she wants to live life and how she builds up the hype to get it done. It’s an incredible read with just enough spice to keep you listening or reading till midnight because you just NEED to know how Stacey will face her insecurities (that all of us have), her commitment to family, and learning the difference between love and obligation. It’s a five star for me, I just got this book and was so sad when I realized the end credits started playing.

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  • Jenny Vidler
  • 17-11-20

cute, but not as good as the 1st

This was a bit less enjoyable of a listen than "Well Met". i didnt enjoy Stacey as a character as much as i enjoyed following Emily's story in the 1st book in this series. i will say that it was well written and in an easy to read/listen style and i enjoyed the faire aspects of it again. The twist towards the end of the story however still shocked me and i was quite intrigued by it. Hence the 3 stars. i just wished the character of Stacey could have been a bit more interesting and less 'woah as me, im dependent on having a man'.

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  • J
  • 22-10-20

Really bad

(This review contains some spoilers.) I really didn't enjoy this book, which was disappointing as I thought Well Met was great. Stacey says she wants a life of her own, but she just folds herself completely into the life of a man - a man who starts their relationship by lying to her for months on end about who he is! Stacey talks about how sincere he is, yet he rather comes across as cowardly and dishonest.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 11-10-20

Ok but didn’t live up to expectations

I thought it was nice, but it didn’t live up to expectations. I found the relationship between the main couple to be rushed and a bit lacking. I loved revisiting the world of this series and the characters from Well Met.