Well Played Review

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.

I really liked Stacey as our main protagonist. I thought she seemed very realistic and relatable. I can totally see how she would invest herself in this relationship with Dex online after being so lonely for so long. It was quite subtle and progressed I thought naturally to what it ended up being when she found out the truth. Had I been in the same situation I probably wouldn’t of forgave Daniel quite as quickly as she did but there connection was electric!

I knew immediately when Stacey had so many queries about whether or not this was the same Dex she had the flings with over the summer that it wasn’t him writing all of these emails. And they the only other male character that was introduced was Dan so it was kind of obvious that he was the one. But I was able to overlook the predictability of the plot because of the setting and the bond I have with the other character from the previous book.

The pacing was at times a little slow and repetitive but I was pretty much invested with these characters right from the start so it carried me through the story pretty quickly. I could of dealt with a little more sexy scenes in the book as well, it was definitely less smutty than the first book in this series but it was still pretty cute!

⭐️4/5 stars was an enjoyiable, romantic, fun read!

Books that made me LOL

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books that made me laugh. I have perused all of the books I have completed in the last year and these are 10 books I can remember that actually made me giggle or laugh out loud!

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Anna K by Jenny Lee

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Take a Hint, Dani Brown & Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Most Surprising Books of 2020

These are the 5 books that I either picked up on a whim or had heard some bad things about and I was surprised I actually ended up really liking them!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Picked this up on a whim and LOVED it!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Surprised it affected me the way it did!

Into the Drowing Deep by Mira Grant

Hadn’t heard much about this book but I highly enjoyed it!

A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos

For some reason I had low expectations about this book but again I really liked it!

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Another super hyped book that I didn’t think I would like.

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my third instalment for 2020 where I will be listing my top 10 favourite books I read during those months and then at the end of the year I will be compiling my list and picking out my top ten overall of 2020! If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for July – August – September are:

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

The One by John Marrs

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

September Wrap Up

I have been feeling kind of slumpy lately and just not in the mood to read, so I am glad that I managed to complete what I did. Twelve books in a month whilst in the middle of a slump and still participating in two readathons I think is definitely a win for me!

The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor⭐️3/5 stars

The One by John Marrs⭐️4/5 stars

The Guest List by Lucy Foley⭐️3/5 stars

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne. A Brown ⭐️3/5 stars

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos – ⭐️4/5 stars

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ⭐️5/5 stars

He Started It by Samantha Downing ⭐️3/5 stars

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao⭐️4/5 stars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo ⭐️3/5 stars

Night Film by Marisha Pessl⭐️3/5 stars

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir⭐️4/5 stars

Well Met by Jen DeLuca⭐️5/5 stars

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