Well Played – Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 375
Release Date: October 25, 2021

It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn. The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot. 
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out. 
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work. 
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast. 
We couldn’t agree on anything. So Levi made me a proposal. One he thought I would surely lose. If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one. 
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems. 

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I was not expecting to enjoy Well Played as much as I did. Keeland and Ward cranked up the angst and tension in this one by writing an almost flawless forbidden love story. 

From the moment Presley and Levi are on page together, the tension was palpable. Their relationship began with hints of enemies-to-lovers as Keeland and Ward set the stage for an emotionally impactful story. 

I read a lot of negative reviews for this novel based on information that’s in the synopsis. Presley falls for her ex’s older brother. A slightly controversial plot, but Well Played is more than that. Instead, it’s a story about choosing your own happiness regardless of the consequences. In less than ideal situations, sometimes that’s the only thing you can do. 

Well Played was emotionally impactful and kept me glued to the pages for most of the book. However, the final few chapters featured a lot of telling the reader what was happening instead of showing to wrap the novel up quickly. 

Overall, though Well Played features a slightly controversial storyline, Keeland and Ward keep it centered on the character’s emotions thereby making the tension and angst palpable.

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Have you read Well Played? What did you think?

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