My favorite would still be Well Met, now followed by Well Matched.
Well Played is the last one I read. I know... it is horrid I read it out of order, but here we are. Needless to say, I already knew by this point who Dex was, who he was going to end up with, and a little bit about the confusion/lies in this book.
It was a very well written story, as are all of Jen Deluca's books. But it was also the least exciting of all 4 books. And not because I already knew what was going to happen but because I didn't personally relate to the characters. They were all wonderful, they just weren't for me. The main relationship is basically catshifing at its best and she forgives him a little too fast. I don't know... good book, still gave a solid 3 1/2 stars, but in comparison with the other 3 books in the series it is lacking a little.Well Matched is my second favorite in the series for sure. Mitch, the sexy god in quilt, was a fun character and April has gone through a lot and it is nice to see her getting out of her shell. Mitch and April make a perfect pairing. Their romance moved at a very good pace and their moments together were all a joy. I love that Jen DeLuca always shows that everyone has many sides and aspects to their personalities. Mitch is the sex god in quilt, but he is also an amazing gym teacher, and a great friend.
And then we have Well Travelled, which I read second! Loved loved this one as well.
Dex the playboy that is not really a playboy. I honestly think it was good I read this one before reading Well Played. Dex is not portrait nicely at all in that book. Reading it like this I knew he was a player but not why people disliked him so much. And now that I've read the other book I kind of still don't understand why people saw him the way they did. Dex messed up. He just kept to his bachelor ways of no strings attached. Until our heroine here ofcourse! And let me tell you, I adored her! I do have to say though this one is on the verge of being women's fic and not romance. It focus a lot on the growth of both characters and perhaps not enough on the romance. That is the only reason I would put Well Played before this one, because I actually like Dex better than Mitch just a little bit...
Well Played Blurb:
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.
Well Matched Blurb:
Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she's decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell.
Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire -- a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favor too: she'll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more "serious" career than high school coach and gym teacher. April reluctantly agrees, but when dinner turns into a weekend trip, it becomes hard to tell what's real and what's been just for show. But when the weekend ends, so must their fake relationship.
As summer begins, Faire returns to Willow Creek, and April volunteers for the first time. When Mitch's family shows up unexpectedly, April pretends to be Mitch's girlfriend again... something that doesn't feel so fake anymore. Despite their obvious connection, April insists they've just been putting on an act. But when there's the chance for something real, she has to decide whether to change her plans -- and open her heart -- for the kilt-wearing hunk who might just be the love of her life.
Well Travelled Blurb:
A high-powered attorney from a success-oriented family, Louisa "Lulu" Malone lives to work, and everything seems to be going right, until the day she realizes it’s all wrong. Lulu’s cousin Mitch introduced her to the world of Renaissance Faires, and when she spies one at a time just when she needs an escape, she leaps into the welcoming environment of turkey legs, taverns, and tarot readers. The only drawback? Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile, the Casanova of the Faire… and her traveling companion for the summer.
Dex has never had to work for much in his life, and why should he? Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts is going great, and he always finds a woman at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his many plaid charms and a shake-up threatens the fate of the band, Dex must confront something he never has before: his future.
Forced to spend days and nights together on the road, Lulu’s interest in the kilted bad boy grows as he shows her a side of himself no one else has seen. The stresses of her old lifestyle fade away as she learns to trust her intuition and follow her heart instead of her head. But when her time on the road is over, will Lulu go with her gut, or are she and Dex destined for separate paths?