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From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 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 idea From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 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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From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 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 idea From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 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.

30 review for Well Played

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    I have a very low threshold for messy, angsty stories with two privileged characters who should have known better. Presley was irritating, Levi was just a boring ahole and they deserved each other

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    They always tempt me with their covers and then i end up disappointed!!🙄 We have the newest collab between VK and PW with yet another controversial storyline between the H and his brother's ex-fiance who was also his brother's highschool sweetheart which he has a son with, were together for many years even tho he cheated on her twice.😊 Hmm when i first read the blurb i knew it would take A LOT for me to get into this super complicated and dramatic story and it really did. I struggled sm. I was ir They always tempt me with their covers and then i end up disappointed!!🙄 We have the newest collab between VK and PW with yet another controversial storyline between the H and his brother's ex-fiance who was also his brother's highschool sweetheart which he has a son with, were together for many years even tho he cheated on her twice.😊 Hmm when i first read the blurb i knew it would take A LOT for me to get into this super complicated and dramatic story and it really did. I struggled sm. I was irritated, i rolled my eyes many times, thought of dnf-ing also many times. You know when you are reading the book but you feel like something is missing? Like the whole history between the MC's is just told in 1 chapter and i felt like i was starting from the middle and have skipped some chapters. It's much easier when the MC's do not know each other so as you're reading you slowly start to form your own opinion. But here everything was already laid out and the opinion is already formed FOR you if that makes sense.🙄 (i'm bad at explaining ik😖) I just couldn't enjoy their relationship with so much baggage and history between the H's brother and the h sorry😐 i mean c'mon it wasn't the neighbour it was his brother. And he becomes a substitute father figure bassicaly to his nephew. The brother is obviously a trash can, has many problems, the h is a literal angel who does everything for her son even forgiving the first time for his cheating. It's the typical cliche storyline-nothing new here. They go from being kinda enemies to friends in about 3 chapters which was so annoying. I hoped the enemies part would last at least awhile 🙄which is when i started losing interest bc nothing was happening, they were always lusting for each other then feeling guilty about it-rinse and repeat. Then I started getting bored, their chemistry and connection was non-existent which wasn't really surprising, the spark was not there. And then the brother showed up, wanted to redeem himself of course and the whole wanna-be love triangle i-want-you-back give me a second chance annoyed me sm. I can't handle such drama(only if it's The Bachelor) sorry. "Was it possible he had changed and was as determined to get me back as he claimed? Maybe. Might I have caved and been open to giving him another chance if things were different? I couldn’t rule out that possibility". Yeah the h kinda lost me here🙄 she didn't know what she wanted and kept stringing the H along. Then the H started acting like an idiot in the end and the misunderstandings drove me insane. 😩 their relationship was so messy and overly complicated. 2 stars just bc i liked the kid, he was cute and funny but these adults kept confusing him, poor kid😖

  3. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Ward

    ★★★ WELL PLAYED IS LIVE EARLY! ★★★ (And FREE in Kindle Unlimited!) A scorching hot tale of forbidden love mixed with humor and heart. Amazon US ➜ https://www.amazon.com/Well-Played-Vi... Amazon UK ➜ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Well-Played-... Amazon CA ➜ https://www.amazon.ca/Well-Played-Vi.... Amazon AU ➜https://www.amazon.com.au/Well-Played... Paperback ➜ https://amzn.to/2WLN1tq (Limited time release price! Vi Keeland's and my *co-written books only* such as this one are available FREE to read in Kindl ★★★ WELL PLAYED IS LIVE EARLY! ★★★ (And FREE in Kindle Unlimited!) A scorching hot tale of forbidden love mixed with humor and heart. Amazon US ➜ https://www.amazon.com/Well-Played-Vi... Amazon UK ➜ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Well-Played-... Amazon CA ➜ https://www.amazon.ca/Well-Played-Vi.... Amazon AU ➜https://www.amazon.com.au/Well-Played... Paperback ➜ https://amzn.to/2WLN1tq (Limited time release price! Vi Keeland's and my *co-written books only* such as this one are available FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited. Our solo books are wide on all retailers and *not* in KU.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    5 STARS I will say it for one more time this duo is the best!I haven't read a book of them that I didn't like.This one started funny and I enjoyed it so much! Levi and Presley’s story has angst, steamy and so swooning.I loved them so hard, they gave me life through their story.They have a great banter that kept me on edge and they were addictive.Levi was everything I wanted. This is fast paced,heartwarming and steamy. I highly recommend it!      5 STARS I will say it for one more time this duo is the best!I haven't read a book of them that I didn't like.This one started funny and I enjoyed it so much! Levi and Presley’s story has angst, steamy and so swooning.I loved them so hard, they gave me life through their story.They have a great banter that kept me on edge and they were addictive.Levi was everything I wanted. This is fast paced,heartwarming and steamy. I highly recommend it!     

  5. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 stars! (ARC provided by author) -Falling for you was the simplest thing I've ever done. Presley Sullivan is a 29 yr. old single mom who moves from New York back home to her hometown in South Carolina. She's returning to Beaufort to raise her son in the small town, and she's hoping the place will be good for them, and offer a fresh start. They'll be living in the B&B that her son inherited from his great grandfather. Half of the historic inn was left to her son Alex, and the other half to he 4.5 stars! (ARC provided by author) -Falling for you was the simplest thing I've ever done. Presley Sullivan is a 29 yr. old single mom who moves from New York back home to her hometown in South Carolina. She's returning to Beaufort to raise her son in the small town, and she's hoping the place will be good for them, and offer a fresh start. They'll be living in the B&B that her son inherited from his great grandfather. Half of the historic inn was left to her son Alex, and the other half to her son's uncle Levi. He's incredibly attractive, but stubborn and full of attitude. Levi Miller is an NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The famous athlete is back home for the off season to tie up some loose ends. He was ready to sell his family's property and then head home, but his brother's ex Presley has other plans. She wants to restore are reopen the inn, and they clash at every turn. One run in after another and sparks fly while their living under the same roof. He tries to resist their undeniable attraction, but he's soon in over his head and addicted to the beautiful blond. When he falls for the one woman he shouldn't, things suddenly are very complicated. -"I'm crazy about you..." -"Let me show you all the reasons it's right." -I couldn't remember wanting anything in my life as much as I wanted her. Well Played by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward is a sexy, standalone, small town, single parent, forbidden, frenimies to lovers romance. It's sweet, funny, and packed with plenty of swoon and chemistry. As usual this fabulous writing duo delivers an incredible love story with all the feels! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/3nqDjpy

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    You guys - when I picked up my ARC of this book and was reminded that Levi was a NFL player? There was a little squee out loud in giddiness. Football players are my ultimate catnip and I was SO excited for this one. The blurb also hints at the angst to come and I was here for it. For the first half of the book, I was completely smitten. I mean, I'm talking goobery smile plastered to my face, butterflies in the belly, heart completely swoony over Levi and Presley's story. It was so adorable and se You guys - when I picked up my ARC of this book and was reminded that Levi was a NFL player? There was a little squee out loud in giddiness. Football players are my ultimate catnip and I was SO excited for this one. The blurb also hints at the angst to come and I was here for it. For the first half of the book, I was completely smitten. I mean, I'm talking goobery smile plastered to my face, butterflies in the belly, heart completely swoony over Levi and Presley's story. It was so adorable and sexy (omg, so sexy *fans self*). The chemistry was top notch and Levi's relationship with Alex just put me completely over the top. This was romance perfection. And then there was like...a record scratch moment. The conflict is always one of the hardest parts of a romance for me to get through. Half the time I skim through it so I can get back to all the feels I'm here for. I understand that the conflict often enhances the romance and in some ways, that is still true here. For me, however, it went on a little too long unchecked. I was so frustrated with almost every single character for a while and it felt a little bit like the storyline spun its wheels, sticking all the characters in the same quagmire for longer than my greedy, impatient heart was happy with. I wanted more for these characters. I wanted some fire from Presley. I wanted more than one character to get a (well deserved) reckoning and I was a little frustrated how long it took to get to that point. That said, it was absolutely unputdownable. Even when I was frustrated with it, I was furiously flipping pages to get to the resolution. I am addicted to the way these authors tell their stories, and Well Played was no exception. I was drawn into the angst and the dramatic soapiness of it all, and I wasn't able to step away from the story until the very end. And what an ending it was! Despite how frustrating I found the conflict, I was so happy with the way things played out in the end. The happily-ever-after was a satisfying balm after the prolonged angst of the love story. It really was so sweet, so satisfying, and I loved Presley and Levi together so much. This story took my heart on a bit of a wild ride, but it was ultimately worth every single bump and bruise on my heart. ~ Shelly, 4 Stars *** I love a good forbidden romance, there’s just something about two people falling for each other even when they shouldn’t that gets me every time. And that was something I just loved about Presley and Levi—that they absolutely shouldn’t have fallen for each other, but they couldn’t resist the connection, the feelings that they felt for each other. And it was a great slow burn for their relationship to unfold. My favorite person in Well Played was Levi. He was strong willed, loving, fun, smart, sexy, and just an all-around good guy. I loved his interactions with Alex, how he mended their relationship. And I loved how Levi tried to be considerate about the ramifications the relationship between him and Presley would present once it was out in the open—especially those that involved his brother and his mother. But even knowing what could potentially happen, Levi still couldn’t stop himself from falling for Presley. But I did struggle at times with other characters in this story. I would have loved to see Presley take a stronger stand, have a little bit of backbone when it came to dealing with the reappearance of Tanner and all the craziness that came with him. I would have also loved a bit less meddling by Levi and Tanner’s mother—she needed to allow her adult sons to manage their own lives and decisions. And I would have loved to have more of Fern. ~ Missy, 3.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    kat

    what? i'm just as shocked as you are. what? i'm just as shocked as you are.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward ramp up the sizzling H-O-T chemistry between NFL star Levi Miller and his brother’s ex in WELL PLAYED. When Levi inherits half of his grandfather’s old inn along with his nephew, his first thought is to sell. There’s just one problem, Presley, his brother’s ex has moved from New York to Beauford in order to raise her son in their small town and run the inn as a B&B. While they determine the fate of the inn as live under the same roof, Levi and Presley get to k Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward ramp up the sizzling H-O-T chemistry between NFL star Levi Miller and his brother’s ex in WELL PLAYED. When Levi inherits half of his grandfather’s old inn along with his nephew, his first thought is to sell. There’s just one problem, Presley, his brother’s ex has moved from New York to Beauford in order to raise her son in their small town and run the inn as a B&B. While they determine the fate of the inn as live under the same roof, Levi and Presley get to know each other right along his nephew’s. Will the guilt of betraying his brother stop him from being with the woman of his dreams? This book has all the feels! There were so many hilarious, sweet and sexy moment in this story that had me glued to my eReader perfectly balanced out by angsty ones where I wanted to pause because I felt so sad for Levi and Presley. Presley is a wonderful heroine. She’s smart, caring, fun, and a great mother. And Levi is a dirty talking, swoon worthy hero, who made my ovaries explode the minute his nephew, Presley’s son Alex told him he was a cruncle ([email protected] uncle) and he made an executive decision to not only become a great uncle but step in his brother’s absence. I loved every scene with Alex and Levi! Yes, Presley and Levi have many obstacles to overcome. More than most actually. And so I cheered more than usual for them, loving every minute of how their relationship and romance unfolded. Well Played is a standalone contemporary romance by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. It’s told from both points of view with a beautiful happy ending. Subgenre: brother’s ex | forbidden romance | sports romance * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Give Me Books Promotions. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * World building: 🐶🐶🐶🐶 Character development: 👤👤👤👤 Plot: 📚📚📚📚 Romance: 💕💕💕💕 Sexiness: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆:⭐4.5⭐️ Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rozberry🍓

    3.5 stars? [{a little spoiler-y below 👇}] I kinda liked this one. I know that’s such a ringing endorsement, right? But it’s been a while since I’ve even thought that much of this duo’s more recent releases. — Full-length novels that is. I have liked two novellas somewhat recently. Although perhaps it’s because they were short. — Sure, there was still some obvious separation in between kinda liking to loving WP. Still, a win’s a win, even if it’s small. So… musings (both +s & -s along with the meh in 3.5 stars? [{a little spoiler-y below 👇}] I kinda liked this one. I know that’s such a ringing endorsement, right? But it’s been a while since I’ve even thought that much of this duo’s more recent releases. — Full-length novels that is. I have liked two novellas somewhat recently. Although perhaps it’s because they were short. — Sure, there was still some obvious separation in between kinda liking to loving WP. Still, a win’s a win, even if it’s small. So… musings (both +s & -s along with the meh in between) 📌 I am hardly one who seeks out ‘taboo’ tropes as a reader(even taboo ‘lite’-ish tropes), but this one, the whole brother’s ex/ex’s brother, never really bothered me for two reasons. First of all, Presley(h) and Tanner were over beyond five years. Secondly, Tanner was a spoiled, cheating douche canoe & on top of that, let’s not forget a deadbeat dad where the story begins. 📌 Although the previous ‘taboo factor’ didn’t bother me, it still created the most palpable angst I’ve ever felt from this writing duo’s books. 📌 Presley(h) didn’t let Tanner(her ex, H’s brother ) make this become a true love triangle. I found it refreshing she cared about Tanner — not that he deserved it —, but her romantic feelings were done for him. So that was a big positive. Although she & H still went a little overboard being considerate of Tanner’s feelings. 📌 The fact Levi(H) wasn’t a suit with a borderline god complex is a big 👍 (that type being another one of their go-to tendencies — & many others too in the contemporary romance genre —). He also has the stupid cute Cruncle nickname — & yes, I’m leaving it there 😂. 📌 I did like the change of scenery, a southern small town-like locale, instead of their frequent big city-based settings. 📌 Emotional depth was a bit absent in their transition to lovers than I would’ve preferred. If there would’ve been a stronger foundation in the change in their relationship at the start, probably would’ve been one of the biggest keys to go from kinda liking to possibly loving this book. 📌 Enemies-to-lovers. Probably my favorite trope in all of romance…when it’s done right. It was done well for a hot second. That there, the latter, is becoming a growing pet peeve of mine with books advertised as enemies-to-lovers then it lasts all of 4 chapters —if that long with any luck— & then it’s all mooning with lust, as was the case here. I just don’t understand why so many authors flat out surrender the tension of it so quickly. Do they not understand the concept? Do they just not care? It literally takes me out of the story when it’s abruptly cut short with little or no transition. Honestly, it does take time to get over my disappointment & for me to reengage with the story, even then it doesn’t always happen. I did here find my way back into investing here however, so I’ll give WP that at least. 📌 I wish Tanner & Levi’s mother butted out. She meant well I guess, but gave way more than her “2 cents” a few times. So hopefully that gives you a clearer idea of why I landed at kinda liking this one. It was very much a mixed bag that could’ve been really good with some tweaks & a deeper dive emotionally at the start. …………………………………………………………………………… __________________________________ …………………………………………………………………………… Aimlessly scrolling through social media, I stop at this cover. If the title isn’t apropos, idk what is. Cause my first thought was well played as usual by VK(& PW too, but especially Vi). She knows her audience likes & picks covers accordingly so we stop to take a longer look…well played indeed 👏. Now renovating an inn with a forced proximity trope in the blurb has my interest, so I suppose I better prepare for any possible football inaccuracies(as I do with any football romance) since the hero’s a QB & try not to let them nag at me 🙈.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Auntee

    Not sure how I feel about this one. I wanted to love it but I had some issues with the heroine. Why would you let a guy who basically treated you (and the son you had together ) like crap for years (cheating, absentee father, late with child support) back into your life? Yes, he wanted to make amends after finally (maybe?) changing his ways....but isn't it too late after you've fallen for someone else? I know Presley said she didn't want a relationship with him again, but I thought she was kind Not sure how I feel about this one. I wanted to love it but I had some issues with the heroine. Why would you let a guy who basically treated you (and the son you had together ) like crap for years (cheating, absentee father, late with child support) back into your life? Yes, he wanted to make amends after finally (maybe?) changing his ways....but isn't it too late after you've fallen for someone else? I know Presley said she didn't want a relationship with him again, but I thought she was kind of wishy washy about it. Tell him in no uncertain terms that you will NEVER have romantic feelings for him again ( unless you want to continue to be a doormat?) I just didn't understand why she thought she owed him anything besides being civil for the sake of their son. Yes, the whole situation of falling in love with the ex's brother was super messy and guilt inducing, but this is a guy who did you wrong. Stand up for yourself (I wanted to yell)! Oh well, they can't be 5 star reads when I have issues with the characters... I did love Levi most of the time... 3 1/2--4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•

    Presley and her son Alex have just moved back to Beaufort, the town she grew up in. Her son Alex has been left half ownership of the old family inn. The other has been left to Levi, her ex brother in law. Presley was married to his brother Tanner, after meeting when they were young and falling in love. After Tanner had a football career ending injury he began to spiral down. After breaking her trust one too many times, they went their separate ways. Since then, Tanner has been very intermittent Presley and her son Alex have just moved back to Beaufort, the town she grew up in. Her son Alex has been left half ownership of the old family inn. The other has been left to Levi, her ex brother in law. Presley was married to his brother Tanner, after meeting when they were young and falling in love. After Tanner had a football career ending injury he began to spiral down. After breaking her trust one too many times, they went their separate ways. Since then, Tanner has been very intermittent with his contact with their son, often letting him down so moving away is probably for the best for everyone. Presley knows she has a huge job ahead of her to bring the inn back to its original state but it’s one she willingly takes on, she just knows that once all the hard work is done it will turn back into a very profitable venture. Therefore when Levi comes knocking on the door and declares his intention to sell the inn, they make a bet, one that he believes he can win. Having Levi around turns out to not be as bad as she thought it would be, after some initial clashing she realises how much Alex has missed having a man in his life. He loves all the one on one attention he gets from Uncle Levi and they quickly form a close bond. Levi is a professional footballer and is only there for summer break, before he returns to his team. Levi is embarrassed about his lack of connection to his nephew in the past and he means to make up for it going forward. He also finds out that the stories his brother had told him about the reasons for the break up with Presley were completely wrong. He knows that Tanner carries a lot of resentment towards him, his brother has the life he dreamed of having. Instead of making the best of what he had though, he wallowed in self pity and ended up losing everything. Levi rolls up his sleeves and helps Presley with the inn makeover, the more time they spend together the closer they get to each other. He finds himself thinking differently about his future, one that now includes Presley and Alex. His feelings for Presley are growing each day and things eventually simmer over into more than friendship. They are both riddled with guilt about how right this all feels, knowing they are hiding it from everyone. When the past comes knocking on their door, life gets real very quickly and some tough decisions will have to be made. Either way, there will be no escaping the heartache. This is a great weekend read, with a nice serving of angst to keep the pages turning

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Not The Waltons Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free So by my title, you might figure out I am of the older generation. A reference to the older one time, icon TV series would totally do it. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, this series was about a family during the past that had many siblings, worked hard and in the end always came together with no matter what, with the ending being all of them calling out a good night to each other, and the last one was, "Good Night John Boy". I ref 3.5 Not The Waltons Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free So by my title, you might figure out I am of the older generation. A reference to the older one time, icon TV series would totally do it. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, this series was about a family during the past that had many siblings, worked hard and in the end always came together with no matter what, with the ending being all of them calling out a good night to each other, and the last one was, "Good Night John Boy". I reference this concept because this book has its own family drama as part of the center plot. We have a partially inherited historic inn from a great grandfather, the single mother with a son, and the quarterback whose the other owner of the inn and whose brother is the woman's ex. Yup, that is the complicated setup for this romance. Add to this snappy dialogue, interest in making this Inn the wonder it used to be, and the quarterback wanting to sell, and moving on. So a deal is struck, the woman will get this Inn all set up to be successful before the quarterback's season starts. Will it work, who will come out the victor, and will desire take over, and a "forbidden" romance begin. This is the premise, intertwined family relations, conflicts, love, and caring. Kinda like a steamy Waltons episode. Well Played https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ September 18, 2021 Oh, My... I've Been Seduced... Just By Gazing At This Cover... Yes, There Is A Story... Yes, The Set-Up Is Solid... But I Would Be A Liar... If I Didn't Admit... It Is The Cover People... That Has Me ... Well Played- October 25, 2021 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri

    Oh, my heart! I want to scream from my rooftop about Well Played, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Since I'm not going to go up on my roof like a lunatic, I'm going to scream about this book from the comfort of my laptop. I didn't expect ALL OF THE FEELS! Vi and Penelope dialed up feels, heat (thanks for steaming up my Kindle screen), and fun! This all-consuming, forbidden romance is both addictive and intoxicating.  I've said this before, and I'll say it again and again, Vi and Penelope make it Oh, my heart! I want to scream from my rooftop about Well Played, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Since I'm not going to go up on my roof like a lunatic, I'm going to scream about this book from the comfort of my laptop. I didn't expect ALL OF THE FEELS! Vi and Penelope dialed up feels, heat (thanks for steaming up my Kindle screen), and fun! This all-consuming, forbidden romance is both addictive and intoxicating.  I've said this before, and I'll say it again and again, Vi and Penelope make it impossible to not fall in love with their characters and their co-authored books. I'm happily addicted to their writing! Well Played is 110% Kindle Crack. I'm book buzzed from Levi and Presley.  Well Played is on my Best of 2021 Book List.   "That was better than any touchdown or Super Bowl win." As a reader, I felt like I won the Super Bowl after reading this book. I hugged my Kindle. 

  14. 5 out of 5

    bruna

    i don't know why i still bother reading any vi keeland/penelope ward book because not even my favorite tropes can make me like their books ugh i don't know why i still bother reading any vi keeland/penelope ward book because not even my favorite tropes can make me like their books ugh

  15. 5 out of 5

    fay

    I'm such a cover whore I'm such a cover whore

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    When Presley’s young son inherits half of a hotel when his grandfather passed away, Presley picks up there life in NYC and moves them to a small town & into the hotel. Presley wants to fix up the hotel and make a good life for her son. The other half of the hotel was inherited to Presley’s ex’s older brother, Levi. He’s an NFL star and would rather sell off the property than fix it up. Presley couldn’t be more annoyed by Levi showing up and wanting to sell off her potential livelihood. So instea When Presley’s young son inherits half of a hotel when his grandfather passed away, Presley picks up there life in NYC and moves them to a small town & into the hotel. Presley wants to fix up the hotel and make a good life for her son. The other half of the hotel was inherited to Presley’s ex’s older brother, Levi. He’s an NFL star and would rather sell off the property than fix it up. Presley couldn’t be more annoyed by Levi showing up and wanting to sell off her potential livelihood. So instead of making a decision right off the bat, Levi & Presley make a bet. If Presley can sellout the hotel after fixing it up, she can continue running it. If not, they’ll sell the property to the highest bidder & split the profits. But somewhere along the way, Levi falls hard for Presley. The only problem? Levi’s brother would never forgive him for dating his ex, let alone fall in love with her. Well Played by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward is the latest release by one of my favorite author duos. I loved the setup of this romance and the enemies to lovers trope that was at the beginning, although, I feel the enemies portion could’ve lasted longer before Levi & Presley became lovers. They had great chemistry and both have hearts of gold. My biggest gripe was how much Presley’s ex, Tanner, played a part in this story. His drama was abundant and drawn out. If their romance was a bigger focus during the latter half of the story, this could’ve been a 5-star read for me. 4/5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    I feel like it’s more of a 3⭐️, but i really love these ladies who wrote it, so… 🤷🏼‍♀️ It was too long for this trope. It missed the quick-wit dialogue i was used to from the previous books and I also hated the whole (dragged) situation with Tanner.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    It’s no secret that Penelope and Vi are my favorite duo. I swear they can do no wrong. Every thing they write is brilliant. Well Played was amazing. AMAZING. It has all the feels, some angst, some steamy scenes, and fantastic characters including an adorable little boy and quirky old lady. I was consumed by this story from begging to end. You will fall in love with Levi. How can you not? What a doll. He’s sweet and sincere and truly wants what’s best for everyone. I adored him. As with all their It’s no secret that Penelope and Vi are my favorite duo. I swear they can do no wrong. Every thing they write is brilliant. Well Played was amazing. AMAZING. It has all the feels, some angst, some steamy scenes, and fantastic characters including an adorable little boy and quirky old lady. I was consumed by this story from begging to end. You will fall in love with Levi. How can you not? What a doll. He’s sweet and sincere and truly wants what’s best for everyone. I adored him. As with all their cowrites, Well Played is seamlessly written. I wish I could figure out who wrote what. But I can’t. This forbidden romance will warm your heart and make you smile. It’s fun and addicting and will make you happy. Go one click when it’s live! An arc was provided for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    Dnf. Stopped at 44% While I love these authors I couldn't bring myself to finish the rest of the book. It did not hold my interest. I got too bored. It started great but after that I just couldn't continue with it. Dnf. Stopped at 44% While I love these authors I couldn't bring myself to finish the rest of the book. It did not hold my interest. I got too bored. It started great but after that I just couldn't continue with it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    This novel is a fresh spin on a few fun romance novel tropes. Single mother Presley moves back home with her son after inheriting an old inn from her ex’s father. But she only inherited half of the inn–the other half went to her ex’s brother. (Her ex’s brother being a professional football star–you can check another trope off there!) He wants to sell, and she wants to bring it back to its former glory. So what do they do? They make a bet, of course! And what is the result? True love! This book i This novel is a fresh spin on a few fun romance novel tropes. Single mother Presley moves back home with her son after inheriting an old inn from her ex’s father. But she only inherited half of the inn–the other half went to her ex’s brother. (Her ex’s brother being a professional football star–you can check another trope off there!) He wants to sell, and she wants to bring it back to its former glory. So what do they do? They make a bet, of course! And what is the result? True love! This book is sweet, but also very angsty. Presley and Levi fight their growing feelings for each other every step of the way, as they’re worried about how Presley’s ex (and Levi’s brother) will react to the news of them getting together. This book is very entertaining and well-written. All in all, I recommend this novel if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned tropes!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    As with anything this duo writes, Well Played was fantastic and is the reason I read romance. It was sweet and snarky, romantic with a little bit of angst. With a heroine who I want to be my best friend and a main male character I want to be my everything else, this story was so engaging and endearing. Starting off with the simple “we have an inheritance we need to share even though we disagree trope”, this story had twists and nuances which made it more complicated than that. Presley’s young son As with anything this duo writes, Well Played was fantastic and is the reason I read romance. It was sweet and snarky, romantic with a little bit of angst. With a heroine who I want to be my best friend and a main male character I want to be my everything else, this story was so engaging and endearing. Starting off with the simple “we have an inheritance we need to share even though we disagree trope”, this story had twists and nuances which made it more complicated than that. Presley’s young son, Alex, inherited half of an old family bed-and-breakfast, shared with his uncle, NFL quarterback Levi Miller. While Levi was not a fan of Presley’s and was set on selling the property, Presley wanted to make a go of restoring and running the inn. Located in the small town of Beaufort, South Carolina where they grew up, returning to the idyllic southern community was Presley’s way of providing her son with roots and family. Something Alex didn’t have with his absentee father, Tanner. And the more time Levi spent with Presley and getting to know both his nephew and his brother’s ex, the more he saw the importance of family and setting roots as well. I really enjoyed myself reading this story. I escaped from my living room and was transported to a low country town chock full of history, good food and gossip. I fell in love with the Presley for the moral person and wonderful mother she was, and adored Levi as the man that realized he regretted his role of Alex’s “cruncle” and little by little fell in love with Presley and the boy that had previously thought of him as a crappy uncle. Alex was adorable as the sweet boy that missed out on having a father and deserved the attention Levi now got to shower on him. And this story would not have been complete without Fern, the ex-lover of Levi’s grandfather and outspoken tenant at the inn. Fern presence was completely random as she seemed to wander in at the most inconvenient times and add the perfect bit of levity. The only complaint I have is the angst! I know there has to be some conflict in order to have a compelling story, but I always read with apprehension, knowing it’s coming and knowing I’m going to be frustrated (I’m looking at you Tanner). But just as I know it’s going to come, I also know it’s going to pass. Anything co-written by this pair of authors is always something I must read immediately because it is always a winner for me. Well Played is no exception. It once again proves to me how much I love anything these ladies write, how much I am a glutton for punishment over the angst I know will be created, and how satisfied I feel when it’s done. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    SO many swoony feels, laughs, and steamy moments! Well Played has all that I love- a dynamic writing duo, characters you all for, small town charm, magnetic chemistry, and a mixture of tropes that I live for- small town, slightly forbidden, single parent Our heroine Prelsey learns her son, Alex, has inherited half of the family B and B- and the thought of restoring this amazing inn back to its former glory sounds like a great gig, except for the fact that she learns the other half has been inh SO many swoony feels, laughs, and steamy moments! Well Played has all that I love- a dynamic writing duo, characters you all for, small town charm, magnetic chemistry, and a mixture of tropes that I live for- small town, slightly forbidden, single parent Our heroine Prelsey learns her son, Alex, has inherited half of the family B and B- and the thought of restoring this amazing inn back to its former glory sounds like a great gig, except for the fact that she learns the other half has been inherited by her ex’s brother, Levi. Not only do they have that awkwardness to contend with, but they also both have divergent ideas about what to do about the B and B- and getting on the same page is not going to be easy, especially once sparks start flying. From their very first meet-cute (our should I say RE-meet cute), I loved these two together. The story has a good dose of angst- particularly given Levi’s baggage as it relates to his attraction to his brother’s ex. But we have so many sweet and sincere romance that make this small town romance just super feel-good and heartfelt. And, as usual with these two authors, we have plenty of funny and sexy moments too. Their connection blossoms so authentically and so endearingly, you just fall madly in love with them both- rooting for them to find their own path forward. Presley is a super likable heroine- she’s clever, loving, got a bit of spunk, and she’s such a wonderful and thoughtful mother. And Levi is everything I want in a Vi-Pen hero- swoony and sexy. Houston, we have a dirty talker! I loved him with Presley, but I also loved how he tries to repair his fragile relationship with Alex, Presley’s son, to be the uncle and father figure he deserves. Of course, given these dynamics, their path to romance isn’t easy, particularly emotionally- but their connection felt so stable and sure. In the end, all you can do is follow you heart, and stay true to who you are and who you want to be, and I loved the sweet way these two found each other and found a path to do just that. All the sweet, swoony feels!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    3.5-4 ⭐'s I always enjoy a Keeland-Ward book and this was no exception. Presley's son inherits half a B&B back in her hometown. She decides to move them back there, fix up the inn and run it. The problem is her ex's brother, Levi, owns the other half and he wants to sell. In the beginning, there is some fighting going on but as these two get to know each other, their feelings change...and grow. It's a bit awkward because of her ex but they decide to move forward and enjoy each other for the rema 3.5-4 ⭐'s I always enjoy a Keeland-Ward book and this was no exception. Presley's son inherits half a B&B back in her hometown. She decides to move them back there, fix up the inn and run it. The problem is her ex's brother, Levi, owns the other half and he wants to sell. In the beginning, there is some fighting going on but as these two get to know each other, their feelings change...and grow. It's a bit awkward because of her ex but they decide to move forward and enjoy each other for the remaining time until Levi has to leave. I thought these two were great together. I enjoy how their relationship unfolded. What I didn't like was the meanness and jealousy...it was a bit over the top. There's some cute twists at the end but I liked how they were able to work everything out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda McGee~Veronica's Reading Vault

    I’m completely in my feelings about Well Played as it’s a well written, emotional and heartfelt forbidden romance that I really enjoyed. Levi and Presley’s story comes with complications and angst considering Levi’s younger brother Tanner happens to be Presley’s ex fiancée. Their story consumed me and had me on the edge of my seat. Well Played is filled with sweet and tender moments coupled with funny antics and wonderful characters. Once again the dynamic duo have created another fantastic and I’m completely in my feelings about Well Played as it’s a well written, emotional and heartfelt forbidden romance that I really enjoyed. Levi and Presley’s story comes with complications and angst considering Levi’s younger brother Tanner happens to be Presley’s ex fiancée. Their story consumed me and had me on the edge of my seat. Well Played is filled with sweet and tender moments coupled with funny antics and wonderful characters. Once again the dynamic duo have created another fantastic and wonderful five star book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samradni Eater of Burgers

    Solid High 3 stars I'm a fast reader but the speed with which I read this book honestly baffled me. Solid High 3 stars I'm a fast reader but the speed with which I read this book honestly baffled me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    Another score for this writing duo. I'm on a reading kick and taking a break from writing full reviews. Another score for this writing duo. I'm on a reading kick and taking a break from writing full reviews.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lydia's Romance

    I came. I saw. I left early. DNF @ 22% I was bored, so very bored. The main characters had no chemistry. They’re both uninteresting characters. And really, nothing is happening in the story. At 22% and nada. I don’t care enough to continue with this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan Davis

    4.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Well Played is an enemies-to-lovers, single-parent, small town, sports romance that is both heavy on the steam and the swoon with the added angst that Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward create in each and every story line. The point of contention and what makes anything substantial happening between the hero and heroine, Levi Miller and Presley Sullivan, almost impossible is what the forbidden aspect of the story line creates. To me, though, it’s not the fact that Presley is Levi’s brother’s ex…that r Well Played is an enemies-to-lovers, single-parent, small town, sports romance that is both heavy on the steam and the swoon with the added angst that Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward create in each and every story line. The point of contention and what makes anything substantial happening between the hero and heroine, Levi Miller and Presley Sullivan, almost impossible is what the forbidden aspect of the story line creates. To me, though, it’s not the fact that Presley is Levi’s brother’s ex…that relationship has been over for more than 5 years…the bigger issue is that Levi is Presley’s son’s uncle and Levi seems to have a much different interpretation of what went down between Presley and his brother than what actually happened. Miscommunication and misunderstandings that lead to conflict really frustrate me, so there were times as I was reading that I wanted to shake a few of the characters and yell at others to stand up for themselves. I just don’t get how oblivious people can be, at times, and it’s difficult for me to understand how they’re so willing to allow others to interfere in what’s supposed to be just about them, but I also know that sometimes there is just no easy way to separate oneself from those other important people in their lives. I enjoyed Levi and Presley’s story. Their chemistry and attraction is off-the-charts and even the knowledge of Presley’s past with Levi’s brother doesn’t prevent them from developing something worth fighting for…the only problem is that outside people, particularly family members, aren’t keen on these two having any kind of future together, which means their meddling just might cost Levi and Presley what they most want and even need - each other. 4 Poison Apples

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cat Hoffpauir

    DNF at 16%, page 62/375 Chapter 6(Presley) I’m just not feeling these characters and the story isn’t doin it for me. The book started at a weird place for me and I feel like there’s not much humor or flare of any kind so far and I’m just sort of bored. Nothing absolutely wrong with the book or the writing itself. I’m just not liking it.

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