Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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.

This is a fun enemies-to-lovers where Presley and her ex’s brother don’t want to be attracted to each other but their chemistry is crazy hot. They start as enemies but Levi soon realizes his brother is a liar so everything Levi thought he knew about Presley was wrong. The ex is a deadbeat dad who cheated on her then told everyone she left him because the injury that cost him his NFL career derailed her gravy train. He’s only seen his son a handful of times in the last year and his checks bounce on the rare occasions when he pays child support but for years, his family thought Presley was the problem. No, the problem is Tanner’s cheating, drinking, gambling and selfishness. Living with Presley and his nephew, Alex, opens Levi’s eyes and the three quickly bond. Alex is starved for a father figure and can’t get enough of his uncle.

Once they finally give in to their attraction, Presley can’t get enough of Levi either but then Tanner shows up out of the blue and turns the world upside down for everyone. Everyone was way too worried about Tanner’s feelings so although I was sympathetic to their plight to an extent, the angst started to bore me. Tanner didn’t deserve their sacrifices so I was getting frustrated but it all turned out fine.

This is otherwise a sweet, steamy and funny story about two very likeable characters, so I enjoyed it very much.

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