Monday, October 25, 2021

REVIEW TOUR~ WELL PLAYED by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
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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Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward never disappoint with their writing. They write so well together, you cannot tell who writes what parts. I was completely captivated from the very beginning and finished the book in one sitting. I mean, who needs sleep anyway? I was so emotionally invested in this book, I could feel the emotions pouring out while reading. All the feels. 

Preston’s son Alex inherited half of The Palm Inn from his great grandfather, while the other half went to his uncle, Levi. It remains unknown why Alex inherited it, rather than his father Tanner, who is Levi’s brother. Since Preston and Tanner are no longer together, Preston made a big decision to uproot her and Alex’s life to move back home and restore the Inn to its former glory. Hoping she can raise Alex like she was raised while also finding her way again. Preston and Levi’s first meeting was definitely something to laugh about. it was not the reunion they expected but you just can’t help but laugh. They never saw eye to eye on anything. Preston wanted to bring life back to the Inn while Levi wanted to sell it and return to his life in Colorado, where he plays football. 

Preston is very persistent until she breaks Levi down and they make a deal. He will give her a chance to get the inn up and running before he needs to return for the season and if she can’t hold up her end of the bargain, they sell, split it down the middle and move on with their lives. Staying in the same building as Preston and Alex isn’t easy for Levi. When he realizes that Tanner hasn’t been here for Alex, he takes it upon himself to be the best uncle there is. 

The chemistry between Preston and Levi is a strong one, you can feel the sizzle between the two. They have such a strong connection to one another but yet they fight their feelings for one another, while fighting over everything else possible. This is not a path that they should go down. If things don’t work out, it’s more than the two of them to consider, it could break apart their family.  In the end, their connection is too strong to fight and it becomes a losing battle. but they couldn’t predict what would happen next. 

I loved how independent Preston was and everything she did was the best for Alex. She didn’t need to rely on a man for happiness. Once you got to break down a couple of Levi’s walls I started to swoon over him. Deep inside, he was looking for someone real that he could spend forever with and not just a body to pass the time with. That broke my heart. Though there were many times where I wanted to smack Preston and Levi upside their heads. Like come on, Preston and Tanner haven’t been together for a long while. He shouldn’t have any say about anything that goes on between the two of them. Forget the guilt, you don’t choose who you fall for , the heart does.  I think my absolute favorite character was Fern. She’s been living at the inn for a long time. She’s hilarious, a straight shooter and  knows everything possible. She cracks me up. Everyone needs a Fern in their lives.

This book will absolutely take you through all the emotions, but if you’re looking for a good laugh, this will be the one for you. 


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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