Review: Well Played by JS Scott and Ruth Cardello

Well Played
by J.S. Scott & Ruth Cardello


Graham is my brother’s best friend. He’s always been my protector and my confidant because he accepts me the way I am—and not many do. I can’t imagine not having him in my life.

Our weekend together was supposed to be a celebration. I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives.

Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham’s fiancée going down on my brother.

I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long.

Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from.

Where do we go from here? Do I try to pretend to be his friend again or push him to open up to me and possibly lose him forever?


Sleeping with one of my best friends was not exactly a brilliant idea. It made things complicated, and I didn’t do anything that threw my life into chaos. The fiancee her brother, Jack, had stolen had been part of my life plan, one more step I was taking to be somebody. Granted, I hadn’t been in love with my intended bride, but I didn’t really know how to love anybody

I survived.

I pushed to achieve more.

I battled my way to the top of the heap in my pro football career..

I’m a total dick, and I don’t want Lauren to see the side of me that would trample over anybody to work my way up in the world.

Lauren sees me as a hero, a title I’d never gain with anybody else in my life, so I wanted to keep her sheltered from the hard realities of my life. I wanted her to continue to think I was nice guy when I was really just the opposite.

We never should have crossed the line of going from friends to lovers.

There’s too much Lauren doesn’t know about me, and I care enough about her that I don’t want her to share my pain and the darkness that never sees daylight inside me.

I want her, but she’s a woman I can never have. She’s too smart, too sweet, and way too good for a guy like me.

Unfortunately, pushing her away becomes much more difficult than I’d planned.

Lauren had always been in love with Graham, her brother’s best friend and soon to be married pro-footballer.

Lauren caught her brother Jack red-handed with his bestfriend’s fiance on his bed. Not a sight she’d ever wanted to see nor imagine, specially from her brother. She was torn if she’d tell Graham about or let them discover the truth. But Lauren’s conscience was guilt-tripping her. Graham was also her friend… more than a friend…  he was the man she’d been crushing on forever. But Graham didn’t look at her that way. Star football player Graham had already planned his life – professional football career, marriage and a happy home. Lauren was his bestfriend’s sister,  extremely smart and a smashing beauty, but he kept his distance. When her brother stole his fiance from him, he was devastated and could never trust again.

I had such a marvelous time reading this. I liked that this wasn’t an insta-love kind of relationship although I didn’t approve of how Graham immediately slept with Lauren after the whole betraying fiasco.  Felt like it was a revenge sex and I couldn’t help but feel bad for the girl,  even if she was full on board with the idea. Graham’s anger issues and ugly past really did a number on him, and I understood how this prevented him from believing in true love. How these two struggling lovers faced their personal demons was what made this story all the more engaging to read.

This story is great not only for sports fans but also to those who like best friends turned to lovers trope.  

Ruth Cardello and JS Scott sure know how to make women swoon. Well Played was a well written book and I commend these talented women for a job well done. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the book once I started reading it!

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