Title: Well Met
Author: Je DeLuca
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
(Penguin Random House)
Date published: September 3, 2019
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.
Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?
The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?
This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.
⤖ My Review ⬻
Well Met by Jen DeLuca was such a fun read! From the very first line, I knew that I’d like the narrator and DeLuca’s type of humour. The story was very believable—I could definitely picture it actually happening in a small town somewhere—as well as entertaining to read about. The characters were also very realistic and I enjoyed getting to know them while reading Well Met. I’ve also always been fascinated by faires, but sadly haven’t been able to visit one yet, so this book was eye-opening in that sense.
The chemistry between the main characters was also good and the plot was a little different from the contemporary romances I’ve read before. The setting was also unique because a lot of it was set at the faire! I really liked Emily and liked Simon most of the time. I also liked Emily’s friends and family and look forward to spending more time with them in the enxt book, Well Played. All in all, I did find Well Met to be a quick and enjoyable read and recommend it if you’re looking for something fun to read.
⤖ About the Author ⬻
Jen DeLuca was born and raised near Richmond, Virginia, but now lives in Central Florida with her husband and a houseful of rescue pets. She loves latte-flavored lattes, Hokies football, and the Oxford comma. Well Met is her first novel, inspired by her time volunteering as a pub wench with her local Renaissance Faire.
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