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Title: Well Met
Series: Well Met #1
Author: Jen DeLuca
Release Date: Sept 3, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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.
*****What I Loved About This Book*****
- While this isn’t one of those romance novels that grabbed my attention from the first line, it didn’t take long to fully snatch my attention.
- The Renaissance Faire setting. It was so fun and spoke to my geeky self. I loved all the history and literature talk associated with it. And the small town setting of Willow Creek. I felt completely immersed in this little town and its people.
- The banter that starts up about halfway through the book. It’s funny and I literally laughed out loud at least once. Pirate Simon is swoony!
- The back and forth hot and cold between Emily and Simon. Usually this sort of thing bugs me immensely, but it definitely worked for me in this book since there was good reason for it, and therefore, believable under the circumstances.
- I liked the sibling dynamics that were explored.
- When Emily is bold and voices her internal questions aloud.
- Hot and steamy! There aren’t a lot of these scenes in this book, but the ones that exist are well written!
- The struggle over how to make a change in your life when everyone around you expects you to be who you’ve always been.
- One scene seriously pulled on my heartstrings and I was teary eyed.
- I love Emily’s desire to help others.
- The sweetest ending!!
***What I Didn’t Like***
- I didn’t like that Simon said he wanted to woo Emily because she hadn’t been wooed before. I mean, if you’re going to woo someone, it should just be because you’re interested in them and not because a past boyfriend didn’t step up.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It spoke to my inner geek. I’ll certainly be watching for the next book in the series. I’m hoping it’ll be based on Emily’s sister. Fingers crossed!
Have you read Well Met? What did you think? Have a recommendation for me?