Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 4.16
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.
Emily’s life is in upheaval after ending her relationship with her longtime boyfriend, plus losing her apartment. This coincides with her sister needing help after being injured in a car accident. So, Emily moves to Willow Creek to help out her sister and niece. While in the small town, she joins the cast of the local Renaissance Faire.
Emily is in her mid-twenties and has recently had some big changes happening in her life. She’s not where she expected to be at this point in her life, and she looks at moving in with her sister as a way to restart her life. Her sister’s injuries are serious enough that Emily needs to be around for several months to help out. Emily’s niece wants to join the Renaissance Faire for the summer, but needs an adult to volunteer also. Enter Emily. She volunteers so her niece can participate, but it is just what Emily needs in her life. She meets new people, makes some friends, and has a lot of fun.
In addition to new friends, Emily meets Simon… the guy in charge of the Renaissance Faire. They immediately get off to a bad start, and continue to rub each other the wrong way. Once the faire gets going though, Emily sees a new side of Simon. Emily likes the flirty side of Simon, but she’s not sure if the attraction is real.
A cute romance with a little bit of steam. Emily is new in town, and the build up to romance is slow. This works, since Emily is meeting a lot of new people and learning about the faire, the town, and the people along the way. The characters were positive and well developed. I love books that include wonderful secondary characters, and this one delivers on that.
Charming, humorous, and heartfelt. Recommended to readers of contemporary romance who enjoy good chemistry, relatable characters, and small town settings.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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