Published by Berkley Romance on September 3, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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 Rating: 4.5 stars
Well Met is ridiculously charming! This is a fantastic and fun debut from Jen DeLuca that left me wanting — nay, needing — to go to a Ren Faire! There is just so much to love about this book.
I was completely blown away by Jen’s writing. It has a great flow that kept me really invested. This is the closest I’ve been to reading a book in one sitting since becoming a mom in the Spring.
I just can’t get over the plot! This story is so original, and the setting of a Renaissance Faire is perfection. This is the story that I didn’t know I needed! Well Met had me laughing out loud and smiling from ear to ear, even while side-eyeing grumpy Simon.
I love, love, love the characters in this book! They are flawed! …which makes them more relatable, and I enjoy that. Emily is unlikeable at times, and Simon does indeed have the stick up his butt that Emily says. I’m here for the imperfections, though! And, the secondary characters add just as much to the story as the leads. The most fun thing about this book, for me, is that you almost get double the cast because they all play roles at the Ren Faire. Let me just tell you how much I adored Emma the Tavern Wench (Emily) and Captain Blackthorne (Simon) *insert heart eye emoji*
The one thing that kept this from being a 5-star read for me is the romance. I didn’t mind the slow burn of the romance. HOWEVER, I wish there was more! I didn’t quite get enough of Emily and Simon as “Emily and Simon,” which is always a bummer. But I do ship them entirely!
Overall, I definitely recommend Well Met! Run — don’t walk — to grab a copy, because it’s a complete delight, and you need to read it! I am very much looking forward to more from Jen!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jen DeLuca was born and raised in Virginia, but there weren’t enough alligators and hurricanes so she relocated to Florida as soon as she could.
Her first career was in theatre, where she served as a wardrobe master and also worked backstage as an ice-show dresser. (She can strip down an ice skater and shove him into a Klingon costume in less than a minute. Where’s THAT Skill & Endorsement category, LinkedIn?) She currently works as a litigation paralegal. So far, no one’s needed to wear a Klingon costume at the law office, but when that day comes she’s ready.
Jen lives with her husband and a house full of rescued pets. She spends her days picking cat hair off her clothes and fighting with at least one of them over the office chair. She likes latte-flavored lattes, Hokies football, and the Oxford comma.
She is a proud member of RWA and CFRW.