Well Met (Well Met #1) by Jen DeLuca
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley
I waffled between 3.5 and 4 stars for this one and finally decided to go with 4. This was a very cute, light-hearted, enjoyable rom-com. This is Jen DeLuca’s debut novel and she did a good job with it. I was hooked right from the start wanting to find out how Emily is going to fit into small town Maryland and take care of her sister and niece. When she ends up having to volunteer at the Renaissance Faire in order for her niece to participate, she reluctantly agrees. Getting dressed in her costume were some of the funniest moments in this book, I has tears in my eyes. The characters are realistic, even if some of them were annoying at times. The workers at the faire were a fun bunch, all except for Simon. He was difficult and honery, but when Emily finds out what his past holds, it becomes apparent that she has a soft spot for him. While in character, Simon’s pirate character outwardly flirts with “Emma” the bar wench and she doesn’t know what to think, is this acting or is it real. Emily had planned to only stay in Willow Creek for the summer, but she has developed relationships, is working in a job she loves and has feelings for Simon. Will things work out for her to finally find a home. This was a great start to a series and it is hard to believe this was a debut novel. If you enjoy rom-com that makes you laugh out loud, then pick up Well Met by Jen DeLuca. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Synopsis: 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 teenage 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.