Well Met by Jen DeLuca {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted December 2nd, 2020 by in *Review / 4 comments

Well Met by Jen DeLuca {Stephanie’s Review}Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Series: Well Met #1
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: October 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

I figured it was finally time to read Well Met by Jen DeLuca. Everyone raved about it and the sequel, Well Played, was close to releasing so I thought it was time. I. LOVED. It!

Well Met centers around a small town that really gets into ren faire. Simon takes it super seriously. Emily is new to town and just wants to have fun with it. I loved how detailed DeLuca got with the descriptions of Faire. In my pre-teen and early teen years my family and I used to work at a Renaissance Faire with a woman who travelled across the state selling her baked goods, turkey legs, and beef stew trenchers. Well Met brought back some awesome memories. I read this book with such a big dopey grin on my face.

I really liked so many of these characters! Both Simon and Emily were enjoyable characters. I thought Emily was a little silly at times in the way that she assumed Simon was acting or thinking. I’ll give her that she had just had her heart crapped all over though. Simon was wonderfully socially awkward and DeLuca played that well between Simon and Emily. It was so easy to root for them to get together. The secondary characters were also pretty great and I’m so excited to keep up with them in the continuing books of the series.

I also didn’t think that based on what I had read of the book that when DeLuca got to the sexy times that they would be very sexy. I have re-learned that you shouldn’t make assumptions. It was a delightful surprise.

I’m not sure why I continue to avoid books that receive a lot of good reviews from people I follow. Well Met by Jen DeLuca was the perfect way for me to escape some 2020 blues.

Stephanie

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads
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