Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Publication: September 3rd 2019
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 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.
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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Berkley Romance in exchange for a honest review.
Guys, this book was so stinkin cute and adorable. It was so close to being a 5/5 stars if it had an extra UMPH towards the end but regardless, this enemies to lovers romance will get you pump and excited.
This book featured Emily, who is running away from her problems. Her boyfriend who recently became a lawyer, dumped her after he got himself a well paying job and decided a college dropout wouldn’t make him look too good in front of the partners. Feeling betrayed as she dropped out of college to support and pay for his schooling, she returns to her sister’s small town to lick her wounds and take her mind off things by taking care of her after she and her daughter survived a car crash. Emily then gets roped into volunteering for the town’s annual fair where she dresses up as a wrench and has to deal with the head organizer, Simon.
Clearly, Emily has some issues. She’s self-conscious of her background and lack of education but Simon has bigger ones. Simon has to deal with the aftermath of grief over a loved one. He’s clearly working himself down to the bone to make sure his family’s legacy is being carried on in the same matter year over year. It might be a bit crazy but he’s going to do it even if it kills him. It doesn’t help that Emily comes, distracts him, and starts challenging him for every move he does. OKAY.
So they hate each other.
But I loved watching them fight their attraction in the most over-the-top and intense ways! I loved how dramatic everything was and when Emily got to know Simon a lot better and realize all his pained stares he threw at her, it wasn’t done on purpose. Anyways, they were adorable and I loved seeing them together.
The only reason why I took a star off was because these two people clearly had issues and really needed professional help. Don’t even try to DENY it people. Love can’t solve everything and I felt it was cheap to have these two people fall in love and suddenly get over them.
So cute. Definitely read this one.