In Review: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Posted September 9, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Well Met by Jen DeLucaWell Met by Jen DeLuca
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Confession time: I’ve never been to a Renaissance faire. I know. I’m ashamed to even admit it. Especially since there’s a great one in Maryland, not all that far from me. It’s even referenced in Well Met a couple times! Well while reading this book, all I wanted to do was run off and join the ren faire. Or at the very least visit one. The world Jen built was that engaging and intriguing. So were the characters. I’ll admit to a little initial side-eying of grumpy Simon, but I do love me a good grumpy hero, so I held out hope he would win me over. And boy did he ever. 😍 Emily was no slouch either. I loved her. We should totally be friends.

I loved a million little things about Well Met. The characters and they fact they didn’t have it all together, even as adults. The little details about the ren faire that made me feel like I was right there beside Emily (Emma) in a tavern wench costume serving beer. Emily and Simon’s enemies to friends to lovers romance. The wooing! 😍 Simon’s grief and how easy it was to relate to him. Emily’s desire to find her place and her people after being totally wrecked by a bad relationship. The family aspect and watching Emily rebuild and strengthen her relationship with her sister, as well as the bond she formed with her niece as they volunteered at the fire together.

Well Met was a wonderful book. It’s pretty rare these days that I find one-sitting reads. You know the ones. The books that once you crack them open, you literally cannot and will not do anything until you finish. That’s exactly what this book was for me. I’m not lying when I say I cheesy-grinned, giggled and swooned my way through almost this entire book. When I wasn’t grinning, giggling or swooning, I was feeling all the feels. I can’t wait to see what Jen gives us next!

Favorite Quotes:

I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.

Emma the Tavern Wench was turned on by Captain Blackthorne, Pirate. This could be a problem.

“If we were wed, when night fell I would take you back to my ship, give the men a week of shore leave, and show you my appreciation very thoroughly, and in private.”

Simon kissed like a pirate. His lips were soft yet demanding, but his tongue… plundered. There was no other word for it.

About Jen DeLuca

Jen DeLuca was born and raised near Richmond, Virginia, but now lives in Central Florida with her husband and a houseful of rescue pets. She loves latte-flavored lattes, Hokies football, and the Oxford comma. Well Met is her first novel, inspired by her time volunteering as a pub wench with her local Renaissance Faire.

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