Title: Well Met
Author: Jen Deluca
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 3rd, 2019
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 was so excited to read this book because I’ve been hearing such incredible things about it from early reviews and people have been hyping it up for me, so I had such high expectations going into it, and overall I have to say that I absolutely adored Well Met and definitely will be picking up more books by this author in the future.
One of my favorite parts about this novel was the plot and the setting. Though the romance was a strong focus of the story, I think that because of that setting it made the book stood out from other stories that might have a similar premise. I loved the whole faire atmosphere, and I think those elements were such a fun addition to the book. I enjoyed learning how the renaissance faire worked (because I’ve never been to one), and basically I liked that whole idea and the way it played out in the story.
The characters, though at first didn’t seem like nothing special, ended up being another favorite part of Well Met. They were so hilarious, and they had such great dynamics going on between them throughout the story. We definitely got to learn a lot about them and their backstories, and not only that but there were certain interactions between them when I was laughing out loud at how funny those situations were.
Another thing I so appreciated seeing was complex family relationships. Sometimes in contemporary romances I think the family is left aside and we focus more on the two main characters and their interactions and relationship, whereas in Well Met we saw an adorable aunt/niece relationship plus one between our main character and her sister, and both of these had their evolutions throughout the story, which is something that I really liked seeing.
Also the romance was pretty damn good. It had an enemies to lovers trope going on during most of the book, and I think that the trope was really well done. The evolution from hate to love was written quite smoothly, and in a very realistic way in my opinion. The main reason why both of them kind of hated each other was based on first impressions, and as the story continued and they started to interact more, they started to change their minds about the other.
Overall, I absolutely adored Well Met and it made me realize how much I like renaissance based romances. I really enjoyed the characters and the romance, and the angst between them, and I cannot wait to read her next novel.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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