Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Well Met

Jen DeLuca

Her summer in Willow Creek 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 someone she meets there.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

This turned out to be a middle of the road story that suffers a bit from a plot that's not particularly original and lackluster execution. I really liked the part of the story that deals with the renaissance fair and all the work that goes into it. I even enjoyed the small town is not as bad as you imagine part of the idea. However, pretty much everything that happened plotwise read like something I'd read before. The entire book felt a little like deja-vu. I've encountered these characters and these situations many times before and sometimes even in the same general plot. I'm usually able to forgive that when the author breathes life into the characters and makes it impossible not to care about them. Sadly, though DeLuca's writing is decent, I just never managed to care about Emily and the rest.

Wow. This story drew me in from the first few pages and didn't let go. I adored Emily and Simon, and the whole cast of characters, and quickly became invested in what was happening in their lives, as we as The Faire. And the Faire itself - what a unique setting! So much fun! This will definitely be a reread and I can't wait to read more from DeLuca!

While reading Well Met, I could not stop thinking: this is seriously DeLuca’s first book?! Overall, a lovely read that makes you want to find the closest Renaissance Faire and join in on the fun. One of the best things about Jen DeLuca’s debut is her very clear writing style, which is genuine, hilariously relatable, and heartfelt. Four out of five stars for Well Met!

An impressive debut from Jen DeLuca. Well Met takes the enemies to lovers trope and places it into an original and creative setting…a Renaissance Faire. “I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.” From the opening line to the epilogue, this book was charming and a delight to read. Looking forward to more Jen DeLuca books. 4/5 stars Thank you First to Read and Berkley/Jove Books for the ARC


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