Well Met by Jen DeLuca Review

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

This was our April Phoenix IRL Book Club pick and it was great! I wanted to read it early in the month because I am currently buddy reading a 6 book series with a friend so I wanted to make sure I actually read my book club book. I read Well Met in 2 sittings.

Well Met takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and everything. Emily is there to help out her sister, April, who was in an accident. Emily’s duties are to drive April to her appointments and to help take care of Caitlin, April’s high school daughter. Emily isn’t aware she will get roped into having to volunteer at the high school’s Ren Faire, but she does it for her niece. That’s where Emily meets the ‘Ren Faire Killjoy’.

Well Met is your enemies to lovers type of romance, which happens to be my favorite romance trope. What I liked about Well Met though is that Emily was ‘damaged’ from her previous relationship and she let it kind of interfere with her new one BUT then she overcomes the fears by asking the right questions. Simon, the love interest, also had his fair share of ‘damage’, it was just a different type of damage. So the really great part was that they both were able to overcome the damage to their minds and hearts.

Also, this book makes me want to go to a Ren Faire as soon as social distancing is over… HA.

I never was a lover of the romance genre. I really started to enjoy it around 2018/2019. Well Met definitely makes my top 5 list of romances. If you’re curious about my top 5, as of right now they are:

1.     The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
2.     Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
3.     Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
4.     Well Met by Jen DeLuca
5.     The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

If you love a good romance with a couple of well written sex scenes and people overcoming their traumas, READ THIS BOOK!

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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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