By: Jen DeLuca
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.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Bookish Tip: May get a sudden craving for turkey legs…….
Well Met by Jen DeLuca is a super fun, romantic comedy with wenches, pirates, Scotsmen, royalty and more.
It opens with one of the funniest lines I have ever read…..”I didn’t chose the wench life. The wench life chose me,” which immediately let me know that I was in for a good time.
Set in a Renaissance faire, Well Met is a enemies to lover story with a whole lot of angst (long time readers know I love angst). Simon and Emily do not get off to a good start. They are immediately hostile towards each other. Simon is too serious where as Emily is a bit more laid back. However, as long time romance readers know, the two become a little more friendly until there is a full on romance blooming.
What I love most about Well Met is that the author, Jen DeLuca, did such a fantastic job researching all things renaissance faire from names to food to faire activities to even proper renaissance speech. The entire plot is incredibly descriptive with a terrific story line and a lot of funny innuendos.
Additionally, Jen DeLuca’s effortlessly switches back and forth between the imaginary world of the Renaissance faire to the reality that is the romantic comedy. By the end, I could not wipe the huge smile off my face.
Recommendation: Well Met is just pure fun.
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