Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Thursday, September 5, 2019


by Jen DeLuca
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Adorable does not even begin to describe this book! I first heard about it from Brighton Walsh. When I found out about the Renaissance faire setting and it had a hate-to-love romance, I knew in my soul that Well Met and I would get along swimmingly. I've read the book twice since I first picked it up in May and I have to say, my second experience with the book was even better than the first. Well Met was just the loveliest and sweetest romance novel that is sure to leave readers with a smile on their faces.

When Emily's sister is hurt in a car accident, she moves in with her to help out with her niece, Caitlin. This is the perfect opportunity for Emily to try and heal from her recent breakup. In Willowcreek, through Caitlin, Emily finds herself volunteering with the local Renaissance faire, playing a bar wench. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for her, she is being bossed around by the grumpy leader, Simon, who plays the role of a swoony pirate. Emily is a character many readers will find relatable. She's just like every other girl not wanting to be hurt in love again. She is also at a standstill in life and isn't sure what she wants to do with her future. All of us at some point have gone through periods of stagnancy, so it's easy to relate to her doubts and concerns. For me, the fact that Emily was willing to move to help her sister during her recovery spoke volumes about the kind and genuine person she was. She loves her sister and her niece and their relationships were beautifully written. There was an openness and comfort to Emily and April's relationship that reminded me of my own relationship with my sister. They know they could trust and count on each other. Emily's bond with Caitlin is also one that was adorable and was filled with heartwarming moments. Honestly, I could read about books devoted to family all day long and Well Met satisfied that need for me.

I'm sure you are all dying to know what I thought of the swoony pirate. You guys know what a big sucker I am for grumpy heroes and boy was Simon an endearing curmudgeon. He is very anal about his Renaissance faire and his reasons don't become clear until later on, but they are understandable and very sad. You'll want to give Simon a hug! Despite his grouchy, controlling ways, I immediately grew a soft spot for his character. His pirate persona just took things to a whole other panty-dropping level! The boy had MOVES and was not afraid to unleash them on the bar wench that tormented him. They constantly bicker and you can't help but be amused at their antics. I wound up really enjoying the romance. The build up to their first kiss is so hot! I have to say, their relationship is an absolute rollercoaster. There are ups and downs that will have you feeling a range of emotions from happiness to frustration. At one point, I was ready to shake these silly stubborn kids by their shoulders to put some sense into them. While Well Met has a good cast of characters, it is the Renaissance faire setting that makes this book shine. I really adored all the vivid details and appreciated the research that went into breathing life into the setting.

Well Met is the perfect romance novel for readers looking for a cute and feel-good story. I'm excited to see if Jen DeLuca will write other stories set in Willow Creek. Whatever she releases next though, I will be first in line to read it.

Have you read any books set in Ren faires?
Let me know in the comments below!

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