Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 319
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (MD)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, to help her sister, but who could have anticipated getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire? Or that the irritating and inscrutable school teacher 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 he makes it 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 supposed to be a pit stop for Emily, but now she can't shake the fantasy of calling Willow Creek--and Simon--home.

Review: If you're in the mood for a light romance, this book will be perfect. There are no real surprises, the summary pretty much sums it up, but it's fun, light, and entertaining reading. The characters are mostly in their late mid- to late-20s and dressing up in costume definitely allows people to be something other than their normal-life selves.

The Renaissance Faire is a fun setting and I kept having flashbacks to the one I went to with friends when I was in high school. The small town feeling is portrayed well, too, with everyone being involved in the Faire, knowing everyone's business, and the local bookstore. Include a bookstore and you've hooked me.

So, pick this one up for a quick romantic read, though be warned there are some very descriptive sex scenes about two thirds of the way in.


Challenges for which this counts: none

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