Series: Well Met #1
Published by Berkley Books on September 3, 2019
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
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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.
I am a little late getting to this one. I’ve wanted to read it since I first saw it, but just never had the time to pick it up. Then one day before all this crazy quarantine stuff started, I found a copy of it for cheap at one of those surplus stores, and so I couldn’t pass it up. I decided with all the extra time I have now to go ahead and pick it up, and boy am I glad I finally did! It was so good! It took me less than two days to read it.
We have a pretty nice Renaissance Festival as we call it, here where I live in Kansas City. So I do enjoy going to that, and of course I tended to picture a lot of this story in that setting that I am familiar with. Although I have often thought it would be fun to work there, and there are even some teachers and other librarians in my current school district who do work there, I can’t imagine wearing the elaborate costumes in the heat of the time of the year it takes place.
This was a really good enemies to lovers story. There were parts that almost had cliche romance story essence, but were able to be changed enough to make them what seems more realistic to me, as well as made for a much better story in my opinion. Of course we had a wonderful HEA, and I’ve now seen there is going to be a sequel, and I’m excited to read that as well!
I’m even recommending this one to my friends that work at the RenFest even if I don’t think they normally read this kind of book, just because I think they’ll enjoy all the aspects related to the Renaissance Faire in the story. My only sadness after reading this is wondering if we will get to enjoy the event this fall, or if it will be put off due to all the craziness in the world these days.