The Sunday Review: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

43189874._sy475_Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Page Count: 336 pages – ebook edition
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley

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Have you ever been swooned? Well Captain Simon and the Bar Wench Emily are about to swoon your ass off in this romcom! I remember reading the synopsis for this book a month or two ago and seeing the Renaissance Faire aspect of it made it an automatic must-read for me. The thought of working a Ren Faire for a summer is like working a fantasy summer camp to me. Like, how amazing would it be? Dressing up, acting in-character, playing with the patrons…so fun! And then in this book, we layer in this romance and some comedy?! Its so much fun!!

Just to give you an idea…in Well Met, our main character is Emily, who moves to this small town after her older sister is in a car wreck and now needs some help around the house and getting her daughter around for the summer. Well, daughter Caitlin finally old enough and is now volunteering for the town’s summer event which is the Renaissance Faire and in order for her to volunteer, she needs to have an adult work with her. Obviously her mom can’t because of her injury so Emily is recruited to be a part of the fair as well and she is assigned the role of Tavern Wench. From the moment she enters orientation, the guy in charge (Simon) hassles her about everything right down to filling out her form incorrectly. When Simon is in costume though, he is a completely different person. He is handfast to Emma, delivers her red roses, and recites Shakespeare. Is this new swagger all pirate Simon? Or does real Simon swoon for Emily as well?

jerry-zhang-n9eVQoeGDQk-unsplashI read this book so fast, I just could not get enough. Well Met was incredibly charming and filled with many emotions. First of all, I loved the small town setting and just the idea that Emily moved to town to help her sister April and she slowly grew to be accepted and to get to know everyone’s stories. Even April started to open up to the small town atmosphere a little more by the end so that was good too. Second, speaking of stories, I thought the background story of Mitch and the Faire and Simon’s extreme attachment to it was pretty decent. Overall though, I love how Emily really got it and how she and Simon talked it out. I thought their scene at the tree was an amazing scene for a chick lit/contemporary book and the ending was really nice.

The reason I gave this book only 4 stars rather than 5 is because I felt that Emily is a character that just got too critical and nervous and questioned every single thing that Simon said to her. It just got to be too much and felt obsessive to me. “He gave me a rose! Am I important? How do I handle this? What do I do next?” I was always wondering “Haven’t you ever been in a relationship before?” It just dimmed the shine on the story a little bit for me at times. Other than this though, I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend! (especially the audiobook)

Book Soundtrack: Small Town Boy by Dustin Lynch (I love this song)

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