Title: Well Met
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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 teenage 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
Jen DeLuca’s debut novel Well Met was a heart-softening light read. The story follows Emily who has moved in with her older sister to help take care of her niece while she recovers. In charge of watching over her, she somehow gets roped in to volunteering for the annual Renaissance faire alongside her nice. You would think it wasn’t so bad, right? Wrong!
The head of volunteers, an English teacher named Simon, is an instant thorn in her side. Too serious and uptight, Emily’s light-hearted approach is a constant annoyance to Simon. Yet on the faire grounds, his entire demeanor changes toward Emily. Is it real? Or is the attraction just part of the personas they have to play?
Things I liked:
- Although Emily’s life hit rock bottom, she didn’t let that define her.
- The Willow Creek Townies
- The Slow Burn!!!
- Simon’s passion for the Ren Faire
Most of the book takes place inside the Ren Faire and although I loved that, I wish we could’ve seen more of Simon and Emily in the rehearsals. It would’ve built the attraction between the two much more smoothly.
Overall, Well Met was an enjoyable read. If you like Slow Burns, Renaissance Faires and English teachers; I recommend you pick up this book! 4/5