Well Met | By Jen Deluca

Well Met | By Jen Deluca

Well Met
(Courtesy : Goodreads) 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.

My thoughts

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well whoever said that, might not be familiar with the illustrated cover era. If you judge by its cover, Well Met, is a warm and breezy romance read. Guess what? It is exactly that and a little bit more fun with all the renaissance faire premise.

It is an easy story about a small town, Willow Creek and the good people who live there. If you’re looking for a light and fun summer romance, Well Met is your perfect pick. The plot flows with an ease as the preparations of renaissance faire starts and to the very end of it.

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

Emily and Simon are the central characters of the story. This is another hate to love trope book executed in an entertaining way. That being said, none of them are happy go lucky people. Simon has his own issues and Emily is no different. Throughout the course of the story, they open up to each other and each sees a different version of the other after getting to know them better. It gives them character and makes you root for them to get over their shortcomings. It would have been more interesting if we got more insight into Simon’s version of the events.

The relationship between Emily and her sister stands out in the book. It is sweet and evolves nicely throughout the story.

While it won’t be much of a spoiler, the whole romance is based on Emily and Simon getting closer with their faire persona. There are some parts which makes you feel, ‘this is all so sudden and fast’. But then, the book addresses those sudden shifts and deals with them afterwards, properly.

The one thing I appreciated about Simon is that he is not the usual romance hero who talks his heart out. Most men don’t talk like your typical book hero. Simon is closer to the real life version of the quiet, unable to express themselves men.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, this is a fun read. One that can be your cheering up book after reading many a dark themed books. It delivers what it promises on the cover. If you’re up to be wooed by a romance read, pick this one. It is pleasant and warm and definitely gives you something to think about who you want to be in life.

 

 

 

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