Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2019 by Berkley Romance
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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I first read the premise for this book I knew I was going to enjoy it, but I didn’t know I was going to love it as much as I do. On the surface this looks like it’ll be a fluffy fun contemporary (which it is), but it’s also so much more. There were some unexpected emotional aspects of the story that made me love the story even more.
Well Met follows Emily, a woman in her mid-twenties who moves to a small town to help her sister and niece after both were in a car accident. While she’s there, her niece decides to volunteer at their town’s Renaissance Festival, which means Emily has to volunteer and be her chaperone. While signing up to volunteer she meets the organizer of the event Simon, and they do not start off on good terms.
Emily and Simon were such great characters. They were so annoyed with each other at the beginning and I loved it! Simon doesn’t think Emily takes anything seriously and is annoyed because the Renaissance Festival means a lot to him and everyone in town. Emily is annoyed that he’s so uptight and judgmental of her. They start getting along more during the faire when both are in character and can flirt with each other.
I loved watching their relationship progress, and seeing them work to be together. Emily has trouble communicating and actively works on it even when it makes her uncomfortable. I loved seeing the growth, it was so realistic. I also enjoyed seeing Simon mess up and admit that he was wrong, and then actively work on making up for it and learning how to be better. Emily and Simon’s relationship felt so realistic and I loved reading about these characters.
I went in expecting this book to be a fun upbeat contemporary romance, and it was. There were so many times I had to put the book down and laugh out loud because the humor was great. What I was not expecting was how emotional this book would be. Both Emily and Simon are experiencing some pretty tough things in life, and throughout the book are trying to work through them. Simon is still experiencing grief from losing his brother a few years before, and trying to keep up his legacy and not get too stressed out. Emily is struggling to find out where she belongs, and trying to work through the hurt from her recent breakup.
My eyes watered quite a few times while reading Well Met. I related to Emily so much, and just wanted to be there for her when she was feeling down and doubting herself. I think so many readers who’ve doubted themselves at some point, or are trying to figure out who they are will relate to Emily.
Well Met is definitely going on my list of books to read when I’m feeling down or just want a comfort read. I 10000% recommend this to everyone!