Book Review: Well Met

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 a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK. Jen Deluca, you have no idea how much I adore your writing style. You are a gem to contemporary literature and I will read any and everything you ever pushlish. 

This story follows Emily, a 20 something millennial who has just had a really rough go of things. Emily comes to the small town of Willow Creek to help her sister recover from a terrible accident and to care for her teenage niece. Her niece desperately wants to sign up to the in the Ren Faire but needs a guardian to sign up with her due to her age. Emily reluctantly signs up to be a tavern wench. I won’t go into tooooo many details, but a certain stubborn english teacher changes Emily’s life and makes her want to make her home in Willow creek more of a permanent situation. 

My main question for Deluca…is why can’t every guy be like Simon? Where can I get a Simon of my own?? He is an absolute heartthrob for this little nerd. I mean who doesn’t love a Shakespere quoting hunk of man? 

I found Emily super relatable and I enjoyed tagging along on her journey through self discovery. If you want an easy read, then make sure you pick this up. It was absolutely FANTASTIC. 

I want to thank Jen Deluca, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing Group for the change to review this title. It was so enjoyable!

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Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.