HI! It is me again. I am alive. Every time I declare I am going to start putting more into into my blog, the world kicks me down and it becomes suddenly unimportant. Which saddens be considering this brings me joy and gives me a writing outlet. I actually have requested some ARCs so I am hoping this gets my butt in gear! Anyhoo, I have read 30 something books this year so far so an abundance of reviews I can choose to write! Let’s start with one of my favorite reads so far!
Title: Well Met
Author: Jen Deluca
Synopsis: 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.
This year has been the year of contemporary’s for me! This one is for sure at the top of my list! It’s swoon worthy, just enough banter, and a renaissance fair?! I mean, what more could I ask for.
Characters: First, I want to mention Simon. He is the broody teacher who has an attitude and dresses in button downs for comfort. (cough, cough, my husband). But when it is fair time he changes his character completely to a charming, pirate. From the start, I was rooting for him. There was just something attractive about his character from the start. Then throw in the pirate act?! Hello! Sign me up. Besides the MC, I adored his character growth.
Our main character, Emma, sounds a lot like me actually. I can see traits in her that are in myself. She put her life aside for other people. She moves in with her injured sister. From that point she really discovers herself. I love her growth and how she just throws herself into becoming a wench for her niece.
The growth between family also makes my heart big.
All of the side characters were all wonderful! Some did get on my nerves with lack of responsibility but I guess that is just my ennegram one showing.
Romance: Who knew the broody teacher could pull off a swoon-worthy romance?! Wow. That is just about all I am going to say. He is for sure husband material. This almost has an enemies to lover trope which is my favorite! The banter and tension between the characters had me on my seat.
World-building: RENAISSANCE FAIR! That is all I should say for you to pick this book up. Modern with a lot of historical thrown in the mix. Perfect. Perfection. When the fair wasn’t going on, my other favorite place was the cute little bookstore/cafe. It was giving me aesthetic pleasure.
I usually don’t break up my reviews into categories but for some reason I winged this and it turned out this way. I could have rambled so much but didn’t. In conclusion, pick this up. Like now. Book two comes out soon so that should put some pep in your step.
What are your thoughts if you have read this? Are you planning on reading book two?