WELL MET BY JEN DeLUCA - BOOK REVIEW

Ok, so I'm a bit torn on this one - I was hoping to love it going in and while there were many parts that I enjoyed, there were a couple of parts that just kinda left me feeling meh about it.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Well Met by Jen DeLuca. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.



This book follows 25-year-old Emily who has just moved in with her sister after a car accident left her immobile and unable to take care of her daughter, Caitlin. When Caitlin wants to be a part of the yearly Renaissance Faire held in town, Emily thinks she'll just be the chauffeur dropping her off. But, Emily soon learns that participants under eighteen need to have a guardian with them at all times and she gets roped into wench duty. The only person less impressed about the situation than Emily is Simon who has been apart of the Faire since the beginning and has been running it for the past three years. Convinced she's not taking things seriously, Simon is definitely not her biggest fan. That is until the Faire starts - when he's a swashbuckling pirate in love with a tavern wench. Beyond confused, Emily tries to figure out what is real and what is pretend, and if she wants more from Simon then just pretend.

While this is technically a romance book, there are definitely a lot of other components to the book. I actually just watched a rom-com on Netflix the other day and this book, while not really the same, was giving me some major flashbacks - new girl in town who makes immediate friends with the locals, rough on the outside guy who has a tragic backstory - it all fit. Which, to be fair (Faire? Eh? Too much? Sorry), I'm not mad about, this book was pitched as a rom-com but I was glad at times for the other parts of the story to help ground things and make them more believable.

This is definitely a slow-burner. We do get some romance going but there is a lot of tension and build-up to that point. While I wanted things to get going, I was happy with how DeLuca plotted the romance. For once, I didn't even hate the big, break-up fight (because what good romance story doesn't have something to break it up at one point or another?). It seemed like it fit well with the story and was timed well. I think my biggest problem with this book, however, was that as much as I wanted Emily and Simon to be together, I was more invested in the pining and the tension than I was in them actually being together. I just like a lot of their chemistry came from hating one another, and I'm not sure how much of that translated once they got together.

Overall, this was a solid read and while I had some issues, I did enjoy it.