- File Size: 2090 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2019
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07L7RYYF7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“What a delight! This is enemies to lovers at its absolute finest, folks. DeLuca proves to be a master of creating characters you believe in and a storyline to keep you totally engrossed. Well Met is a hilarious, swoony, and captivating romance—hands down our new favorite feel-good novel of the year.”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren
"A divinely entertaining romp...The descriptions of him in his pirate gear, from the edges of his kohl-rimmed eyes to the deep-v of his vests, down to his leather-clad legs...are likely to induce a thirst so wide and so deep you could sail a ship across it."—Entertainment Weekly
“The Renaissance Faire romance the world didn't know it needed.”—PopSugar
“Jen DeLuca had me laughing out loud from the opening line. Well Met is fresh, fun, and the story I never knew I needed. I so wish I could grab a corset and live the wench life with Emily!”—Alexa Martin, author of Fumbled
“I dare you not to want to travel to your nearest Renaissance Faire after reading the sweet, sexy, and smart Well Met...the kind of book that you want to live inside. Jen DeLuca is poised to become one of the freshest voices writing contemporary romance today.”—Kate Clayborn, author of Best of Luck
"DeLuca turns in an intelligent, sexy, and charming debut romance sure to resonate with Renaissance Faire enthusiasts and those looking for an upbeat, lighter read."—Library Journal
"Well Met will especially appeal to readers who like bookstores, Renaissance fair shenanigans and nerdy English teachers wearing vests. DeLuca will have readers laughing all the way to the turkey leg vendor."—Shelf Awareness
“Full of wit, hilarious banter, and swoon-worthy moments.” —Woman's World
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The worst thing I felt this book did however was on the character Emily. The main character. To start with she seemed like a strong and funny yet introverted character. A character with a backbone, no matter her “tragic” past. However, as the story progressed she actually DECLINED instead of progressed.
She had mostly accepted who she was in the beginning even if it was just that she was starting over somewhere new with nothing and could shoot fire balls at anyone who dared disrespect her, but as the story went on she became grossly pathetic. I didn’t even want to read whole paragraphs of her whining about her inadequacies and how she wasn’t good enough and how similar Simon was to her horrible no good ex who ditched her for the big league. She would trust people one second and then turn around and wonder their secret motivations the next. It was just awful to watch. Like she stopped using her brain halfway through so that her anxiety would be the highlight of the story.
This story was supposed to be about the uptight Simon and the new girl to the block Emily.
It was all about the Renaissance faire and how to run a tavern.
Honestly Simon isn’t even in the book all that much. Although when he is, it IS fun. It just doesn’t happen that much.
Setting a romance at a Ren Faire was so unique and well done. You can tell the author has had experiences with such faires because her descriptions were so evocative. Made me want to run out to one and grab a turkey leg and look for a pirate.
So, I loved Simon and Emily. The supporting cast of characters contained nary a misstep. I particularly loved the bookstore angle and the resolution of Emily’s reason for ending up in a small town. That setting was well written, as well, without the typical bad reps small towns usually get. I think the winner for me, though was Simon, the pirate. His backstory was sad, but while that, it was handled extremely well and realistic. Loved how he was more confident when in costume.
I have to admit, I was picturing Killian from Once Upon a Time, especially when the eyeliner was mentioned.
This was a book that hit all the right buttons for me. Wasn’t sure I wanted to spring for the kindle price on a debut novel, but I’m glad I did. One of my favorite books—almost reaching The Hating Game status. Almost.
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Emily, recently out of a five-year relationship with a douchebag, has moved in with her older sister, April, and niece, Caitlin, in the small town of Willow Creek, following a car accident that left her sister with a broken leg. With no idea what she’s doing with her life, she devotes her time to helping her sister out, and finds herself roped into the town’s summer Renaissance Faire when her niece wants to volunteer and can’t unless she has an adult to volunteer with. Luckily for Caitlin, Emily is a fan of the works of Shakespeare, and doesn’t mind stepping back into the Renaissance for her niece’s sake. She does mind Simon, however, the faire organiser whom she soon butts heads with. When the pair of them are in character during the Ren Faire, though, sparks fly.
I was hoping Well Met was going to be a five star read – I’m a complete history nerd, so a Ren Faire setting is literally the perfect rom-com setting for me – but I was hoping for a little more banter between Simon and Emily when they were playing the roles of Captain Ian Blackthorn and Emma the tavern wench. For me, Emily fell into her ‘wow Simon’s really hot and I suddenly care what he thinks of me’ mood a little too quickly, and what I wanted most out of this book was witty banter and the two of them winding each other up throughout the summer.
That small disappointment aside, this was still just the book I needed. I sped through it, as I pretty much always do when I read romance, and while it didn’t quite play out how I expected, I did still end up really liking Emily and Simon as characters, and I especially liked that Emily called Simon out when he was an unnecessary pain in the backside. There’s a little miscommunication, as there always is in a rom-com, but the two of them are good at talking things through and voicing their feelings when it matters, and while it was a little difficult to imagine them being interested in each other at first I did believe their chemistry by the end of the novel.
There’s also plenty of time for Emily to develop relationships with other characters. She strikes up friendships with other locals in the town, all of whom make her feel welcome, and she gets the chance to have a proper relationship with her sister, too, after their 12-year age gap left them not really getting a chance to know each other in their younger years.
The setting is definitely what I loved most about this book, though, and how DeLuca explores all the good things about small towns and how these communities so often pull together when it really matters. That another book, following one of the side characters in this novel, is due to be released in the autumn has me so excited – there’s no way I’m going to say no to a romance series centred around a Ren Faire. Give me more, please!
Nothing much specifically to be honest. The book was well-written. I felt like I was right there at the Faire.
So why only three stars?
Well, I think what I got was a solid foundation for a wonderful story. The author took a while developing things but somewhere in the middle, everything became rushed. It felt a bit like the drop of a roller coaster ride. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement. Then suddenly it was over. April started getting better, we didn't see much of Caitlin, Mitch became more sensitive, Emily somehow found the courage the 'ask the right questions' because of a fortune cookie, Simon became less if a prick, Emily and Simon seemed to develop an intense attraction, they spoke a couple times and BAM, it's a story.
I think there was a lot of potential, but it lacked depth. I never really saw the journey from tolerating one another to being in love between Emily and Simon. There could have been a little more growth in Emily and just generally more substance in the relationships.
I was a bit disappointed with how things progressed. There wasn't much chemistry and I wasn't particularly rooting for the couple by the end.
It was alright at best!
I know I know, it's not that big of a deal, it was only pencil. But I'm 100% re-reading with my coloured pencils and sticky notes in the new year because this was basically sugar to me (and I'm on a diet at the moment so you better believe I ate this up). I loved it. It was exactly what I needed and I only wish I could find my own pirate at a Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately where I live the chances of finding a pirate that also has the same respect for the English language (and *cough* all his teeth *cough*) as I do is dreadfully unlikely.
But nevertheless, I shall continue to dream.
Anyway, all that is to say you should read this.
As a side-note about the actual book and really more about the story: I enjoyed the Kindle sample so much that I waited 20 days for the physical book to arrive. That was possibly stupid, I might have lost interest in the time it took to finally arrive at my dwelling but whatever.
I wish there was a hand cream for bookworms, my hands were SO DRY when I was reading and the sensation of the paper on them is bothering me (don't come at me, I'm an avid reader but my hands were REALLY dry!), but other than that this was a pleasure to read. Exactly what I wanted. And the condition of the book was perfect.