Buddy Review| Well Met – Jen DeLuca

Well Met is a book that we’ve both had our eye on since it released. If you look at the cover and know it takes place a Renaissance Faire, it should be clear why we needed to read this book. Add a group discussion to the mix and it was decided we’d both read this book in August. Today we want to tell you about this book. Did it live up to our expectations? Keep on reading to find out!

Buddy Review| Well Met – Jen DeLuca


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.


Well Met (Well Met, #1) by Jen DeLuca
Published by Berkley Books on 03/09/2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback
Goodreads

“Please. Wenches before . . . well, something that refers to guys that rhymes with ‘wenches.”

Cover

Candyce: I know I’ve said this many times, but I’m really not a big fan of people on covers. And that doesn’t change whether it’s romance or fantasy. I’ll still read those books, but just don’t love the cover. That being said, I love the cover of Well Met. There are so many illustrated covers lately and I’m loving it!

Isabelle: I really like this illustrated cover. It’s a pretty simple cover with soft pastel colors and I think that fits the story really well. I like the little illustrations and they show you some tiny details of what the story is about. Great cover!

“And someday, I wanted someone who would love me. Not for what I could do for them, but for who I was to them.”

Review

Candyce: Well Met was such a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the story, but it didn’t wow me as much as I was hoping. I loved the characters and setting, but I felt the relationship between Emily and Simon didn’t get the attention it deserved. I’ll explain as I tell you what I thought about this book.

To start off with the setting! The Renaissance Faire sounds amazing. Jen DeLuca wrote this part of the story so well. I loved reading about all of the preparations and all of the getting into character parts of the story. Even the description of everything being set up in the woods made me feel like I was there. I usually help at a festival that does have some similarities, so I felt like this was my fix this year with everything being cancelled. All I know is that I would’ve signed up to help for this one. It seems like a great experience.

Our main character Emily’s life is kind of turned upside down when her older sister gets in a car accident. They were never really close, but she won’t even think of leaving her sister and niece without help while she recovers. I loved the family aspect of Well Met. Emily and April really get to know each other and their relationship was one of my favorite things in this story. It’s sad that something as horrible as a car accident brought them closer together, but I’m happy it did. Her niece Caitlin was also a great addition. I loved that they spent time together and even started reading the classics they talked out together outside of the faire.

Emily was also an interesting character. Her relationship just ended after things turned out a lot different than she expected. She was working two jobs and hasn’t finished her degree and really doesn’t know what she wants to do with life now. Emily changes a lot in this story and it was nice seeing her choose for herself for once. It wasn’t based on a guy anymore, but what she loved. The bookstore came to her at the perfect time and it was interesting to see her become happy with that. Also, it was nice that her story wasn’t completely wrapped up at the end of the book. Who knows what she’ll end up eventually doing?

Then there was the romance. Well Met is pitched an an enemies to lovers story. I didn’t really feel this that much. Yes, they didn’t exactly work in the beginning, but there wasn’t as much banter or challenges between the two of them. Simon seems like a great character even if he can be a bit much when it comes to the faire.The relationship between Emily and Simon was predictable and I enjoyed the moments we did get with them, but there wasn’t enough for me. The romance didn’t get much of a chance to develop and I needed more Simon. The best thing would’ve been a few chapters from his POV, but even more of them just spending time together would’ve made this feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong, I had a smile on my face at the end, but I just wasn’t really as invested as I hoped to be.

Last but not least, Well Met has an amazing cast of side characters that I’d love to read more about. They’re all quirky and funny, but it’s clear that they really care for each other. I think Mitch is the one I’m most curious about. He’s a bit arrogant and thinks he’s the greatest, but I have a feeling there’s more to his story. All in all, this was a fun read and I’m looking forward to Well Played releasing next month.

Oh, God. Was I going to have to yell “huzzah” too? How much did I love my niece?

Isabelle: While this isn’t my preferred genre I was immediately intrigued by this one. The setting of a Renaissance Faire sounded so cool and I love an enemies to lovers kind of story. So when the buddyread for this one was announced I jumped on it.

Our story takes place at a small town and I always like that, so this was a great start. Emily moved here to take care of her sister and her niece after her sister’s accident. This came at a perfect time in Emily’s life since it became a bit of a mess haha. I loved this backstory and it really brought something extra to the story.

This family dynamic showed us some really nice development between Emily and her sister but also for Emily herself. Like I said, Emily wasn’t in a good place but throughout this story she finds out what she wants next in her life. This was very well done and made for a great ending because of the imperfection of it.

Part of taking care of her niece is helping out at the Renaissance Faire all summer and that setting was amazing. I have never been to a ren faire but I would love to go some today. It was already something I was interested in but even more so after reading Well Met. Jen did a great job of describing the faire and it really felt like I was there with the characters. Easily the best part of the book!

Of course the main story in this book is the romance. And while we were promised an enemies to lovers story, I didn’t completely feel that. Emily and Simon don’t start off being friends exactly but I think enemies was too strong a word. This part of the story was a bit lacking and the actual development of the relationship was a bit fast for my taste as well. I do really like Emily and Simon together, they had great chemistry. But like I said, the development of their relationship isn’t as good as the rest of the story.

Emily has an annoying habit of jumping to conclusions and she does that a couple of times during our story. And she also does it at some point with Simon. I really disliked this part, it was just so annoying haha. Overall the story was pretty predictable which is okay but that just means I’m going to be a bit harder on different elements of the story.

All in all this was an enjoyable read! I loved the setting and we got a cute story. There were some interesting and fun characters and I’m definitely planning on reading the companion novels.

“The smell of the books, the promise in the shelves of printed pages . . . I loved stories, and always had.”

Even though this book didn’t wow either of us, Well Met was a really fun read. We would both definitely want to visit a Renaissance Faire after reading this book. Have you ever been to one? Let us know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Buddy Review| Well Met – Jen DeLuca

  1. This is a book that has been on my TBR for ages! I’ll have to pick it up soon, especially since book 2 is coming out soon. I’m glad that both of you were able to mostly enjoy the story, even though it sounds like Emily and Simon’s relationship weren’t as developed as other plot points.

    1. You should definitely pick it up soon, it was still a very enjoyable read and I hope you think so too <3

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