Title/s (In Order):
#1: Well Met
#2: Well Played
#3: Well Matched
Author: Jen DeLuca
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Humour
Stand Alone/Series: Series
Hardcopy/Kindle: Both, I have it on Kindle
Memorable Quotes: “Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”
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.
Review – No Spoilers –
This book was really, really fun. I found it so different to a lot of ‘romance/comedy’ type novels out there.
The concept of it being based around almost like a roleplay-like journey was fantastic, and really clever. It was written well, descriptive enough but it also left a lot for your imagination to run with.
I think what was one of my favourite things about this book is how much I felt like I was hanging on the end of my seat for when they would cross paths in their ‘character’ roles.
The switch from who they were in character, to reality, was so much fun that I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages with eagerness to read more, and more. It was such a creative read, something that I had never read something similar to before.
There were a lot of layers to this story. It was not just surface character development, as there was a lot of deeper movement happening as they learned more about one another (Simon and Emily, that is) and when they saw what was really happening beneath the surface for one another, it took the story to a whole different level.
Overall Verdict: This is a great book to put onto your reading list, especially if you are in a bit of a reading funk.