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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 th
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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Jen DeLuca WELL MET is an adult romance, so there are a couple of steamy scenes and a fair amount of adult language.
Elizabeth Laskey It's mentioned several times that he doesn't appreciate her lack of effort in choosing a name. He believes "Emma" is too close to "Emily" and that she…moreIt's mentioned several times that he doesn't appreciate her lack of effort in choosing a name. He believes "Emma" is too close to "Emily" and that she therefore didn't put as much thought into her name choice as the other cast members. Is it a silly reason for him to be upset? Of course. But that's Simon! (less)

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Melanie
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

Be still, my heart. This really was the romcom of my dreams. My whole life, I’ve been obsessed with going to renaissance fairs every fall in Michigan. My heart (and my nostalgia) is just so strong thinking about the memories I have from each year I went, numerous times. But never have I ever read a book where the setting was a renaissance fair! Well, that is until Jen DeLuca decided to give me everything I’ve ever wanted.

Emily - 24, trav
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
FIVE FULL HOTTEST PIRATE ALERT and BEAUTIFUL, FAIRE-Y TALE-Y, SWEETEST STARS!

After for a long time and worst experiences with my favorite authors, I was about to lose my hope to find some lovable romance! Then I finally start this book and TATATA I FELL IN LOVE with it! I’m correcting it! IT LITERALLY WOOED ME!

Cute, sweet, swoony, smart and plus it gives you to urge attending a renaissance fair urgently. (I already ordered my Marie Antionette costume for me and Robin Hood costume for my husban
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 8/21/20: A solid re-read! I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much the second time around, but it was still mega cute and I'm excited to carry on with the rest of the series! I need Mitch's story, like, yesterday

Original read 7/1/19: This was SO DAMN CHARMING. Pretty sure I was grinning like a fool the entire time because I just loved it so much. MY HEART!
emma
It is with great sadness and dignified surprise that I must inform you: I am an alien.

I have always assumed myself to be of this Earth, considering I have memories going back 15+ years of living here and also zero memories of space or spacecraft or alien technology. Also I feel that I would have some sort of soft spot for galaxies and planets and whatnot if I were an alien, and as is I have no affection of the kind. Plus I don’t even like sci-fi. It’s usually my least read genre.

But apparently a
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jessica
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you guys. its official. hot english teachers whose alter-ego is a roguish pirate are so my thing. it may sound a bit niche, but its the only thing that will do it for me. my heart has decided and theres nothing i can do about it now.

and until that perfect guy comes along, i guess i will just have to spend my time happily daydreaming about simon. i have a weak spot for guarded, yet vulnerable, romantic interests, so simon had my attention from page one. i enjoyed seeing him come out of his shell
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Miranda Reads
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
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And someday, I wanted someone who would love me. Not for what I could do for them, but for who I was to them.
Emily has hit a crossroads.

She supported her boyfriend for years as he went for his law degree...only to be thrown aside now that he's achieved his dreams.

She's decided to relocate to Willow Creek to take care of her injured sister...but little does she know that even that comes with
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Stars

I picked this for my August Book of the Month box selection. I was fresh off The Reckless Oath We Made and was in "Renaissance mode," I guess. And while this book is usually not something I go for - I don't typically read light, mainstream contemporary romance (nothing against it, just not really my typical fare) - this book sounded really cute and I was very drawn to it and excited for it to arrive. Plus, it had a really cute cover in what is pretty much my favorite color. So there's tha
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Samantha
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2020
4.5 stars although I may bump it up to 5. I’m just annoyed with it right now.

This book was 5 stars for the first 75%. Banter. So much banter. So much hate to love. Perfection in every way and I had no complaints. It even had the best written sex scene I have ever read and I’m someone who typically cringes at sex scenes, especially how they are written.

The major conflict near the end of the book was what tripped it up a bit for me. The main characters personality changed a bit and some things,
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
”Someday, I wanted someone who would love me. Not for what I could do for them, but for who I was to them.

This is truly one of the most romantic and addictive books I read this year or at this point last year because it’s 2020 now which is absolutely crazy.

So, what is this book about?
Well Met follows Emily who has come to Willow Creek, Maryland to take care of her sister, April, who has broken her leg a
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Riley
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Consider me properly wooed by this book! This was the perfect summer romance.

Fresh of the heels of a bad break up, Emily moves to a small town to take care of her older sister and niece after her sister was in a car crash. Emily gets roped into joining the towns annual Renaissance Faire as a tavern wench. Right off the bat she get’s off on the wrong foot with the leader of the faire, Simon, who seems to disapprove of every move Emily makes. But once the faire begins, Emily’s wench persona can’t
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Christy
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-five-stars
5 stars

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This was the sweetest and most delightful romance! I'm a sucker for a good enemies to lovers story. Add in the fact that this takes place at a Renaissance Faire and I was sold. Just seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I knew I would love this book, and I was 100% right.

Emily isn't much of a small town girl, but when her sister gets in an accident and needs help with her teenage niece, Emily moves to Willow Creek to be there for them. When her niece wants to join the Renn Faire f
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“someday, I wanted someone who would love me. Not for what I could do for them, but for who I was to them.”


Emily is in town to help her sister, who is recovering from a bad car accident. When her niece begs Emily to take her to audition for the local Renaissance Faire Emily finds herself having to join in as well.

Pretending to be a wench from the 17th century turns out to be more fun than she expected. The only part Emily doesn't like is that she and Simon, the guy in charge of the volunteers
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Norma
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requests
Cute, fun, & endearing!

WELL MET by JEN DELUCA is an adorable, charming, heartwarming, romantic, and sweet lighthearted rom-com that captured my heart and attention. I was immediately hooked and fully absorbed within this tale. I absolutely loved the small town atmosphere and the Renaissance Faire elements to the storyline, and got a kick out of the hate to love relationship between Emily and Simon.

I’ve always had this fascination and appeal to renaissance times so I absolutely loved the Renaiss
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Yun
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Met is the quintessential modern rom-com. Emily, after moving to a small town to help out her sister and niece, is roped into participating in the town's Renaissance fair as a tavern wench. There she meets a swaggering, flirty pirate, Simon, with whom she immediately feels the sizzle of attraction. The problem is that the pirate happens to be played by an uptight English teacher who runs the fair on a tight leash while disapproving of Emily's carefree attitude. So what's a girl with this ki ...more
Cristina Monica
3.5 stars.

This romance was both familiar and unfamiliar for me.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably never been to a faire before and thought that was a thing for Hollywood movies. I’m not even sure we have those in Montreal but maybe I just haven’t known where to look thus far.

So the setting of the Renaissance faire in this story felt very original to me. The fact that a love-hate, slow-burn romance blossomed at the faire only made things better and more exciting of course. I couldn’t wait
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Corina
3.5 stars

Overall, the novel was right up my alley, the setting was unique, and the writing on par with other romances I’ve read.

The love story between Emily and Simon was a bit of a slow burn. But I didn’t mind much, I love a good slow burn romance.

Surprisingly the novel focused a good amount on Emily. Her transition to being single again and living in a small town with her sister and her niece, a place where she literally didn’t know anyone. Interestingly enough, Emily really liked the small to
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Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Well Met was pretty popular even before it came out. Booktubers talked about, had showcased their proof copies they were very lucky to get, many of my Goodreads friends also read it, and everyone seemed to love it.

“The best romance comedy of 2019, new hate to love story you will fall in love with” is what they said.
And how it affected me? I expected just that, but in the end I didn’t fall into the wagon of people who loved it oh so much.

To me, it was funny and entertaining book, but nothing more
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CristiinaReads❀
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
A sweet romance that has so many touching moments between Simon and Emily, that will have you dreaming for much more...



Let's begin by stating that this is Jen's debut novel and the first time reading anything by her, so I am rather surprised at myself that I was able to enjoy her story. Why am I surprised you may say? Because lately, with new authors I have not been hitting it squared. And it scares me to think that this may be a constant thing with future new authors. Either way, I can say
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Warda
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, me and my mushy-caged heart loved this story.
It was nerdy, communal and healing.

In summary, we have a bubbly Emily who’s uprooted her life for her sister who was in a car accident, though it doesn’t feel like much has been uprooted since she more or less lost everything. And taking care of her sister and her niece felt much easier to deal with than what her life had become.
We have our resident, grumpy Simon who instead of facing his problems, hid behind a project his brother built and w
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EmBibliophile
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

Kissing my summer vacation goodbye with this adorable book!!

I know absolutely nothing about renaissance fairs, but thanks to this book I get to experience this awesome event!! It’s so fun. So adorable. So enjoyable. Definitely a book that would put a smile on your face.

Emily moved to Willow Creek to help her sister and niece since her sister has been in an accident. Emily was just helping around, driving her niece and her sister and things like that. When her niece decides to join the f
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Whitney Atkinson
This book was fine. I have nothing majorly for or against it; it just struck the middle of the road for me. Initially, I really liked that the main character is a college drop-out and it focuses on her selfconsciousness about that because I've never seen that trait in a romance before. Also, I thought the writing style was funny and I would have tabbed it up had I gotten my own copy rather than a library book.

But then, the writing style became more of a hindrance than something I enjoyed. This i
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Larry H
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Huzzah, Jen DeLuca! Huzzah indeed!!

Emily’s life is kind of at a dead end. Her fiancé ended their engagement, leaving her with nowhere to live, and really no prospects. When her older sister is in an accident, Emily drops everything—not that it's too big a sacrifice—and heads to Willow Creek, a small town in Maryland, to care for her sister and her teenage niece, Caitlin.

Taking care of all of her sister and niece's needs makes Emily feel like she has a purpose again. Since her sister is
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.25 stars for this fluffy Renaissance Faire-inspired contemporary romance. Emily, fresh off a painful breakup with her long-term boyfriend - she dropped out of college to put him through law school, spoiler: BIG MISTAKE - temporarily moves to the small town of Willow Creek in Maryland to help out her older sister April, who's laid up from a severe car accident, and April's 14 year old daughter Caitlin.

Right after she gets to town Emily finds out that Cait is dead set on participating in the to
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well, until around the 70% mark on the audio book, I was going to give this book 4.5 stars and buy it. It was so fluffy!!



Then the smut scene, which I usually skim over if one shows up in a book depending on certain things, happened. (Movies and certain books are ok, but a lot isn’t any more with my trauma past and the battle with cervical cancer) I like the sexy parts to leave things to my own imagination and not carry on about cocks and slits and shit! I do believe I can imagine that goodness
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Berit☀️✨
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Best romcom I’ve read this year!!!

I loved absolutely everything about this book! Jen DeLuca stole my heart with this charming romance. Emily’s life has kind of fallen apart so when her sister April needs her help she sees it as a perfect opportunity to regroup, her intention was never to stay in small town Maryland. It also was not part of her plans to spend her summer volunteering at a Renaissance Fair. But when her 14-year-old niece needs a parent to supervise her volunteering she feels forc
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Well Met starts off with such a great opening line and it hooked me in right away. I was smitten with the story theme here with enemies to lovers and the Renaissance Faire adds something different and fun to the story.

At about the halfway mark, things started to slow down for me and I wanted to feel more tension, suspense and substance to the characters and their relationships. It’s not an easy thing to pull off for this picky non-romantic soul and I am in the minority here with my thoughts.

I r
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Trina (Between Chapters)
YES. INJECT THIS INTO MY SOUL. I LOVED IT.

Not sure how much your enjoyment of this story will depend on your opinions of Ren Faires, but the faire in this book felt exactly like the one in my state that I've been to and that really brought it to life.
Em Lost In Books
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-19, debuts, 2-star, 2020
2.5*

A romance/chick lit for times when you don't want to think about the story and characters too much.
preoccupiedbybooks
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This copy was available for me to download on edelweiss.plus, in exchange for an honest review :)

The cute, nerdy, and funny renaissance faire love story that I didn't know I needed!

Be still my beating heart! ❤️ A slow burn enemies to lovers romance set in a forest with pirates, wenches and royalty..what more could I ask for?! This was definitely my favourite romance of the summer, and I can't quite believe that it's Jen DeLuca's debut novel! I was so impressed with her writing, it really flowed
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Erin
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Giveaway win!

Reading Rush: Read a book with purple on the cover

4.5 Stars

Renaissance Romance

That is not something that usually interests me. I've only been to one Renaissance Faire in my life and I didn't like it at all. It wasn't my jam but the food was good so there's that.

Well Met surprised the HELL out of me. I expected this to be super corny and lame

But...

Y'all!!!!

This book was so cute and I didn't know that I needed this in my life.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she re
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Jen DeLuca was born and raised near Richmond, Virginia, but now lives in Arizona with her husband and a houseful of rescue pets. She loves latte-flavored lattes, Hokies football, and the Oxford comma. Well Met is her first novel, inspired by her time volunteering as a pub wench with her local Renaissance Faire.

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