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Well Met

(Well Met #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,847 ratings  ·  1,986 reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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, travels across the country
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-m-intrigued

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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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!
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 pe
Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health
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 Rena
Cristina | CristiinaReads
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 for sure that r
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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/>Kissing
3.5 stars

Well Met was a great debut novel, with a wonderfully refreshing plot. The writing flowed and the characters were very well developed. It was easy to experience the faire with Emily, since the author apparently wrote from her own experiences, and visited a Renaissance Faire before.

The love between Emily and Simon was slow burn. And I wished there was a bit more to it. They didn't spent nearly enough time together. And the time that they did spend together, wasn't really enough for a deeper relationship. Bu
Larry H
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 co
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fo
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 enj
Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
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. ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, romance
Emily is used to putting other people's needs before her own. She dropped out of college to do two jobs and put her boyfriend through his expensive law school. He was supposed to help her after the graduation, but as soon as he got his new and shiny degree, he decided to break up with her and cancelled their flat lease. As Emily was desperately trying to sort her life out, her older sister April had a car accident and, of course, Emily is only happy to stay in Willow Creek and help out for a few ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.66 stars for this 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 town's am
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This copy was available for me to download on, 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 on the page, an:)
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Cute, sweet, and fun! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Emily moves to Maryland to help her sister recover from an accident. She ends up volunteering, not necessarily enthusiastically, to work in the Renaissance Faire with her teenaged niece. On top of that, Simon, the teacher managing the faire, is annoying to no end, which, of course, keeps Emily daydreaming about him.

The faire is serious business to Simon’s family, and it’s his responsibility to make sure it carries on with purpose and tradition. Emily is not serious eno
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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



This book was so cute and I didn't know that I needed this in my
Katie B
I was in the mood for a good romance and this one delivered! I liked the chemistry between the main characters and I really loved how the author worked a Renaissance Faire into the storyline. Made the story a little more unique.

After getting dumped by her boyfriend and losing her apartment, Emily goes to Maryland to help out her sister who is recovering from a bad car accident. Emily's niece is wanting to participate in the town's Renaissance Faire but she can only join if she has an
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Absolutely adorable in every single way! Review to come ❤❤❤❤ ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Yikes, what a shitshow. Words cannot express how much I hated this book. Oh wait, they can, I wrote three whole pages of notes for my rant video.
Here we go:
If what you've always wanted is a romance set against a Renaissance Faire, with a hate to love trope, then WELL MET is sure to be the book of your dreams. Or at least one of your top favourites from 2019.

I've only read one other book with this kind of setting, and honestly both the title and the author escape me, so that probably says a lot about how much I liked it. As a result I maybe went in to this one with lower expectations but whether that had anything to do with my enjoyment
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Buddy reading this with Melanie!

4.5 stars, and I genuinely am really tempted to round up to 5 stars because the reading experience made me so happy. It was so fun to experience Renn Faire through the book, to get a glimpse of life in this small town and to get a romance I could root for too!
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

Well Met is about a young woman named Emily who dropped everything in her life when her sister is in a car accident. Taking care of her sister and her teenage niece, Emily is roped into volunteering at the local Ren Faire where she meets Simon, a rude and judgy English teacher. But when the faire starts, Simon turns into a charismatic pirate and Emily finds herself seeing a different side of him.

What a cute debut novel! I don’t remember why I placed a hold on this book from the library, but I
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, arc
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Well Met by Jen DeLuca was such a cute read and I think I’ve rarely ever had to smile so much while reading a book.

It’s a hate-to-love romance novel and the trope was done so well. The tension between the two love interests was great and I loved reading about them slowly starting to like each other. I also really liked the characters in Well Met. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Simon, the guy who organizes the faire, but others such
Samantha Young
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel so lucky to have gotten an early copy of Well Met by Jen DeLuca. Thank you to my publisher for sending me along an ARC! The concept immediately appealed to me: young woman moves in with her sister to help out during a difficult time and ends up roped into participating as a tavern wench at the local Renaissance Faire. Yes! Everything about that, yes!
It was just as funny and refreshing as I’d hoped it would be, and this Shakespeare fan was delighted by the many nods to the bard throu
Book of the Month
Why I love it
by Brianna Goodman

Whenever I show off my hometown of Annapolis, MD, to first-time visitors, I make them do the following things: eat crabs, sit by the bay, and spend a day at the Renaissance Festival. If that last one gave you pause, allow me to convince you: Giant turkey legs! Lots o’ booze! You can throw an axe, watch grown men wield spears, and, inexplicably, slide down a magic carpet-themed slide! Needless to say, I’ve got serious Ren Fest nostalgia.

2.5 stars

sometimes... enemies to lovers couples that get together at 60% then do nothing for the rest of the book... are boring
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Jen DeLuca was born and raised near Richmond, Virginia, but now lives in Central Florida 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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