Well Met (Well Met 1) by Jen DeLuca
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
Romantic Comedy. Standalone in an related series.
If you are looking for a light, unique, and fluffy romcom, Well Met by debut author Jen DeLuca may fit the bill. And if you’ve enjoyed your local Renaissance Faire, then Well Met might just be a must-read.
Emily moved to a small town to help her sister while she recovered from an accident. Her teenaged niece wanted to volunteer for the local Renaissance Faire, but had to do it with an adult, so Emily ended up having to volunteer as well. Only the first volunteer meeting didn’t go that well.
“Ugh.” I turned to Stacey. “Is he always that unpleasant?”
“No, you seem to bring it out in him. Good going.” She watched him walk away. “The thing about Simon is that Faire’s just … it’s his thing. He’s very protective of it. Everything has to go right.”
Simon is a stick-up-his-ass English teacher who is in charge of the Faire. His life seems to revolve around making sure the festival is historically accurate and well, perfect. He is immediately on Emily’s case because she isn’t quite as serious about it. But when the Faire begins, Emily turns into Emma the Tavern Wench, and Simon turned into a sexy pirate.
It was a lot of fun reading all about the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into the Renaissance Faire, and I am so sad the last few weeks of ours was cancelled due to the virus. I also really liked how the characters’ alternate personas started liking each other before they did.
“I’d known Simon for months now, and I’d seen different sides of him. Uptight rule-follower. Easygoing pirate. Both of those personas were stripped away now and I’d found a new Simon underneath. The real Simon. I liked him. A lot.”
There was a lot of cute romance and most of it took place at the Faire. It was a fun and unique change of pace, there was a little romantic competition but no real angst, just light and fun fluff.
“I don’t think you’ve ever been wooed. Have you?” The words were a low whisper in my ear, and the shiver intensified….
“I . . . I can’t say that I have.” That was an understatement.
“Then brace yourself.” He straightened up and backed away from me a step or two. “I’m going to woo your ass off.”
- The unique and fun setting of the Renaissance Faire.
- It was quite obvious that the author has worked at a faire.
- It was very well written, I was surprised it was a new author.
- Great banter.
- Men in kilts!
- I really liked the supporting characters.
- Well written sex scene that fit the book.
- I felt like we only just scratched the surface of getting to know the characters, and while they had great chemistry, I didn’t get to know them enough to feel the true love.
The narration was fantastic. I’ve not heard Brittany Pressley before and I loved her performance.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 Narration