Well Met

Well Met

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Jove,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984805386
Branch Call Number: FIC DELUC J

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JessicaGma Jan 03, 2020

So this was a bit implausible for the friction between the characters - really, angry because someone corrected a form/didn't fill in a form properly?? but then you find out more about them and it's better-ish. Not too bad, but I am unsure if I will tune in for any further adventures in this universe.

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mynovelesquelife
Jan 03, 2020

RATING: 3 STARS

I enjoyed this cute sweet romance set in renaissance faire in a small town. I was expecting a bit more humour from the story, and chemistry between the main characters. It was a bit too predictable for me and I love HEA in rom coms. I did still enjoy it and will listen to book two (coming out in 2020).

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AConsolver
Sep 26, 2019

3.5 Stars - I might recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance.

When Emily moves to a small town to take care of her injured sister and teenage niece, she has to sign up for the Renaissance Faire as a chaperone. Along the way she will meet quirky characters both in and out of costume including a kilted gym teacher, Mitch, and an uptight rule following English teacher, Simon. Emily finds that Simon becomes a whole different person at the Faire, a roguish pirate captain. Along the way she'll question what is real, and what is part of the Faire, and if this is the place she is meant to call home.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but my hopes were just a bit too high I think. A romance novel set at the renaissance festival??? SIGN ME UP! This book did have those two things, but it ended up being a bit more of a story about a girl and her family finding their home in a small town. To start there was just a bit more set up than I'd have liked. They don't actually get to the Faire until about page 95. Once they were there I loved the world, all of the characters, and the interactions. I thought that Emily's wench persona Emma's interactions with Simon's pirate persona a pirate captain were fantastic. I loved the chemistry and the banter. I wanted more of that! I did appreciate that Emily made the move to figure out how much of their relationship was left at the faire vs. real, but the continued worry about that was a lot for me. I didn't understand all of their miscommunication. I like where things ended up and that this will become a series. I like the town and the everyday characters too, so I am excited to see where this will go. Overall I just wanted more tension and swoony moments, and more of the actual faire.

JCLHebahA Sep 04, 2019

This one ticked a lot of the right boxes for me--a nerdy setting and characters with a fun slow-burn romance. Is it a perfect story? No. Honestly, I kinda wanted to smack Simon a few times, but on the whole, this was a story that absorbed and entertained me and didn't let go until I finished it in one sitting. I got exactly what I wanted out of it.

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