Well Met

Well Met

Book - 2019
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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 :, Jove,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984805386
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 22, 2021

Emily has just been dumped by her high powered lawyer boyfriend, whom she had supported through law school, so when her sister April shatters her leg in a car accident, Emily packs up her life and goes to stay with her in the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland. April's daughter, Caitlin, wants to participate in the local Renaissance faire, but Emily is told that since Caitlin is underage, she must have an adult participate with her. Emily sees no choice but to join in, even though, Simon, one of the organizers, makes it seem as though she can do nothing right. The animosity between Emily and Simon grows until the time for the faire nears when Emily starts to see that there is another side to Simon.

Well Met is a term used during the Renaissance period, meaning nice to meet you or pleased to meet you, which describes Emily's indoctrination into the world of the Renaissance faire. Emily's position as serving wench at the faire is symbolic of the way Emily looks at herself after her boyfriend left; she feels unworthy of attention or love. Her lack of confidence borders on annoying, but never tips too far over that line. Overall, this is a fun, light romance with likable characters and an enjoyable plot.

Dec 21, 2020

This book sucked dude, author was clearly super horny the entire time she was writing it, I don't need a 10 page long bedroom scene, gross, stick to the story, holy crap bro so over the top and graphic
Total lack of discretion by author

Sep 09, 2020

This book was cute and nerdy. The main character was a bit annoying to read because she was so unremarkable and believed herself to be unremarkable. I don't understand why anyone would quit college for their boyfriend to go to law school. It just seemed like a bizarre choice. Overall this book was an enjoyable enough read, but it won't be a favorite.

Jun 23, 2020

Great first book for this author! I’ll definitely pick up her next book. Different storyline made it intriguing. Charming romance.

Apr 21, 2020

When Emma moves to Willow Creek to help take care of her sister who is recovering from a car accident, she joins the local Renaissance Faire in order to spend time with her niece. This is where she meets Simon, an uptight school teacher who just happens to be in charge of all of the volunteers for the faire. In the classic hate to love trope, Emma and Simon begin to fall for each other while playing their faire personas: a bar wench and a rogue pirate. I enjoyed the Ren Faire setting which I thought was very clever. The scenes at the faire were fun to read and were very entertaining. I did find some of the relationship between Simon and Emma to be lacking in development. Where their flirting in character was fun and believable, their actual relationship wasn't as believable at times. I felt that their romance seemed a bit rushed and would have loved more character and relationship development. That said, overall I enjoyed this book and I am Iooking forward to the second installment.

Feb 17, 2020

Insta recommended

Feb 13, 2020

Light, easy read. Who doesn’t love a Renaissance Faire?

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.

Jan 03, 2020


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).

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.

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