Well Met (Well Met, #1)
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 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.

Well Met (Well Met, #1) Details

TitleWell Met (Well Met, #1)
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Fiction

Well Met (Well Met, #1) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, to a very small town, after a breakup to help out her sister and niece while her sister recovers from an accident. Her niece, Caitlin, very much wants to be a part of the renaissance fair this year, but she needs a parental guardian to volunteer as well! Emily soon turns into Emma, the tavern wench.➽ Simon - 27, a high school English teacher, and very protective of his town’s renaissance fair, that he helps run every year, while he also becomes Ian Blackthorn, the hottest pirate ever. “Emma the Tavern Wench was turned on by Captain Blackthorn, Pirate. This could be a problem.” I mean, you all know where this is going. But the ride? One of the best I’ve been on for all of 2019. I fell so in love with both of these characters and everything they were going through, while also wishing that Willow Creek, Maryland, was a real town, because I fell in love with the entire community, on and off the fairgrounds.I loved the themes of family and community throughout this story too. The unconditional love between Emily and her sister and niece was the stuff of dreams, and it was a treat to read. The angst between Emily and Simon was the stuff of magic. “Let us love you, and remind you that you’re worth it until you figure out what you’re going to do next.” Overall, I just adored this one. From the romance, to the witty banter, to the sex, to the small-town setting, to the unconditional love of family, it was just everything. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this one. This is such a unique gift to the romcom world, and I hope you all pick it up and fall in love with it soon.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of loss of a loved one (non-hodgkin's lymphoma), grief deception, depression depiction, and abandonment. Buddy read with Riley & Alexa! ❤I read this for SummerAThon! ❤
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 husband dearest who didn’t give a good reaction to my generosity by rejecting wearing tights! Shame!)Elements for falling in love with this book and to be bound for one year and one day:- WE HAVE LOVELY HEROINE IN THE TOWN: Emily, golden-hearted, sweet, friendly, honest, loyal heroine who had dumped and kicked out their shared apartment by his douchebag ex after five years of her relationship (We have a winner slap/punch what makes me happy so much contest: Prize is 10 slaps and 10 punches against this character’s ugly face and uglier soul who made Emily drop her school to support him finish his own law school! Then he dumped her and said they haven’t been dating! Another self-esteem destroyer scumbag!), she moves to support her sister who suffers from injuries and helps her niece for her faire experiment.- WE HAVE A LOVELY, ROMANTIC HERO: At first I thought he was know-it-all, boring, strict, pretentious douchebag. But his connection with his dead brother and his mission to tribute to his memory by taking responsibility of all the hard works of faire earned him 3thousand brownie points. Also his secret identity as pirate is better, hotter, heterosexual version of Jack Sparrow!- SIZZLING CHEMISTRY: They are so hot as a couple. Of course they are also cute especially as their role play parts as Captain Blackthorne and Emma put the fair on fire! So many parts I wonder if it could be more erotic romance because I felt the building tension that any minute they could rip each other’s clothes!- BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTERS: All statues go to the man who carries kilt sexier than Outlander’s star Sam Heughan, yes I’m talking about MITCH, sarcastic, entertaining, flirty, lovable character. Don’t forget smart, mature, sweet little nice Caitlin and best big and supportive sister April. - AMAZING FAIRE ATMOSPHERE: At the beginning I thought it could bored me to death to read a book taken place at faire but as soon as I started turning paces, I took my first steps to the renaissance times and I wished to spend more time, there.- SUMMARY: Likable characters, good plot, fast-paced, moving, romantic, emotional, heart-warming story, wooing gestures, great conclusion! IT WAS GREAT FIX FOR MY ROMANCE CRAVING! I’m happy and smiling. (I know it won’t be long because there are more thriller books on my tbr list but so far this is the best relaxing, entertaining story I’ve read for so long!)
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 and really step into his own person. that character growth made the entire story worth it for me.of course, i also enjoyed the interactions between him and emily. this story is very rom-com-esque, so i know the constant miscommunications and predictable ending would be a given. it didnt lessen my reading experience, but it just lacks that feeling of originality and angst i want when it comes to romance stories, especially when its pitched as 'enemies to lovers.'but overall, this is a sweet, light, and fluffy read that totally hit the spot!↠ 4 stars
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  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    January 1, 1970
    2 StarsI 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 2 StarsI 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 that...Unfortunately, however, despite knowing this would be light and fun...it ended up being just a little too light for me. I felt like I never really got to know any of the characters beyond the surface level and the main romantic relationship was without any romantic tension or chemistry. I enjoyed the writing style, but as I said, it all felt very surface level. I never felt like anything - the characters, and their problems, motivations, and relationships - were never fully fleshed out to my satisfaction. And there was a lot of fodder to make it happen. So many missed opportunities. That said, this was a light, sweet read from which will appeal to many readers. It just didn't work for me.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 take her eyes off the pirate captain, played by none other than Simon. And when Captain Blackthrone wastes no chance to flirt with her, she becomes confused as to whether this is all a part of the show or actually real. I loved the premise of this book so much. Emily and Simon clearly detested each other. But their faire characters fell into somewhat of a “showmance". And the banter was 10/10. I really loved the two sides of Simon. During the week he was a buttoned up English teacher but on the weekend, he let loose and became a devilish pirate with a wicked tongue *wink* I also really liked Emily as a protagonist. Because of her previous breakup, she was dealing with insecurities of not being enough. She was somewhat lost at the start of the book and I loved seeing her move out of her comfort zone and embrace a new start. I am definietly adding whatever Jen DeLuca writes next to my tbr!
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister * On Hiatus
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Renaissance Faire backdrop to this story. It was definitely fun experiencing that through the eyes of the characters. The playacting and Simon’s secret alter ego was extremely attractive and swoon-worthy!! Loved his character! JEN DELUCA delivers a fast-paced, amusing, and well-written read here that had the perfect mix of humour, romantic moments, steam, tension, and warmth. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the relationship between Emily and Simon grow and thought that they had some good chemistry happening there. The supporting cast was also great and complimented the dynamics of the storyline extremely well. Norma’s Stats:Cover: An intriguing, cutesy, colorful, playful and amusing cover that depicts this storyline well.Title: I have a foggy idea of what “Well Met” means, as for the meaning behind the title I see how creative, fitting, and intriguing it is in relation to the storyline. Writing/Prose: Witty, engaging, smart, and well-written. Plot: Charming, fast-paced, fun, sweet, steamy, romantic, captivating, humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining.Ending: A lovely feel-good and satisfying ending that put a big smile on my face!Overall: A laugh-out-loud rom-com with a lovely heroine and a fabulous romantic hero that is absolutely swoon worthy! Would highly recommend!Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Jen DeLuca for the complimentary copy!My review along with Brenda's (we had differing thoughts) can also be seen on our blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 reading that synopsis had me drawn to idea of requesting this baby. I mean, have you read it? Renaissance reenactment? I mean, HECK YES! Sign me up one hundred percent! There is a lot to this story that brings the eye to the attention in all good aspects. Especially when dealing with the characters that will have you questioning a few things, but also make you fall in love with them; "I'd held hands with my share of guys over the years; this certainly wasn't a new experience. But this was the first time I'd felt this: a sense of peace. Of protectiveness. The sense that this was the guy, and he was going to take care of me..." I am keeping it short and sweet with this review, because you cannot miss from reading this novel. I am keeping my eye out that hopefully we can get a book for Mitch? Seriously, I need his kilt to be taken off by my teeth if I am being honest. Jen DeLuca, you better give us more Mitch action. Because I seriously want him like right now. But overall, this story is heart melting. Make sure to check it out, because you don't want to miss out on it. ARC kindly provided by the Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
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  • EmBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsKissing 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 4.5 starsKissing 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 fair which is this huge event that happens in the town every summer, Emily finds out that she has to volunteer so they can accept her niece. So she did it. She actually kind of liked it except for the guy who kind of ruined it for her. For some unknown reason Simon, who kind of runs the fair seems to hate her presence. But is it really hate what he feels?This was such a sweet fun adorable romance with lovable characters!! It felt like watching an amazing play and now I feel like throwing flowers at all the characters. I can’t believe that this is a debut novel! It was so good!! The writing style was so enjoyable. The supporting characters were amazing. The atmosphere was so perfect and refreshing. The romance was so swoon worthy. A really enjoyable rom-com book! Song recommendation:Not a bad thing by Justin Timberlake Summer nights by John legend Something just like this by Coldplay & the Chainsmokers
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWell 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 3.5 starsWell 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. But it was a great start, I just thought the story needed another layer, to make their interest/love more believable.The story was mostly about Emily, her transition to being single again and living in a small town with her sister and her niece, where she literally didn't know anyone. Interestingly enough, Emily really liked the small town feel, compared to her sister, and she welcomed the friendships and opportunities that opened up for her.Simon was interesting when he was personating his Faire character, but otherwise he felt a bit bland, stodgy, and as Emily said once, he had a stick up his butt. Which did go hand in hand with his more serious and quiet demeanor.When Emily and Simon were bar wench and pirate, the interest was palpable but still not enough for me to be convinced. In my opinion they didn't go far enough with their personalization. I wanted to see full on scenes between them, pages upon pages playing to the crowd, but unfortunately that didn't happen. They had some interaction but not enough, maybe a paragraph here and there - I wanted pages. I also felt much of the Faire scenes were told rather than shown. I needed a bit more interaction overall. There was so much potential. I actually craved the interaction that the author hinted on but never fully delivered. I needed that to be a vital part of the book.But otherwise Well Met was a sweet, and well written debut novel. Definitely a book many readers will enjoy. One of those perfect summer reads - light hearted and easy.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 so much older, they're finally getting the chance to build a relationship. And when Caitlin wants to work at the town’s renaissance faire for the summer, Emily has to accompany her, but she doesn't mind. She gets to play a serving wench at the faire’s tavern and she finds herself enjoying all of it.All of it except Simon. During the year he's an English teacher, but he also runs the faire, which was his older brother’s legacy. He doesn’t tolerate any suggestions for changes and he certainly isn’t interested in Emily’s ideas or even her jokes. In fact, it seems like he just wants Emily to leave as quickly as possible.But when the faire officially begins, something inexplicable happens. Why does Simon’s pirate character take such delight in flirting with Emily’s wench? It only seems to happen when they're in character. Is all of this just for show, or is there something else happening here?As Emily struggles with her feelings for Simon, and tries to figure out her future in Willow Creek, she'll realize that living in a small town and having everyone know her business might not be as bad as she thought. But more than that, she'll discover that sometimes loving somebody means giving them the space to figure out their own problems and solutions, no matter how much you want to help.I loved this book. Sure, it was predictable, but the fact is, it was fun, charming, romantic, sexy, and emotional, too. DeLuca captured the setting and tone of a renaissance faire so perfectly I felt like I was right there in the woods alongside everyone. Beyond that, reading Well Met made me crave one of those giant turkey legs, too!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 forced. Also volunteering will give her the opportunity to see Mitch the hot gym teacher in a kilt, that is if she doesn’t get fired from her volunteer position by the uptight Simon. After many Saturdays of rehearsal it is finally time for the fair opening and who is that hot pirate in those tight leather pants? Oh no it cannot possibly be Simon! Ah but it is Captain Ian Blackthorn (Simon’s alter ego) and he is quite fond of Emma (Emily’s alter ego) the tavern wench. I’m certain you know where this is going and let me tell you what it was so much fun getting to that delicious HEA! Emily was such an amazing character, she had such a generous heart and a beautiful spirit. The chemistry between Emily and Simon was undeniable and the banter was divine. The renaissance Fair offered the perfect backdrop to the story. This really actually surprised me I am not a big Renaissance fair person, never been to one, never want to go to one, but I was completely intrigued with the goings-on at the fair. I think it really showcased the sense of community in this small town in Maryland, and added a little extra sparkle to the story. All the secondary characters were delightful! Mitch, stacey, and April in particular. Loved how supportive and kind these characters were. This was just a feel good story that still has me smiling a week later!This book in three emojis: 🏴‍☠️ 💑 ♟*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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 received a copy from the publisher.To see our Two Sisters with two different views blog posthttps://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 months, until April is able to drive and work again. Emily's niece Caitlin would love to participate in the local Renaissance Faire, an accompanying adult/ volunteer is needed...and this is how Emily takes on the role of a tavern wench for six weeks. She quickly discovers that despite being hard work, this is something that makes her feel competent and appreciated, as well as a part of this friendly little community. She also discovers that the sulky and uptight organiser Simon Graham is very different, once he dons a pirate costume. His character Captain Ian Blackthorne rather likes the tavern wench Emma (Emily's character) to the point of agreeing to undergo a beautifully romantic ceremony of binding, a kind of temporary betrothal for a year and a day after which the couple may decide to part and go their separate ways or...declare a different kind of imtentions.The book was so much fun. Emily is friendly, hard-working and helpful. She might be at the crossroads with her own future, but rest assured she will work it out. A lovely character, very easy to relate to and root for. Simon..well...If his character of a pirate doesn't do it for you, how about a quiet, responsible, and loyal teacher of English who is willing to woo his girl, and most importantly knows that she deserves to be the most important thing in his life, even if he has to let go of his past and make a lot of changes. The secondary characters are also kind and positive.I loved the special atmosphere of a small town, where people not only would make casseroles for a neighbour in need, but would also go out of their way to change the schedule of their book club to give you an opportunity to join. If you want to...And if you don't, they won't hold it against you.The book is charming in the best possible way. The pace is just right- the romance is neither too hurried, nor too slow to develop. It takes time to become a part of a community, but the feeling of belonging is worth it, that's why Emily's story is so great.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 enough for him. Simon has an alter ego when he’s on the faire grounds. He begins to flirt with Emily more and let his guard down. And now Emily’s thinking of staying in Maryland for good.Aww, Well Met is so cute and tons of fun with some edge, too. Emily is written well, and she feels like she could easily be a friend of mine. Simon and Emily have a natural chemistry, and it was fun watching their feelings develop. Overall, Well Met is an adorable and endearing romance you can’t miss this fall! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Giveaway win! Reading Rush: Read a book with purple on the cover4.5 StarsRenaissance 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 lameBut...Y'all!!!! This book was so cute and I didn't know that I needed this in my Giveaway win! Reading Rush: Read a book with purple on the cover4.5 StarsRenaissance 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 lameBut...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 relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland to help her sister recover from a car accident. But getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance faire? Or that irritating and inscrutable Simon who is 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 he makes it clear he doesn't have time for Emily's lighthearted approach to life. And I think we all know what happens next.....I loved this book. It was a fun and breezy read. The only thing I would do to improve this book would be to make it a duel prospective. I really really wanted to she the story through Simon's eyes as well. That would have made this a 5 star read. Well Met is sexy and sweet and I want everyone to read this book!
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    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 on the page, an:)The 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 on the page, and I devoured this book. I found the characters relatable, and found myself laughing and crying alongside them. I will definitely be looking out for her next book!✨ So I will admit to not knowing what a Renaissance Faire was (thanks google my old friend 😉) For those like myself who don't know what it is, its an outdoor weekend festival held to recreate the arts and history of the Renaissance. They're usually set in the reign of Elizabeth 1st in England, but can vary. Everyone is in costume, and they offer lots of entertainment, from games to sword fighting and Shakespeare to comedy and magic. You can get food, drink and crafts there too. Holy shit, sign me the fuck up!Anyway back to the book! Emily relocated to Willow Creek, a small town in Maryland to look after her sister and niece after they were involved in a car accident, but she ended up being roped into volunteering at the local Renaissance Faire. There she met a whole array of characters, some of whom she liked, and some that she did not like...wink wink! Simon was in charge of the faire, as it was a part of his family legacy. In real life, he was a straight laced, serious English teacher, who Emily didn't get on with, but during the faire he became a flirty and charismatic pirate, and Emily couldn't stop thinking about him. BUT what was real, and what was part of the act?I just adored the setting of this, in the small town it was set in, with its tight knit community, it was so charming! At first Emily saw it as a pit stop on the way to getting her life back on track, but could it be more? Then there was the faire itself, which was on every weekend for 6 weeks. I'd liken Emily's immersion into faire to when I worked on a summer camp. At first I was sceptical, but then I got sucked into it, and it was like living in a bubble!I loved Emily! She was relatable, and fun, yet showed an insecure side after being treated badly in the past. I really felt for her, and thought she was a great narrator.I loved the friendships that Emily built during the story with Stacey, Mitch and Chris, and felt that the book showed it was possible to find your own community.The book also showed the importance of family. I enjoyed Emily's relationship with her niece Cait, and her growing bond with her older sister April.Well Met had such a bookish theme to it, with the faire, the bookshop 'Read it and weep,' and the many Shakespeare references! That was such a treat for a bookworm like myself!The real draw though was the romance between Simon and Emily. They had such great chemistry, and good banter and I loved it! Their relationship was romantic, sweet, and did get quite steamy. It also felt real. There was a bit of an edge to the story in regards to both of their pasts, and I felt that one of the strong themes was putting yourself first. There was also quite a lot about grieving for a loved one.Ah I just loved it! And cant even properly articulate how good it was?!Well Met left me swooning, and with a goofy smile on my face! I would definitely recommend it to romance readers.Date of publication: September 3rd
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 adult chaperone present, so of course Emily is roped into becoming a volunteer. But Emily actually finds herself having a good time as she meets others in the group and learns her role in the Faire. However, there is one person who just bugs the crap out of her, Simon, a schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers. He dismisses just about everything she has to say pre-Faire, but while the event is going on, it's like he magically turns into a charming, human being and Emily quite enjoys the mutual flirting that goes on between them. But once the Faire is over, is Simon going to go back to his rude self, or is there potential for a real romance?I actually had much more fun with the Renaissance Faire theme than I expected prior to reading. That's not really a time period I'm all that drawn to normally, but it was interesting reading the ins and outs of putting an event like this together. I did like Emily even though she might not be the most original character ever given the whole "recently lost boyfriend, moved to a new town, and feeling lost in life" isn't exactly uncommon in romances. I thought Simon and Emily had good chemistry together which to me is the number one thing I need in order to like a book in the romance genre. Overall, this was a cute story with a few touching moments and I definitely recommend it if you are a fan of the genre.Thank you to First to Read for providing me with an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 amateur, six-weekend-long Renaissance Faire as a performer and - lucky Emily - a parent or guardian is required to participate as well. Which Emily wouldn't mind so much if the high school English teacher in charge of the fair, Simon, weren't such a critical, annoying stick in the mud. Maybe she's more interested in Mitch, the hot blond gym teacher ("Gaston mixed with Captain America")?The weird thing (to Emily) is that when Simon starts dressing up as a pirate for the fair, it's like he gets a total personality transplant. What gives?Well Met is a cute, sexy read. There's not too much really unusual going on here, as compared to other contemporary romance novels, other than the Ren Faire setting, and maybe Simon's struggles to deal with a tragedy in his past. But if you like the idea of the main couple acting like a pirate and a bartending tavern wench (yay?) during their spare time while they work out their love-hate relationship ... this should fit the bill.I'm trying to figure out now what inspired me to ask for this on NetGalley? Probably one of my GR friends reviewed this and it just sounded cute. Recommended if you're a fan of light contemporary romances.Thanks to the publisher, Berkley/Jove, and NetGalley for the ARC!Content note: F-bombs and an explicit sex scene.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely adorable in every single way! Review to come ❤❤❤❤ Absolutely adorable in every single way! Review to come ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    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: https://youtu.be/WEK0io3eaLM
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 or if this is just that fun? Who can say (spoiler : it's just that fun)."So, what, am I just supposed to pull an extra bard out of my ass now?""Not a bad idea. It might dislodge the stick that's up there."This is a women's fiction title but is more romance heavy than some of the more recent ones I've read and it was honestly just.. cozy. We have two sisters, separated by quite a few years, reconnecting when the older sister is injured in a car accident and needs help not only going to and from doctor's appointments but also with her teenager daughter. As Emily's life has recently imploded, losing her job and her boyfriend, it isn't much hardship to uproot herself to her sister's small town. Additionally, Emily thrives on organization and handling crises. Win win win.Emma the Tavern Wench missed Captain Blackthorne greatly. She wanted him to come by the tavern he'd been neglecting lately, because she thrilled to see him and lived for those moments where his attention was like the sun. But Emily the Regular Person wanted to give Simon a good shake and ask him what his problem was.Part of what Emily takes on is a volunteer position in the local Renaissance Faire. Her niece wanted to be part of it and the only condition is a parent or guardian volunteering alongside. So Emily jumps in with both feet; and splashes all over the event organizer, Simon. I don't mean that literally. But Simon is basically the raincloud of Emily's sun and it sets the whole tone for their relationship over the coming weeks."A month ago I hated the guy, and I thought he hated me. This is like a summer romance on steroids."The Faire takes up the majority of the plot and events but it also acts as a great foil for some of the emotional issues that crop up over the story. DeLuca's story touches on topics of grief and self-worth and I thought both were done really well and also just emotional enough without the angst or agony dragging on too long. I'll admit there were brief moments where I thought Emily a touch too in her head or oblivious but it does fit in with her hangups and previous experiences and, in hindsight, I think it fits. I wanted to crawl in to him, become part of him so he would never feel alone again. But I didn't know how to tell him that without it sounding like the world's creepiest Valentine's card.Additionally there were so many moments where I thought "well here comes the misunderstanding or lack of communication romance trope" and instead.. nope. I think that might honestly be the only thing that makes this stand apart from your typical romance. A few less frustrating tropes on the checklist."Brace yourself. I'm going to woo your ass off."If you want some great banter, some excellent tension, smoldering sweet swoons, and a good emotional backbone for a story set against old timey cosplay and fun, you should definitely pick this one up. I'm pleasantly surprised by yet another debut title and can't wait to see what DeLuca does next. And if it involves a companion novel featuring a certain kilted not-so-meaty-meathead and a certain sister..? Here for it.** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 am so glad I did. Well Met is everything a chick lit romance should be and I had so much fun reading it. I’ve never been to a Ren Faire, but now I really want to go (although I do not want to volunteer at one). This book was mostly sweet, but had some small angsty bits that I ate right up. I would love to read more from this author in the future.Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    *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 *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 as Emily, the female protagonist, some of the people she met at faire such as Chris or Stacey or her niece and her sister were characters I grew fond of very quickly. This was also the very first book set at a renaissance faire I’ve read in my life and it made for such an interesting setting. I have to admit, I didn’t really know anything about renaissance faires going into this book because I’ve just never been to one, but it was so cool to learn more about them.However, not everything about this book was great. I didn’t really like how Emily kept finding excuses for Simon’s behavior towards her. In the first half of the novel he often treated her like dirt and while at first she always defended herself and didn’t let him treat her like that, she then always kept finding reasons why he was acting that way and why it was okay. I really didn’t like that and even though some of the things that happened to him were bad and definitely explained why he was often in a bad mood, it still didn’t excuse the way he behaved towards her. Overall however, this was a lovely book and I very much enjoyed reading it. I definitely want to read more about these characters and can’t wait for the sequel Well Played to be released next year!instagram || my blog || twitter
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  • Book of the Month
    January 1, 1970
    Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhenever 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. Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanWhenever 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.But even if you’ve never sported a flower crown or stuffed your face with funnel cake, there’s so much to love about Well Met, a rom-com set at a summer Ren Fest. It’s the story of Emily, a 20-something who, after a bad breakup, moves in with her sister to take care of her niece. Aunt duties lead her to volunteer at the local Ren Faire—as a tavern wench no less—where she’s quick to butt heads with Simon, the uptight schoolteacher in charge of the festival. But when Simon dons his pirate costume, a new and freer personality comes with it, and suddenly Emily finds herself wanting to be more than just enemies...I’m not gonna lie, when I first picked up this book, I was expecting it to be a little too fluffy—but what I found instead was a story that had me completely emotionally invested. Emily is smart, witty, and devoted to her family, and I loved watching her unpack the puzzle that is grumpy Simon. This is a book about friendship, beautiful men in kilts, and figuring out where you belong—and the romance at its core is endearing to witness. Well Met is funny, sincere, and feel-good in all the best ways.Read more at: https://bookofthemonth.com/well-met-546
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  • Samantha Young
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 throughout. Mostly, I was swept up into a romantic comedy filled with originality, humor, charm, emotional depth and a sizzling connection between a pirate and his tavern wench. If you love enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance and are looking for one with a distinctive and entertaining point of view, do not miss out on this book! A clever, enchanting, addictive debut. A new favorite and a must-read for 2019!
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  • .
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars sometimes... enemies to lovers couples that get together at 60% then do nothing for the rest of the book... are boring
  • Rec-It Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE ROMANCE BOOK NOTHIN ELSE IN THE WORLD MATTERS RN
  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3,5Review to come.
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