Well Met

Berkley. Sept. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781984805386. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781984805393. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Emily Parker is only in Willow Creek, MD, to look after her sister and niece while her sister recovers from a recent car accident. Sure, Emily just broke up with her boyfriend and now has no place to live, but really, her stay will be brief. Helping out means volunteering for the annual Renaissance Faire and playing the part of a tavern wench. Giving up her weekends and having to wear a corset isn’t terrible if it allows her to connect with her niece, Caitlin. It’s festival organizer, Simon Graham, who is the thorn in Emily’s side. The faire is Simon’s late brother’s legacy, and he’s determined to run everything the exact same way and with a severe commitment to the show. When the event begins, Simon adopts his alter ego, a confident, flirting pirate with eyes set on Emily’s wench character. Emily’s not sure if it’s all an act or if there’s something more to the tension that’s building and causing them to butt heads at every turn.
VERDICT DeLuca turns in an intelligent, sexy, and charming debut romance sure to resonate with Renaissance Faire enthusiasts and those looking for an upbeat, lighter read.

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