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Well Met: 08/02/21
Well Met by Jen DeLuca is the start of a romance series by the same name. Emily has relocated to Willow Creek, Maryland to help her sister and her niece. Her sister is recovering from a terrible car crash.
The annual ren-faire run by the high school is coming up and Emily is roped into volunteering as a beer wench to guarantee that her niece can participate. It's at the faire that Emily meets broody but handsome Simon. For the faire they have roles to play: she as Emma and he as a pirate. Their characters are wed on the first day of the faire but is there something brewing for real?
Well Met has a good balance of the different narrative threads: home and family obligations, work at the faire, and the romance with Simon. As a newcomer to Willow Creek, Emily's understanding of the faire and Simon's devotion to it. Her lack of history helps drive the emotional and sexual tension.
The second book in the series Well Played (2020).