Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (Well Met #3)
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: You know those times where it feels like the universe is speaking to you. I went to open a new bottle of wine and my electric wine opener ran out of battery, and boy that was a sign. So, no red wine for me today.
Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell.
Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire — a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favor too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher. April reluctantly agrees, but when dinner turns into a weekend trip, it becomes hard to tell what’s real and what’s been just for show. But when the weekend ends, so must their fake relationship.
As summer begins, Faire returns to Willow Creek, and April volunteers for the first time. When Mitch’s family shows up unexpectedly, April pretends to be Mitch’s girlfriend again… something that doesn’t feel so fake anymore. Despite their obvious connection, April insists they’ve just been putting on an act. But when there’s the chance for something real, she has to decide whether to change her plans — and open her heart — for the kilt-wearing hunk who might just be the love of her life.
An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights
Drunk Overview: April, single mother (and sister of first books’ Emily) pretends to be a friends girlfriend in front of his family. Mitch, said friend, is the gym teacher at a local school and loves the Renn Faire that April’s daughter loves. It’s cute as shit.
Drunk Thoughts: It’s cute as shit.
- I wish this is what the second book was. I just didn’t care for it.
- Meanwhile, April is guarded and Mitch is so clearly into her, that it makes for a delightful story.
- Seriously, watching April open up and become willing to do the Renn Faire and figuring out what she actually wants in beautiful.
- Meanwhile, Mitch seems so secure in what he wants, but it’s great to see someone who knows what they’re about, even when no one else does.
- Seriously though, his family sucks, minus a few people.
- But their relationship developed so organically (to the point that i knew in book one they were going to get together.
- Look, this is a romance novel straight up, so the plot had some traditional twists and turns and required a grand romantic gesture.
- But god, I’m a sucker for a grand romantic gesture.
- And without getting into details (because they’re great), I loved the fact that the biggest moments in this book all happen in private spaces.
- This is the third book in the series and everyone else has their grand romantic gestures in massively public spaces.
- But these characters, the needed the quiet and nothing in public for it to really matter. The publicity comes later, and still is important, but it’s those quiet moments that needed to happen.
- Ii was kind of hoping that more would happen with April’s ex, but it does make sense that he was a non-issue, he had never been much of an impact in their lives, which means he shouldn’t be major in this book.
- Unfortunately, I can already tell I’m not going to be nearly as enthused about the next book (Mitch’s sister and one of the traveling minstrels who is a “bad boy” of the Renn Faire and has a “wench in every town.”
- Meanwhile, what I love about this book was that in both cases (whether they liked it or not) they were so connected to the people around them.
- Even April with her need to be hands-off has so many connections.
- It was beautiful.
What it Pairs With: I was a high ABV cider. The Renn Faire I’m most familiar with (in Marlyand) has a Bee Sting, which is half Mead half Cider and it’s amazing!