I received a gifted galley of WELL MATCHED by Jen DeLuca for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 10/19/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
WELL MATCHED is the third book in Jen DeLuca’s Well Met series which revolves around a small town and the renaissance fair that springs up there every summer. April is a single mother who is facing the end of her daughter’s high school career. When her daughter leaves for college, she’s free to sell her house and move back to the city as she’s always planned. First, she needs to fix up her house.
Enter Mitch, ren faire performer, gym teacher and ladies man. Mitch has a family function coming up and he wants to show his family he’s not just a goof off. He asks April to step in as his “girl friend” to impress the family. April agrees to help her friend in exchange for some help around the house!
After the rest of the books in the series, I was surprised how little we saw of the ren faire in this installment early in the book. Given that April considers herself someone who doesn’t join things, it makes sense though that her character isn’t first in line to sign up to volunteer at the faire. These books do only give the female POV, so while Mitch is more involved in the faire’s planning, we mostly hear about that as distant background.
All that said, I did really enjoy the book and the friendship between Mitch and April. This relies on several romance tropes along the way, all done well in my opinion. I liked how this explored the age difference between the characters and the family issues that both are dealing with.
This is a fun addition to the Well Met series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! WELL MATCHED is out now!