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.Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley
What did I think?
Some books grab you from word one and this is one of those for me. I’m not even particularly into the Ren Faire fandom. But, if you want to dip your toes into the genre that is Romance, this may be your gateway book. Also, I don’t know that much about Romance yet, but if hot English teacher turned roguish pirate is a thing, someone comment and point me to more books please. Of course the two MC don’t get along at first, and you are just waiting for something to drive them together. It was a delicious wait, the story is the perfect length, and although small towns aren’t for me, the whole plot was completely plausible. This book is the perfect beach/winter day/escape your own life book, and it has zero calories, unlike peanut butter cups. I’ll be pre-ordering the sequel for sure.
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