Title: Well Matched
Author: Jen DeLuca
Series: Well Met #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Length: 10 hours (336 pages)
Release Date: October 19, 2021
Recommended for fans of: Well Met
Content Warnings: divorce
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.
I totally swooned for this fake dating, age gap, forced proximity, friends to lovers, reluctant romance. As much as I love a good enemies to lovers, there’s something so satisfying about watching two characters develop a genuine, caring friendship that develops into something more.
Mitch is by far the best leading man in this series…and it’s not just because of the kilt. While he comes off as a hunky, carefree jock in previous books, this story brings so much depth to his character with his family dyamics.
April could be a bit frustrating. As a single mom and soon-to-be-empty nester, she thinks she knows exactly what she wants…until she doesn’t. She definitely had some issues to deal with, but I wish she had been a bit more open-minded and slower to judge.
All those romance tropes plus the magic of the Ren Faire work together to create a truly charming rom com that will delight readers.