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.
I loved everything about this book. I spend a wonderful fall evening curled up with my pup in bed reading this. Though, this one would be a great summer read too.
Jen DeLuca made me fall in love with all of these characters so easily as well as the small town they all live in.
I adored the small-town setting of Willow Creek, Maryland. It was so fun to read about the people who live in and love this small town. Everyone knowing everyone else’s business just a symptom of what it’s like to live in such a town.
Emily is an outsider in Willow Creek. She’s come to take care of her sister and niece after they were in a car accident. I loved that. The family aspect of the story warmed my little heart. These sisters have an age gap of twelve years, so they’ve not been the closest of sisters. But in Emily’s time in Willow Creek, this starts to change. I just adored that.
Then there’s Simon, grumpy faced and stressed about the Faire. Emily immediately does not like him. Enter a sort of hate to love story. It’s not really enemies to lovers because they don’t know one another at all. I liked Simon. He’s still figuring out how to live in his hometown now that his brother has died, wondering if he will forever be Sean’s little brother. Running the Faire every year to keep his memory alive. The Faire is also the six weeks out of the year where he gets to have fun. He plays a pirate, and boy did I swoon for him.
There’s so much more to this story than I’m finding myself able to put into words. It was funny and heartwarming, but also had lessons of forging your own path in the world. I loved this book and I already cannot wait for Stacey’s story in the next book. I’m also really hoping we get a third that will be April’s story. So, this is one I definitely recommend.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.