Author: Jen DeLuca
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.
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.
Each new book Jen DeLuca writes is my new favorite of hers. I absolutely adored Well Matched. DeLuca gave me the romance I was hoping for. Mitch has been a big part of the last two books in this series, and I couldn’t wait for him to get his own book. The man is known for being a bit of a playboy and the life of the party. Matching him up with introverted, single mother April was perfection. April is another character who has played a part in the series since the first book, and I’ve always been curious about her as well.
As readers of this series will know, April and Mitch are sort of friends. They’re in a friend group together. When Mitch needs a fake girlfriend for a family function, he ropes April into helping him out by helping her out with some renovation projections. The more time the two spend together, the more lines between fake relationship and real relationship are crossed. It’s all sorts of fun, especially when you add in a teenage daughter, an ex, one bed, a gossipy town, and the Faire. There’s a little drama sprinkled in, but it is well worth it for the HEA.
One thing I feel like I should mention is that this book follows the first two by being written in a single, first person POV. I know some readers are probably hoping to hear from Mitch, but it’s told in April’s POV. I’m not complaining about that (even though I would have LOVED Mitch’s POV) because there’s enough of both characters’ lives and feelings in there to make a complete story. Plus, seeing Mitch through April’s eyes was all sorts of sweetness.
If you’re a fan of the Well Met series, you’re bound to be a fan of Well Matched. It was just as well written as the previous books in the series and chalk full of great moments and characters. I loved that it gave us not only our favorite Faire setting, but more of Willow Creek. It was a book that had my attention from beginning to end. I loved Mitch and April. I didn’t want their story to end.