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.
This book was so cute and such a fluff read. It reminded me of the hating game just in a fair instead of an office setting. I didn’t expect to love it so much. My co-blogger @thehireader and Amy from @acourtofcrownsandquills both loved this book and so I picked it up on that alone.
Emily is at basically a rock bottom moment. She has no job, her boyfriend just dumped her and her sister has had a car accident leaving Emily to move in with her to help April and her daughter. April and Emily are quite a few years apart so this is a chance to reconnect for them and I loved their scenes together.
Emily finds herself loving willow creek as she makes new friends and works at the bookstore. She loved it here if only for Simon who constantly scowls at her in disapproval and Emily can’t fight the feeling that he hates her.
When Caitlin (April’s daughter) signs up for the fair, Emily has to sign up with her or Caitlin can not participate. Emily didn’t think on top of everything else she’s doing she would be thrown into the role of tavern wench with Stacy and have Simon as the fair organizer. Soon characters are cast and Simon becomes captain black throne and he’s charming and even smiles at her, becomes flirtatious and down to earth.
The writing is meh in the beginning but the second half is so good. I couldn’t help but continue reading wanting to know what happened next. I wanted to know more about the fair, more about willow creek.
The one aspect I loved most in this book was the small town vibe. I am from a town of less than 400 people and seeing that in a book was kinda of cool. Everyone was friendly and down to earth, it was a community who cared and I loved that.
Overall I loved this book. I gave it 4 stars because the beginning is super slow and I found myself not wanting to read it, but it picked up quickly in the middle. This book is super swoon worthy and I hope you love it just as much.