“I didn’t choose the wench life, the wench life chose me.”– Jen DeLuca
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.
Super swoony, cute, smart, and my favorite part, it doesn’t 100% focus on romantic relationships. Did I mention, RENAISSANCE FAIRE!?
I love an enemy to lovers type of romance and lets just say that was definitely what I got! Not only was the relationship between Emily and Simon wooing, it was also very raw and real.
DeLuca intrigues things from anxiety to depression, relationship issues and connection, as well as hard break ups, loss, illness, and insecurities. Not only are these issues brought to light in the book, but the book also shows how looked over they are and, to me, shows how these things are looked at in society today.
Now, let’s talk about that romance! You can feel the tension and connection between Simon and Emily from the very beginning. I was on the edge of my seat everytime they were together just waiting for the moment they finally kiss!
I, however, was a bit annoyed that Emily was constantly letting her insecurities get in the way. From her relationship with Simon, to her relationship with her sister, to her job she was always over analyzing every little thing. But this shows the real ness of anxiety and just how much we can be effected by others actions, and that is what made the book real!
Overall, it was an an absolute great read that was riveting, real, and gives the read a glimpse into the life of RENAISSANCE FAIRE!