Author: Jen DeLuca
Series: Well Met, book 3
Publisher: Berkley (October 19, 2021)
Paperback, 336 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
I was SO EXCITED for Mitch and April’s book! I fell in love with Mitch (who yes, is a bit of a Himbo and that’s GREAT, okay?) right upon meeting him in the first book in the series, Well Met. It’s also really refreshing to see a grumpy one and sunshine one trope where the woman is the grumpy one!
As ever with romances told from just one POV, I’d love to see the other MC’s POV. That’s not Jen DeLuca’s style for this series, and I appreciate the consistency, but I always want to know what the other one is thinking/feeling. In the other books there are some context clues that make it more obvious that the hero has FEELINGS, but it’s less obvious in this one and I missed that a bit.
Still, I love the chemistry between April and Mitch. Well Matched has a friends-to-lovers vibe while also being a great fake dating trope book. I saw some of the twists coming from a mile away, but that didn’t make them any less great when they materialized. 🙂
This is the third book in the Well Met series. While it can technically be read as a stand-alone, you’d miss some great relationship development that happens in the earlier books in the series, especially the second book, Well Played. And there are definitely spoilers for the first two books, so I recommend you read this entire (FANTASTIC) series in order!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.