Rom Com meets Faire life? YES PLEASE. Also it is an enemies to lovers trope, which is ALSO LIFE.
I loved Emily and Simon. I loved the back and forth between the two and the fact that i have NEVER read a story in this environment and that made me so extremely excited. I love a good rom com and I love them even more when I feel like I haven't read them 100 times before.
This was one that stuck out for me.
The banter between the characters was spot on and I loved that the transition for the trope felt completely normal for these two. Enemies to lovers has to be done right and this author nailed it. This novel was perfectly wrapped up in a contemporary bow and I completely enjoyed it.
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.