Synopsis: After moving in with her sister to help with her recovery, Emily gets roped into doing a Renaissance Faire with her niece. After clashing with Simon, the guy in charge of the Faire, Emily isn’t sure about the thing, but quickly starts having fun as the tavern wench. Most surprisingly, she is having fun flirting with Captain Blackthorne, a charismatic pirate, who just so happens to be played by Simon.
Spoiler Free Review:
I was immediately drawn to this book for both the cover and the premise. These cute drawn covers are my romance novel weakness!
This was such a cute book overall! I liked the characters, their relationship, and all the of the stuff going in both of their lives. I found Emily super relatable. She is 24, doesn’t know what to do with her life, and get anxious going into unknown social situations. The only difference is that I’m 25! I loved seeing her figure out where she wants her life to go. Basically, I am her at the beginning of the book, but I want to be her at the end of the book 😂. I also loved watching her relationships with her sister and niece grow.
I didn’t feel as strongly for Simon, only because we don’t get to see things from his point of view. I did think that his struggle with grief and doing things because they are expected of him was really interesting.
I love the Faire aspect of this book! It made me really interested in going to one sometime. It just seemed like such a fun atmosphere and the acting aspect of it was so fun. During the Faire, Emily and Simon are pretending to be married for their roles, so it was similar to fake dating. The pirate and wench energy they had was so good!
This book definitely was not as steamy as I thought it would be. I guess the romance I’ve been reading recently has been steamier, so I forgot that romance could be tame! It definitely didn’t take away from the story or relationship at all.
Overall, this was such a cute, fun book! I think what makes it stand out to me is that I enjoyed all the other parts of the plot, not only the romance. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Jen DeLuca in the future!