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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 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. An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.


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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 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. An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.

30 review for Well Matched

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    I would die for Mitch. I'm sorry, but he might be my favorite hero in this series. Who am I kidding? I'm not sorry. I love him so much, even Simon pales in comparison. This book was such a fun, addictive read. And I'm not just saying this because I adore Mitch. I'm saying this because I also adore our protagonist, April. She's been through a lot and has built a wall around herself, and I loved watching her learn how to come out of her shell over the course of this book. Her dynamic with Mitch was I would die for Mitch. I'm sorry, but he might be my favorite hero in this series. Who am I kidding? I'm not sorry. I love him so much, even Simon pales in comparison. This book was such a fun, addictive read. And I'm not just saying this because I adore Mitch. I'm saying this because I also adore our protagonist, April. She's been through a lot and has built a wall around herself, and I loved watching her learn how to come out of her shell over the course of this book. Her dynamic with Mitch was so fun to watch, and did I mention there's the fake dating trope? And only one bed? This book spoils us. Now, if you've read Jen DeLuca's previous books, you probably already have an idea of what to expect from the writing. It's grounded, relatable, with plenty of wit. What I love a lot about this book, that we didn't see much in the previous two, is the actual town of Willow Creek. We know the Ren Faire well by now, but through April's eyes we see the downsides of such a small town. But don't worry, we still get some time on Faire grounds. It definitely isn't as big of a part of this book as it is the first, or even really the second, but I appreciated the glimpses of it we got. And the rest of the plot and characters made up for the lack of Renaissance escapism. In the end, this was a fantastic installment in a series that made me spend way too much money on my own Ren Faire dress (no, technically Jen DeLuca didn't force me to buy it, but I am blaming her). I'm going to miss Mitch and April, but I already cant wait for my next reread. -Thoughts Before Reading- I just got a renaissance dress for when I go to the ren faire later this year so, of course, I reread this entire series and am finally gonna start my ARC of book 3 Also, somehow I don't think I've read the description before now (I just knew it was Mitch and April's story and was sold) and there's FAKE DATING?!?!? I could not be more excited to read this

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this is cute! if you love the tried and true fake dating trope, along with a ‘theres only one bed’ situation and a ren faire, then this is the book for you! and while i do think this installment is an improvement from the second book in terms of character chemistry and overall plot, im feeling a little bummed by it. i think ive just read too many fake dating stories lately that im becoming a little turned off by the trope altogether. not this books fault by any means, so its unfortunate i happene this is cute! if you love the tried and true fake dating trope, along with a ‘theres only one bed’ situation and a ren faire, then this is the book for you! and while i do think this installment is an improvement from the second book in terms of character chemistry and overall plot, im feeling a little bummed by it. i think ive just read too many fake dating stories lately that im becoming a little turned off by the trope altogether. not this books fault by any means, so its unfortunate i happened to make this discovery whilst reading this. im just a little let down that this doesnt offer anything more than a ‘fake dating, development of real feelings, denying those feelings, and finally a grand gesture to win them back’ format. i definitely think this story had more than enough room to include more content or more character development. but again, if you want an ever reliable fake dating story, you will want to pick this up. its quick and light and gets the job done. ↠ 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    This is going to be the best one in the series, I just know Mitch and April are going to bring it! thank you to berkley for providing me with an e-arc for review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    3.5 stars Tropes/themes: fake dating; single mom; age gap (older woman/younger man); himbo man; social anxiety I’ve been looking forward to this book since the first book in this companion series came out and this romance was teased. Sadly, it didn’t quite live up to how much I adored book 1. With the fake dating trope, I think they got together too soon and then a lot of the book was mostly our main character being really avoidant and commitment phobic and not using her words. I did still pull 3.5 stars Tropes/themes: fake dating; single mom; age gap (older woman/younger man); himbo man; social anxiety I’ve been looking forward to this book since the first book in this companion series came out and this romance was teased. Sadly, it didn’t quite live up to how much I adored book 1. With the fake dating trope, I think they got together too soon and then a lot of the book was mostly our main character being really avoidant and commitment phobic and not using her words. I did still pull for them though and wanted them to work out even though she was being a little too emotionally unavailable for my liking. I also wish her personal arc and development was a little better as it felt a bit half baked to me. One side note that I love about this series is none of the characters have a happily ever after that features having kids or hinting that they will have kids. Multiple character discuss being child free and that’s something you don’t see a lot in romance. I still plan to continue with this series if Jen DeLuca keeps writing books in this world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh boy! I was waiting for devouring Mitch’s book since I’ve read “Well Met”, irresistible sexy god in killing kilts: I fantasized the character someone between Outlander’s Sam Heughan meets James McAvoy and when I rethought that image, my cheeks got hurt because of too much grinning! At the second book, when the author gave us impression something can happen between Emily’s supportive sister April ( whose tragic accident is the beginning of entire series ) and charm in kilt a.k.a. Mitch, I got s Oh boy! I was waiting for devouring Mitch’s book since I’ve read “Well Met”, irresistible sexy god in killing kilts: I fantasized the character someone between Outlander’s Sam Heughan meets James McAvoy and when I rethought that image, my cheeks got hurt because of too much grinning! At the second book, when the author gave us impression something can happen between Emily’s supportive sister April ( whose tragic accident is the beginning of entire series ) and charm in kilt a.k.a. Mitch, I got so excited! April finally raised her daughter Caitlin alone, who is about to graduate and leave for the college. She already gets stressed because Caitlin’s douchebag father who was never in the picture plans to reconnect with her daughter. And her decision to sell the house and move an apartment closer to her work place idea was not taken well by Caitlin. April has to deal with her silent treatment. And Mitch… hottest gym teacher of the town is helpful enough for her house renovations in exchange a quick favor: she has to act like Mitch’s girlfriend during his grandparents’ anniversary because he’s sick of his family’s interrogation about his personal life and he wants to prove them he can be in a serious relationship like smart, mature, strong woman like her. But when their pretending game gets out of control and what if they don’t want to pretend anymore! Well, April is scared: she’s living secluded life, single mother, giving up everything for so long, a little mundane, always responsible one as Mitch picks up women at bars, having too many flings, easy going, flirty, sarcastic, ten years younger than him. She may risk so much by having relationship with him. Could she live her comfort zone ? Could she be his girlfriend under prying eyes of townies? Overall: Well- Met is still my most favorite book of the series, but I loved this one more than second book. Thankfully Emily, Stacey, Simon and Daniel stated as supporting characters. Because in my opinion, second book’s only problem was we read about two couples at the same time. There was not much differentiation between MCs and supporting characters. I’m so happy this book only concentrated on April and Mitch’s blossoming romance. Both of them were amazing. I already loved two of them from the previous books so I’m happy to see they ended up together. I wish the story narrated by both April and Mitch. I would truly enjoy to read his perspective, how he started to fall for April, how he dealt with his parents’ criticism about his life choices. From the beginning of the series, he was one of my favorite characters so I would love to spend more time in his head! Anyways, it was still feel good and extra swoon worthy read and it was amazing to return back to Renaissance Faire! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    2.5 stars. I am so, so bummed that I didn't love this one. I had been anxiously awaiting Mitch & April's story after feeling hints of it in the previous two books, but this didn't hit the notes that I was hoping it would. Mitch & April had SO much chemistry going into this book, but from page one everything about the set up of their relationship and their interactions felt really forced. I also feel like all the side-characters just felt like shadows of the previous versions we met and as a whol 2.5 stars. I am so, so bummed that I didn't love this one. I had been anxiously awaiting Mitch & April's story after feeling hints of it in the previous two books, but this didn't hit the notes that I was hoping it would. Mitch & April had SO much chemistry going into this book, but from page one everything about the set up of their relationship and their interactions felt really forced. I also feel like all the side-characters just felt like shadows of the previous versions we met and as a whole this just really didn't work for me and I am so sad to leave the series feeling this way. I will probably check out more from Jen Deluca in the future, but this one was a miss for me. Womp :c

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars I was so looking forward to reading Well Matched as I've really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I was so here for reading about Mitch, and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. Mitch was by far the highlight of this book for me. April is a single mom in Willow Creek and with her daughter ready for college, she's ready to move on. She needs a little help getting her house together to sell and Mitch is there to help her. He just needs a little favor. A date to a family event 3.5 stars I was so looking forward to reading Well Matched as I've really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I was so here for reading about Mitch, and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. Mitch was by far the highlight of this book for me. April is a single mom in Willow Creek and with her daughter ready for college, she's ready to move on. She needs a little help getting her house together to sell and Mitch is there to help her. He just needs a little favor. A date to a family event. What starts as fake dating turns into very real feelings for them both, even though April is hellbent on denying hers. April is ten years older than Mitch and she won't let him forget it. I love a good age gap, but come on... 30 and 40 isn't so controversial. I felt like it was brought up way too much. I don't mean to harp on April, but she really did drive me bonkers through so much of this book. Though this was my least favorite of the series, there was still a lot to love about this one, like Mitch. It makes me nostalgic to go to the Ren Faire for a day trip and it was great catching up with so many of my favorite Willow Creek characters!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aditi Bodkhe

    Someone shushed him, "Be quiet, kilty." SQUEAAL🥳🥳🥳🥳 Someone shushed him, "Be quiet, kilty." SQUEAAL🥳🥳🥳🥳

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Swoon! I’ve been waiting for Mitch’s story since book one and it did not disappoint! Fake dating, age gap, small town, these are all the tropes I love! This is kilt-wearing, gym teacher, fun guy Mitch’s and single mom, soon too be empty nester, big sister to Emily, April’s story. Dare I say, this is also almost grump/sunshine too? Yep. I dare. I will forever adore this series simply because I’m a ren faire nerd through and through so not only am I getting a swoony small town romance but I get to Swoon! I’ve been waiting for Mitch’s story since book one and it did not disappoint! Fake dating, age gap, small town, these are all the tropes I love! This is kilt-wearing, gym teacher, fun guy Mitch’s and single mom, soon too be empty nester, big sister to Emily, April’s story. Dare I say, this is also almost grump/sunshine too? Yep. I dare. I will forever adore this series simply because I’m a ren faire nerd through and through so not only am I getting a swoony small town romance but I get to feel like I’m back at the faire even when I can’t be. I really liked seeing the faire from the eyes of someone who doesn’t quite get it and still gets swept up in the magic. As someone with pretty bad social anxiety and very introverted, this was refreshing to read. I really related to how much April was worried about how she was being perceived all the time. Hello, social anxiety, my old friend. But it was wonderful to see April start to come out of her shell and of course Mitch is the perfect partner to help her do that. And Mitch’s family! They were the best (and worst). The relationship felt so balanced and I just love them. Getting to see everyone in Willow Creek again is like a warm hug and I grin like an idiot every time I read one of these books. I picture my faire grounds every time and it just feels like home. Please let there be more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aoife - Bookish_Babbling

    ****** Pre-reading thoughts Fake dating + highly anticipated match up of the series & a cute cover = shut up and take my 💰 *smashes pre-order button* Plus it's releasing on my birthday - so extra lucky me 🥰 Excitement is deffo building 🤞🤞 ****** Pre-reading thoughts Fake dating + highly anticipated match up of the series & a cute cover = shut up and take my 💰 *smashes pre-order button* Plus it's releasing on my birthday - so extra lucky me 🥰 Excitement is deffo building 🤞🤞

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Woohoo, we finally get April & Mitch's book! I'm a sucker for a grump/sunshine trope, and especially when the heroine is the grump & the hero is the sunshine, and I think this was further enhanced by having the heroine being ~10 years older than the hero. This is a lot about April transitioning from one season of her life to another, and how her preconceptions about Mitch are colored more by her own hang ups than who he actually is. It also has some interesting conversation about kids in a HEA. Woohoo, we finally get April & Mitch's book! I'm a sucker for a grump/sunshine trope, and especially when the heroine is the grump & the hero is the sunshine, and I think this was further enhanced by having the heroine being ~10 years older than the hero. This is a lot about April transitioning from one season of her life to another, and how her preconceptions about Mitch are colored more by her own hang ups than who he actually is. It also has some interesting conversation about kids in a HEA. Overall, this was a book that had a lot of flipping of tropes or character conflicts traditionally associated with the other gender, and I think that took the book to the next level for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    May I say this – thank GOD this is about Mitch because the bloke needs more appreciation! A handsome guy with a funny personality, a dirty mind, easy-going smile and the ability to be an amazing friend? Uh, yes please and thank you! AND also April? Oh, bring the sass on, Mama! May I say this – thank GOD this is about Mitch because the bloke needs more appreciation! A handsome guy with a funny personality, a dirty mind, easy-going smile and the ability to be an amazing friend? Uh, yes please and thank you! AND also April? Oh, bring the sass on, Mama!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    TLDR: This is a quick read for fans of the fake girlfriend trope, but don’t go into it expecting the usual Willow Creek Renaissance Faire shenanigans. My Review This book is marketed as a rom com, but it's much closer to women's fiction, (but with that expected Happy Ever After that we expect in romance novels). While the book is broadly about April finding love, she's also finding a renewed purpose in life and figuring out who she really is in the process. While the pacing of this book is quit TLDR: This is a quick read for fans of the fake girlfriend trope, but don’t go into it expecting the usual Willow Creek Renaissance Faire shenanigans. My Review This book is marketed as a rom com, but it's much closer to women's fiction, (but with that expected Happy Ever After that we expect in romance novels). While the book is broadly about April finding love, she's also finding a renewed purpose in life and figuring out who she really is in the process. While the pacing of this book is quite slow, the introspection gives us the opportunity to really get into April’s head and dive into the life she’s built for herself in Willow Creek. Her daughter is graduating from high school, and then she’ll be going off to university. April should be ecstatic--she’s wanted nothing more than to sell her house and leave this town behind. But this summer, she’s forced to confront what she really wants, and the true reason why Willow Creek has never truly felt like home, which has nothing to do with the town or its residents and everything to do with her and her outlook on life. The atmosphere of this book is tinged with melancholy. April is a forty-year-old divorcee. She broke up with her husband shortly after her eighteen-year-old daughter, Caitlin, was born, and she hasn’t had any serious relationships since. They moved to Willow Creek, but April resisted setting down roots. She has her book club, and her sister recently moved to town (Read Well Met for that epic tale!), but she doesn’t have much else tying her to this location. Even Mitch, who was delightful and cheery in the previous two books, seems a lot more subdued in this novel. He’s still got charisma, but it isn’t enough to make the contents of the book match its cheery blue cover. Like the previous two books in this series, DeLuca has taken a common trope as the basis for this story. Mitch Malone asks April to be his fake girlfriend for a family gathering, and a lot of the expected clichés come out of it (sharing a bedroom--and a bed, etc.). My favourite part of the previous two books in this series--and subsequently this book--is the parts set at the Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately, the first half of this book is set before the faire rolls into town, and those chapters lacked the colour and flavour that I have come to love--and expect--in this series. Once the Faire does start, it’s still not quite the same, because the book is from April’s point of view, and she’s never been a huge fan of the Faire (or anything requiring any kind of participation or fun). DeLuca does make up for this later on in the book, but I was hoping for more than a few chapters set at the Renaissance Faire. It’s what makes this series truly unique, and it otherwise is just a rehashing of old tropes without a fresh new take on them. Honestly, the scenes with Captain Blackthorne (the first book’s hero’s alter ego), made me nostalgic for the fun and renaissance faire-filled goodness from the first instalment in the series. All in all, this is a quick read for fans of the fake girlfriend trope, but don’t go into it expecting the usual Willow Creek Renaissance Faire shenanigans. *Thank you to the publisher, Netgalley, and the author for the ebook to review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2021 Reading Challenge

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I'm taking a star off because the heroine is a dummy LMFAOOO but the book was overall a solid romantic comedy. I loved how she was older and she had to crawl back to our hero. I'm taking a star off because the heroine is a dummy LMFAOOO but the book was overall a solid romantic comedy. I loved how she was older and she had to crawl back to our hero.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    SO WONDERFUL. Definitely my favorite of the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    “Oh April, I’ve been gone for you for months, ever since you yelled at my grandma.”—and that my friends, is how you do it. Fake dating and one bed trope?! Oh DeLuca, you rascal! So far, this series has been really cute but still pretty average. I thought this was going to be really good and probably the best out of the series, but it ended up just being okay. Still really cute though. There is just this pattern. Boy and girl hookup, something happens, they “break up”, they realize that they fuck “Oh April, I’ve been gone for you for months, ever since you yelled at my grandma.”—and that my friends, is how you do it. Fake dating and one bed trope?! Oh DeLuca, you rascal! So far, this series has been really cute but still pretty average. I thought this was going to be really good and probably the best out of the series, but it ended up just being okay. Still really cute though. There is just this pattern. Boy and girl hookup, something happens, they “break up”, they realize that they fucked up, and they get back together. Wow, I just summed up all three books. I don’t usually feel this way, but Mitch was such a dateable character. You always read about these male characters who are so unrealistically perfect, and then there is Mitch, who feels like a guy I could honestly just be friends with. I love it! April and her daughter’s relationship was my favorite part of the book. I’m gonna start telling my mom she’s my favorite mom and act like I didn’t steal it straight from a book. There’s a fourth book? Who’s love life are we digging into next? Don’t tell me it’s Kaitlyn lol.

  17. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I have been eagerly awaiting to meet Mitch's match since we got at glimpse at his glorious knees in that kilt in Well Met. I was also delighted to see the slow build up in tension between Mitch and April in the previous books, and overall Well Matched delivered. Mitch is such a babe, and he treats April so kindly, and he's so into her. I loved seeing grumpy April realize she was pre-judging Mitch based on his looks and reputation, not his deeds or actions. Seeing how her pre-judgment is the same I have been eagerly awaiting to meet Mitch's match since we got at glimpse at his glorious knees in that kilt in Well Met. I was also delighted to see the slow build up in tension between Mitch and April in the previous books, and overall Well Matched delivered. Mitch is such a babe, and he treats April so kindly, and he's so into her. I loved seeing grumpy April realize she was pre-judging Mitch based on his looks and reputation, not his deeds or actions. Seeing how her pre-judgment is the same as the way his family treats him because of his career was also deftly handled. And dang, Mitch delivers the sexy goods to April when she finally gives in to his obvious care for her. Besides the romance, April is experiencing a lot of life changes, with her daughter leaving for college, and trying to figure out if she should indeed move to a bigger city and a condo, or stay with the community she's built. I liked how it played out. So much fun, what a grand read. Actual rating 4.5 stars, I would have loved to see Mitch's POV in this story, but that isn't the author's choice and that was fine and it worked! I am just greedy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Well Played is coming out this month and.......third book is about Mitch and April?! Who killed me and sent me to heaven? 2021 is the year of all my anticipated releases with this one and The Heart Principle coming out. It's going to be my year, I feel it 🤞🏻😂 Well Played is coming out this month and.......third book is about Mitch and April?! Who killed me and sent me to heaven? 2021 is the year of all my anticipated releases with this one and The Heart Principle coming out. It's going to be my year, I feel it 🤞🏻😂

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH THE COVER IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is probably the cutest out of all the covers and it's blue.😍😍😭😭 And Mitch is wearing his kilt, I'm deceased. --------------------------------------- Can't wait to see what April & Mitch have in store for us. And I have a feeling this will be the most humorous out of 3, because their exchange of banters were always chaotically funny, even if we only got to see that in only a few pages. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH THE COVER IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is probably the cutest out of all the covers and it's blue.😍😍😭😭 And Mitch is wearing his kilt, I'm deceased. --------------------------------------- Can't wait to see what April & Mitch have in store for us. And I have a feeling this will be the most humorous out of 3, because their exchange of banters were always chaotically funny, even if we only got to see that in only a few pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    (view spoiler)[what do you mean you are forty fucking years old and still haven't learned how to sit down and talk things through when you have concerns good grief (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[what do you mean you are forty fucking years old and still haven't learned how to sit down and talk things through when you have concerns good grief (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    3.5 Stars Loved Mitch and this was unexpectedly hot in places, but April was frustrating, and not only with Mitch. I can understand being a little hesitant about the age difference, especially if she was worried about Mitch eventually wanting kids, but ten years isn’t hardly anything especially when he’s thirty and you’re forty. I didn’t like that April was so closed off, even with her family and the other women she was in book club with. And come on, you can’t stock beer in the fridge for the gu 3.5 Stars Loved Mitch and this was unexpectedly hot in places, but April was frustrating, and not only with Mitch. I can understand being a little hesitant about the age difference, especially if she was worried about Mitch eventually wanting kids, but ten years isn’t hardly anything especially when he’s thirty and you’re forty. I didn’t like that April was so closed off, even with her family and the other women she was in book club with. And come on, you can’t stock beer in the fridge for the guy helping you renovate your house? That really got to me because it was such a small thing to show gratefulness and she wouldn’t do it. I sounds like I didn’t enjoy the story at all, but there was a lot to like as well: Mitch and April in a fake romance that was clearly more, and they were deliciously hot together! Fun times at the Ren Faire, seeing Emily and Simon happy and in love. A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    The most lightly-plotted of the Well Met romance trilogy, Well Matched is April and Mitch's story. April Parker is the older sister of Emily (the main character of the first book). She's a single mom to high school senior Caitlin with whom she was in a car accident a few years prior (the catalyst for Emily moving into town in the first book). She's become friends with Mitch Malone by way of her Renaissance Faire-volunteering sister since Mitch is a volunteer there. Every year he dons his famous The most lightly-plotted of the Well Met romance trilogy, Well Matched is April and Mitch's story. April Parker is the older sister of Emily (the main character of the first book). She's a single mom to high school senior Caitlin with whom she was in a car accident a few years prior (the catalyst for Emily moving into town in the first book). She's become friends with Mitch Malone by way of her Renaissance Faire-volunteering sister since Mitch is a volunteer there. Every year he dons his famous (or is it infamous?) kilt and assumes a Scottish accent, participating in mock fight scenes for attendees of the Faire and making the crowds drool over his physique (perhaps book 3.5 in the series could be called Well Built? teehee). April and Mitch have a bit of a connection prior to the events of this book (as evidenced by the end of book 2), but they both seem to be under the impression that the other person would never go for them. April is around a decade older than Mitch and is done having kids. She also has serious walls built up around her heart since her daughter's father, her ex-husband, walked out on them before they even had a chance to be a family. She was kind of like Lorelai Gilmore coming to this small Maryland town when her daughter was little - April is beautiful, smart, funny, and with a daughter that the town loves, but she's infinitely more guarded than bubbly Lorelai. Meanwhile Mitch is the town stud and practically oozes confidence, but it turns out he's far less sure of himself than he seems. So when Mitch proposes the idea to April that she pose as his girlfriend at a family function so that he'll seem stable and put-together, it seems like their romance could only ever be for show. But as time goes on and the two spend more time together, the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred. I was primed to enjoy this one because of how much I loved the first two books in the series (click here to hear me talk about those two books over on Booktube), but I have to admit this series got progressively weaker as it went along, plot-wise. This one's story was pretty hum-drum and I ended up reading about more home improvement projects than I ever needed to in a book. But what Jen DeLuca does well (heh) in these books is character development. April and Mitch are two fully-realized people with complicated backstories and authentic reactions to things that remind them of past hurts. They are who they are, but they want to grow, and actually show growth. I loved them both so much, I was willing to read about the most boring, yet painful home improvement project on the planet: painting. (I painted my husband's office earlier this year and I'm still not over the trauma.) If you've loved the series this far - if you love Mitch and April and want the satisfaction of seeing them get their happily ever after - you'll want to read this. To anyone new to this series, I'd say you're good sticking with the first book then moving on to greener pastures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Reads Romance

    ”Do you love me, April?” The force of his question hit me in the chest, knocking all the air from my lungs. No. Don’t ask me that. I put out a hand, steadying myself on the side of my SUV. “Mitch . . .” My voice was a ghost. “Don’t . . .” “Do you?” He took a step toward me, then another. All I could see were his eyes, wide open and honest. His whole heart was in his eyes, and I was breaking it in real time. “It’s a simple question, April. Because I love you. You may not want to hear it, but you ”Do you love me, April?” The force of his question hit me in the chest, knocking all the air from my lungs. No. Don’t ask me that. I put out a hand, steadying myself on the side of my SUV. “Mitch . . .” My voice was a ghost. “Don’t . . .” “Do you?” He took a step toward me, then another. All I could see were his eyes, wide open and honest. His whole heart was in his eyes, and I was breaking it in real time. “It’s a simple question, April. Because I love you. You may not want to hear it, but you have to know by now.” April is 40, ultra-capable, single mom to an almost 18 year old. Mitch is 10 years younger, beloved high school gym teacher, but also the resident small town fuck boy. Mitch is the shirtless Scotsman in a kilt at Willow Creek’s annual Ren Faire, April doesn’t do Ren Faire. Period. There was nothing in the world I liked better than canceled plans. April is the grump and Mitch is her sunshine. 😅😅😅 “Goddammit!” The word was a growl, and I punctuated it by slamming the car door. I didn’t so much walk as stomp back toward the front gate. And that’s how I became the grumpiest person to ever walk through the front gates of a Renaissance Faire. My favourite of this series so far! 100% recommend, solid 4 star read IMO. However there is one major thing I wished there was more of—Mitch. He was much more fleshed out as a side character in the previous books, than in his own as the hero. The book is written completely in April’s POV and Mitch felt one-dimensional in contrast to her. While it is totally Jen DeLuca’s creative call to write single POV, I needed to get MORE of Mitch from inside April’s head, or from the other people around them. Apart from halting the revolving door of random hook ups, how else had he changed with April? What about his future hopes, and concerns? Seems April carried most of the weight of this book. A shame because Mitch deserves a little more depth beyond just how good he looks or how happy go lucky he normally is.

  24. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I enjoyed Mitch and am sad he didn't quite get the great book I had hoped for him because overall I struggled with April in this one and she really brought things down for me. I did understand some of her baggage but, for someone who kept trumpeting about how she was forty forty forty did everyone know she was forty, she wasn't all the self-aware mature adult you would expect for someone hyper focused on her age. I really have nothing else to say about this and more and more the only thing that I enjoyed Mitch and am sad he didn't quite get the great book I had hoped for him because overall I struggled with April in this one and she really brought things down for me. I did understand some of her baggage but, for someone who kept trumpeting about how she was forty forty forty did everyone know she was forty, she wasn't all the self-aware mature adult you would expect for someone hyper focused on her age. I really have nothing else to say about this and more and more the only thing that stands out about this series is the focus on the Ren Faire. 2.5ish?

  25. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    I’ve been really enjoying Jen DeLuca’s Well Met series. They are snappy, romantic, and they promise a good time. Well Matched is probably the one I was most eagerly anticipating in the series since we’ve been acquainted with April since the first book. This book felt different from the other two books but not in a bad way. It focuses a lot more on April and her journey which I personally liked. April is going through some major life changes here. She’s focused most of her adult life raising her I’ve been really enjoying Jen DeLuca’s Well Met series. They are snappy, romantic, and they promise a good time. Well Matched is probably the one I was most eagerly anticipating in the series since we’ve been acquainted with April since the first book. This book felt different from the other two books but not in a bad way. It focuses a lot more on April and her journey which I personally liked. April is going through some major life changes here. She’s focused most of her adult life raising her daughter, Caitlin, and Caitlin is about to leave the nest for college. In the middle of all this, Caitlin’s absentee father decides he wants to reconnect with her, so April is dealing with some resentment. She gets some respite in the form of adorably sappy, Mitch, who is in need of a fake girlfriend. This is a romance novel, so we all know how this fake relationship will go. 😉 April was the star of Well Matched for me. I felt her every feeling so deeply even though I’m not personally a single mom. I had mad respect for her and for all that she had sacrificed. Of course, she’s in a vulnerable state especially when it comes to the love department but Mitch is there to show her that love can be in the cards for her if she let herself be loved. Ahh, Mitch. What a sweetheart! He’s got a heart of gold. He’s part of this big family that has looked down on him in ways despite them being loving towards him, so he has his fair share of vulnerabilities. But the man knew how to love openly and he wasn’t afraid to show April ALL THE LOVE. She does spend a lot of time pushing him away, which was understandable given her complicated relationship with love and romance, so I did feel bad for the poor guy. I would have liked a few more romantic scenes between them towards the end, but overall, I enjoyed the slow-burn friends-to-fake-lovers-to-real-lovers romance they had going on. Overall, this was a great read and I had fun chatting with Andi as I read this book! Jen DeLuca is an obvious favorite here on The Infinite Limits of Love!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Oh wow, I related so much to April. That life lived mostly alone and mostly okay with it, but also . . . somewhat not. I just GOT all of her mistakes and missteps, which isn't something I always or maybe even often do in a romance! Oh wow, I related so much to April. That life lived mostly alone and mostly okay with it, but also . . . somewhat not. I just GOT all of her mistakes and missteps, which isn't something I always or maybe even often do in a romance!

  27. 5 out of 5

    bee ʚïɞ

    three stars! ❀ i feel like this was one of those romance novels in which having the male’s perspective would’ve helped a lot. this whole book kind of fell short for me, which was really upsetting because i simply adore mitch and i definitely think he deserved better :( not that this was a bad book, it was a fun, quick read, but it just didn’t live up to the previous two. i didn’t really feel like april and mitch had a spark, so their romance wasn’t really too captivating or interesting. this jus three stars! ❀ i feel like this was one of those romance novels in which having the male’s perspective would’ve helped a lot. this whole book kind of fell short for me, which was really upsetting because i simply adore mitch and i definitely think he deserved better :( not that this was a bad book, it was a fun, quick read, but it just didn’t live up to the previous two. i didn’t really feel like april and mitch had a spark, so their romance wasn’t really too captivating or interesting. this just wasn’t a hit for me, unfortunately. i definitely did enjoy all the little emily/simon snippets, though. they’re definitely the best couple from this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I loooooved this. The gradual opening up, the partnership, the way that past characters fit into the book without feeling overwhelming. It all just worked for me so, so well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    Well Matched was a cute read, but sadly I didn't love it. It definitely could be my mood though since I have had several friends love it. This is the 3rd book in the series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone. What I enjoyed: - Mitch was a total sweetheart and he was just so gone for April. His moments of vulnerability were my favorite and I appreciated that he put his foot down about what he was willing to accept (and not) when it came to a relationship with her. - I loved the message that ther Well Matched was a cute read, but sadly I didn't love it. It definitely could be my mood though since I have had several friends love it. This is the 3rd book in the series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone. What I enjoyed: - Mitch was a total sweetheart and he was just so gone for April. His moments of vulnerability were my favorite and I appreciated that he put his foot down about what he was willing to accept (and not) when it came to a relationship with her. - I loved the message that there are all kinds of happy endings and that it can take many different forms. - The relationship between Caitlin and April. It was so relatable and for me, it was the heart of the story. April put her own needs on the back burner for so long and it was wonderful to finally see her be open to possibility. - The tropes! Well Matched had forced proximity, fake dating, only one bed, reverse grumpy + sunshine, age gap, and more! What didn't quite work: - It took me a long time to warm up to April. I understand it was part of her character arc and I could relate to her hesitation and fears about opening herself up again, but it was hard to see her be so hot and cold with Mitch. - The chemistry between Mitch and April. I didn't really feel their connection and so the final declarations were a lot to accept. The intimate moments were very sweet (and sexy), but it didn't make up for fact that April and Mitch didn't really seem to know each other. They didn't communicate well and it all felt emotionally stunted (but maybe that was the point?) - The pacing of the story felt very slow and things really stalled for me in the middle of the book. It made the book feel overly long and I found myself skimming at times. CW: strained family relationships (on page), divorce/reappearance of absentee parent, mentions of scarring/insecurity over appearance as well as challenges with physical activities related to automobile accident (past) *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    I was really excited for this book because Mitch is such a magnetic character, I was really excited for his story. While I loved the fake-dating element obviously, it's really barely present and doesn't play a large part. I did think Mitch and April had solid chemistry- it wasn't explosive but it was there. Unfortunately, as the story progresses, April just started to annoy me more and more. I just was constantly frustrated but her choices and reactions. But April finding a place she feels settl I was really excited for this book because Mitch is such a magnetic character, I was really excited for his story. While I loved the fake-dating element obviously, it's really barely present and doesn't play a large part. I did think Mitch and April had solid chemistry- it wasn't explosive but it was there. Unfortunately, as the story progresses, April just started to annoy me more and more. I just was constantly frustrated but her choices and reactions. But April finding a place she feels settled was nice and the Ren Faire setting was once again fun. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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