Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

Hi All! It’s Becky. I have read the entire Well Met series by Jen Deluca and have had mixed reactions to the books. The newest book in the series, Well Matched, didn’t change my feelings about this series.

Title: Well Matched
Author:
Jen DeLuca
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: April Parker has spent the last seventeen years raising her daughter, Cait, as a single parent. April hasn’t made friends or found romance since moving to Willow Creek when Cait was five. April’s life is upturned when Mitch, the younger teacher at the high school, asks her to be his fake girlfriend. April and Mitch pretend to be in a relationship, and the longer they spend faking their feelings, the more their real feelings grow. Can April and Mitch’s fake relationship turn real?

Review: I have a complicated relationship with Jen DeLuca’s Well Met series. I read the second book in the series Well Played first, and I found it to be problematic, but I really enjoyed the first book in the series Well Met.  In Well Matched, DeLuca presents a book that has its positives and negative aspects.  

Well Matched is the pairing of April, a realistic single mom, and Mitch, a good-hearted gym teacher. Their romance has been hinted at since the first book, and their pairing was filled with adorable moments. Mitch and April come together through my favorite troupe, fake dating. Their fake interactions turn into steamy romantic moments that make the book a fun and flirty read. April and Mitch together were the perfect making romantic pairing with their banter and romance.  

Yet, I found the character development to be uneven. I loved Mitch. He was funny, sweet, and caring. I found myself wishing that DeLuca had included his POV in the novel. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy April as much. April was unbending and set in her ways which may be realistic but not always fun to read. I enjoyed April’s interactions with Mitch and characters from previous novels, but I didn’t always enjoy being in April’s head.  

However, even with my issue with April, Well Matched was a fun book that supplies perfect romantic escapism, and I intended to read more books in this series.  

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