Mini ARC Reviews: Flashed & Well Met

Long time no write, friends. Today I’ve got a couple of short reviews on two wonderful romance reads. Check them out below!

FlashedFlashed by Zoey Castile

Published by Kensignton Publishing Corporation on August 27, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 272 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

When a man makes his living by his looks, he can forget that love–and lust–are more than skin deep. But the right woman can remind him . . .

A former soccer player, stripper, and model, legendary party boy Patrick Halloran finally gets his big break starring in the summer blockbuster. But when an accident leaves him changed forever, he hides away in his secluded Montana ranch. Only his new housekeeper is allowed inside–with one rule: she’s not allowed to see him. But Pat sees her, and she’s the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Even her voice is beautiful. Still, Pat can’t allow himself to get close to anyone. Not without a fight at least . . .

Magdalena “Lena” Martel is a long way from Queens, New York. After a rough patch, the aspiring artist is working her way through college–even if it means keeping house for a man whose gruff voice she can only hear through a closed door. Still, Lena senses Pat’s got a good heart, maybe even a lovable one. She’s intrigued–until his anger sends her running into the freezing woods. Now Pat will have to find her–and when he does he may have found the one woman who can thaw his heart–not to mention the rest of him. But can their new bond survive the paparazzi–and their personal 
demons? . . . 

I’ve absolutely been loving Zoey Castile’s Happy Endings series and Flashed was no exception though this third book was decidedly more emotional. Leaving the big city for more rustic roots, this story takes place in a secluded Montana where the hero has hidden away and the heroine has to thaw his heart. Pat and Lena were an interesting pairing and getting to know each of them and their slow burn romance was wonderful. There’s some definite Beauty and the Beast vibes and their chemistry is off the charts. Castile has sexy times down to an art form and the culmination of this novel was nothing short of beautiful. Absolutely recommend this series!

WellMetWell Met by Jen DeLuca

Published by Berkley Books on September 3, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 Format: eARC Source: NG

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

All’s faire 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.

Whenever I hear about a book set at a Renaissance Faire I freaking jump for joy especially if romance is in play and thankfully Jen DeLuca has come along to provide. The small town vibes and faire feelings definitely carried this story playing on my nostalgia for summers watching swordfighting and chomping on turkey legs. Simon and Emily did a number on my heart and the banter between them was brilliant and I’m hoping for more stories set in this world. The only thing I was underwhelmed with was the character development but overall I enjoyed this romance romp.

Are you excited for either of these romances?

Let me know in the comments below!

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