I received this book via the publisher Penguin Audio. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Series: Well Met #4
Published by Penguin Audio on 2022-12-06
Length: 9 hours and 29 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from the publisher Penguin Audio
Reading Challenges: 2023 Audiobook Challenge, COYER 2023
The Renaissance Faire is on the move, and Lulu and Dex are along for the ride, in the next utterly charming rom-com from Jen DeLuca.
A high-powered attorney from a success-oriented family, Louisa "Lulu" Malone lives to work, and everything seems to be going right, until the day she realizes it’s all wrong. Lulu’s cousin Mitch introduced her to the world of Renaissance Faires, and when she spies one at a time just when she needs an escape, she leaps into the welcoming environment of turkey legs, taverns, and tarot readers. The only drawback? Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile, the Casanova of the Faire…and her traveling companion for the summer.
Dex has never had to work for much in his life, and why should he? Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts is going great, and he always finds a woman at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his many plaid charms and a shake-up threatens the fate of the band, Dex must confront something he never has before: his future.
Forced to spend days and nights together on the road, Lulu’s interest in the kilted bad boy grows as he shows her a side of himself no one else has seen. The stresses of her old lifestyle fade away as she learns to trust her intuition and follow her heart instead of her head. But when her time on the road is over, will Lulu go with her gut, or are she and Dex destined for separate paths?
Another fun read! Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca is the newest installment in her contemporary romance series which follows a new character in each book as they discover the Renaissance Faire circuit. This installment follows Lulu Malone, Mitch’s older cousin, a high powered attorney who has had enough and on a whim quits her job and tosses her phone in the wash basin, literally and figuratively. Now she has a month on the circuit with her new friend until she reaches home and has to make a decision regarding her future.
I absolutely adored Lulu. We first meet her in Well Matched, and her adoration and light ribbing of Mitch endeared her to me. Like Mitch, she smiles easily and seems to find joy wherever she looks. Now that she has time to breathe and think of something other than work, Lulu doesn’t know what to do. After the initial shock wears off of what she’s done, she takes to Faire life with ease. She wants to contribute and finds that she enjoys the atmosphere and people more than she imagined she would.
Then enters Dex. We met Dex in Well Played, and let me tell you that when I started this book I was prepared to hate him. I was not prepared for DeLuca to make me love him, but she did. Dex is no longer the consummate playboy. He’s getting older, and he sees the benefit in slowing down and even settling into a relationship with someone long term. His easy friendship with Lulu made me fall for him. He never pushes her, but seems to gravitate to wherever she is. He enjoys her companionship.
As always, Brittany Pressley nails the narration. I love how she pulls me into the story. Her inflections and subtle tone changes make it easy to keep up with who is talking. As more characters are added to the story, this becomes important. At one time, all the main characters from the previous books are together. Despite this, I was able to keep straight who was who with Pressley’s narration.
Overall, I loved Well Traveled. Each book in this series has exceeded my expectations and made me feel all the feels. I loved Lulu and Dex. The Ren Faire in this book is also a major part as it is the background for most of the setting. I loved seeing it all fresh through Lulu’s eyes. Highly recommend this one for fans of the series, lovers of romance, and Ren Faire fans.
* I buddy read this book with Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms and Berls @ Because Reading who rated it 4.5 stars as well.
Yes, I want this book so bad but am preparing to hate Dex after his other book. I love that you say the author makes us fall in love with him anyway after that! Great review!
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