Thursday 19 May 2016

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Wasted Words is LIVE!!!!

Book Description:

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Staci Hart never fails to deliver down to earth characters that are so cute you cannot help but fall in love with them, add to that the dorkability factor and I am completely sold. This book was a geek fest and I loved it, add to that friends to lovers and I was all in.

Cam was a book geek and a comic nerd, there was nothing she loved more than reading, whether it be books or comics and she was the resident match maker at Wasted Words. Wasted Words was the place where you could read and drink with other like minds and enjoy their many themed nights. It was a place I would have loved to have frequent. Cam was extremely intelligent, could have had any job she wanted, yet stood true to her heart and did something she loved, money wasn’t important to her, but her happiness was.

“…you’re smart, too. You’re so busy matching everyone up, but how come you haven’t found a match for yourself?

“Because it’s easier to see everybody else’s connections. Mine’s too muddled by my own perspective.”

Tyler Knight was truly adorable. He was Cam’s roommate and they had been firm friends ever since. Tyler was a sports agent and was extremely good at his job. He should have been a professional footballer until a near fatal collision on the pitch put paid to his dreams and aspirations. He now did the next best thing, he helped others reach theirs.

The connection that these two had as friends was formidable. They complemented each other, they were best friends, they were themselves around each other. There were no facades, everything was easy with them. Both of them had admired the other from afar, but what happens when that inner admiration makes its way to the surface?

“It doesn’t make any sense that you’d want me.”

“Maybe not in your universe, but it makes perfect sense in mine.”

Cam was a girl with issues, her first love burned her and so now she has her personal “shelves” and her relationships are run according to the shelf rule. Cam has low self-esteem, while she is confident in some ways when it comes to her opinion of herself she doesn’t see what everyone else sees and for her she is definitely not worthy of Tyler.

“The rules you made? The shelves people belong on? You’ve created them yourself. You’ve built your own prison out of something imaginary, and you ended up hurt anyway.”

While Cam’s issues did begin to grate on me at times I could understand her, I have been her, but in fairness to Tyler, she should have known him better. But, a romance without angst is boring and Staci Hart certainly delivered with enough to and fro to give you whiplash. Tyler was perfect, but even he has his limits and sometimes you just have to be cruel to be kind.

There were some fantastic side characters in this story, couple this with fun dialogue and you always have a recipe for success. I had tears of laughter as well as a little trickle in sadness, but for the first time in a Staci Hart book I had more tears from laughing. The balance was perfect, the story was cute and the characters were endearing. While personally I would have loved more of them “together” I loved what we had, I’m just greedy like that.

“We saved each other from loneliness and ourselves.”

About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.


Twitter: @imaquirkybird
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