Wasted Words (The Austens #1) by Staci Hart

Published on: 19 May 2016
Published by: Self-published by Staci Hart
Author: Staci Hart
Series: The Austen Book 1

Read : 29 June 2020
Shelved : 30 June 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Get your copy of Wasted Words at Staci Hart’s page here.

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.


The Characters.
Cam Emerson is a nerdy yet hip shop girl of Wasted Words in my head. She is witty and sassy to boot. She loves (addicted) to play matchmaker to the people around her that may or may not want this help. She even heads up the singles theme night for the shop and she really does go all out with her love for book, characters and matchmaking with that. She’s been very hurt in the past and just learns to match others even if the “right guy” comes for herself. She would rather give up the possibility of love than be hurt of the past. Her backstory was explained well to show us that no matter how Cam thinks she’s fine, she is not.

“1) Know who you’re dealing with and put them on their shelf.
2) Don’t date anyone not on your shelf.
3) When something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

– CamWasted Words

Tyler Knight is the football star who met an unfortunate accident during one of his high school games (before being signed on by an agent) that almost cost him his life. Benched for life, an inevitable outcome, but got another break in still being part of the football industry by an offer to be a sports agent. He hangs out in a unique bookstore/bar, Wasted Words, where Cam manages. I like the pun they implied as Tyler being Cam’s “white knight” in the story. It is very fitting to the story because he did come to her rescue (from her pain and trauma) in the book.

The Relationship.
I liked how things started as good friends wherein Tyler just makes more time to spend his day in the cafe/bar of Wasted Words. Every one of their friends assumed that they are together but was constantly corrected. Tyler would hang out at the shop till closing and even bring Cam home. This all sets the foundation of the relationship that both he and Cam will have as the story progressed. I like how Wasted Words became the start of whatever relationship they will have in the end.
I really was rooting for them early on especially for Cam as she get over her fear of being hurt again. Tyler’s patience and honesty is a real refreshing one versus some of the books I’m currently reading. It is a lot braver to bear one’s self to others in the hope that they will feel the same way as you.

“How’d you get to be so smart?”
“Years of being stupid and learning from it.”

– CamWasted Words

The side stories of Bayleigh (very unique name) and Martin, which was a successful matchmaking of Tyler himself.

My Verdict.
I liked the book a lot!
There are no cliffhangers for the story between Cam and Tyler but it will allude to other stories coming up with the other supporting characters that might pique your interest. I like the references to books and the concept of a books/bar store with a crazy matchmaker in managing it.
I can relate to both Cam and Tyler’s feelings. I am so invested in them and their relationship throughout the book. I laughed and cried along side of them.
I enjoy the writing style and that each chapter has a title of its own. I appreciate the two point of view approach to the book since it can get pretty nutty to be in the head of a hero. I liked the balance and the understanding that comes with “seeing both sides”.
I love the quotes of books and it is a refreshing take to pay homage to Jane Austin’s work.
I cannot wait to continue to the next of the series.


Staci Hart 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 to 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, nor is she the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party–especially if she’s been drinking whiskey–and 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, where snow is magic and the mountains have become home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, gaming, or designing graphics.

Delivering the Virgin by Cassandra Dee

Published on: 26 November 2016
AuthorCassandra Dee
Read : 27 May 2020
Shelved : 10 June 2020
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Available : readonlinenovel


Laurie’s a recent divorcee with needs, and a hot delivery guy with the right package is just the answer…

I’m embarrassed to admit but I’m a divorcee and a virgin. Yeah, my ex was that bad and we were married for about three seconds flat before calling it quits. But still, I have this problem. I stay up nights, burning, aching, twisting and turning in my sheets. And one day when a sexy delivery man showed up at my door, I went for it.

Except Tucker was so much more.
He was charismatic and charming …
Dominating and alpha …
With a package that made me gasp.

And I had to follow my heart to see what happened next …

Note: This is a sexy, smutty romance that will make your cheeks burn and your panties melt! Guaranteed HEA. Plus for a limited time, this volume contains a complimentary bonus novella, Crazy (A Sterling Brothers Romance). Enjoy!


The Characters.

Laurie is hilarious to a fault at times. She’s trying to get back to her own two feet after a horrendous marriage which she described it well in the book. It makes me wonder if she really is that “lost” when her husband refuses to give it to her on their wedding night. What she did really made me laugh my socks off! That is one segment of the book that I appreciated!

Tucker is the owner of NYC Concierge and sometimes does the deliveries himself – for surprise mystery shopping audits. He delivered an important order/package to Laurie with some extra to boot. Tucker meeting Laurie the way he did really made me laugh also since it was pretty funny but at some point, tipped too far for me. He’s an all-around good guy that I’m glad and is a constant in Cassandra’s books. At least the hero isn’t a jerk like Gary, her ex.

The Verdict.

I was so hopeful for this book since I liked the story and came to like the characters. I gave it a few days in-between to get me to adjust to the book and maybe look at it from a different perspective. Both are believable with the passion and tension but it all didn’t sit well with me since the writing isn’t up to what I was expecting. The scene descriptions were too juvenile for two adults and I expected more from a seasoned author. It became too much of the same formula as her other books that I read when I started comparing things.

I can believe the divorcee virgin, the cheating husband (fiance) and the move to a smaller apartment (due to her financial restraints) and all, even the hot delivery man for insta-lust but each time the intimate scenes came, there was just something missing. Basically, it wasn’t my cup-of-tea. Things felt too formulated for her after reading the nth book. There were so many moments that I just skipped to the end of that scene and moved on to the dialogue or what was happening after. I understand that Cassandra is all about pushing the taboo envelope and although this is a mild one…getting on with the delivery guy, it’s a bit too out-there for me, not only dangerous.

I really did try to like it since I connected to the characters but I can’t give a higher rating than that.  If you like quick, instant and hot then this one is for you.


Cassandra Dee is a bestselling author of dozens of hot and steamy contemporary romances. She started out writing erotica but transitioned to romance after falling for one too many book boyfriends.

Cassie started reading romance back in third grade, when she did a book report on a tween love story called Cassie. Of course, she had no idea what she was reading back then, but it was fun. And in tribute, she selected this pen name with many affectionate memories. When she’s not tapping away furiously at her laptop, Cass can be found drinking gallons of coffee and watching lots of reality TV. She also enjoys taking the neighbor’s dog for walks, aimlessly wandering the local grocery store, and of course, reading too much about the lives of her favorite celebrities.

Cassie is living her own HEA with her husband and a beautiful baby boy.

Get It In Writing by Lauren Milson

Published on: 12 December 2016
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
Author: Lauren Milson
Read : 10 June2020
Shelved : 10 June 2020
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The first rule of business? Always get it in writing.

The second: never mix business with pleasure.

I guess that makes my new boss a rule breaker. My new job is good for entry-level. Get coffee, make files. Always answer the phone on the first ring. I’m not expecting to have much face time with the boss, and that’s okay with me. Aside from his dark hair, mischievous eyes and hot-as-hell tattoos, he’s also known around the office as a controlling, hard-headed jerk.

But when he slips me a note on my second day of work – a dirty note that I can’t bring myself to throw away – I realize I might be in for more than just face time with him.
And unlike the boss, I’ve never been much of a rule breaker. But now, breaking the rules has never felt so good.

*Get It In Writing* is a stand-alone novella that packs tons of heat and heart. Light, fun & no cheating. 


This is one of the freebee books offered with ARC.

I don’t know how to rate this. The story felt too fast or that I came in too late to know anything else. The relationship seems so “inta-infatuation) and “forced” to happen – like I came in midway and had to jump in else be left behind. The plot and story is simple of an inter-office romance with boss but had to keep it a secret. The characters are , maybe it’s meant to be a part of a longer book but I got only a part of it.

The writing was good and clear but due to the limited length and inability to really “connect to the characters”, I didn’t appreciate this book too much.


Lauren Milson has published 19 romance novels since she began her writing career 3 years ago. Many of her books fall within the genre new adult and are set in contemporary times. A much liked series by Lauren Milson are the new adult Hometown Bad Boys books, featuring humor tropes.

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G

Published: 30 December 2017
Published by: WGW Books, LLC
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger, HEA
Author: Whitney G (Whitney Gracia Williams)
Read : 27 June 2020
Shelved : 27 June 2020
Get it here: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Apple Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Whitney G. comes a falling for my older brother’s best friend romance.

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…
Dear Hayley,
I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.
Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.
That’s the story.
The end.
Period.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.
Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:
1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…
This message never happened,
Corey


Review

I enjoyed reading second-chance books like these. The plot and writing (to be expected for Whitney) are good though some parts need further development.

I’m frustrated with how Hayley acted while her brother took her in and it just showed me how she failed herself (plus her friend) in the bankrupt cafe. She seems a bit ditsy with her work habit but shows a lot of potential in the relationship and “grown-up” thoughts/philosophies that I wished she was a more balanced heroine. Also, she totally couldn’t remember what happened at the rooftop auction party? She was that irresponsible when she’s supposed to represent her brother as a favor while he took her on with supporting her? I cannot get how she can think of being this irresponsible. Granted that her mother is no role-model…I would think she would try her best to be a good employee for her brother’s sake, especially with no special treatment as she asked. With what she got away within the book, she’s already getting special treatment by acting like a brat.

Cory is okay but has internal issues of his own self-esteem of being deserving of Hayley. I’m glad that he did own up to it even before the relationship happened though he tried denying it the next day. He promised to protect her but the decision he made to break her heart was totally the opposite after trying to “stand by Hayley” but when push came to shove by Jonathan, he caved!! He literally made her cry! So so wrong!

There is more development between Cory and Hayley that I appreciate but not enough history shown for Cory’s side also. I guess we just assume that he’s a playboy as what everyone in the story says/claims.

The other supporting characters, aside from Angela, Jonathan, and Kelly, leaves us all in the dark i.e. why Jonathan replaced Cory with Gary to be his best man at the wedding. I think you would need to read through the book on Jonathan’s story with Claire to also understand the relationship with the daughters. Anyways, I channel my energy to just Hayley and Cory, which made rate it higher than I first expected.

“FORGET “GOING TO HELL.” I’m flying there drenched in gasoline.”

― Whitney G., Over Us, Over You

Overall, I would recommend this book…but try to read through the Fallen for Mr. Statham series so as to get the working relationship of the characters that come up in this book. I think I would have fully appreciated it more if I did. 


About Whitney G

Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author. Her books have been published in twelve languages.

Whenever she’s not penning a novel, you can find her playing Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande songs on repeat, drinking endless cups of hot coffee, or traveling the world in search of her next story idea.

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