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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.
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.– Cam, Wasted Words
2) Don’t date anyone not on your shelf.
3) When something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
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.
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?”– Cam, Wasted Words
“Years of being stupid and learning from it.”
The side stories of Bayleigh (very unique name) and Martin, which was a successful matchmaking of Tyler himself.
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.