Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wasted Words by Staci Hart - Release Blitz + Review

Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 19, 2016


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*

ReviewDon't judge a book by its cover?? 

Well go ahead and judge this one, because what you see is what you get.

I'm serious. A man and a woman look deeply into each others eyes; the girl with glasses and the man is all muscles. 
"Despite their differences, they're a match well made."

It's been awhile since I've read a book where the content match the cover. The cover is gorgeous, as are all the teasers made by Staci are too. The actual story is exactly that, a beautiful story featuring a man and woman who are different...yet the same. 

I could go on about Wasted Words and tell you how much I loved the different concepts of culture and different "cliques" in this novel. I could talk to you about how much Cam and I are alike and how, surprisingly, she's given me a new insight into my own love life. I could tell you how I want to go to NY and search forever for a Wasted Words and get matched up with Cam's match-making skills. 

I could tell you how real this story is. 

When you find out that Cam has anxiety, you learn to relate and put yourself in her position with the things she's says (or denies, in this case). Cam is the one woman I read about, despite how smart she is, that doesn't believe two mismatched characters belong together. That opposites don't attract. But when you understand the reality of what it's like to have anxiety, you just want to go up to Cam and hug her. 

I don't have anxiety, so I could never relate to Cam or even Tyler, but the way Staci writes makes me know what it's like and how crazy it may seem to the world, it's a totally real situation. 

This story didn't have you typical girl-thinks-guy-is-cheating-on-her or guy-thinks-woman-is-lying. The real antagonist in the story is Cam's anxiety. Which makes me appreciate this book even more because in reality, the only person that is your enemy is yourself. Just as the only person you can truly trust is yourself. 

I've read Staci's other novels but nothing tops this one. Maybe this book is closer to home since Cam and I are alike, but I truly enjoyed this book. And yet another book to add to my on-going list of PB's (NY 2017, I'm coming for you). 

P.s. I have not forgotten about Tyler. 

Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. 

What a man. What an inspiration to people who's dreams don't come true. A man who suffered an injury that stopped the only thing he once wanted; to go pro. Instead he works as a sports agent, and a really good one, dealing with sponsors for athletes when things go amiss. 
Tyler is no alpha male, or a sensitive guy. Tyler is a man who knows what he wants in life, and if that doesn't go right, he learns to adapt to his situation. 

I don't think I've ever read about a character like Tyler before, which makes it very refreshing, but at the same time, I think I know many Tyler's in real life. 

I think this has just a few more words...officially been my longest review I've ever made for a novel. If that doesn't say anything...well...the book is on preorder for 99c for a limited time and is free on KU??

And if that doesn't convince you...well here's a quote about sexy kale. 
"Look, I know it's vulgar, me ogling Tyler like hippies ogle kale in Whole Foods. But Tyler was some good looking kale..."

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Author Bio

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.

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