REVIEW: Wasted Words by Staci Hart
“I lived a thousand lives to escape from the real life, because real life is boring and shitty. There’s no adventure, not like we get with Tolkien or Lewis. Its fun to escape into a book, and I want you to experience it"
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*
For lack of a better term I really ‘clicked’ with Wasted Words. The story of Cam and Tyler was such an endearing book with the most adorable and heart warming characters! Wasted Words was my first Staci Hart book, I found her through another Blog that I follow, Glass Paper Ink, run by Kristine who’s reviews and opinions I trust and value because she always recommends fantastic books and authors. Kristine raved about Staci Hart and her Bad Habits series and I started looking up Staci and came across Wasted Words as an up and coming release. I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued with the plot as this is one of my favourite troupes! Wasted Words was SO GOOD. The dynamic between the hero and heroine was perfect. They meshed so well, There conversations were hilarious and full of one liners that had me laughing out loud! “I lived a thousand lives to escape from the real life, because real life is boring and shitty. There’s no adventure, not like we get with Tolkien or Lewis. Its fun to escape into a book, and I want you to experience it" This quote was perfect. I adored Cam, and found that I could really relate to her as a character. I understood her fears and felt them along side her. I experienced a very similar situation with my own Tyler and believe that Staci captured her thoughts and feelings so perfectly. I loved her ‘ability’ and I loved where she worked. I loved that she was a nerd and totally comfortable in her own skin. I think that is what made her such a likeable character. She wasn’t whiney or shy, just honest and hilarious. “It doesn’t make any sense that you’d want me.” He stroked my cheek. His dark eyes soft. “Maybe not in your universe, but it makes perfect sense in mine" Tyler was equal parts sweet and hilarious. I couldn’t get over the interaction's between him and Cam. They were just such a perfect fit from the start! They gelled and were so funny together. I loved that he was so certain of every action and every choice he had made and how he always put Cam first. He wasn’t the typical jock that you thought he would be. Oh and can we talk about the setting for this book! Wasted Words was a Book Bar… Yes! A Book Bar! Every bookworms dream! A bar where you can go and read books and drink alcohol or coffee or whatever you heart desires and meet like minded people! The setting that Staci created, the background characters, the events that Cam ran at Wasted Words were all just perfect. I hope that one day someone creates a real life Wasted Words so I can go there every day! And fingers crossed that Greg will be there! The secondary characters in this story also added any extra bit of drama and hilarity! They all had some fantastic quotes like Tyler’s sister Meg! “Lit Major. One day when I’m a famous writer, you can talk all about how my metaphors brought none of the boys to the yard” - Meg I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for a light hearted, hilarious and fun read. Staci Hart has an incredible way with words, I’m a notorious highlighter and I’m sure I highlighted half of this fantastic book. There were so many fantastic quotes and passages that I couldn’t resist. “But she was right about finding a book that spoke to me. It was a strange magic, to be entranced by words, and I’d found myself devouring the novel, dog-earing pages that held passages that meant something to me, just as she had. I’d found that many she’d highlighted spoke to me too, and it almost felt like I was reading it with her.” This quote was one of my favourites, it perfectly captures how I’m sure everyone who loves to read feels about sharing books with friends.
About the Author: Staci Hart
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.