Book Review – Wasted Words (The Austens, #1) by Staci Hart



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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Wasted Words was a sweet, sexy, charming, humorous, and highly entertaining standalone contemporary romance, and I absolutely loved it! The storyline and characters were incredibly unique and amazing, and I truly loved everything from beginning to end. Wasted Words was my first Staci Hart novel, and it certainly won’t be the last. I loved her writing style and can’t wait to read more from her!

   Tyler and Cam were wonderful and I loved them and their story with all of my heart. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Tyler and Cam’s POV, and I loved most of their banter and interactions with each other. There were a few moments here and there that I didn’t like very much, but otherwise I don’t have anything else negative to say. Most of the secondary characters were wonderful as well, with the exception of one, and I loved the extra humor and entertainment they added to the story. I am a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, and Wasted Words was definitely one of the best I’ve ever read. Tyler and Cam’s story captivated me from start to finish, and I honestly didn’t want it to end. The conclusion was excellent and made me very happy.

   Wasted Words was a unique, sweet, sexy, funny, and riveting standalone friends-to-lovers romance, and I loved it from beginning to end! Staci Hart did a phenomenal job with this book, and I was very pleased with the outcome to Tyler and Cam’s story. It definitely won’t be the last Staci Hart novel I read!


About the Author

Staci Hart

Staci HartStaci 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, 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.

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 reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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