Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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*
AMAZON US / UK
A modern take on the classic Jane Austen novel, Emma, this is my first read of a book by this author. I must admit prior to reading it I did not know it had the ‘Emma’ vibe but I immediately picked up on this when the story took off.
Cam is a self-proclaimed book nerd and a people categoriser. Yes she observes people and allocates them onto their ‘shelf’ and her favourite pastime is to bring together ‘shelf types’ and watch them fall in love. She’s never been wrong and she knows that putting two different types is a recipe for disaster and it would never work. Take her and her roommate Tyler. An ex-football player, now sports agent, he is the ultimate trophy guy. Tall, handsome, caring and sexy as hell. She on the other hand is short, nerdy and so not in his league. Little does she know that what she secretly (even to herself) yearns for is also what Taylor is slowly coming to realise he yearns for too. He feels more than being in the friend zone with Cam, this gorgeous girl who doesn’t even know her own beauty is a match made in heaven for him. He now understands why both his exes were not for him. They just were not Cam.
Cam was left desolate by Will in high school when she fell for him and thought he reciprocated the crush of love she had for him. That was until she saw him with his ex the next day. He told her then they could never be as she wasn’t his league. From then on Cam shut down her heart and only ever dated guys on the lower shelf, the same as hers.
This was a lovely light hearted take on relationships. I loved the slow build-up of Cam and Tyler gently falling into a relationship after they both acknowledge their feelings of that other than friends for each other and wanting to kiss for days! The banter and interaction between them was fun and endearing, but when the heat was turned on they took on another level.
I must admit Cam frustrated the living daylights out of me. Twice I had to put the kindle down and walk away before I ended up launching it at the wall in temper. Yes I understood how hurt she had been in the past and that at the start of the romance with Tyler she would get cold feet and back away. But she did it time and time again. Gah it was annoying!
Overall though I really enjoyed this tale of friends to lovers which had some great secondary character that enhanced the story of love holding no boundaries and opposites definitely do attract. With a passion! Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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.