REVIEW: Wasted Words by Staci Hart

wasted-wordsAuthor: Staci Hart
Release Date: May 19, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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*

Tyler Knight is every woman’s dream. But not for Cam Emerson. After being dumped by her too-good-to-be-true (and a dick, if I may so myself) ex-“boyfriend” who thought they didn’t match because of the difference in their worlds (after taking her innocence—WTF I know), Cam made sure to steel herself from the guys who seemed like her ex. Guys like… Tyler. Her room mate, her best friend. But Tyler’s not like that at all. And he’s nothing but ready to prove himself to Cam. If only he could make her see him as more than the person in the other room in the same house with her and who knows him more than most people do.

Wasted Words is my first Staci Hart book and is now a favorite! It’s one of those very good books that doesn’t even need much sex scenes to make it amazing. But since it has a few (I-can-count-them-in-one-hand kind of few), it pretty much sealed the deal of perfection for me. Not that it wasn’t but because they were done flawlessly and out of natural progression of a normal human relationship, it’s become even more perfect. I didn’t want it to end!! Huhu. I had so much fun and feels reading it!

Cam Emerson is an interesting 25-year old woman who works in a book store and has a thing for matchmaking people who come by often. It fascinates her that she can read people’s personalities just by staring at them and she’s right about them most of the time. So when she finds a perfect fit for her room mate and best friend, Tyler Knight, she’s over the moon but feels like throwing up just the thought of it. I like Cam’s character. She caught my attention from the very start of the book. She’s nice, funny and portrayed in a way you can easily connect with because she’s not the kind of MC who’s physically perfect like a goddess. But she’s perfect in a way because she loves books and cooks all the yummy food and she’s a perfectly normal person. She’s also scared to date the wrong guys because of her past and can be a real pain in the ass.

Tyler Knight, though. OMG—TYLER. Freaking. Knight. I loooove this guy!! He almost lost his very life when he got injured while playing ball in the field. But he did lost all his opportunities to go pro, including his girlfriend. Or ex-girlfriend, rather, who seemed like to go just after his looks, his label, his fame. The same girl who also called him boring. Gorgeous face, tall and hot body, good guy with equally good heart and sense of humor. He’s not an alpha male and that’s fine because he’s amazing just the way he is. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Tyler except he’s friends with some a-hole who never failed to make me feel ALL THE RAGE.

The book was actually about a lot of things—small and big—and I hinted some of them here. It started a bit slow for my liking but I was so glad to push forward because it turned out quite fantastically. I loved it! I enjoyed every twist and turn because it’s romantic, entertaining and very adorable. It’s one of those books that if we left out the steamy scenes, it would still be satisfying. I loved that nothing was rushed in the development of Cam and Tyler’s relationship. And they were surrounded with people—good and bad ones—that added to the flair of the story.

Let me tell you, though, that I didn’t always love Cam. I loved her most of the time but at some point I got tired of her constant “You’re out of my league.”, pushing Tyler away when the guy did everything to make her feel she’s his everything. Like… bitch, please. STFU. But that’s Cam for me.

Overall, Staci made a stellar job out of this friends-to-lovers romance that’s so heartfelt, well-balanced of drama and comedy, and overflowing with the characters’ unique voices and quirks, beautiful words and witty banter. I would highly recommend it to all who are into a light, amusing and sincere romance. Also because: friends-to-lovers and bookish geekery.

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