Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 19, 2016
About Wasted Words:
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*
Wasted Words spoke to my soul! I mean, here we have Cam and Tyler–the coolest of the cool. Tyler, an uber sexy nice guy who used to play football. Cam, a smart, sassy, and bookish girl. Opposites attract, yada yada yada. Sounds perfect already, right? JUST WAIT.
Cam works at the most awesome establishment, Wasted Words, which is part-bar, part-bookstore. Sounds like the social bibliophile’s dream, no? I sure wish a place like Wasted Words existed near me. I’d be perfectly willing to spend my $$$ on books and booze. Anybody else with me? Anyways, Wasted Words was a great setting for the story. Cam and her fellow employees really felt like a nice, close-knit family–even when they were fighting with one another.
Which, Cam’s belief in her “all-knowing” matchmaking skills was a source for tension between characters. One of my favorite parts of the story was when Cam went off on Bailey and Martin. Once you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about, but I liked the fact that we got to see her angry. Sure, it made me cringe, and I wanted to shake her and be like STOP TALKING NOW or you’ll regret it. But I can definitely identify with the whole “I was angry in the moment, but I immediately regret everything that just happened. I’m an a**hole and I’m embarrassed for everyone.” thing that went down. I can also identify with not wanting to be wrong. Like ever. haha. Finally admitting your wrong shows huge growth. So, Cam definitely had character growth.
Anyways, I’ve already established that Cam and Tyler are cool, nice, and sexy people. But just to say a little more on the matter…I totally adored them together. I loved that Cam was trying so hard to find Tyler his “it” book (the book that gets you hooked on reading), and I loved that his “it” book ended up being the same as Cam’s “it” book, which was a totally nerdtastic book by the way! The fact that they were best friends turned lovers was sweet. It means they really knew each other down to the core. They saw each other not as the famous ex-football player and not as the girl nobody could ever really love, but as beautiful, worthy human beings. And that totally cheeseball grand-gesture at the end? Totally hit me right in my cheeseball loving heart!
I’m sure my whole review is annoyingly vague and gibberish, but I have so many feelings for this book that I’m bursting at the seams with them. Therefore, you get my word vomit (as opposed to a gracefully worded and well thought out review). Sorry…
Overall, I loved Wasted Words, and I think you, my fellow romance enthusiasts (and comic book/sci fi nerds), should give it a chance!
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.