WASTED WORDS by Staci Hart Release Day Blitz + Sarah's Review!

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 is the spinoff of Staci Hart's brilliant Bad Habits series. At the moment, it's a complete standalone. We get brief visits from our Bad Habits friends Rose, Patrick and Lily and it's perfect! 

Girl crush alert! Cam Emerson is possibly one of my favorite female protagonists ever. Why? She's smart as hell - she knows something about everything and doesn't show off about it - her one liners are classic, she can be one of the guys but get along with the girls also. Cam is the biggest nerd girl, loving all things comics and bookish and is unapologetic for her dislike of heels even though she's a teeny pixie. Cam has had a crush on her roommate Tyler since he moved in but hasn't had the guts to pursue anything more because he's way out of her league - so she thinks. 

"She wasn't like the other girls I'd dated. She was real and good and true, and she wanted me. I felt more safe with her than any woman I'd ever been with."

Tyler Knight is just that - a knight in shining armor? Kinda. He's tall, super handsome and really charming. He and Cam have become best friends in the year they've lived together and after failed attempts at dating other women, he's ready to get more from their relationship. Can he convince Cam to let go and let him in? 

"With Tyler, I wasn't afraid."

Wasted Words is fresh and fun and has the perfect amount of angst and steam. We find ourselves taking a ride on Cam's journey to let her past and fears go and get to know Tyler on the level she's been pining for. I'll admit, I wanted to shake Cam a bit with her back and forth with her fears. Just do it! Let go! Be with Tyler! But that's it! Tyler was so damn perfect for Cam. Like is this real life? Where's Tyler? Seriously, S W O O N! 

"As long as we have each other, we can survive anything."

Staci Hart knows how to bring the laugh out loud funny while giving us a great story and builds up to some seriously steamy scenes. The final come together reminded me of 10 Things I Hate About You - who doesn't love an amazing grand gesture?! I live for them. Staci's writing just keeps progressing and gets better and better with each new venture. She's an absolute one-click for me and will stay that way. 

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.

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