Blog Tour: Wasted Words by Staci Hart
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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*
Wasted Words was such a sweet read. This is only the second book by this author I have read, but they have both been really cute, fun, sweet reads. That is not to say there are not some hot moments, but overall the story just makes me happy. Wasted Words was a lot of fun to read and I couldn't put it down once I started.
Cam is a bit of a nerd. She loves reading and comic books and helping set people up. She sees connections between people, sees who would work well together, and loves seeing others happy. She is not too concerned with herself and if she ever finds someone, she just wants to help others. She also puts people into different categories and she knows you should stay within your own category when you date. She definitely does. It won't work if she wants to date someone on a different shelf. They would just be too different.
Tyler is Cam's roommate and not at all on the same shelf as her. He was a football player, a jock, someone who would never go for someone like Cam. I mean he dated models! And Cam is no model. So even though she is attracted to him (duh! Who wouldn't be?) she knows they would never work. He is too different from her. She tried that once, tried to mix across shelves, and it didn't work so she is not going to be going there again.
Tyler has always like Cam a bit, but she made it perfectly clear that she doesn't like him like that. He hasn't really dated much since his last disaster and he is fine with that. Only when Cam tries to set him up things get interesting. She should be happy that she found someone that is perfect for him, and she is, but she also isn't. She doesn't want him to find someone else. She kind of wants to be with him, but how could that be possible?
For his part once he tries to date someone that Cam wants him to he just realizes how much he does like Cam. Oh these two were cute. Cam could be a bit frustrating at times, not letting people decide what they want for themselves, trying to push what she wants, what she thought was right on other, never able to acknowledge that she might be wrong. That plus all of her insecurities about how different she is from Tyler so if/when they start dating it is not sunshine and roses. She worries so much that he will break her heart, that he doesn't really like her, that he will leave she ends up sabotaging herself. Her friends try to help, try to get her to see how awesome Tyler is and how much he cares about her, but years and years of insecurities won't go away overnight. Tyler is so sweet I just loved him. He knows Cam is a bit crazy, but he is there for her trying to get her to see how great they could be together.
Overall this was a really great read. I loved watching Cam and Tyler figure everything out. Even when she was driving me crazy I still wanted everything to work out for these two. Such a sweet, cute, fun read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2
About the Author:
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.