Wasted Words, from Staci Hart

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Hello, there! It’s time to wish Wasted Words, from Staci Hart, a happy book birthday! This party is held by Give Me Books and I shall play along by giving a lovely review as a present to the author, haha! My copy was provided to me by Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review, so let’s do it! 🙂

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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.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I was over my head with excitement when I found this book and saw it was inspired in Emma, from Jane Austen. If you have been around for a while, you may remember that I’m struck with the real Emma for some odd reason of the universe, but I simply had to pick up this one! And I’m glad that I did, as I had a wonderful time 🙂 I’m still digesting a lot of things that happened, but I can say for sure that this is a lovely 4 stars book!

The narrative style is first person with switching points of view between Cam and Tyler. I LOVED CAM, OMG! And Tyler was so like a boss that I also smirked with him a lot. I didn’t get through much in the original Emma, but it was impressive how much I could feel Austen’s modern vibes behind Hart, haha! Also, the nerd/book/movie/geek references were just perfect, seriously. I think I have some fresh new bookish bffs, haha!

The plot was simple, but Hart took her time. As both characters have been acquitted for a year as the book stars, there is no grounds for accusation of instalove and no vibes for it too, thank God. I enjoyed the relationships and the characters’ construction very much and, of course, Hart’s writing style won me over good 🙂 I just have the feeling that the book could have been smaller. Sometimes both Cam and Tyler got too caught up in the past and forgot to keep the plot going, oops!

The characters, as I already hinted, were my favorite part! Cam and Tyler’s relationship is so #goals in life that I honestly wished I had more male friends and that a particular one that broke my heart and doesn’t even know it to be more considerate. Oh well, we can’t win them all. I’m still thinking if I’ll add Tyler to my harem of bookish boyfriends, as so much has happened, haha! I’ll let you guys know 🙂 As it goes for Cam, I’m sure she made it to my non-official Bookish Bffs list, haha!

Overall, if you like contemporary new adult, Jane Austen vibes in the 21th century, kick ass characters and lovely romances, you have to pick up Wasted Words! ❤


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Thanks for reading my review! Bellow you can find more info on where to find Wasted Words and about the author ❤

purchase links

You can find Wasted Words in both paperback and ebook formats 🙂

Amazon | Amazon UK


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.

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That’s it, thanks for reading 🙂 And thanks to Give Me Books for my review copy once again!


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