Title: Wasted Words
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Author: Staci Hart
Release Date: May 16, 2016!

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*
5 - "A GIANT AND A FAIRY" - STARS (swoooonnnnn)

This is my FAVORITE Staci Hart book to date. For me, it was a total hit! I went into Wasted Words excited beyond belief. A new series, with new characters, by one of my favorite RomCom authors .... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <<---- I mean! BLISS. That's a bookworm's dream. So I opened it up with some serious zest and MOTHER OF ALL BOOKISH THINGS, did I love it! I ADORED every single word. I ate them up like they were the sweetest little morsels of goodness! 

And I tell you what, if there’s one thing that’s so unique about this author's books, it's how effortless and how authentic her characters are. You could LIVE with these people every single day!!! I swear! They are just LIKE us. It's incredible. I relate to them on almost every level. And the way her books flow, the way her characters interact with each other, the authenticity in the writing, the depth of feels, it just comes ALIVE. 

I always say this when I recommend a Staci Hart book, but when I read her novels, I LIVE them. I'm in those pages and those stories become my world. 

It's delicious. 

From the natural dialogue, to the witty, sometimes sarcastic humor, to the sweet and flirty banter, to the array of characters that are painted with such a vivid brush, to the writing, to the steamy sex, to the EVERYTHING, I just can't get enough. There isn't a thing I don't love. And Wasted Words was just perfect. It held everything I NEED in a book and so, so, so much more. 

“Maybe I was wrong.”
"About what?” I asked absently...
"About you being able to live without me.” 
He met my eyes, saying gently, “Maybe it’s me who can’t live without you.” 

Cam helps Rose manage Wasted Words -- A Book Bar. Yes, you read that right. A BOOK. FREAKING. BAR. <<-- HOW genius is that? It's a BAR **cue happy sigh** that sells drinks, books and comics, and hosts SINGLES NIGHT! I mean, what the what? It’s such a unique premise for me. I’ve never read anything like that. 

So anyway... Cam does a variety of things at Wasted Words and she's good at them. She loves her job. She keeps everyone in check. She's stubborn, fiery, fierce, and utterly funny. She makes me smile. She's a little bit (okay a lot) of a know it all. I found it cute. Endearing. A little charming even. But she may drive you a little batty, so prepare yourself. **hahaha** Just know that there’s a REASON behind her crazy. 

A seriously VALID reason. 

Everyone at Wasted Words ADORES Cam. They put up with her quirks happily, because they know she's coming from a good place. Cam likes to make people happy. She likes to see them thrive. And her part in doing that is setting them up! That's right ... Our dainty heroine is a matchmaking fairy. LOL. When she see's two people she deems a perfect match, she goes for it. And she truly LOVES doing it. It's her ‘thing’. It keeps her heart protected. It keeps her in the safe zone! 

Tyler Knight **dreamy sigh*** is Cam's roommate, and our HERO. MY GOD IS HE LIP LICKING! No joke. He's downright PERFECT! Our gentlemanly giant. An ex Football player who suffered a career ending injury, now turned Sports Agent. 

He's so flipping handsome, guys. 
He's so sweet. 
He's so perfect. 
Like P.E.R.F.E.C.T!!!

It's refreshing to have a hero who didn't really have any flaws! And Tyler didn't have many, if any. He was Goodness personified. So sweet. So yummy. So... defined and hard all over (drools), masculine, and strong and sweet. Did I say sweet? ***hahahaha** I did. Because OH MY GOD. The swoon was so out of control with him. I ADORED HIM. And I loved the way he ADORED Cam. 

“You want me to kiss you?” he asked, closing the distance. 
“I —no, that’s not what I meant.” I stammered. “Yes. I mean, no! Maybe.” 
He stopped in front of me, pressing his hips against the counter between my knees, spreading them apart. His hand found my cheek, and he said softly, “You want me to kiss you right now, Cam?” 
“I…” I breathed, looking up into his eyes, unable to say anything, drunk from the proximity of his lips. But he didn’t wait for me to speak. I think he already knew the answer without me having to say a word. 

Tyler and Cameron are truly adorable together. They start out as friends who have a natural, easy going relationship. They just get each other. In every way. 

Wasted Words is a friends to lover romance. What starts out as roommates with an easy friendship, eventually turns into something SO MUCH more. But that something more isn't as easy as their friendship was. While Tyler is ALL IN from the start, Cam remains unsure. She struggles with some pretty severe relationship anxiety. And that leads to some self sabotage. 

I really LOVED that Cameron was such a real character. I can't tell you how many times I have dealt with the very same issue she has. When I first met my husband I was that insecure, needy girl. I was the girl who wanted him close, but at the same time didn’t feel like I measured up, so I pushed him away. Thank God, he was MY Tyler. And it's all worked out. But I really feel like Cam is EVERY GIRL. She's one of us, the girl who just wants to be accepted as is and wants to trust it. 

Overall, I thought Wasted Words was everything and more. I fell deeply in love with the story. Once again this author managed to hook me. I was sent straight into a world of pure bookish bliss while reading. Staci writes with such with passion. Her characters have so much integrity and heart. This was a light yet angsty yet undeniable sexy read. It was fun and funny, had those perfect little plot dips and LOL moments. A seamless novel from start to finish. And one heck of a romantic comedy loaded with heart, soul, and tons of sweetness. 

It's my FAVORITE Staci Hart book to date. 
I more than recommend it. 
I'm downright crazy about it. 


"Why did you kiss me, Tyler?"
"Because I wanted to."
"For how long?"
"Too long." <<---- OMG. SO. MUCH. FEELS!

I shook my heard. "It doesn't make any sense that you'd want me."
He stroked my cheek, his dark eyes soft. "Maybe not in your universe, but in mine it makes perfect sense in mine." <<---- I CAN'T EVEN TAKE THE SWOON. 

"I felt so right about her that it was an absolute truth, she and I, an undeniable fact of the universe." <<---- **thump thump thump** My heart beats for him.

Angie's Rating:

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.


  1. It sounds like a wonderful review on the book...sounds like one i would enjoy reading !!