ARC provided for a honest 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 rockstars 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*
My thoughts on Wasted Words
This review has been difficult for me to write. Wasted Words by Staci Hart is a phenomenal book that left me without the needed words to describe it. It had me feeling so many things…sadness…joy…love…exasperation…and the need to kick Cam’s behind just to mention a few.
Cam and Taylor’s story is not unique. We have all read the friends to lovers recipe before. I am convinced, that what makes this book stand out so much is the writing. Staci Hart has created characters and an environment that comes alive and invites us in. I felt like I was sitting at the bar in Wasted Words watching the chemistry crackle between Cam and Taylor while she did her matchmaking thing.
That’s all great and fabulous…but on top of that this book deals with some important subjects hidden between the lines. We see how it is possible to watch your dream break in a thousand pieces, pick up those same pieces and put them back together creating a new dream. We experience how the selfish act by a child, who seems to believe some people are less, can make someone else believe just that.
I could go on and on about all the things I thought and felt reading this book…but I’ll just recommend that you pick it up and read it for yourself.