Wasted Words (Austen, #1)by Staci Hart Published 19 May 2016
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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 (Austen, #1)" Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Cam puts everyone she meets on a shelf. The jocks and the supermodels on one, and the book nerds on another. In her mind, those shelves should never mix, so even though she likes her roommate as more than a friend, she's not willing to explore those feelings because he's not on her shelf.
Tyler has wanted more from Cam for awhile, but she's never giving any kind of indication that she wanted him too. So he resides himself to being just her friend, taking what little he can get. Until she tries to use her powers of matchmaking to set him up, that is. Realizing that Cam will never see him as more than a friend if he doesn't try, he goes for it and lets her know how he feels. Now if only Cam could get rid of this shelf nonsense.
What to say, what to say. Honestly this is just yet another review where I don't actually know how to explain what I feel. Did I like it? Yes. Was it fan-fucking-tastic? Nope. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I had some issues that made it less than awesome.
Cam was my major problem and ruined some of the story for me. At first I was liking her character, I mean she's a book nerd who works at bar/bookstore. Pretty awesome! But as I read on I got more of her crazy side, and that's where it went downhill. Her little freak out over one of the couples she tried to play cupid with, really made me not like her. From that point on I became overly critical, I think, and it made me hate her during the rest of the book. On one hand I could understand that she didn't want to get hurt, but at the same time I wanted her to shut up about it and admit her feelings for Tyler. The fact that she was so unsure of their relationship really bothered me.
As for Tyler, I don't really have much to say about him. What I knew about him, I liked, but it was very little. Cam's insecurities seemed to be the main focus of this book, so Tyler got pushed to the back. To focus on the positive, though, the moments that his personality got to shine through, I really liked and it made me enjoy his the book. He's the reason that I finished this story with positive thoughts, and he and Cam trule were a cute couple.
Bottom line, I would recommend this book for anyone that likes a contemporary romance with a heroine that has some self-esteem issues and the Hero has to help fix them. I know my review probably makes it sound like I despised the book, but I really did enjoy it, and I hope everyone else will too.
*sigh* I have had no luck with female characters lately. Cam was judgy, meddling “know-it-all” girl who got on my nerves non-stop. And sadly, romance didn’t do it for me either :(
There was nothing wrong with this book exactly.
The best friends to lovers storyline hooks me every time.
Tyler was freaking gorgeous and just the perfect book boyfriend.
And I was never bored.
But well...the protagonist was a bitch.
There I said it. Sentence me to hell, book nerds.
Believe me, I have some serious self-hatred at this present moment.
However, there was no denying the fact that had I worked at Wasted Words and attended that bowling social, the novel would have ended abruptly with Cam in hospital after I attacked her with a bowling ball. She was a brat. A brat suffering from anxiety and other unexplainable, cupid related illness, but still a brat. And Tyler did nothing. You could hardly claim that calling someone a bitch was an adequate telling off after the stunt she pulled.
But otherwise, I really enjoyed it.
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
Yes, I know that's a quote from The Hobbit that features in the book but whatever - I loved it.
Wasted Words was a book I went in with super low expectations. I try to do that with every book to truly love it, but for some reason I just had no faith in this particular book. How very glad I am to say I was wrong.
Wasted Words is actually a setting in this particular book as well. It's a coffee shop/bar/comic book store/book store and I've never heard of anything so perfect in my life. I mean, I'm not a drinker, but if I could get a chai latte and read a good book? I'm 110% in!
The novel is split into two perspectives; our male and female leads. The leads are complete opposites, as Cam likes to say. From their heights to career paths to interests.
Cameron Emerson is a girl who prides herself on her match making abilities, the wedding invitations prove she has a knack for it and working in Wasted Words makes it easy for her to connect people. Though, she is unable to find someone for herself that she feels a real connection with after being severely burned by a guy in high school. She's in no way pining after this boy still, but she has a firm belief that opposites do not attract. Due to this she denies her feelings for her roommate and best friend Tyler. I found Cam to be absolutely ridiculous at points. I sat there flabbergasted by how she could at 25 react in such childish ways. Sure, she's smart, but if she has a hissy fit because her best friend doesn't like the guy she wants to set her up with she's obviously immature.
Tyler Knight was set for the big leagues of American football, until a spine injury ended his career in his junior year of college. He now works as an agent for football players looking to enter to league. I don't really have much to say about Tyler. He just seemed like a push over. He was sweet and the 50% hit and I was tired of him just succumbing to everything Cam wanted. It was infuriating that he was just so quickly infatuated by her (I know he liked her before but whatever).
I had some major problems with this book. The main characters, the matchmaking, Cameron in entirety. Though I absolutely loved some parts. I loved the nerdiness, I loved that Wasted Words seemed like my dream place to work, I loved the fact that the first 50% of the book rocked. Something was missing in the end though. Maybe it was because the two leads already knew each other? Maybe it was because we got basically 0 backstory about the characters? Because of whatever this missing element was I couldn't relate to the characters completely. I found myself awww'ing or just smiling along but they felt distant and I didn't like that very much.
Overall, Wasted Words wasn't a bad book. Definitely a solid three stars, but that is purely for the first 50% because it quickly lost its charm as it continued.