Genres: Romantic Comedy
Also by this author: Tonic
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*
So, what drew me to Wasted Words? 1st, that cover! God I am in LOVE with this cover. Seriously, its like my favorite thing ever. But then I saw that it was based off Emma by Jane Austen. Emma is the ONLY Austen book I like and I totally love it! So, I was sold with the cover alone but totally psyched when I found out it was based off Emma.
Wasted Words started slow for me. I was worried that the entire book would be the angst of will-they-won’t-they. I can’t handle that. I also didn’t want them dating other people. I mean, I KNEW they needed to end up together, and both admitted to themselves that they had feelings for the other. When Tyler went on the date with Adrienne I was ready to give up on the book. I thought “Nope, this isn’t gonna work for me” and I almost closed the book. But then Tyler has an epiphany! Thank goodness!
Then when they get together, Cam’s insecurities take over the part of ‘antagonist’ and while I totally, 100% understood her crazy behavior (because I too have had to set my phone someone unreachable to keep me from overanalyzing and checking) it got old FAST. Every time Tyler was out of her sight, she turned in to a neurotic crazy person who is dooming this relationship. Yes, what Kyle said was rude (basically that she wasn’t his type) but it wasn’t like it was something she hadn’t already thought and said herself!
So, overall, I enjoyed the book. But it was super angsty and that got a bit excessive. I prefer when the drama comes from outside and the couple faces it together and not when the drama is self created.
Cam has my dream job BTW. A bar/bookstore?!? Um, hello!! And they have costume parties? Seriously, why isn’t this a thing?
- POV: Dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: Friends to lovers, Retelling
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: Standalone
- Cliffhanger: no
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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.