New Release Review : Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 19, 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*

Staci Hart wrote such lovable characters in Cam and Tyler. I was charmed with Hart’s writing once again. This friends to lovers story had my heart melting with every turn of the page. 

Quirky and nerdy, Cam Emerson, has the perfect job and amazing friends. She’s content with her life as is, and having a boyfriend isn’t important to her. But having a prime hunk entice her every day nudges the idea into her mind more and more.
Tyler Knight, ex football player, is the complete opposite of what Cam is. And based on her history with the popular-type boys, it never ends well. But that’s neither here nor there, because she’s convinced her roommate would never and could never fall for someone like her. 

The two hanging out as mere friends/roommates made me tingle all over. They were so perfect together in so many different ways. And their voices me comfortable with them. I felt so connected to Cam and was completely on her level. Her reservations were understandable despite how crazy insecure it made her.
And Tyler was so endearing. He was sweet and accepted all parts of Cam.   
It was so great to see the supporting characters, new and old to add more humor, support, and intrigue.
Hart even made Wasted Words, the store, a character in itself. It has such life and vitality. I love the way it brought so many different characters together. It was like a safe haven for nerds.

The only thing I wish we got more of was Tyler and Cam as a couple. I enjoyed their friendship and the journey through the beginning stages of their relationship, but I wanted just a little bit more of them embracing it.

Staci Hart is a fabulous author and my go-to for cute romances with a hint of comedy and nerdiness. Her characters are way to adorable to pass up!


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.