3 stars · Contemporary Romance · Friends to Lovers · New Adult · Sizzler

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Wasted Words Book Cover Wasted Words
Staci Hart
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
May 14th 2016
396 pages


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*

Nancy’s Review

Cam Emerson feels like opposites don’t attract after the bad experience she went through in high school. Ever since then she has put people in their own shelf. Her rule is to ONLY date guys in her shelf because she doesn’t want to go through the heartbreak again.

1) Know who you’re dealing with and put them on their shelf.
2) Don’t date anyone not on your shelf.
3) When something seems too good to be true, it probably is

Tyler Knight is Cams best friend and roommate. He has always liked Cam but she never returned his feelings, so he is content with at least being her friend. Until he can’t take it anymore and is determined to spill out his feelings to Cam.

“I wasn’t wishing for something I couldn’t have. I could have her, but it wouldn’t be easy.
It wouldn’t be easy, but it would be worth it.”

I enjoyed this story enough that I really didn’t get bored, but I didn’t love it. I think with some of the issues I had with it, it prevented me from liking it more.

I liked Cam in the beginning. She was a nerd, funny, and sassy. She had a cool job and friends. All she really wants is for her friends to be happy and not go through the heartbreak she went through. So I was thinking that it was sweet of her to help her friends out, UNTIL she went a little too crazy about it. And basically after that, I didn’t like her as much. While I completely understood the insecurities she had, it kind of got to the point where it was getting kind of annoying. But Tyler was always there to reassure her he wanted her. Bless his heart.

“So I did the only thing I could to show her how I felt — I kissed her.
I kissed her with all of me, heart and soul, told her with every motion, every touch, every breath that I wanted her. That she was perfect. That I was hers.”

Tyler was basically a perfect book boyfriend. He was understanding and patient! Boy, was he patient! He showed Cam how much he adored her in EVERY WAY possible. He was sweet but sexy. Tyler was absolutely swoon-worthy. I actually wanted to finish this book because of him.

“I tried to hang on to my breath. I tried to hang on to my heart. But she had all of me.”

What I really did love was the romance between these two. When Cam wasn’t worrying too much, the relationship was perfect.

“I want you, Cam. I want your body, your heart, your soul. I’ll give you mine in exchange. But you have to choose me, right here, right now. Do you trust me?”
“More than anyone,” she said, her voice heavy with decision and emotion.”

Overall, this was an okay book for me. With the only few issues I had, everything else was pretty great.

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