4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Wasted Words by Staci Hart


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*


I love Jane Austen, and when I find a book that has a totally Austen retake vibe I eat it up for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. That is what happened with this book. I didn’t catch on to it at the beginning, but as the story goes on there are just too many similarities to not call it a retelling.

Wasted Words is also a very clever title, for a bookstore/coffee shop/bar and for a book title. Our female protagonist is Cam (Short for Cameron). She is your classic geeky book loving, comic book reading, speaks multiple languages, kind of gal. She moved to New York City and it one of the managers for the Book/Bar/Coffee Shop called Wasted Words. She loves it. She feels that her place it there. Her favorite hobby is hanging out with her roommate, Tyler (who is Super-Hot) and match making everyone she can.

Tyler had everything he believed he could ever want. When he lost it all in a horrific accident, he was able to pick up the pieces and continue on with his life. Though old wounds can leave deep scars. Tyler moved to New York City, lived with his girlfriend, who ended up cheating on him and saying, “He is just too nice of a guy.” He was in need of a place to live. Load and behold, Cam was in need a roommate. So the story begins of this platonic friendship that evolves dude to: Football, The Hobbit, and Captain America.

This story was a fun read. I found it on KU, and was super excited about it. Cam, has her issues – many of them. Her thick walls she has created to keep her heart from ever breaking again also keep her from truly finding a connection with someone. Her best friend has become Tyler. She knew she could always count on him, and it doesn’t hurt that he is a magnificent pieces of male specimen created.

4.5 Stars Some small errors, but the overall story was entertaining,

heart felt, steamy, and fun.


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