Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review of Work in Progress by Staci Hart

By Staci Hart

“I daydreamed for a moment as they conversed around me that I’d find someone someday, too. That somehow I’d meet a man who would see all the things I thought were faults and love every one of them until I did, too.”

Oh, Staci, this is your best work. I mean it. 

Work in Progress is the next installation in the Red Lipstick Coalition books, and that’s all I need to know for it to become a must-read. Those girls are EVERYTHING. I say this every time I read an RLC novel, but the friendship between those girls is something I strive for in my own life. They are light and positivity, but they’re also honest and they tell each other the hard truths. And what’s so goddamn refreshing is that these women are all finding love, but the love they have for one another doesn’t take the backseat to their newfound romances. They still make time, they still call and text, they still meet up for weekly drinks, and they always put each other first. 

Sweet, sweet Amelia. I’ve been waiting for her book since Staci dropped the *married* bomb on us is Player. How would our debilitatingly shy Amelia end up married?! Well, because she has a heart of fucking gold. That’s how. 

“ ‘Thomas Bane, you are ridiculous.’

My brows flicked together. ‘Ridiculous good or ridiculous bad?’

But she shook her head, turning for the door. ‘Just absolutely ridiculous.’

And inexplicably, I was one hundred percent certain that was a good thing. ”

Thomas Bane. That name will stick close to my heart for a long, long time. He was the opposite of everything that I expected. But, that’s the beauty of a Staci Hart novel. She takes everything you think you know and flips it on its head. Thomas—Tommy, is a protective, handsome, misunderstood man who also, just so happens, to have a heart of gold. 

When the two meet it’s love at first sight! 

JUST KIDDING, it’s *marriage* at first sight.

All Amelia has to do from there is avoid falling in love with her husband, but that may prove harder a task than she first thought. Tommy and Amelia find their chemistry hard to ignore—even more so now that they’re living under the same roof to keep up pretenses. But, it’s outside in the public eye that Tommy really thrives. In public he can kiss and hug and love on Amelia, and through those experiences and outings Amelia gets the exposure therapy she needs to break out of her shell. 

Also Amelia is a book work who defends the romance genre with as much gusto as she can manage. 

In short, I love her, but she isn't without faults of her own. 

She has a total lack of confidence in herself, and that translates to the people around her. Including Tommy. 

“ ‘I take a lot of things seriously,’ [Tommy] said quietly, the words heavy with meaning. ‘Writing. My family. You.’ ” 

Amelia and Tommy’s adventures in marriage and the road they have to take toward trusting one another is bumpy. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, and that’s exactly why this book is worth reading. This story is beautiful, brilliant and kept me hanging on from the very first sentence. (Really, it kept me hanging on since Staci teased us with a marriage in Player!) Their story is my favorite Hart story yet, and I can't wait for all of you to get your hands on it. 

Thank you as always to Staci, Tina, and her team for the ARC. I love being on team Hart. 

To Purchase: Work in Progress

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