Wednesday, January 31, 2018

REVIEW: Living Out Loud by Staci Hart


LIVING OUT LOUD, the next in Staci Hart's Austen Series, is LIVE! I adored this modern love story inspired by Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. Everything about this book had me smiling and swooning! Hart takes us back to the world of Wasted Words and gives us a love story you will not soon forget!


OUR REVIEW:

Shel: I'm thinking Staci Hart can do anything. yes?
Romcom? Yes
Ansgsty romance? Yep.
Gods and goddesses? Yep
Erotica? Yep.

Court: Yes, Staci Hart can definitely do anything! She keeps it original, and her covers suck us in every. single. time with their originality and the shots are beautiful but can I be weird for a second and say the fonts just do it for me too? I'm a font nerd. What can I say. But...while she lays on the angst, I know that she'll find a way for us to make it through okay and that is why I love coming back to her time and time again! 

Shel: And now? Now we have a sweet and funny nod to Sense and Sensibility in Living Out Loud. The characters of Annie and Greg were a mix of modern love and Austen love. I could see them in 2018 NYC even as I heard them in 1811 England-- there was a gentility and musicality to their dialogue that just seemed to straddle both times perfectly. Their romance was a whirlwind, with the pacing of things between them moving swiftly towards a HEA-- though not without villainy and confusion and yearning along the way. Court: I really enjoyed Living Out Loud in that I am always in awe of people who take on literary classics and then make them their own. It really is an art form, because I really feel like it takes a lot of planning and respect and even more thought to put it all together to make something new and beautiful for us to enjoy. Staci Hart does that very, very well. 

Shel: I not only enjoyed the sweet and light romance of Annie and Greg but I'm insanely curious about Ellie and Ward (and really want their mom to find someone). I love it when secondary characters are as interesting as the primary ones, without taking anything away from the main story and I'm eager to see where the next book takes me next. Court: Amen! Friends who make us intrigued for more in this world are the best ever. I need and want more and more and more and can I say that I'm needy for more Staci Hart stories? We will wait as patiently as we can to see what she does next, but we for sure can plan on it to be original and engaging and really give us that escape we are looking for!

   
  Living Out Loud Staci Hart Publication Date: February 1, 2018 
Cover Photo: Perrywinkle Photography 
Cover Design: QuirkyBird Designs 
 
  When Annie Daschle arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list. Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted. See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check. Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check. Stand in the middle of Times Square: Check. Get a job at Wasted Words: Check. Two things not on her list: Greg Brandon and Will Bailey. And just like that, she finds herself caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules. List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart. Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops. *Standalone contemporary romance Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.*

Like what you see? Grab your own copy of this beautiful new release today on Amazon in eBook or paperback!

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, 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. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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