Tuesday, October 13, 2020

REVIEW: Pride and Papercuts by Staci Hart


The Austen series is coming to an end. The final book in the series is LIVE! I'm so excited to read Pride & Papercuts, a modern love story inspired by Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice! Have you grabbed your copy yet?

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I can't think of a better send off of this series than Pride and Papercuts. Laney and Liam were perfectly infuriating and passionate and exactly what you'd want to read in this modern take of Pride and Prejudice

From the first novel in this series I've been curious about Laney and her stand-offishness when it came to the family business; I suspected it had something to do with the expectations of her mother and her gender but I wasn't sure. My suspicions were confirmed and I found that rather than be annoyed at Laney's stubbornness when it came to her decisions, I really identified with her. I, too, am stubborn and passionate and sometimes make decisions guided by those traits and I sometimes felt like I was looking into a mirror when I read how conflicted she felt about how she felt about working for the family business. It was both comforting and informative to see her work through it all and begin to find a way to make herself and her family happy. 

Additionally, I wondered who would snag Laney's heart and make it their own. Enter Liam. The most infuriating man Staci Hart could possibly create for Laney. He was so insulting, so controlling, so seemingly ice cold and so quick to put his foot in his mouth when he spoke to Laney. Unbeknownst to her, he was also completely smitten with her, burning so hot for her, even when he didn't know it, that we all knew when they FINALLY got it together, it was going to be so good. And it was. But man oh man did Staci Hart make us work for that. Laney and Liam were two snarling cats anytime they were close to each other. Their immediate first reaction to each other was to be as contentious as possible even when their brains and hearts were telling them to SHUT UP. It was so much fun to read.

I loved every second of Pride and Papercuts so much so that I tried to drag out my reading for as long as possible. I loved the conflict and tension between Laney and Liam, the family drama, and the added bonus of Jett and Georgie's romance, as well as seeing the Bennet family one last time. I cannot speak highly enough of this series, and especially this novel, and cannot wait to put a physical copy on my bookshelf. 

Hate is a strong word.

Depending on the company, loathe is a good substitute. Abhor might be a little fancy, but it gets the job done. But the word that really sums up how I feel about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate.

He doesn’t seem to think much of me either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on me, he sets out to oppose me. Everything about him is imposing, as if he consumes the nearby air to power the rise and fall of his broad chest, and it’s clear he resents my presence on his advertising team. Every idea I have is shot down. Every olive branch I offer is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes.

In return, I light him up with my words.

It’s not as if he can dismiss me, since I work for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, he’s forced to tolerate me, which seems the closest we’ll ever be to friends. Fine by me.

I can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy.

But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, I won’t be able to hate him at all. I might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.

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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