G. Bianco, 2019
The acclaimed author of many book series, such as The Bennet Brothers and The Austens, Staci Hart’s newest novel, Pride and Papercuts. This retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which is available on October 13th, pulls from two of Hart’s series into one angsty romance.
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 Laney Bennet feels about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate. He doesn’t seem to think much of her either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on her, he sets out to oppose her. 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 to Laney that he resents her presence on his advertising team. Every idea she has is shot down. Every olive branch she offers is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes. In return, Laney lights him up with her words. It’s not as if he can dismiss her, since Laney works for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, they’re forced to tolerate each other, which seems the closest they’ll ever be to friends. Which is fine with Laney. She can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy. But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, she won’t be able to hate him at all. She might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.
What I love about Staci Hart’s books is that it’s not just a love story. There is drama, there is secondary plot, and there are always chock full of lovable characters! This novel is the final book in The Austens Series and it crosses over with The Bennet Brothers Series, but it works as a great standalone! There are some characters and plots that carry over, but if you haven’t read the previous series then you won’t be lost or confused at all. Hart does a good job of explaining and giving context for everything.I’ve only read The Bennet Brothers books, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to read the rest of the series because I loved this one so much! This is a bit of a slow burn and there isn’t much steaminess, but if you like retelling then you’ll really enjoy this one!
Any fans of Pride and Prejudice or slow burn romance stories, then I highly recommend checking out the rest of Hart’s books. I know I definitely am!
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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