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Wasted Words

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  5,295 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
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. S
ebook, 326 pages
Published May 19th 2016
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5 Stars!

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Wasted Words is my second book by Staci Hart and by far my favorite. When I saw it was a romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, I knew I had to read it. I’m so glad I fit it in! It was sweet, sexy, and so much fun to read. The friends to lovers and nerdy girl troupe were both executed perfectly. Also- I listened to the audio book and both narrators did a fantastic job.

Cam is a match maker. She works in a bookstore/bar and she can tell when people are right for each other. It’s
Lisa Jayne
May 06, 2016 Lisa Jayne rated it really liked it

"She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf."


A wonderfully put together and brilliantly executed modern day version of Jane Austen's 'Emma'. With themes from a personal favourite of mine this book had a lot to live up to but I can happily say that Staci Hart really did come up with the goods. From the quirky heroine and her hunky hero to the imaginative chapter titles there wasn't much room left to not fall helplessly in love with this
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 08, 2016 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it it was amazing
5 - "A GIANT AND A FAIRY" - STARS (swoooonnnnn)

This is my FAVORITE Staci Hart book to date. For me, it was a total hit! I went into Wasted Words excited beyond belief. A new series, with new characters, by one of my favorite RomCom authors .... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <<---- I mean! BLISS. That's a bookworm's dream. So I opened it up with some serious zest and MOTHER OF ALL BOOKISH THINGS, did I love it! I ADORED every single word. I ate them up like they were the sweetest little morse
May 12, 2016 Sabrina rated it liked it
Cam puts everyone she meets on a shelf. The jocks and the supermodels on one, and the book nerds on another. In her mind, those shelves should never mix, so even though she likes her roommate as more than a friend, she's not willing to explore those feelings because he's not on her shelf.

Tyler has wanted more from Cam for awhile, but she's never giving any kind of indication that she wanted him too. So he resides himself to being just her friend, taking what little he can get. Until she tries t
There was nothing wrong with this book exactly.

The best friends to lovers storyline hooks me every time.
Tyler was freaking gorgeous and just the perfect book boyfriend.
And I was never bored.

But well...the protagonist was a bitch.

There I said it. Sentence me to hell, book nerds.
Believe me, I have some serious self-hatred at this present moment.

However, there was no denying the fact that had I worked at Wasted Words and attended that bowling social, the novel would have ended abruptly with Cam i
May 07, 2016 Lucia rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-2-stars-read
*sigh* I have had no luck with female characters lately. Cam was judgy, meddling “know-it-all” girl who got on my nerves non-stop. And sadly, romance didn’t do it for me either :(
Amber Robertson
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

Yes, I know that's a quote from The Hobbit that features in the book but whatever - I loved it.

Wasted Words was a book I went in with super low expectations. I try to do that with every book to truly love it, but for some reason I just had no faith in this particular book. How very glad I am to say I was wrong.

Wasted Words is
Staci Hart
Mar 23, 2016 Staci Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Bex (Night Owl Reader)
★★ 4.5 stars! ★★

I will read just about any Jane Austen reimagining, modern update, sequel, or prequel. I am a huge fan and can’t get enough, so when I read that Wasted Words is inspired by Austen’s Emma, I knew I had to read it. I’m glad I did because Staci Hart does a perfect job of updating Emma for the modern age. The writing is fresh and fun while the characters are descriptive and full of depth. This story was so cute and it made my heart happy.

Cam is a perky, adorably dorky bookworm workin
Pretty, eye-catching book cover + visibility in Amazon's top 100 list = Recipe For Success


Haha, got me again. I will fall for it every time. Whatever.

I don't care for the writing at all. It's not completely horrible, but I don't think it's good.

--The dialogue feels like it's trying way too hard while at the same time being so moronic I almost want to blow my fucking brains out.

--The story is told in alternating first person POVs and there is barely any distinction between the characters'
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4 “Wasted Words” “love” Kisses

OMG YAS!!! This is one of the many reasons why I adore Staci Hart's novels…they suck me in and the next thing I know, it’s 24 hours later and I’ve finished the book and somewhat functioned through regular life. I've been looking forward to Wasted Words basically since I finished Last Call and knew there was going to be a spinoff…the minute I read the blurb for WW I got giddy…then I saw the cover and my excitement level went to
Lex ☾
Jan 31, 2017 Lex ☾ rated it really liked it

☾That book was so darn cute! Tyler and Cam have been roommates for a long time, and friends for even longer. For as long as both of them have known, their friendship is completely platonic. Truth be told, they both have growing romantic feelings for the other that is anything but platonic.

☾Cam is a nerd. Full blown book loving, glasses wearing, short geek (funny because I guess I'm a nerd too :). She's been burned by the popular guy before in high school. Therefore she believes everyo
Give Me Books
May 19, 2016 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Staci Hart.

I'm a big fan of Emma.

And now, I'm a REALLY freakin' big fan of Wasted Words.

I could not get enough of this book. Seriously. I was done as soon as I opened it—I knew I'd be reading and reading and reading until the final page, and I knew that, given the chance, I'd do it ALL OVER AGAIN, as soon as possible.

It's not simply funny, or sexy, or charming. It's not just that Cam and Tyler are so flipping perfect for each other, or that this cover is so flipping perfect
The Book Disciple (Samantha)
May 15, 2016 The Book Disciple (Samantha) rated it really liked it
Good, but not mind blowingly good. Cam's insecurities were annoying after awhile.
Keyanna Butler
May 02, 2016 Keyanna Butler rated it it was amazing
Is this even real life? Is Staci Hart an actual person? Can I even when I know I just cannot even? These are the questions I asked myself constantly while reading Wasted Words by Staci Hart. Let me tell you how the title is so appropriate because I am drunk off of this novel. Pretty pretty words, endearing characters, and a unique spin on a classic trope that sent my romance loving heart soaring. I seriously could not take Cam and Tyler. Their friendship was everything and watching it develop in ...more
Bindi Boo
May 26, 2016 Bindi Boo rated it liked it
3 stars

A light maybe fun friends to lovers story i guess. Doesn't have much of a plot, rather it's about the heroine overcoming insecurities and mismatch relationships.

Cam, the heroine started off amazing. She's a book geek working at a book bar(YES! a cool is that!) She's sassy, confident and funny. She lives with her hottie roommate Tyler, an ex-football star. They're best friends and know each other so well. But under all that, lies an attraction so deep, they are afraid they w
May 18, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG. Can it get any better than Staci Hart? Wasted Words is the spin off series from Bad Habits, which is set in the world of Wasted Words, the new bar-comic book – book store that Rose is the proud owner of. Our main characters, Cam and Tyler are best friends, roommates and complete opposites. For Cam, she ventured from the nerd pool once and that didn’t end well for her, since then she’s all about only dating with or below her weight. Not willing to risk her heart for going after a guy she dee ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Reading a book is an adventure. Something that takes away everything else and propels you into a different world. Some books you just click with, some books you really enjoy Some books though, they speak to you, they embed themselves in you, never to be forgotten. You breathe these books, allow yourself to be consumed by them. You devour every single word, you feel every single emotion and you LOVE EVERY SINGLE SECOND. Some people have favourite books, some have favourite authors. Some have both ...more
Melody Kimmons-Allen
This book was good. It would have been better if the heroine wasn't such a baby and the complaining she did didn't fill half the book. This story could have been so much shorter but Cam goes on and on for chapters complaining about not being enough for Tyler.

Tyler is the sweetest guy and would constantly reassure Cam that he only had eyes for her. Didn't matter much!

I'm not angry about her having low self-esteem (she does have it though). Let's face it, plenty of women have this same insecurit
Adriana Locke
May 11, 2016 Adriana Locke rated it it was amazing
Staci Hart has taken the twenty-six letters of the alphabet and rearranged, transformed, and linked them together in a way that equates to word crack. I guarantee you'll be addicted to everything about this book.
Hart's storytelling is like sitting across from your best friend and watching her share some experience she's had. You know what I mean - she's waving her hands, her eyes wide, her body language pulling you in and has you begging - BEGGING! - for the next word.
That's how Staci writes.
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
May 15, 2016 Donna ~ The Romance Cover rated it really liked it
Wasted Words by Staci Hart
4 stars!!

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Staci Hart never fails to deliver down to earth characters that are so cute you cannot help but fall in love with them, add to that the dorkability factor and I am completely sold. This book was a geek fest and I loved it, add to that friends to lovers and I was all in.

Cam was a book geek and a comic nerd, there was nothing she loved more than reading, whether it be books or comics and she was the reside
I really enjoyed this sweet friends to lovers romance. Tyler was the perfect book boyfriend - he was so patient with Cam and just a really good guy. I really loved the way the relationship changed between these two. This was sweet but also low-angst, romantic and funny. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

Staci Hart writes the cutest new adult contemporary romances!! Wasted Words is another lovely friends-to-lovers romance of hers, with an added opposites-attract theme. It was really an adorable read – Tyler is the sweetest hero ever, Cam is flawed but relatable, and the story simple but well-written. If you’re a fan of the author’s Bad Habits series, or you like light-hearted contemporary romances, I highly recommend this one!

“So you have daydreamed about
May 17, 2016 RentasticReads rated it it was amazing
LOVE. And books. And whiskey!

I completely enjoyed every light and twisty moment of this book. It was so much fun seeing how two people from very different worlds come together, finding common ground and burning together. Cam Emerson is a nerd, a book lover, a very simple and super smart girl who works at Wasted Words. Tyler Knight is a hot and delectable ex-football player who suffered a career-ending injury that somehow led him to being Cam's roommate. On the outside, they couldn't be more diff
Red Cheeks Reads
May 19, 2016 Red Cheeks Reads rated it it was amazing
"No, friendzoned by a guy means that you just end up a fuck buddy." I chuckled. "I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones. It's unfathomable to me that the two of us could ever be together. even in that daydreamy, pretend sort of way. We're too different, even down to our height. He's six-foot-six, which makes him sixteen inches taller than me. That's almost a foot-and-a-half. Can you imagine having sex with him?"

Bayleigh wet her lips. "Yeah, I could."

I adore Staci Hart books and devour them lik
May 04, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it
4 stars

Wasted Words was a sweet, fun and entertaining read.

The storyline was well written, the characters were likable, relatable, at times frustrating, loving and sweet.


Both Cam and Tyler made me laugh with their banter and friendship, I loved watching them fall in love and work through Cam's insecurities, rules and fears.


Overall, Wasted Words is a beautifully written friends to more romance that will touch your heart and leave you full of happy feels.

May 08, 2016 Mallory rated it really liked it
4 stars
Mar 22, 2016 Lia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, 5-star-books
Don't judge a book by its cover??

Well go ahead and judge this one, because what you see is what you get.

I'm serious. A man and a woman look deeply into each others eyes; the girl with glasses and the man is all muscles.
"Despite their differences, they're a match well made."

It's been awhile since I've read a book where the content match the cover. The cover is gorgeous, as are all the teasers made by Staci are too. The actual story is exactly that, a beautiful story featuring a man and woman wh
Melyssa Winchester
May 11, 2016 Melyssa Winchester rated it it was amazing

Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★


There are some books that from the moment you start them, you just know based on the flow of the words, the voice of the characters involved and the situations they find themselves in, you’re just going to straight up love.
That is my experience with Wasted Words.
I have to go on record saying, while I do own many a book by this author, I have yet to actually sit down and re
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