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Living Out Loud

(Austen #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,553 ratings  ·  315 reviews
The second Annie Daschle tumbles into my arms, my whole world changes.

When she asks if we’re hiring at Wasted Words, I can only say yes, even though we aren’t—it’s that early on that I realize I can’t say no to her. Not when she asks me to show her around New York, even though I already know I should stay away. Not when she asks if we’re friends because I want her so much
Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-five-stars
5 Stars!!!


Living Out Loud is a fun, heartwarming, sweet, and emotional read, and one of Hart’s best books in my opinion. From the very first chapter, I fell in love with this story and these characters.

Annie Daschle is ready to live. She has had a lot of loss in her life, but rather than dwell on the things she can’t control, she makes a list. A list of things she’s never done, things she wants to do, things that will have her living out loud. One of the first things she is able to check off he
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“The world was infinite, and I was not.
You see, my heart was full of holes.”

Wow! To say this was a highly anticipated release by one of my favorite authors is a massive understatement. I love Staci Hart’s work and I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but seriously, how pretty is the cover to Living Out Loud? I have so much love for this beautiful and sweet romance. It pulled at my heart strings big time and made me crave more, a lot more. I love delving into stories that give m
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Such a beautiful,sweet,romantic and heartwarming story. I thought A Little Too Late was amazing but wait until you read Living Out Loud!I didn't want to finish it, it was unique and I had so many feelings while I was reading it!


"That was Greg and me-easy and uninhibited, a joining of two streams to make a river."

I loved Greg and Annie.Annie is such a sweetheart my heart ached for her!Greg is kind,charming,friendly,sweet and
Kandi Steiner
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Absolutely stunning. This is why Hart is such a household name in indie romance. Unique, beautifully written and incredibly romantic, Living Out Loud will have Jane Austen fans losing their ever loving minds. Full review to come!
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Living Out Loud was a really fun book to read. I loved the innocence that Annie brought to the story, not in a naive type way but more of an adventurous way. She wanted to discover everything about life that she's missed and I loved getting to see explore with her.

I was honestly loving this book so hard for the majority of the beginning but then the middle part happened and took this read down to a three star read for me. I just couldn't get on board with the r
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Staci Hart has done it again and blown me away with her magical writing that's not only sweet, beautiful and but Amazing as well!!! I got lost in Staci's beautiful words right from the beginning.

When I read Greg's reaction when he first laid eyes on Annie, I knew that this was going to be one of those love stories that would have me swooning rooting for their HEA.

Annie was learning to live life to the fullest for the first time in her life and she had a list of things to check off. Never did sh
This was a sweet love story. I liked Annie and Greg. There was a little bit of OM drama with a guy Annie went on a few dates with. I wish we got a little more info on Greg's past with OW. We know that he hasn't had any success dating for the last few years, but nothing is mentioned about him being celibate. Since we knew Annie was a never been kissed virgin I would have liked some specifics about Greg.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Touching and deep. 3.5 Stars
The first word that comes to my mind about this book is sweet. It’s a sweet story about a young girl who moves from a Podunk town to New York City.

With health issues and awe of the city sights, she has passion in her heart. A passion to live life out loud.

As an innocent young woman with no clue about men, she ends up meeting two guys. Such as the way of the world she has to learn things the hard way.

Who is good? Who will care for her? Who loves her?

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Absolute FAVORITE Staci Hart Hero! Favorite book from the series! TOP FAVORITE for the year! Ms. Hart just AMAZES the hell out of me! Her writing is one of a kind! The most poetic...the most romantic...the most heart wrenching...the most EVERYTHING! Every single time I read one of Staci's books, it’s like I’m experiencing her unbelievable talent for the very first time! LIVING OUT LOUD was so touching, so charming, so beautiful, I never wanted it to end! But at the same time, I needed to get to
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2018 Romance Challenge
Category: Whatever romance you want!

For my do-what-you-want romance, I chose a classic retelling.

3 Stars

Living Out Loud is a modern-day retelling of the iconic Austen romance Sense and Sensibility. Which follows two sisters who differ in every way imaginable, except in how fiercely they love one and other. This tale is predominantly about the younger of the two, Annie.

Annie was born with a rare defect of the heart; and because of that she has had many restrictions in
Carlene Inspired
4.5 Stars

Jane Austen meets contemporary romance in the third novel in the Austen series by Staci Hart. Living Out Loud features middle Daschle sister, Annie, and the perplexing situation she finds herself in when two gentlemen set their sights on her. Set amongst the backdrop of the famous Wasted Words bookstore and bar, Annie begins her adult life in a new city, around new people, and with a list of firsts to complete along the way.

"But, out of nowhere, she would invade my mind like cigarette s
Imani Blake (Enamored Reads)
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
INFINITE ”Not now.” Stars!

”I never saw Annie Daschle coming...”

Have you guys ever experienced an asthma attack? And if you haven’t, have you ever wondered what it felt like? I know weird question alert. Just bare with me, I promise there’s a point to this. There are asthma attacks you can feel coming, like your body just knows, and there are asthma attacks that sneak up on you out of no where. And honestly, this book has the feeling of both. Point blank, basically, the important thing about a
• Lisa •
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

”You’ve been in my heart ever since I met you.”

Oh Staci Hart, where do I begin. This authors words are as smooth as melted dark chocolate and just as easy to devour. I want to live in her books, take a jump right in and rub shoulders with her delightful characters. What this author doesn’t do to bring her stories to life is not worth talking about, instead I want to ramble on and on and on to anyone who will listen to how much I adore this authors work.

What’s it all a
3.75 stars.
I really did like this book a lot but I wanted to love it and unfortunately that didn't happen.
I really admire Staci Hart for taking on these Jane Austen classics and remaking them in a contemporary style that flows with characters from her other series. She really is a talented writer.
The problem for me with this loose adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" was I kept picturing the 1996 Ang Lee movie that I love so much.
I found Annie Daschle to be a little weak and too naive, I misse
Red Cheeks Reads
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who else is excited to get back to the Wasted Words world? I have missed this crew of hip and fun New Yorkers! Living Out Loud is the another complete standalone in the Wasted Words world and is yet another hit in my opinion.

Annie has always had a loving and supportive family and yet she has lived a tragic and sheltered life. Now she is living in the big city for the first time and is determined to cross some things off her list of things she has never done. Step one . . .get a job. This first g
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I think to love is to burn, and I want to set my heart on fire. Like Tristan and Isolde or Romeo and Juliet."

I'm glad that my second book by Staci Hart was such a beautiful read! Even more so, that I have no idea of Sense and Sensibility and my mind wasn't based.

"I was high from the contact, hungry for the feeling, desperate for more."

I can only repeat myself by saying that Staci has a wonderful talent working with words. They totally get to you and your heart so easily.
Again she created a hear
Brina (Brina and the Books)
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

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Living Out Loud is Hart's 3rd book in the Austen series and is a retelling of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. I've read all Hart's Austen books and the more I read, the more I want to pick up the original and see what that is all about. Maybe I find some time to do that one of these days.

Hart's gut-wrenching romances always have something poetic. The words she uses to convey the story, the characters' feelings, and the situation
Kathy West
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Annie is a young girl from a small town in Texas. When tragedy strikes, she moves with her mom and sisters to New York to live with her uncle.
Annie has a list of things she wants experience in this new life of hers.
1. Get a Job
2. See falling snow
3. Make a snowman
She knows some things are going to be harder to do than other because of her heart condition, but she is determined to make this new life of hers amazing.
One thing Annie didn't expect to experience was being caught between two men who di
3 stars for Greg and Greg alone ♥ ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
when I first saw this, my first reaction was YAY ANOTHER AUSTEN BOOK. then my next reaction was but it's still not P&P.


here's the thing - I LOVE S&S. So much. I have a hard time choosing which Austen is my second favourite after P&P (except Mansfield Park), and I really really love S&S. The book, all the movie/series adaptations.. that being said, I don't know if I've ever loved a retelling just because some things do not translate well to a modern retelling. If it was any other
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

I am really getting a kick out of this series. I love the play on them relating to the Jane Austen books. I feel it is so much more that one story and it takes me on a different tangent and seeing these characters in both worlds.

This book was so sweet and mainly due to Annie because she is adorable. She is young and naive but so precious and not because she is ill - gosh no - she is strong in more ways despite of it. The family connection is solid but my heart aches for their loss and sadn
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, sonal, arcs
Full review can be found here -

An ARC was provived in exchange for an honest review. ~Sonal
Christy  (CaptainReadsALot
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, staci-hart
This review has been so hard to write. Why? Because this book was excellent and nothing I've written has done it any justice. At all.

Hart delivers a very realistic take on a naive girl and a boy who wants to protect her innocence. Greg sees the world in a whole new way when he looks at Annie. She is the very definition of sunshine and rainbows - despite her life experiences. Through Annie, he is able to see more than the hectic nature of life in NYC. He sees HER and how she experiences life so
Bibliophile  Chloe
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.....

I first fell in love with Staci Hart's work when I read With a Twist. And I have been loving her stories ever since.

Can I say, without getting yelled at, that I loved Living Out Loud just as much as I love Jane Austen's work? Because I do! This adaptation is fabulous!

This story of Annie and Greg is so lovely.  I like how Staci went with the impulsive middle sister, and waiting to give Elle her story! I really enjoyed Annie's wide eyed innocen
Becky Rendon
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Living Out Loud is a beautifully uplifting story. The idea in the title alone leaves me smiling. Staci Hart has once again managed to seduce the reader. She lures you in with a tale that can't help but be read. She teases you with the building emotions and the naivete of a young girl. But she steals your heart with the amazing Brandon...Greg Brandon.

For all the Sense and Sensibility lovers out there, you won't be disappointed in the least. For all those afraid to read the classic, this
B.B. Easton
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Staci's books have this magical way of giving me exactly what I need when I need it. Healing.   Anticipatory goosebumps. Lyrical tenderness.  Sigh-worthy happy endings. Living Out Loud kept me in a wistful state of dreamy glee from start to finish. Five loud, lemonade pink stars for this Austen-inspired love story.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished one of the sweetest and swooniest stories ever. Living Out Loud by Staci Hart was a beautiful tale about living life to its fullest, following your dreams and finding love and hope in the most unexpected places and moments. This book is inspired by Jane Austen's famous novel Sense and Sensibility - one of my absolute favorites. The similarities made my heart flutter and put a beaming smile on my face. This talented author did such a great job - from the intriguing plot to the ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“My life was just a single heartbeat in the life of the universe.”

“I was fucked, and in the moment, I didn’t even have the good sense to realize it.”

“Mine. It was stupid and archaic, savage even, but the instinct was deep and automatic. That single word sang unbidden from my heart at the mere thought of her with another man. Maybe it was because part of me was already hers. Any choice I had to the contrary had long passed, if there had ever been a choice.“

More Wasted Words?! Yes please! Ever sin
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely, without question my favorite book ever written by Staci Hart. I’m drawn to books that make me feel. And this story made me feel so happy.

Annie is a burst of sunshine. It was impossible not to feel her emotions while reading. This made connecting with her character effortless. She’s coming into her own and figuring out who she is. The excitement and joy of her character leaps off the pages, and it made me remember how amazing experiencing things for the first time really is.

I alread
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Staci Hart once again delivers a wholehearted romance that is deep, pure, passionate, unique and stunning. Austen would be proud.

Full review to come

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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 to three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, espe ...more

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