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Pride and Papercuts

(The Austens #5)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,029 ratings  ·  539 reviews
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,
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2020
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Allison No. It's a complete standalone. This book will mention others from her other books but you do not need their backstories to enjoy this one! Happy read…moreNo. It's a complete standalone. This book will mention others from her other books but you do not need their backstories to enjoy this one! Happy reading!(less)
sh(e)reader Well, the "Lizzie" character reaches into Mr. Darcy's pants and holds his long length ... and lots of F-bombs throughout.…moreWell, the "Lizzie" character reaches into Mr. Darcy's pants and holds his long length ... and lots of F-bombs throughout.(less)

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Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-five-stars
5 stars

This was the thing I’d feared, the redemption I’d craved. Because now that I knew her power, I would be a slave to her. And I’d be shackled willingly.

Pride and Papercuts is not only an amazing enemies to lovers story, it's the ultimate Pride and Prejudice retelling. Seriously friends, this one is epic. I'll be the first to admit, I like Pride and Prejudice but I'm not a super fan or anything. Controversial opinion here I'm sure, but I loved this story more than the origina
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)
3.5 rounded up to 4 because of Aiden Snow's narration. Seriously. His voice is swoon worthy!

A highly engaging, creative and fun reimagining of P & P. I thought the characters were interesting and I loved the gender flip for some of them. Staci has created a highly recognisable retelling beautifully immersed into a modern day setting.
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Dance with me' Stars!
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It’s surely is not an easy task to retell a love story that is considered one of the best romance novels ever written but I knew before even starting it that Staci Hart would do a beautiful job. And I wasn’t wrong. Many of us know and love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Staci’s bewitching take on it cannot be missed. Pride and Papercuts is a wonderful modern retelling of the beloved classic with characters
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I will read any and every retelling of P&P that is ever published . . . .

Kandi Steiner
WOW. Wow x 1,000. I have been waiting for a book to steal my breath this year, to sweep me off my feet, to whisk me away and wrap me up in a romantic spell. Nothing had delivered until now.

"I followed the line of her finger across the croweded room to the door, and I felt the entirety of the universe lean in the same direction. Toward him."

Pride and Papercuts is the book I've been waiting for. It's everything I loved about the classics, melted with everything I love about modern indie romance. H
Samantha Young
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Staci Hart book so far!

P&P is my favorite Jane Austen novel and so I have to admit I've been waiting impatiently for this one in the series. It lived up to all my expectations! It's so difficult to write a retelling of a beloved classic but Staci does it so well. One of the challenging aspects of a retelling of an early nineteenth century novel is that often the major obstacles that stand in the protagonist's way are no longer as dramatically insurmountable in modern society. That's
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Laney and Darcy stole the show with Pride and Papercuts by Staci Hart. She kept everything that Austen fans love about Pride & Prejudice and added that Staci Hart twist, modernizing this beloved romance.

The one thing that I have consistently said about this standalone series is how wonderful each book has been in staying true to the Bennett family as well as the retellings of Austen classics. This one is no different. Hart details Laney and Dar
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cringe
Nope. What was I thinking wanting to read a P&P spin off. Not ever possible. Also, the “inspiration” behind dialogues and characters and names was too literal. The mc’s are based out of New York and yet would talk in a British way (and hence the literal copying of JA’s work). Extreme cringe.
aly ☆彡
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pride and Prejudice retelling with a perfect amount of modern touch to make it exquisite on their own. Honestly, what are we expecting? This book has been delightful right from the start till the end.

"No one in this world made me so angry as Liam Darcy. Nothing confused and upset me like the presence of a man who could kiss me and insult me in the same breath."

This book is all I ever wanted at the moment, a rich Alpha male character with a subordinate from the enemies to lovers t
• Lisa •
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgic and refreshing all in one gorgeous bundle this novel is designed to draw you in and demand that you fall in love. The flow, the pace, the characters, the prose, the nod to the Jane Austen original all lend themselves to one breathtaking take on Pride and Prejudice- and I for one have already nominated myself as it’s biggest fan. I want to marry this book and have done with it. However, my current real life husband may have a thing or a two to say about that, so for now I’ll make do wit ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear God, the writing is terrible. None of the books in this series have been well-written, but this is sooo much worse. Example:
Were I a different man, I'd have met her out there, soaked up some of her joy.

But I was who I was. Freedom of that kind was unknown to me.

I took a sip of my scotch, which I'd procured on exiting the unpleasant conversation with Laney Bennet. Not because she was particularly unpleasant, but because I'd found myself lacking things to say. In part because I couldn't
The Romantic Rush Blog
With every book I read, I fall more and more in love with the magic that is Staci Hart. Pride and Papercuts was PERFECT. We have all of the chemistry and nostalgia of the original Pride and Prejudice layered with the Staci Hart magic we love- the quirky wit, clever humor, the emotional depth, nuanced characters, charming chemistry, and a loving but sharp thematic meaning. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I literally was sighing and awwwing out loud. I’m simply obsessed.

Pride and Papercuts merges two
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

“You drive me insane. You’ve invaded me, invaded my work, my mind, my life, and I’m unable to be rational or patient where you’re concerned. Do you have any idea how little control I have when you’re near me? Against my will, against my reason, against my character, I am explicitly desperate fro you. And you can’t even see past your pride.”

Pride and Prejudice is without a doubt, one of my most beloved and cherished reads. So, when I heard that Staci Hart was going to put her special sp
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
First off, I'm going to admit that I haven't read Pride and Prejudice. But I have watched the movies. I know I know. Don't judge. But the first thing I wanted to do after finishing this book was queue up my Netflix to see what P & P they had to offer and watch it. And watch it I did! The first thing I thought after watching the movie? What a great job Staci Hart did of retelling a story that so many people have tried to before. She did the characters justice while staying true to her own charact ...more
"This was the thing I'd feared, the redemption I'd craved. Because now that I knew her power, I would be a slave to her. And I'd be shackled willingly."

This has been emo-poetry time with Mr. Darcy. Tune in next week when he once again bemoans that he is too dark to save.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and I totally enjoyed this twofer romance. Staci Hart has such an eloquent way of writing and truly making me feel smarter with her words. Her descriptions and word usage is of the HIGHEST quality and let's be honest it has me fucking using the tap for word meaning on my kindle more than once. I close a Ms Hart book with a smile and the satisfaction of knowing I am smarter than when I started. I love an intelligent read, an author that can connect with you romance and entice y ...more
Liam Darcy...
How Many Ways...
Can I Express...
My Feelings About Him...

Should I be Politically Correct...
And Say I Abhor Him...
Or Maybe I Should Use Loathe...

But to Get to The Nitty Gritty...
I Just, Absolutely...
Undeniably HATE HIM...

Yes, I Said Hate...
The Joke Is He Hates Me Too...

But Even Funnier...
He Has To Work With Me...

Because He May Be The Big Cheese...
The Main Man at His Advertising Company...

So I Will Be Civil...
He Will Tolerate My Presence...
And the Clie
Vanessa (nessreads)
Oh how I loved this book. I was swooped off my feet and not once hit the ground. I was left constantly smiling and a whole lot giddy. Laney Bennet and Liam Darcy left me dazed, completely and utterly dazed. Staci Hart took a classic that is Pride & Prejudice and weaved her magic and made this retelling exhilarating and phenomenal and one that is not to be missed.

What is there to be said about Laney and Liam? These two don’t like each other and can’t stand to be around the other. They might butt
Sheryl C. Nash
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, no and no.

My head was spinning the whole time from trying to understand why Americans were sounding like British cast-offs. If you're going to retell a classic in a modern American setting, maybe change the actual dialog the next time. The fact is, the whole time I was reading this, all I could think of was that the author had just substituted the location and almost nothing else.

If you've never read the original, then by all means this story might seem brilliant, but having read P&P over
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 3,5/ 5 stars

It should be stated that I've never read Pride and Prejudice so I can't tell you how this retelling is compared to it or anything like that, what I can tell you is that you get a story about two stubborn characters, one more than the other, that despite 'hating' each other fall in love.

I'm gonna be honest... there was a lot about these characters I did not enjoy. Up until this point (in the Bennett series) I had nothing bad to say about Layne but wow she got on my nerves in t
Shades of Rebecca
Reading Pride and Papercuts really felt like reading a classic romance novel just with a modern twist. Staci's writing style is genius, the language she used really gave the banter between characters such a classy nostalgic vibe! This is a very sweet slow-burn read with great characters, both the main and the secondary. If you have read Staci's previous novels, you might already know the Bennet brothers and yes, they do make few appearances (some more than others...).

I love that the story is se
Lindsey  Domokur
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020-read
“This was the thing I’d feared, the redemption I’d craved. Because now that I knew her power, I would be a slave to her. And I’d be shackled willingly.”

Will I ever tire of Pride and Prejudice retellings? The answer is no, especially when they are this good. If there’s a JA retelling, you can bet I’m reading it. Laney and Liam were perfect as our modern Lizzy and Darcy. The banter. The sizzle. The longing! He loves her so much and knows he’s lost to her. Gah. I’m so happy we had his POV. Some of
Sheila Majczan
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars, This story ended at 94% on my Kindle.

This is a modern story said to be inspired by Pride and Prejudice. I would have to say that it is more than just inspired by that classic. It can be read as a standalone. It is set in NYC.

Elaine aka Laney Bennet is the only girl in her family with four brothers, one being her twin, Julius aka Jett. They had returned home to help out when their family's flower shop was in financial trouble but when that was put to rights they b
Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile


Pride and Papercuts was a beautifully written slow burn, enemies-to-lovers retelling of the infamous and beloved Pride and Prejudice.

Staci Hart did a wonderful job with Liam Darcy and Laney Bennet’s story. She truly nailed the slow burn (emphasis on slow burn) and enemies-to-lovers tropes, and kept me entertained throughout. Pride and Papercuts honestly would’ve been a five-star read for me had there distinctly been more romance and intimate moments between Liam and Laney, b
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
"Because that's what love is. No one walks into love without knowing it's going to hurt."


I'm a bit puzzled. You see, part of me is very prone to please others, which comes with a free package of not criticizing, or commenting on aspects that I particularly didn't like, for the fear that I will sound annoying, evil. Deep down, the truth is that we all have different and complex emotions: that's the condition and the beauty and the fun of human existence - but it also means that humans,
Carly Wilson
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am obsessed with Staci Harts books, and when i found out that she was writing a modern retelling of one of my favourite classics, I absolutely screamed out loud and eagerly awaited it becoming available.

I was lucky enough to receive and ARC of this book, and I was unable to put it down - literally reading it all in one sitting!

Pride and Papercuts is the fifth book in the Austen Book series, and features the HEA’s of Laney and Jett Bennet, the final two siblings of the Bennet family to find t
PP's Bookshelf
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read Pride and Prejudice, you will get a sense of fond excitement and nostalgic yet novel pleasure from Pride and Papercuts by Staci Hart. Like the author has transformed and remodelled something old and precious to you into something totally different but more brilliant. And if you haven't read Pride and Prejudice, you will still feel the power of Staci Hart's writing in every page as she delivers one of the most amazing enemies to lovers romance. The chemistry. The characters. The ...more
Reds Reads
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re like me and put anything by Jane Austen on a pedestal, but especially Pride and Prejudice, then any retelling makes you a little bit nervous. I’m always holding my breath hoping that it’s executed well. And with Staci, I’m not even sure why I did that. After all, all her other Austen inspired works have been spot on, but there’s something about Darcy and Lizzie’s story, or in this case Laney and Liam, that will always hold a special place in my heart, after all it is the OG slow burn o ...more
Elizabeth Sherrell (Elizabeth’s Pretty Little Reads)
I’m always a little nervous going into a retelling. There are always two main concerns for me. The first: will it keep my attention? I’ve never really been able to read a book more than once, no matter how much I enjoyed it. I’ve even struggled with other retellings in the past. My second concern: am I going to be happy with this author’s version? Especially when it’s a story like Pride and Prejudice.

Well, after finishing Staci Hart’s Pride and Papercuts, I can honestly say I’m irrevocably in lo
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