⭐️ New Release – Pride & 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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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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** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **

I adored this retelling of Pride & Prejudice with this modern twist. Liam Darcy and Elaine Bennett, oil and water, and would learn the consequences of hasty judgments. The two were hot tempered and fell into that easy banter, the kinda one who could rile up the other, adding a strong hint of sarcasm, blunt and somehow cruel, punchlines coming out, so naturally. The dynamic protagonist of the book was on point and Staci Hart has written a story greatly inspired and made it on her own by adding some liberties. I wasn’t expecting less. I could feel that strong tension in the air. When they both knew how to rile up the other and push each other’s buttons without even trying. The slow burn was well written and brought that tension to another level, finding that these two were more alike than it seemed to be. That little angst combined with the development of their feelings towards something more was great, like the matters of the hearts win over reason and over prejudices. I couldn’t deny that Liam and Elaine were definitely right for each other if they could open their hearts. They would have some obstacles along the way and they would try so hard not to fall for the enemy. Elaine was all kick ass, strong and fierce and this tornado would put this Darcy guy in his place, and he was giving the same. The dual POV with Liam and Elaine’s thoughts put on paper, creating this story to that fast pace, making my heart race. Although I appreciated this story, there was another one revealing so beautifully, Jett, Elaine’s twin brother and Georgie, Liam’s little sister. I had to admit that I wasn’t rooting for only one couple but for two. I have to say, they kinda have stolen the show to me. When I was so frustrated with Liam and Elaine, waiting for the mind blowing finale, these characters gave all the butterflies and all the things in between as well. Pride and Papercuts had definitely that little something that went straight to the heart, a whirlwinding and captivating story. Intense and passionate with a strong hint of romance. What a way to finish this series!


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