Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Published: May 19th, 2016
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. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was Cam’s hobby (not sure if it’s called a hobby). She likes playing Cupid to everyone at the book bar she worked at, Wasted Words.
Cam Emerson is a very lovable character. She wants everybody to be happy and works hard on it. That means she often time overlooks herself. Here is where Tyler comes. The handsome roommate of Cam always takes care of Cam. He always sees Cam for who she is and he likes it. When he was a football player, there were people who want to be his friends and girlfriends just for the fame and all that comes with it, but with Cam, he found a true friend.
The story was a bit fast for me, but I get that they’ve been friends for a while and the author seems to jump straight to the development of their friendship.
Cam doesn’t believe that Tyler wanted to be with her. She believes that they are from two different worlds and people from different worlds do not belong together due to her past experience. When they first got together, Cam would pull herself away from Tyler if she feels like she’s in too deep. Falling in love with Tyler was scary for her. Cam felt vulnerable and she was afraid of getting her heart broken again. Though she really likes Tyler and doesn’t want to lose him.
I really really adore Tyler. He is patient with Cam, knowing that she has her doubts and insecurities about the relationship. He did everything he can to assure her that he wants to be with her and for her to understand that they are not from different worlds. Every time Cam pulls away from him, I felt bad for Tyler. I wanted to shake Cam and just make her realize that Tyler was really in love with her.
Overall, it was a sweet and quick read. I really like the characters. In terms of storyline, it was quite a straightforward. Though there were rough patches, they were not to the point of overly dramatic which I really enjoy. If you are looking for a light read, give Wasted Words a try!