Her fake husband is a Work In Progress…
Work in Progress, an all-new romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available now!
I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.
But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.
Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.
Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.
But first, I have to survive the kiss.
And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Work In Progress is a perfect piece of work! I am immensely enjoying the Red Lipstick Coalition series — but as much as I adored Rin and Court, and Val and Sam, I LOVED Tommy and Amelia! And the fake marriage trope is often hit or miss for me, but there was nothing that I didn’t absolutely love about this book!
The set-up is all kinds of juicy: Mousy book blogger Amelia, who has some major anxiety issues and can’t talk to strangers, meets hotshot author Thomas Bane at a book signing. She loves his books, but hates his heroes, and he knows it. It’s become a personal mission of his to have her rate one of his books higher than 3 stars. Struck with a major case of writer’s block, Thomas asks Amelia to help him write his next novel, give him the hard truths, reign him in. When Thomas gets into some legal trouble shortly thereafter, and needs to clean up his image pronto, the fake marriage is hatched between fiction’s bad boy and the book blogger world’s good girl. Naturally, it doesn’t take long between the fake feelings become very real for either of them.
I absolutely loved the contrast between dark Tommy and light Amelia, in everything from their physical looks to their personalities to their outlooks on life. She’s a trusting soul, he trusts no one. She literally looks like a pixie angel, he’s dark and brooding, complete with untied combat boots and long, dark hair. Staci Hart crafted the picture-perfect opposites attract couple.
And what I loved even more was how Tommy and Melia acted behind closed doors, when they were supposed to be “off” and not on display. I never would have guessed that he would be the gentleman that he is. Tommy falls for Melia and falls for her hard, and he’s so sweet and genine and gentle and tender with her every step of the way in their relationship. Amelia has zero experience when it comes to dating — she’d never even been kissed prior to their quickie fake wedding — and all of Thomas’ relationships were faked publicity stunts. Neither one of them know what to do when it comes to a genuine romance, but they figure it out together every step of the way.
As with every great romance, there comes The Conflict and The Break-Up. But in Work In Progress, it’s not the hero who wrongs the heroine. Tommy, who always felt that Melia was too good for him and he’d taint her by bringing the innocent, sweet bookworm into his twisted world, is the wronged party in this case. But Amelia was only trying to protect the secret he holds closest to his heart, and that may have been her biggest sin.
The vulnerabilty that Tommy shows is remarkable. And how Amelia grows as a person, learning to trust herself and find her brave face, is remarkable. This couple will forever be one of my favorites.
This couple truly is a Work In Progress, and it is a beautiful one. I can’t wait to see what happens next with the last remaining roommate, Katherine, and Tommy’s brother, Theo! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
About the Author
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.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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