Sunny Shelly’s Review: 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.


Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Grumpy hero who is fiercely protective. Spitfire heroine who gets him all wrong. Wrong first impressions, class differences and family loyalty are at the heart of Pride & Papercuts, Staci Hart’s modern twist on Pride & Prejudice.

Liam Darcy is every bit the snobbish hero that I expected him to be. He’s got so much riding on his shoulders when it comes to protecting his family and his sister and the legacy left behind by his late parents. He begins to crack when he meets Laney Bennet. While at first her fire and ire rubbed him the wrong way, Liam soon begins to see that they are more alike than he initially thought. He sticks his foot in his mouth so many times, I almost felt bad for the guy!

Liam and Laney are both such strong characters. Their pride gets in the way so often, but when they do fall, they fall hard and fast for one another. It’s a super-slow burn between Liam and Laney. They only kiss once or twice over the course of the book, and the only sex scene is in the epilogue. But what an epilogue that was!

With Pride & Papercuts, Staci ties together her Bennet brothers series with her Wasted Words/Austen series. I absolutely LOVED the side story of Jett and Georgie. I’ve been intrigued by Jett since I read Coming Up Roses (Bennets #1). I really hope that he will get his own book somewhere down the road, but I suppose this was a good holdover. And I was so happy to see Ma Bennet have her table full! I missed reading Mum’s The Word, so I wasn’t on top of the entire Bennet/Bowers feud that carries over into P&P. But I was able to piece together enough to figure it out without it distracting me from Liam and Laney’s story.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Pride & Prejudice, and Staci Hart now has me wanting to go reread that classic piece of literature that I haven’t thought about since college 25 years ago.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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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