Bestselling author Staci Hart is back with the Pride and Prejudice retelling you've been waiting for. We're back at Wasted Words, the book bar of our dreams, for the epic finale of the Austen series, where we'll follow Laney Bennet and Liam Darcy down the bumpy road to their happy ending.
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.
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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 their forever loves. I was so excited to see how this modern retelling would be executed, and I was not disappointed. I knew it was going to be good, but I was not prepared for how emotionally all over the place I’d be with this one. One moment I was crying real tears at some of the emotionally poignant moments, and the next laughing at some of Laney’s witty and on point comebacks, but I also completed this book feeling completely and utterly satisfied with a reminder of why I’m so in love with the romance genre and Hart’s words.
Hart has this incredible way of choosing amazing characters who are relatable, and her descriptions make them easy to imagine in my mind. The plot is clever, unique and felt incredibly real.
Laney and Jett are the oldest of the Bennett children, and both work at Wasted Words, the bookstore bar that many readers may have already been familiar with. But when a marketing firm is contracted to help boost exposure, Laney is forced to comply and work alongside Liam and his younger sister Georgiana Darcy. The two Darcy siblings could not be more different, Georgie is caring, fun and everyone takes easily to her carefree and innocent nature. But then there is Liam Darcy, the stern brooding man who has a permanent severe scowl upon his face, who has a penchant of saying all the wrong things in order to rile Laney.
Laney however is badass, she is always one for speaking her mind and being confident in her own abilities, and she is not about to let Liam Darcy get the better of her. However, sometimes a quick assumption can create a false lasting impression, and Laney is so certain she knows exactly the type of man Liam Darcy is, and it’s not a good one! He hurts the ones he loves, and seems to be determined to ruin everyone’s happiness, and when Wyatt an ex-close friend of the Darcy’s helps to confirm her assumptions, it only enhances her hatred of him.
I love Laney’s fierce protective nature of not only her family, but her brother Jett. Their connection as siblings is a language of their own, and when he loves, she does, and it was truly beautiful to read.
Darcy has a story of his own, and I loved the layers of his character, and he was the one I couldn’t help but warm to. He is handsome, severe but also one to completely give you all the feels.
“He was a vast darkness, a vacuum of power, and every molecule in the room raced toward him as if they were all his, simply by means of his presence.”
An amazing retelling that i would highly recommend to all lovers of romance and the classics. It has an excellent modern twist to a well loved story, and I am completely and utterly taken by this book. It is my fave read of 2020 and is definitely one of my now all time fave books.
Beautiful writing style, excellent character depictions and a story that will melt any book lovers heart. Perfect as a stand-alone or as part of the overall Austen series, and once you read one of the books in this series you will be completely suckered in.