Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Living Out Loud by Staci Hart [Review]

 Living Out Loud by Staci Hart
Living Out Loud (Austen #4) by Staci Hart
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: January 29, 2018

Austen
1. Wasted Words
2. A Thousand Letters
3. A Little Too Late
4. Living Out Loud - Paperback | Kindle
5. The Sound of Silence

Staci Hart
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
When Annie Daschle arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list.

Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.

See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.
Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.
Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.

What wasn’t on her list: Greg Brandon. And just when she thinks she’s figured out where to put him, everything changes. In the span of a few staggering heartbeats, she finds herself her caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.

List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart.

Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops.
Thoughts on Living Out Loud: Staci Hart likes to kick people right in the feels, doesn't she? Just give 'em the old one-two punch and leave them teary-eyed on the floor. Thanks, Hart. Thanks.

Okay, I'm going to just come out and say it. I loved Annie and Greg. I did NOT like the interloper, but...I'm getting over it. Slowly. Annie and Greg, however, were total sweethearts. Annie's reeling from the death of her father and she's determined to do all the things she's missed over the years. Things like learning to ride a bike and having her first kiss and getting a job.

Honestly, she was sweetly adorable and it's no wonder Greg fell head over heels for her.

Probably Greg's biggest hangup with Annie is her age. She's young. Barely eighteen and freshly landed in New York. She's the very definition of wide-eyed and innocent and he gets it in his head that he's too old for her. Silly man. Yet, the more time he spends with her, the more he comes to admire her and connect with her.

But he hides it. And when the douchecanoe who shall not be named arrives in the picture, he thinks he's lost his chance.

Silly, silly man.

As usual, Staci Hart has created glorious, vivid characters who steal your heart and climb into your head. The douchecanoe who shall not be named being the exception to the stealing your heart part. Jerkface.

With Annie's sister up next, I'm beyond excited. BEYOND!

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