Blog Tour Review: Pride & Papercuts (The Austens #5) by Staci Hart

Posted October 13, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review:  Pride & Papercuts (The Austens #5) by Staci HartPride and Papercuts by Staci Hart
Series: The Austens #5
on October 13, 2020
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy, Adult Retelling
Pages: 303
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars


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.

The Austen series is coming to an end. The final book in the series is LIVE! I’m so excited to share my review of Pride & Papercuts, a modern love story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice! Have you grabbed your copy yet?

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My Review:

I’ve wanted to read this author for a long time. And this one was coming out at a time I thought I could fit it in, not to mention the storyline especially grabbed me just from the synopsis. I always love a good retelling. Now while I haven’t actually read the original Pride and Prejudice, I have seen both movies. So I was able to catch all the matching bits of this story. And I can tell you that I think the author did such a wonderful job of retelling this as a modern story! I loved the banter, the whole bookstore vibe, and of course all the characters were so vividly described and written that I fell into the whole world.

One reason I’ve only read one Austen novel though, Sense and Sensibility, is partly because of how descriptive and verbose Austen’s writing is For me, this book was a little like that. So while I will give it a 5 star rating on any other site, here on my own blog, I dropped the rating to a 4.5 because I was skipping over quite a bit to just get to the point. I know that the author definitely had beautiful writing, I just also know that sometimes I just need the actual story after a while. Also, I know it is an Austen retelling, but I missed more of the steamy scenes that I like in my romances. My only other complaint is a bit of a shallow one. It’s the cover. I love everything about it EXCEPT the blank faces. The blank faces are creepy to me. It could be because I just watched a movie where there were really scary scenes with people with blank faces though.

Finally let me just say that I really did enjoy this, and now want to not only go back and read the other books by this author that I’ve missed in this series, but I will continue to add her new books to my TBR as well!

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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