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Blog Tour + ARC 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?

Blurb Pride and Papercuts: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Series Book 5) by [Staci Hart]

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.


4 ‘Dance with me’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It’s surely is not an easy task to retell a love story that is considered one of the best romance novels ever written but I knew before even starting it that Staci Hart would do a beautiful job. And I wasn’t wrong. Many of us know and love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Staci’s bewitching take on it cannot be missed. Pride and Papercuts is a wonderful modern retelling of the beloved classic with characters as amazing as the original ones.

So, Pride and Papercuts is part of Staci’s The Austens series and it crossovers with her Bennet Brothers series. I believe this book will be most enjoyed after reading both series but I haven’t read the rest of The Austens and I still loved it. Now, this story is focused on Laney Bennet and Liam Darcy’s advertising competition for all the Wasted Words locations and, of course, it is all about their hate to love relationship. We all know how that goes! And even better, the story also includes a secondary romance between Jett Bennet and Georgie Darcy.

He was beautiful destruction, a tempest conjuring mountains from waves and putting out the stars with his fury, leaving the world beneath him heaving in the dark.

I love Staci’s writing. Pride and Papercuts was an absolute delight to read. It’s beautifully written, engaging you from start to finish and with a style that reminds you of the beloved classic but still with Hart’s unique and modern twist. It was like reading Pride and Prejudice all over again but so different at the same time. It was all about Laney and Liam, their “hate” for each other, their prides, their prejudices, their longing for each other and their beautiful connection. Mr. Darcy *SIGH* I loved him. I loved him and Laney SO MUCH. I loved everything about them. The yearning, GAH! My heart!

“If you can tell me you’ve never wished for me the way I’ve wished for you, I won’t kiss you.” “And if I don’t?” “Then God help us both.”

This novel, as the original, is focused on the emotions and I completely understand why. Yes, I have to say I was expecting a bit more steam but that did not stop me from loving this book. As I said, I get why Staci developed it this way (just like Austen’s novel). And another aspect that was also here and I loved in the Bennet Brothers series is the secondary characters and family dynamics. The secondary story with Jett and Georgie’s love story was as sublime as the main romance. My heart was so full while reading this book because, as I said, it was like reading Austen’s original all over again but with Staci’s style.

“Until my last breath. There’s no other way to love you.”

Therefore, I am rating Pride and Papercuts with 4 STARS because Staci Hart has given us everything we love about Pride and Prejudice but with her very own unique modern interpretation. I loved how she kept everything we loved on the original classic but also went a bit outside the lines and gave us more of these beloved characters. Mr. Darcy continues being one of my favorites and Laney was just as brilliant as a heroine as I expected. I highly recommend this retelling to any Austen / Hart fan out there. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!

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The Author

StaciHartStaci 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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