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    Excellent adaptation!

    This may be a sin to admit... but I never liked the story Pride and Prejudice. As a romance reader I know it is a cornerstone for many, but not for me. THIS BOOK, however, this modern retelling of the story is magical and fantastic, and those who love the original or those who don’t, all will love the story Staci has woven. Laney is an amazing spitfire, Liam the impenetrable man, and the story itself is a top read for 2020.
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    Pure enjoyment

    It is always interesting to see a classic story adapted to the modern day. Laney and Liam are wonderful. The emotion and fire they bring too each interaction is really palpable. Using a publishing company as the foundation for the Darcy fortune was very modern. I really enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the creative license take by the author to pull this story together. Who could imagine the Bennetts with 4 sons and (the second eldest) 1 daughter? Even some of the personalities of the original characters emerged albeit in a modern context. This was a story that kept me fully engaged as it proceeds to an adapted version of the ending we all know and love. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    A Great Take On A Beloved And Complex Classics!

    Firstly, coming into Pride & Papercuts, I was giddy with excitement to start this book! I have been an avid fan of Staci for as long as I could remember. I read and reviewed od many of her books if you check my past blog entries. I enjoyed each of her characters, especially about The Austens series. This book is inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, set in at Wasted Words cafe/bar with Staci's modern twist - the start of this series. Some readers asked me that since the series is already on its fifth installment, could they read this as a standalone? My honest answer - yes. If you start with this book and focus solely on the main characters, this is doable. For the rest of the supporting characters' backstories, you can either (1) put them all in the background as tidbits and focus more on Laney and Liam or (2) catch up fast on what is there. It may be confusing because readers will be coming in "full-swing" as Wasted Words is already an established name in the industry, and the backstories are mentioned without too many spoilers so it can be done. BUT let me ask you this - why would you NOT read the rest of the series?!?! It is a great series, and I highly encourage readers to see if they can read-back after reading this to get-to-know the other characters. There is so much more in those books when you get into them! Nonetheless, I listed my reviews here to help you catch up a bit on the series. Elaine "Laney" Bennet is the youngest of the five Bennet siblings and works as the social media marketer for Wasted Words. She learns that due to the expansion of Wasted Words, she will be working in-hand with a big company to promote the store. Liam Darcey works for De Bourgh and Associates, a publicity firm, and is a cut-throat businessman. He is a loner but works hard for his clients. Ironically, Liam is also one of the most eligible bachelors in New York. He is the big and overprotective brother of Georgie since their parents passed away a few years now. Based on their first impressions of each other, Liam and Laney were like oil and water. They had a rough start. Liam basically judged Laney straight out based on what she is and later on her last name. All this turned into an enemies-at-first-sight theme that continued into the workplace as Liam and Laney had to work together for Wasted Word's marketing campaign. Their "conflicts" are epic in the book - to the point that there were a lot of jaw-dropping moments with the words they slung unto each other. Individually, Liam and Laney have internal turmoil to sort through aside from finding a healthy working relationship. Liam finds himself as being the sole protector of Georgie after their parent's accident. Because of this, he has given up on finding relationships and happiness. His outlook on life has been focused on work and nothing else - to maintain the family reputation and legacy. Laney, on the other hand, feels stifled on what is expected from her. She was primed to work for the family business as what all the Bennet women do, but she refuses this future. Instead, Laney left home for college and later decides to work for Wasted Words with her twin brother, Jett. She looks lost in life as she searches for her own fulfillment. It is only at the very end that she finds out that what she's been denying herself is her own happiness. As the story progresses, Liam and Laney's chemistry start to shift from fighting each other to working together in their own "unique" way. There was no denying the chemistry between Liam and Laney - it sizzles, and everyone saw it. They would start to get "close" but be burnt with the realization that nothing could happen between them. Most of Liam and Laney's disagreements stem from wrong impressions and hasty judgments about the other. Laney is outspoken and sometimes judges too fast while Liam is too quiet until he is already angry and could not control what comes out of his mouth. There was a lot of hurt being passed around between Liam and Laney that I felt sad for them. As Liam and Laney try their best to find a good working relationship for their client, unexpected antagonists enter the picture that complicated the story but everything wrapped up nicely in the end. Family values and sibling support is at the forefront of this book. There is the duality of familial support: to encourage as opposed to control. One end, you see the Bennets' feverously support while you see De Bough's translation of family support. It made me think of how far do you love and support your children even when a parent disagrees with them. I highly recommend this book to Austen fans, contemporary romance readers, and those who want to see love triumph between two strong-willed, hardheaded people. If you like angst and emotions being pulled in all directions, this book has a lot of it. Staci's writing is captivating, and then there are moments when readers will get hit by *engrossing* writing skills and entertaining plots (and subp
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    Sheer brilliance!

    Oh my heart! Staci Hart nails it with this one. My heart was in my throat as this constant push and pull between Liam and Laney. With the interconnection of two series, I loved the depth that it gave this book and it made it so I devoured it. These two are like oil and water but their connection is so intense that it had the pages sizzling. The banter between these two will have you giggling but also raging at both of them for being so stubborn. As we go through the motions of this book, there are a lot of things exposed between these two and their families. The depth of one betrayal and how it lingers between them thanks to a certain even aunt. The fight or flight between these two made my heart hurt. How do you choose between family or finding the love of your life? This weights on more than just Liam and Laney as well. It is heartbreaking, raw and emotional and almost had me in tears. It was a beautiful full circle as this story progresses. Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I honestly have never read Pride & Prejudice. I mean, it is a bucket list read and I may get yelled at for it, BUT I do own it! The beautiful thing is, you never feel lost in this book, you feel that really deep connection to these characters and the love this whole series brings. It was completely full circle and absolutely brilliant!
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    A beautiful retelling of Pride and Prejudice!

    4.5 STARS NO SPOILERS! Pride and Papercuts was a beautifully written slow burn, enemies-to-lovers retelling of the infamous and beloved Pride and Prejudice. Staci Hart did a wonderful job with Liam Darcy and Laney Bennet’s story. She truly nailed the slow burn (emphasis on slow burn) and enemies-to-lovers tropes, and kept me entertained throughout. Pride and Papercuts honestly would’ve been a five-star read for me had there distinctly been more romance and intimate moments between Liam and Laney, but I was still satisfied with the conclusion. The characters were something to behold. Liam and Laney were something else and definitely gave each other a run for their money. The enemies-to-lovers aspect was alive and well between these two, and they certainly knew how to push one another’s buttons. Liam and Laney were stubborn, independent, and opinionated, yet had loving personalities. And underneath that prideful exterior, they were kind and loyal and fiercely protective of their families and friends. Liam and Laney, despite not wanting to admit it, were a lot alike and ultimately made an excellent couple. I loved most of the secondary characters as well and thoroughly enjoyed seeing several familiar faces again. Pride and Papercuts was an incredibly well done retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Staci Hart crafted a beautifully written slow burn, enemies-to-lovers romance for Liam and Laney, and you won’t want to miss it!
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