Her fake husband is a Work In Progress…
Work in Progress, an all-new romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available now!
I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.
But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.
Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.
Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.
But first, I have to survive the kiss.
And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.
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The hall bathroom door opened, consequently stopping the earth’s orbit and flinging me into space for lack of gravity.
Thomas Bane stepped out of the doorway in slow motion, propelled by a cloud of steam that licked at his glistening body like it wanted to taste him. His hair was black, wet, curling and dripping in rivulets down the planes and valleys of his expansive chest and abs and narrow hips. He had that thing, the trough of muscle bracketing his hips that caught sluicing water and carried it in an angle that would eventually reach that unknown terrain beneath his towel. I saw the ghost of that terrain, the long, cylindrical bulge that was substantial enough to clearly state its presence, even through the thick towel.
He smirked, dragging his hand through his wet hair. I salivated, watching droplets of water roll down his forearm and collect on the tip of his erotic elbow.
“You’re up,” he said.
I blinked, not knowing when I’d set my coffee down or how many minutes—hours? years?—had passed in the time I spent ogling his body.
He sauntered into the room like he wasn’t basically naked. I tried unsuccessfully not to stare at his knees, the place where his ropy thigh connected, the angular muscles of his calves, the curve of his ankle, the broad pad of his foot.
He was perfectly proportioned. Michelangelo would have carved him twenty feet tall, and women would have worshipped at his perfect feet.
Gus bounced when he saw Tommy, his toys forgotten. And when Gus took off running, Tommy stopped, eyes widening and hands splayed in front of him.
“Gus, no,” he commanded.
To no one’s surprise, Gus did not listen. He barked once, snagged the hem of Tommy’s towel, and whipped it off him in a single tug that exposed every inch of skin on Thomas Bane’s ridiculous body.
Thank God my coffee was already on the counter. I’d have gotten third-degree burns.
For a split second, Tommy was frozen there in all his natural glory, poised to run after his dog, his face drawn and eyes locked on the sweet, disobedient dog. He wasn’t paying any attention to me.
I, however, gave him my full and undivided consideration.
His thighs were a mass of muscle so hard and defined, the tops were planes that came to a notch at his knee and a point where it met his hip. My eyes caught that trough that had before disappeared and followed it where it pointed—straight to the thatch of dark hair and the member nestled there.
The very thick, very long, mostly limp member.
If I stared at it a second longer, I was going to faint—my vision was already dim, my pulse pumping so hard, I could feel it in my neck, at the back of which a cold sweat had broken.
But he shifted to run after Gus, who was galloping away, trailing the towel behind him.
“Dammit, Gus! Gimme that!”
Then it was the back of him I saw, his hair, the streaming water rolling down all the curves of his shoulders, his back, the valley of his spine, and down to the most perfect ass I’d ever seen in real life.
Well, the only ass I’d ever seen in real life that wasn’t my own, and even that I couldn’t get a good look at without a mirror.
Seriously, that ass. That perfectly sculpted ass, round and tight and curved in the sides, shifting from one side to the other as he ran after the damn dog. My gaze caught a tattoo on one ass cheek, and I squinted at it, trying to make it out.
Tommy bent to snag the end of the towel—I caught sight of his sack and almost dissolved through the floor in an acidic puddle of embarrassment—but when he pulled, Gus spun around, ass in the air and tail wagging as he growled, pulling back.
A string of obscenities left Tommy’s mouth, but I was still gaping and staring at his ass. I realized that I was laughing. It sounded like someone else in a different room.
I wondered absently if this was how it felt to have a stroke.
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This was my first read by Staci and I can’t say I enjoyed it enough to read more from her. I rarely hand out 1 stars since there is always something that keeps me intrigued in every book but nothing about this one did that. I dove in blind and was so excited to finally read a Staci novel but the only good thing I have to say about this, the only reason it’s a one star instead of a 0, is that it was funny. I found myself laughing out loud a bunch of times but other than that, I was rolling my eyes at every my page, so much that it hurt.
This is told in two point of views. One from a book blogger, and the other from a super hot, male author. So as you can see, I liked the story line fine, it was interesting, but I couldn’t care any less for the characters. It would have worked perfectly for me if it had been completely different characters going through it. I wanted to like it so much since I could relate to both characters in the fact that I am a blogger and am writing my first book but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
I have never experienced this before but I was TREMBLING with anger at every chapter-no, at every page because of one reason and one reason only. I can’t even begin to describe what I was subjected to without losing my mind. I did not like how I was slapped in the face with how TINY the main character was. Usually I don’t care about the character’s appearance since I read about skinny main characters all the time, it’s the norm in fictional books and that’s whatever, but this book was shoving it down my throat almost at every single turn of the page and I was NOT okay with that. I lost count at how many times the characters mentioned how tiny her waist was (tiny enough to fit in the main character’s palm????), how tiny her hands were (enough to disappear in the guy’s palms), how tiny her shoulders were (enough to disappear in the guy’s palm), how tiny her EVERYTHING was. The book literally compares her body to his palm time and time again, not even kidding. I wish I was. It wasn’t just the love interest noticing this either, nope. It was the main character too. She called HERSELF tiny so many times and it just grossed me out. I don’t know if it was supposed to be sexy but it just made me think of a little kid and I did not like that for one second. I tried ignoring it but when it’s being mentioned time and time again… let’s just say I was livid. I don’t know what was the point of emphasizing her TINY physique so much but I’ve never felt crappier about my appearance than I did while reading about her. I NEVER compare myself to characters but jesus, I was being constantly force-fed her appearance so how could I not? I’m probably just being overly sensitive but I seriously hope nobody reads this and feels bad about themselves the way I did. I’m trying not to cry in anger right not but failing stupidly. I also almost forgot to mention there were just as many references to her pale skin color. There was just no point in emphasizing everything the way it was.
This book was repetitive and predictable at it’s best and pretty bland. I had to force myself to get through this and that’s never fun. I couldn’t get lost in this world to save my life and I couldn’t care less about the romance.
I really wanted to like this, I really did, but I guess we were just not meant to be. I may read her other book since it’s going to be told through a difference perspective that I’m intrigued by but I’m in no hurry. I tried not to sound too angry but I don’t know if I succeeded.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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