Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Bad Penny by Staci Hart 

Nothing good comes after the third date.

See, date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he gets weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy. 

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked and can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

I really enjoyed this book by Staci Hart. The story had me laughing out loud, had me swooning and also had me clutching my chest at one point. Ok, maybe two points throughout the story. This is only the second book that I've read by her and I really enjoy her writing style. I also liked how she was able to switch it up. With “A Thousand Letters” I was all in my feels and had my heart in my throat. With “Bad Penny” I had a whole other experience which was just as good! Her storytelling sucks you in and you can't help but fall in love with these characters. They are so relatable and it's refreshing you can have people you can identify with. This was a fun, sexy, feel good book. The angst was low but it was an enjoyable read. I loved Penny's character because she was absolutely refreshing! Usually it is the male characters that act like Penny. It was nice to have a woman who was smart, independent, and sexually confident and lived life on her terms and played by her own rules. Bodie was the perfect guy for Penny. He loved her and let her fly. He didn't try to change her and I really liked that about him. They balanced each other perfectly and that epilogue had me all in my feels. 

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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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