Series: Red Lipstick Coalition
on January 24th, 2019
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Already a fan of Staci Harts’ Lipstick Coalition series I knew I would love this book but something about Amelia and Tommy stole my breath. To say I absolutely ADORED this book is an understatement. Work in Progress is one of the most delightful slow-burn romance stories I’ve ever read. The connection and chemistry between Amelia and Tommy is unrivaled and sharing their journey of falling in love is magical.
I’m typically not a lover of the 21st century marriage of convenience trope but Staci Hart makes it work, as she makes every romance comedy trope work. Staci brings a fresh twist when two highly unsuitable for each other people meet and the sparks fly. Hired to help bad boy Tommy with the development of a new book, innocent and virtuous Amelia find herself fully immersed in Tommy’s life when she further agrees to marry Tommy in order to help his image and to keep his career afloat.
“I was a lot, I knew. In fact, my charm was a weapon I wielded at every opportunity. A weapon, and a shield. But I didn’t want to woo her. Well, I wanted to woo her. But that wasn’t all I wanted. I didn’t want to dazzle her or blind her.”
And dazzler her he does. But what’s dazzling is how Tommy comes to feel so very much for her. Amelia is just darling and the two quickly form an amazing friendship as companions in life. With a time limit that is. But their domestic bliss made my heart burst with happiness. What I really adore about her is that she is confident, she knows her worth but just doesn’t like to socialize all that much. Who can blame her? It doesn’t take all that long before Tommy’s influence on her shows and she is coaxed out of her shell. The connection between Tommy and Amelia is bolstered by a strong physical attraction to each other and they seem to spend weeks sharing who they are through kisses. It’s truly remarkable and made for an incredibly sensual and sexy read. All seems well, until it isn’t.
There are certain forces opposing them, a few people who are suspect of their relationship and will work tirelessly to take Tommy down. they will be tested and will fail, and will need to find it in themselves to forgive themselves and each other.
Staci’s writing has always been wonderful but there was just something different in this story. You can feel her love for her characters and her love for her craft. I have a favorite in every series of hers and #WIP is certainly my favorite to date in the #RedLipstickCoalition. This is a #2019Favorite with my #MustRead recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
Staci Hart ALWAYS surprises me. She is able to weave an amazing story, often drawing from art or other literary references. This time, she gave us Tommy…who happens to be an author. One of the things I love most about Hart’s writing is how she draws us into her fictional world, which doesn’t feel fictional at all. Amelia is a blogger (hello, I totally love Amelia and get where’s she’s coming from as both a blogger an editor…can we be friends??) and her insight into Tommy’s world is unparalleled. Add in that she’s got a sassypants side to her (yes, she’s shy, but in the right context her lady balls come out), and she is just plain awesome. What’s more is how she manages to knock Tommy off his feet…until he does the exact same thing to her. Even when Amelia goes along with Tommy’s ruse, you know it’s because she has a pure heart rather than her trying to take advantage of a situation (even if there are all kinds of, ahem, perks).
And that’s the center of these characters and story: heart. Staci Hart gets it and brings it to a whole other level. You want to cheer for people who have a soul, see the world as you want to see it, and when they come together, magic happens. Tommy and Amelia are really nothing short of that. In fact, there were times that I caught a beauty and the beast vibe (even if the beast was hot as sin). Amelia is the innocent savior and Tommy is the hot beast rife with sins (see what I mean about weaving in literary references??)
I could talk about the cadence and development of the plot or characters, but rather than bore you with mundane details of how well written I find the story to be, I shall simply say that each flaw, each imperfection, and twist made this story come to life. If I could pull Amelia out of this book, I’d make her come hang out with me. And if an author can make you say that? Then you know every box has been checked. Simply put, the juice is worth the squeeze.
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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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