Series: Red Lipstick Coalition #4
on May 2nd, 2019
Genres: 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.
Well Suited, the final standalone in the Red Lipstick Coalition Series from Staci Hart, is here!!
Chemistry is my love language.
I’ve always been able to separate feelings from chemosignals. A shot of dopamine, a dash of serotonin, and a sprinkle of oxytocin—and bam. You’re in love.
And when egg meets sperm, you’re pregnant.
I couldn’t even be surprised as I stared down at the little blue plus sign, because I knew exactly when and how, and with whom it happened.
When: approximately five weeks ago.
Who: one night stand.
How: prophylactic malfunction.
The upside? I don’t have to go looking for a suitable mate.
Genetically, he’s the cream of the crop. His musculature is a study in symmetry and strength, his height imposing and dominant. He is a man who thrives on control and command, a man who survives on intelligence and resourcefulness. A perfect male specimen.
And the whole package is wrapped up in a flawlessly tailored suit.
I’m having this baby, and he insists we’re well-suited to have it together. And what’s worse? He wants more, in the way of love and marriage.
But love isn’t real. It’s just a product of chemistry.
And if he changes my mind about that, we’re both in trouble.
“We need a signal. A… a sign.” He broke away, leaning back, his eyes black and lust-drunk. “I have one rule. It can double as the signal.” “What?” I said breathlessly. Theo reached for my face, cupped my jaw, and ran a thumb across my bottom lip, his eyes following the motion. “Wear this lipstick. I want you in it when we… scratch. And that’ll be my cue.”
Well Suited is , well…a FANTASTIC conclusion to one of my favorite series. When The Red Lipstick Coalition started, four socially and romantically challenged young woman were focused on building their self-esteem and solidifying their united front. Following Rin, Val, and Amelia, Kathryn finds herself challenging her norms when a one night stand with Theodore Bane flips her life on it’s end. Staci Hart brilliantly takes the accidental baby trope to a new level.
The connection between Kathryn and Theodore is simply magical. With their initial meet-cute anything but, they quickly indulge into a pheromone induced frenzy – scratch that, they get one incredible passionate night together and then Kathryn proceeds to ghost Theo. But all that changes when two pink lines show Kathryn that she’s about to have his baby. Cue: Sensible decision and Theo’s proposal that they live together, raise their child together, and maybe enjoy all the entanglements that come with this arrangement when Kathryn agrees:
“ I was the picture of casual impassivity. Inside, I was rubbing my hands together as I mapped out every path to convince her to see me again.”
Eeeeeg gahd – the man is a dreamboat. I loved his every thought and action. He’s truly modern alpha protector without all the alpha postering. So, dutifully in love with Theo, I begin to root for his every wish to come true.
What follows is a glorious slow burn. These two have an electric connection (shown by some of the most sensual moments in Staci’s storytelling), and the slow “burn-down” ney, incineration of Kathryns’ well placed rules. Kathryn simply needs control, but Kate, Theo’s Kate craves the freedom that Theo’s attentions and passion evoke. For Theo, he knows that breaking her rules requires signs – and here is where the RLC shows the embodiment of intention:
“We do so solemnly swear,” she recited, “to use this shiny little tube of power to inspire braveness, boldness, and courage. We promise to jump when it’s scary, to stand tall when we want to hide, to scream our truth instead of whisper our fears. May we be mistresses of our destinies, and to hell with anyone who tries to tell us otherwise.”
The ladies are respectful of each other, but they do help to push each other to test themselves, their boundaries, to challenge their beliefs. And Kathryn faces the most life-altering change of them all. Change does not come easily to Kathryn and she struggles, and because he is all in, Theo struggles. They face fallout from dreams that are dashed and family interference, but they are united and in the end, there’s always cause for Hope. Thank you to Staci Hart for giving the romance readers world this inspiring story, this beautiful series, and the RLC !!
~Review by Cyndi
This story is a slow burn, kind of like Katherine herself. Once you crack the hard exterior – Katherine’s analytical, rational persona, you’re rewarded with the passion that is Kate and Theo. I will admit that her prickly exterior was initially off-putting and I wasn’t sure if I would bond with her. If you share those sentiments, rest assured you will that the juice is worth the squeeze.
The chemistry between Theo and Kate – not Katherine – is so unique. His ability to anticipate who she hides behind the organizational, type-A persona is nothing short of magic. And that’s what he shows her, what he wants her to believe in. Faith, love, and magic do not make sense in a “zero and one, black and white” landscape in which Katherine has made her safe house. But there is always hope…Hope…
So the old adage that opposites do attract holds true. But what no one ever told you is that at the end point of attraction, things can either be easy or difficult – sometimes both. And you need to make the decision as to what is important, what is a deal breaker, and what you cannot live without.
I enjoyed this book immensely more than expected, especially since I had to spend a great deal of time understanding and thinking about what may lie beneath the surface to really understand these characters. And that is the beauty of Hart’s writing; it’s cerebral, it’s hot, and you have a multitude of feels.
~ Review by Loredana
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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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