REVIEW: Work in Progress by Staci Hart

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“I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

  Thomas Bane.

  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, I don’t stand a chance.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: January 24, 2019

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My rating:

            The RLC is quickly becoming my favorite group of girls. Rin, Val, Amelia, and Katherine are all incredibly strong women who have felt “other-ed” their entire lives and through a Red Lipstick Pact, they all find out that life is truly what you make it and once you start taking risks, your life can change completely. For better or for worse. But, regardless, life is changing for all of them.

“When I sighed again, it was full of wishes and dreams for a future that didn’t exist.”

            Work in Progress is Amelia’s story and I was pleasantly surprised by how Staci Hart handled Amelia’s “delicacy.” I put delicacy in quotation marks, because even though she was supremely inexperienced in a lot of ways in her life, she was still one of the strongest protagonists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.

            That was my only problem with Work in Progress and I want to get it out of the way, because this book was impeccable. My problem was with Tommy and how he kept referring to how pure and angelic Amelia was. It just felt kind of gross because no one wants that kind of pressure put on them and just because Amelia was inexperienced doesn’t make her more “pure” than someone who wasn’t inexperienced at all. Paired with the fact that Tommy had made himself out to be a womanizer just made the entire thing that much more uncomfortable—like only someone pure and “untouched” could tame him. (Yes, I know, there’s more to the story, obviously, but it still has truth to it.)

            Other than that fact, I loved Tommy.

“The way I felt about Amelia went far beyond a business partner.”

            I absolutely love a fake relationship trope and Staci executed this one brilliantly. Even though it was similar to Player in that aspect, the two novels couldn’t be any more different. I love that Tommy was immediately attracted to Amelia, that she made him want to change and be a better person. Their chemistry and love was out of this world.

“I couldn’t lose him. And I wouldn’t hurt him. No matter what it would cost me.”

            All of the RLC books have their fair share of angst. Work in Progress was no exception and… god! This book constantly tore my heart to shreds just to put it back together with tape just to rip it apart once more. Staci Hart has an impeccable voice when it comes to ripping your heart apart. I was constantly rooting for Tommy and Amelia, through everything they went through.

“Because love isn’t perfect, but forgiveness is absolute.”

            Work in Progress isn’t just a love story. It’s a story about second chances, opening yourself up to love, and most importantly, forgiveness. Staci Hart hit it out of the park with Work in Progress and I promise, you don’t want to miss it. 


Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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