Living Out Loud (Austen, #3)
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you another installment of the Austen Series, inspired by the works of Jane Austen, with a heartfelt contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility.When Annie Daschle arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list. Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.What wasn’t on her list: Greg Brandon. And just when she thinks she’s figured out where to put him, everything changes. In the span of a few staggering heartbeats, she finds herself caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart. Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops.

Living Out Loud (Austen, #3) Details

TitleLiving Out Loud (Austen, #3)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2018
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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GenreRomance, New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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Living Out Loud (Austen, #3) Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars!!!Living Out Loud is a fun, heartwarming, sweet, and emotional read, and one of Hart’s best books in my opinion. From the very first chapter, I fell in love with this story and these characters. Annie Daschle is ready to live. She has had a lot of loss in her life, but rather than dwell on the things she can’t control, she makes a list. A list of things she’s never done, things she wants to do, things that will have her living out loud. One of the first things she is able to check off he 5 Stars!!!Living Out Loud is a fun, heartwarming, sweet, and emotional read, and one of Hart’s best books in my opinion. From the very first chapter, I fell in love with this story and these characters. Annie Daschle is ready to live. She has had a lot of loss in her life, but rather than dwell on the things she can’t control, she makes a list. A list of things she’s never done, things she wants to do, things that will have her living out loud. One of the first things she is able to check off her list is to get a job at Wasted Words. Yes, that Wasted Words. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a guy like Greg Brandon. Greg is the head bartender at Wasted Words and he and Annie become fast friends. Greg is there for her, and wants to help her check things off her list. Their friendship grows and it quickly turns into Greg wanting more. This is unusual for him, but then again, he’s never met anyone like Annie before. Even though Greg has it bad for Annie, it appears Annie just wants to be friends, I’d tried to convince myself I could be her friend and nothing more. I’d considered the earnestness of her feelings, the depths I knew to be true; she cared for me and wanted me, just not in the way I wanted her. I adored Annie and Greg. Both of them. I couldn’t even pick which one I loved more. They were both so wonderful! Annie has such strength. I love that she was going all out and taking risks. And Greg deserved love so much. He’s been patient, waiting for the right one, and I’m so glad he found that in Annie. 
Of course, one of the best things about this book was all the tie-ins to Staci’s other books. God, it was good to catch up with the Wasted Words crew. And the little cameo we got from another character was a lot of fun as well. I loved a lot of Annie’s family also. It looks like the next book will be about her sister, and I’m very excited for that one as well! I completely adore the stories Hart tells as contemporary retellings of Austen novels. When I saw this one was inspired by Sense and Sensibility, I knew it would be amazing. I love that Staci Hart books make me feel good. Even when they’re emotional, I just feel so happy reading them. It’s usually exactly what I need. Living Out Loud will make you feel good, but it will also make you want to live big, take risks, and appreciate what you have. This story had an impact on me. This story was beautifully written, heartwarming, and highly entertaining. I can’t rave about it enough! It’s one I’ll definitely be recommending to all my romance loving friends x “Love gives itself without condition or expectation simply because it must. Love is devotion, and I find myself devoted to you, body and soul. I love you. As little as I know, that is the thing I am most certain of.”
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    Live amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079GRMLSL/...❤5 BEAUTIFUL STARS ❤Such a beautiful,sweet,romantic and heartwarming story. I thought A Little Too Late was amazing but wait until you read Living Out Loud!I didn't want to finish it, it was unique and I had so many feelings while I was reading it! "That was Greg and me-easy and uninhibited, a joining of two streams to make a river."I loved Greg and Annie.Annie is such a sweetheart my heart ached for her!Greg is kind,charming,friendly,sweet and Live amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079GRMLSL/...❤️5 BEAUTIFUL STARS ❤️Such a beautiful,sweet,romantic and heartwarming story. I thought A Little Too Late was amazing but wait until you read Living Out Loud!I didn't want to finish it, it was unique and I had so many feelings while I was reading it! "That was Greg and me-easy and uninhibited, a joining of two streams to make a river."I loved Greg and Annie.Annie is such a sweetheart my heart ached for her!Greg is kind,charming,friendly,sweet and lovable.I adored them, I couldn't get enough of these two.The characters felt so realistic making the story more intimidate! Staci Hart is my new favorite author!!Her stories are unique and beautiful!I highly recommend this one!It was absolutely fantastic, sweet and so romantic!     
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  • Staci Hart
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE! AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/2DQb4Z9
  • Kandi Steiner
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Absolutely stunning. This is why Hart is such a household name in indie romance. Unique, beautifully written and incredibly romantic, Living Out Loud will have Jane Austen fans losing their ever loving minds. Full review to come!
  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    January 1, 1970
    Staci Hart has done it again and blown me away with her magical writing that's not only sweet, beautiful and but Amazing as well!!! I got lost in Staci's beautiful words right from the beginning. When I read Greg's reaction when he first laid eyes on Annie, I knew that this was going to be one of those love stories that would have me swooning rooting for their HEA.Annie was learning to live life to the fullest for the first time in her life and she had a list of things to check off. Never did sh Staci Hart has done it again and blown me away with her magical writing that's not only sweet, beautiful and but Amazing as well!!! I got lost in Staci's beautiful words right from the beginning. When I read Greg's reaction when he first laid eyes on Annie, I knew that this was going to be one of those love stories that would have me swooning rooting for their HEA.Annie was learning to live life to the fullest for the first time in her life and she had a list of things to check off. Never did she expect to find someone like Greg to fall on her list and I knew that she would never be the same after that. “Did he tell you how beautiful you are, Annie?” he asked. When he pulled away only by the smallest degree, my eyes opened again, full of desperate desire I saw reflected in his. “Because you are,” he said. “You are so beautiful, I can’t bear to look. You’ve left me blind and exposed, disarmed and defenseless.”Greg's protectiveness for Annie despite not being the one she was with had me wanting to whoop so major butt!!! At times I wanted to smack some sense into both of them because I could see their feelings for each other yet they kept fighting it. As I kept reading I knew something would have to happen to wake them up and when it did I was high fiving myself!!Be prepared to laugh 😜, smile like a fool 😁, whoop some butt 💪 and swoon 😊 because Annie & Greg's story is one of most swoon worthy love stories I've read so far ❤❤ Kara~5 Breathtaking Stars
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  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    Absolute FAVORITE Staci Hart Hero! Favorite book from the series! Top Favorite for the year! Ms. Hart just AMAZES the hell out of me! Her writing is one of a kind! The most poetic...the most romantic...the most heart wrenching...the most EVERYTHING! Every single time I read one of Staci's books, it’s like I’m experiencing her unbelievable talent for the very first time! Full review to come.
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  • Carlene(Inspired)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsJane Austen meets contemporary romance in the third novel in the Austen series by Staci Hart. Living Out Loud features middle Daschle sister, Annie, and the perplexing situation she finds herself in when two gentlemen set their sights on her. Set amongst the backdrop of the famous Wasted Words bookstore and bar, Annie begins her adult life in a new city, around new people, and with a list of firsts to complete along the way."But, out of nowhere, she would invade my mind like cigarette s 4.5 StarsJane Austen meets contemporary romance in the third novel in the Austen series by Staci Hart. Living Out Loud features middle Daschle sister, Annie, and the perplexing situation she finds herself in when two gentlemen set their sights on her. Set amongst the backdrop of the famous Wasted Words bookstore and bar, Annie begins her adult life in a new city, around new people, and with a list of firsts to complete along the way."But, out of nowhere, she would invade my mind like cigarette smoke."As a girl raised on the beautiful, romantic words of Jane Austen I've always avoided novels that tell the story in a different way. I like the original, I don't think anything compares, but then I read A Thousand Letters and Wasted Words and I found myself drawn in, addicted to the completely original story and characters that Hart has created with just the right amount of retelling thrown in. It's like baking, where too much salt throws everything off, but she's figured out how to blend the two worlds together perfectly. I found myself unable to even compare Living Out Loud to the story I know all too well, too mesmerized by the sweet, unhurried romance unfolding in the pages to worry about it all. It's the sort of novel you escape into, perfect for a rainy day in or laying out in the green grass with the sun shining down. "He'd kept my breath, taking it with him. I wondered if I'd ever get it back."Living Out Louds takes place in one of my favorite cities, New York. The world is different there, it's bright and shiny, especially to newbie Annie Daschle. She has definitely had a rough go of it, but she's by far the sweetest character I have ever read from any author. She has a great personality and a positive outlook we all should envy, so it's no surprise this novel is about giving her a little dose of reality, but also showing her that dreams, fantasies, and fairytales do exist too. She's got the perfect Austen-esque sisters on either side of her, a heart that she won't give up on, andthe desire to follow through on the most innocent of bucket lists. She's got the world at her fingertips and this book is as dreamy as her goals are. There's also handsome admirer, Greg, willing to do anything to show his level of care for Annie. Unaware of how he's doted on her, Annie's heart leads her to Will, a man in shiny armor, though less so of a knight than she'd like. "But mostly I just listened to her, watch her. Heard her. Saw her."Both men have their positive qualities, though I admit I was automatically #teamgreg and spent several pages expressing my frustration at Annie. She's a wonderful character, full of rainbows and sunshine and naivety, though that final quality is something I ultimately found to be a fault that bothered me. It makes for a very interesting book, for one to be so caught up in the fairytale to forget common sense, but in this case I questioned how a book lover couldn't see any of this coming. The setting though, was perfect. I loved revisiting Wasted Words and the book store family readers have come to love. Annie's list was so fantastic and really lent itself to the overall sweet vibe of the story. It also allows for so much character development, showcasing Annie's optimistic outlook as she overcomes tragedy and personal hurdles. "And I found myself feeling foolish and blind and without direction."Living Out Loud is just another example of why Staci Hart is one of my go-to authors. The characters, the plotlines, the dialogue and writing, it's all so stunning and done so well. There's even one particular moment that I could see happening right before my eyes, like a movie screen had pop up to show me just how Staci Hart's words would have played out. I'll probably forever connect yellow peacoats to Annie. I definitely saw just the right amount of Sense & Sensibility in this one and I think Staci Hart did a perfect job of bringing a contemporary new swing to it. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Imani (Enamored Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    INFINITE ”Not now.” Stars! ”I never saw Annie Daschle coming...” Have you guys ever experienced an asthma attack? And if you haven’t, have you ever wondered what it felt like? I know weird question alert. Just bare with me, I promise there’s a point to this. There are asthma attacks you can feel coming, like your body just knows, and there are asthma attacks that sneak up on you out of no where. And honestly, this book has the feeling of both. Point blank, basically, the important thing about a INFINITE ”Not now.” Stars! ”I never saw Annie Daschle coming...” Have you guys ever experienced an asthma attack? And if you haven’t, have you ever wondered what it felt like? I know weird question alert. Just bare with me, I promise there’s a point to this. There are asthma attacks you can feel coming, like your body just knows, and there are asthma attacks that sneak up on you out of no where. And honestly, this book has the feeling of both. Point blank, basically, the important thing about an asthma attack that pretty much IS this book in every way, is that moment before the attack hits. When everything around you goes silent, and your body is trying to tell you something. Then you heart rate increases showing know sign of slowing down. Your breathing starts to become light, then choppy, then heavy. And the only thing to stop it is the aid of something stronger, you know? Something bigger. Something IMPORTANT. Living Out Loud *screams* everything I just used to describe an asthma attack. But in a good way, 100% NOT in a bad way. Because this book came out of left field and handed me my ass without me knowing it was coming. Because I can’t tell you guys how many times I lost my breath, and *felt* my heart in the depths of every beat, as I stumbled and crashed through this book. This is THAT Book. The book everyone absolutely NEEDS to read. The book that is so silently damaging in the way that it stays with you long after you finish it. I can sit here and talk about the affects of this book forever. How well and intricately beautiful is was written. How Staci’s Austen inspired books always give off that sweet nostalgic, yet timeless feeling of everlasting love. But I would keep you here forever if I did that...Greg Brandon is that character who had no problem where he was at in his life. He was happy. He has a wonderful tight knit family that he adored with everything in him. And friends who rounded out his world in such a positive light at his dream job. He was perfectly ok with where he was at. But...*Just* ok. Until Annie. ”It was maybe only a heartbeat, a breath, but it felt like that second stretched out in a long thread between us.””But, out of nowhere, she would invade my mind like cigarette smoke. I’d wave thoughts of her away with a dour twist of my lips, all while jonesing for just one drag.””The knowledge that it was chemical, that it had no depth or roots, didn’t matter. Something in me recognized something in her, and that was that.”And then there’s Annie. Sweet, adventurous Annie. Annie with the heart condition she didn’t deserve. Annie with her family as her rock behind her. Annie who would do anything to Live Out Loud for her father. And then the Annie she became after Greg Brandon happened...”Because for a moment, my pain was behind me in the coolness of my shadow and the whole world was spread out in front of me like a feast of possibility. And I would take a taste of everything I could.””And the sense of connection, forged by sharing an experience so profound to both of us, was so strong and alluring, I yielded to the heady desire for more.””They weren’t eyes of a friend or a boss or a big brother or uncle; those eyes sent a spark of heat through my chest and cheeks and pinched the air from my lungs.”The saying, “timing is everything”, has never been as strong as it is in this book. Sometimes being silently enamored can be mistaken for something completely on the opposite side of the spectrum. And when that happens, well... ”All things had a line that, once crossed, could not be stepped back over. And I had reached that line, passed it without realizing until I looked down. But instead of finding myself in her arms, I was pressed against the glass, the separation between us as thin as it was impenetrable.” Sometimes, in every sense of the word, the chance encounter far beyond too late. Get ready for Staci Hart to tilt your world on its axis. You will become breathless, and feel your heart more than you’ve ever FELT it before while reading a book, numerous times. Get ready to read your new top fav of 2018.
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  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    Touching and deep. 3.5 Stars~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first word that comes to my mind about this book is sweet. It’s a sweet story about a young girl who moves from a Podunk town to New York City.With health issues and awe of the city sights, she has passion in her heart. A passion to live life out loud.As an innocent young woman with no clue about men, she ends up meeting two guys. Such as the way of the world she has to learn things the hard way.Who is good? Who will care for her? Who loves her?Wri Touching and deep. 3.5 Stars~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first word that comes to my mind about this book is sweet. It’s a sweet story about a young girl who moves from a Podunk town to New York City.With health issues and awe of the city sights, she has passion in her heart. A passion to live life out loud.As an innocent young woman with no clue about men, she ends up meeting two guys. Such as the way of the world she has to learn things the hard way.Who is good? Who will care for her? Who loves her?Written with all good intentions, the story is just so sweet. It’s enjoyable but rather predictable. There is a fair amount of emotion and the desire to know what is going to happen, but I was never overly attached.Perhaps I’m a little jaded and I don’t see the world through rose colored glasses much anymore. I loved Annie’s wide eyed look at the world but yet it got a little monotonous after a bit. The innocence and sheltered way of living was a bit much for me.One bright part of the story was Greg. He is so sweet and caring, just what she needs, except there is also Will. The real question is who will win her heart.Overall, it’s a lovely story. Just not one that captured my heart.* copy received for review considerationfull review - http://amidlifewife.com/living-out-lo...
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  • Kathy West
    January 1, 1970
    Annie is a young girl from a small town in Texas. When tragedy strikes, she moves with her mom and sisters to New York to live with her uncle.Annie has a list of things she wants experience in this new life of hers.1. Get a Job2. See falling snow3. Make a snowmanShe knows some things are going to be harder to do than other because of her heart condition, but she is determined to make this new life of hers amazing.One thing Annie didn't expect to experience was being caught between two men who di Annie is a young girl from a small town in Texas. When tragedy strikes, she moves with her mom and sisters to New York to live with her uncle.Annie has a list of things she wants experience in this new life of hers.1. Get a Job2. See falling snow3. Make a snowmanShe knows some things are going to be harder to do than other because of her heart condition, but she is determined to make this new life of hers amazing.One thing Annie didn't expect to experience was being caught between two men who did not like each other.Greg knows that there is something special about Annie the first time he sees her. She is much younger than him and he knows he needs to tread lightly with her.What he didn't realize was that a person from his past, Will, could swoop in an take Annie right out from under him.Annie is caught between two men. Her heart is pulling her in two different directions.When everything comes to a head, which person will Annie choose? Will a bad choice end up costing her more than she could have ever imagined?This was a sweet love story. If you are looking for a heart touching story, this is the right book for you. Staci knows how to touch your heart and soul.Wasted Words and Bad Penny also make appearances in this book and I loved it!!!!
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  • Red Cheeks Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Who else is excited to get back to the Wasted Words world? I have missed this crew of hip and fun New Yorkers! Living Out Loud is the another complete standalone in the Wasted Words world and is yet another hit in my opinion.Annie has always had a loving and supportive family and yet she has lived a tragic and sheltered life. Now she is living in the big city for the first time and is determined to cross some things off her list of things she has never done. Step one . . .get a job. This first g Who else is excited to get back to the Wasted Words world? I have missed this crew of hip and fun New Yorkers! Living Out Loud is the another complete standalone in the Wasted Words world and is yet another hit in my opinion.Annie has always had a loving and supportive family and yet she has lived a tragic and sheltered life. Now she is living in the big city for the first time and is determined to cross some things off her list of things she has never done. Step one . . .get a job. This first giant leap into adulthood lands her at Wasted Words and on Greg's radar. Greg is instantly attracted to her but knows he is too old for her and she is too innocent for him, and yet, he can't stand sitting by watching her spread her wings with someone else.Greg was such an amazing leading man HE was selfless and patient. His devotion never wavered and he gave Annie the time she needed to learn what she needs and wants. Annie's journey throughout this story is one of self-discovery. She is growing up and maturing and at the same time learning to let go of the preconceived notions of what she thinks she wants. Her story isn't easy but it one worth telling and one definitely worth reading. Join these two on their journey to finding love and happiness.~miranda
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  • Na Dine Bookaddict
    January 1, 1970
    "I think to love is to burn, and I want to set my heart on fire. Like Tristan and Isolde or Romeo and Juliet."I'm glad that my second book by Staci Hart was such a beautiful read! Even more so, that I have no idea of Sense and Sensibility and my mind wasn't based."I was high from the contact, hungry for the feeling, desperate for more."I can only repeat myself by saying that Staci has a wonderful talent working with words. They totally get to you and your heart so easily.Again she created a hear "I think to love is to burn, and I want to set my heart on fire. Like Tristan and Isolde or Romeo and Juliet."I'm glad that my second book by Staci Hart was such a beautiful read! Even more so, that I have no idea of Sense and Sensibility and my mind wasn't based."I was high from the contact, hungry for the feeling, desperate for more."I can only repeat myself by saying that Staci has a wonderful talent working with words. They totally get to you and your heart so easily.Again she created a heartbreaking story with characters that feel so real and down to earth. I'm in love how Staci breathes live into her characters."The end is just a beginning in disguise."Living Out Loud is about the experience of first love. It's about how to deal with unexpected and new feelings. It's about selfless love and it's about loss. A loss that scatters your life to the bones and how we can learn to live with the pain. To grow from it and live out loud again."Daydreaming is fun and free and makes me happy. And if reality isn't what I've imagined, I'll just dream up something."Annie is a character full of wonder and magic. I kind of see my younger self in her as well as my now. I love the optimism of her soul, the lightness of her heart and her lust for life. I love how she dreams about first love and falling in love because she expects that romance books come to live. Even though Annie's heart was broken in more ways than one, she showed a strength and maturity hat goes way above her age. However, at the same time she acts like a eighteen year old, inexperienced girl should act.Staci found a great balance in showing us those different sides of Annie which compliment each other perfectly."When happiness lifted her up like a kite, I knew I'd do anything for her. Even if it meant the end of me."Greg seems too good to be true. He's funny, smart, kind, caring and super hot. Greg is wearing his soul and his heart within his eyes, within the joy of his laughter and within the way he cares. As soon as he allows his feelings for Annie to be real, he cares more for her happiness than his own. Even it means that he would break. Isn't that what love should be about?"Not all love is loud and assuming. Sometimes it's silent, especially when it puts someone else's happiness above its own."Greg and Annie have a great chemistry and connection. It was obvious to everyone but Annie. But sometimes love takes detours we are unable to influence or foresee. Sometimes we need those detours to see more clearly."Love gives itself without condition or expectation simply because it must. Love is devotion."Living Out Loud takes some turns I didn't expect and I wish we could have explored some situations a little deeper. Some things went a little to fast for my taste even though the story itself had a steady slow pace.If you want to experience the innocence of first love all over again, through the eyes of a shining and strong personality, this book is a perfect way to do it!I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this wonderful book.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*'sI am really getting a kick out of this series. I love the play on them relating to the Jane Austen books. I feel it is so much more that one story and it takes me on a different tangent and seeing these characters in both worlds.This book was so sweet and mainly due to Annie because she is adorable. She is young and naive but so precious and not because she is ill - gosh no - she is strong in more ways despite of it. The family connection is solid but my heart aches for their loss and sadn 4.5*'sI am really getting a kick out of this series. I love the play on them relating to the Jane Austen books. I feel it is so much more that one story and it takes me on a different tangent and seeing these characters in both worlds.This book was so sweet and mainly due to Annie because she is adorable. She is young and naive but so precious and not because she is ill - gosh no - she is strong in more ways despite of it. The family connection is solid but my heart aches for their loss and sadness. Although Annie is the one that will keep them going.Greg - Oh Greg! What a Champ! What he had to endure, oh my heart! I so wanted to hug him and ease his pain. I completely understand why Annie fell for Will. We have these book boyfriends and then if a real life guy comes along and says all the right things, I'd fall for him too. Not that Greg isn't BBF material because ..... um yes he is! He'd slay a dragon for his Annie, and he did just that with Will. My only grievance is I wanted Will to receive more justice and I didn't believe his apology - it felt out of character and unbelievable. I am hoping that Aunt Susan will be doing some social justice showcasing Will's personality. I am not a person who buys a book solely on their covers but OMG Staci's are the best! I love them. Can not wait to see Elle's cover and read her adventure.*I am very grateful for the copy provided by the author for my honest opinion. *Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooksBlog.
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  • Christy (CaptainReadsALot
    January 1, 1970
    This review has been so hard to write. Why? Because this book was excellent and nothing I've written has done it any justice. At all. Hart delivers a very realistic take on a naive girl and a boy who wants to protect her innocence. Greg sees the world in a whole new way when he looks at Annie. She is the very definition of sunshine and rainbows - despite her life experiences. Through Annie, he is able to see more than the hectic nature of life in NYC. He sees HER and how she experiences life so This review has been so hard to write. Why? Because this book was excellent and nothing I've written has done it any justice. At all. Hart delivers a very realistic take on a naive girl and a boy who wants to protect her innocence. Greg sees the world in a whole new way when he looks at Annie. She is the very definition of sunshine and rainbows - despite her life experiences. Through Annie, he is able to see more than the hectic nature of life in NYC. He sees HER and how she experiences life so freely. Having suddenly relocated to NYC, Annie finds that there is more to life than books and music and living quietly. After losing her dad, she decides to "live out loud" and she does. She takes that mentality with her through this series of events. She wants to experience every thing she can, within reason, and does it enviable gusto. The things she wants to do aren't silly or exorbitant - they're simple and very Annie. I love how Greg does his best to keep her happiness at the fore even when it's detrimental to what he wants. He absolutely adores Annie and is willing to sacrifice much of himself in order to see her reach her goals, even if it isn't with him. This book feels like a very quick read. I absorbed it as one does air, effortlessly. I soaked in the words and let them stay with me as I read them, as I do in every Hart novel. To give this book five stars feel inadequate. I wish I could give it more.
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  • Bibliophile Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.....I first fell in love with Staci Hart's work when I read With a Twist. And I have been loving her stories ever since.Can I say, without getting yelled at, that I loved Living Out Loud just as much as I love Jane Austen's work? Because I do! This adaptation is fabulous!This story of Annie and Greg is so lovely.  I like how Staci went with the impulsive middle sister, and waiting to give Elle her story! I really enjoyed Annie's wide eyed innocen Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.....I first fell in love with Staci Hart's work when I read With a Twist. And I have been loving her stories ever since.Can I say, without getting yelled at, that I loved Living Out Loud just as much as I love Jane Austen's work? Because I do! This adaptation is fabulous!This story of Annie and Greg is so lovely.  I like how Staci went with the impulsive middle sister, and waiting to give Elle her story! I really enjoyed Annie's wide eyed innocence and Greg being with her through it all.  Annie was funny, she was sweet and yet she was oh so naive.  I think the best line was "But a girl like you needs no wishes, for she eats wishes for breakfast and dreams for lunch"  whew, loved that line!Greg was perfect, he was willing to give up his happiness to support Annie's. He was swoony, he was sweet and that touch of alpha was spot on.  His inner turmoil about his feelings towards Annie was moving and his self-sacrifice was admirable.  He is a true friend in the best sense.I also enjoyed seeing past characters from her stories, I have missed them and it was good reading about them, even it's just a small bit!I cannot wait for Elle story! Thank you for your words and stories Staci! The world you create in your books is amazing!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “My life was just a single heartbeat in the life of the universe.”“I was fucked, and in the moment, I didn’t even have the good sense to realize it.”“Mine. It was stupid and archaic, savage even, but the instinct was deep and automatic. That single word sang unbidden from my heart at the mere thought of her with another man. Maybe it was because part of me was already hers. Any choice I had to the contrary had long passed, if there had ever been a choice.“More Wasted Words?! Yes please! Ever sin “My life was just a single heartbeat in the life of the universe.”“I was fucked, and in the moment, I didn’t even have the good sense to realize it.”“Mine. It was stupid and archaic, savage even, but the instinct was deep and automatic. That single word sang unbidden from my heart at the mere thought of her with another man. Maybe it was because part of me was already hers. Any choice I had to the contrary had long passed, if there had ever been a choice.“More Wasted Words?! Yes please! Ever since Greg’s character was introduced, I have been waiting for him to get his own story. He is one of the sweetest, best guys ever and I couldn’t wait to see him get his happily ever after. So, when Living Out Loud ended up on my kindle, I dropped everything and dove head first into Greg’s story.Living Out Loud had me from page one. From the moment I dove into Annie and Greg’s story, I just knew it was going to special, I mean hello, it is a part of The Wasted Words Series!! Of course it was going to knock my socks off. And let me tell you, it totally did. Living Out Loud is a book of firsts and of second chances. It is a story of living and making most out of your time. It is a story of letting go of your fears and experiencing new things; of not being afraid to live out loud.Annie is one of those characters that just steals your heart instantly. She is so fun and has the best outlook on life, despite the cards she has been handed. Her happiness is contagious and you can’t help but want to surround yourself with her light. You just want to try to make all of her dreams come true. And Greg….He didn’t stand a chance when Annie ran into him. He is one of the best guys you will ever meet and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for those he cares out. He tried to fight the feelings had for Annie, but a connection like theirs was meant to be explored. I adored their friendship and the burn between them. All the small and big moments made their story completely worth wild.Living Out Loud was a fabulous read from beginning to end. Staci Hart is the queen of swoon worthy and unforgettable words. No one and I mean no one does romance and Jane Austen retellings quite like this author. And Living Out Loud is no exception. It was well written and entertaining. It is a story about putting others happiness ahead of your own. It is a story of love and friendship. It is a story of moments and how they have the power to change everything….Living Out Loud is an amazing addition to the Wasted Words Series and was totally, 100% worth the wait!*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely, without question my favorite book ever written by Staci Hart. I’m drawn to books that make me feel. And this story made me feel so happy. Annie is a burst of sunshine. It was impossible not to feel her emotions while reading. This made connecting with her character effortless. She’s coming into her own and figuring out who she is. The excitement and joy of her character leaps off the pages, and it made me remember how amazing experiencing things for the first time really is. I alread Absolutely, without question my favorite book ever written by Staci Hart. I’m drawn to books that make me feel. And this story made me feel so happy. Annie is a burst of sunshine. It was impossible not to feel her emotions while reading. This made connecting with her character effortless. She’s coming into her own and figuring out who she is. The excitement and joy of her character leaps off the pages, and it made me remember how amazing experiencing things for the first time really is. I already knew Greg was a good guy when he was in Last Call but this story solidified him in swoon worthy status. I’m a sucker for the good guys, always have been. Greg is one of the best good guys I’ve ever read. How can you not love a man that puts his love interest first in every way. I loved the friendship this pair formed. The connection was instant and felt so natural. But the build up, oh my gosh the build up between them was soooo good. If you’re a romantic at heart then you will fall in love with this story. It left me with a smile on my face and it was so refreshing to read something where the love and excitement for life was so pure. I could read about these two over and over again.
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  • Becky Rendon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsLiving Out Loud is a beautifully uplifting story. The idea in the title alone leaves me smiling. Staci Hart has once again managed to seduce the reader. She lures you in with a tale that can't help but be read. She teases you with the building emotions and the naivete of a young girl. But she steals your heart with the amazing Brandon...Greg Brandon. For all the Sense and Sensibility lovers out there, you won't be disappointed in the least. For all those afraid to read the classic, this 4.5 starsLiving Out Loud is a beautifully uplifting story. The idea in the title alone leaves me smiling. Staci Hart has once again managed to seduce the reader. She lures you in with a tale that can't help but be read. She teases you with the building emotions and the naivete of a young girl. But she steals your heart with the amazing Brandon...Greg Brandon. For all the Sense and Sensibility lovers out there, you won't be disappointed in the least. For all those afraid to read the classic, this is a beautifully written redesign that will satisfy your curiosity. Living Out Loud is a sweet and timeless story. Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!With a heart condition preventing her from truly living, Annie only experiences adventures through books, pictures, and the internet, and she is missing out. After her father passes she vows that she will change, that she will live life to the fullest starting with the move to NYC. LIVING OUT LOUD—or Things Annie Daschle Has Never Done and Is Ready to Do Already1) Get a job. A real job with a paycheck and coworkers and maybe even benefits.2) See falling snow.3) Make a snowman.4) Have a p 5 stars!With a heart condition preventing her from truly living, Annie only experiences adventures through books, pictures, and the internet, and she is missing out. After her father passes she vows that she will change, that she will live life to the fullest starting with the move to NYC. LIVING OUT LOUD—or Things Annie Daschle Has Never Done and Is Ready to Do Already1) Get a job. A real job with a paycheck and coworkers and maybe even benefits.2) See falling snow.3) Make a snowman.4) Have a picnic in Central Park.5) Get a tattoo.6) Meet a boy,7) Who will take me on a real date,8) And kiss me.9) *And maybe be my boyfriend.I loved this book! It’s one of the sweetest, most heartwarming, delightful stories I have read. A gorgeous journey of self-discovery while finding love along the way, I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.Annie is adorable. She honestly couldn’t be any cuter. She is sweet, optimistic, and has dreams she is determined to make a reality. I loved her a vibrant personality and her exuberance for trying new things. She makes the reader look at things in a fresh light and she doesn’t take anything for granted. She wants to experience everything she has missed, including finding true love. “I think to love is to burn, and I want to set my heart on fire." When Greg meets Annie, there is an immediate and unexpected spark but Annie is young and, therefore, considered off limits to Greg. She was figuring out who she was, who she would become, and I had done that ten years ago. She was experiencing life for the first time; everything was speeding up for her while I found myself slowing down. No matter how hard he tries though, Greg is unable to walk away. He knows Annie is special and being the true gentleman that he is, he is patient, kind, and selfless when it comes to her. Charming, romantic, sweet, and swoony, I loved watching him help Annie cross off things on her list. His feelings were believable and I felt the conflict Greg was going through as he fell for Annie. I loved when he realized the impact she had on him. Before today, I could tell myself it was attraction, pheromones, science. I could tell myself she was too young, that we were too different. But the truth was that none of those things mattered. There were roots—I could feel them working their way through me. They weren’t superficial, spreading out under the surface; they were the kind of roots you could never excavate, the kind that became a part of all they touched in the most permanent way. I felt the magic between Greg and Annie and I was rooting for them from the moment they literally bumped into each other. Their friendship put a smile on my face and things seemed to be going in the right direction as they spend time together. Then Greg and Anne hit a major bump in the road and it tore my heart up. Annie’s actions frustrated me but I know sometimes people need to make mistakes to grow as a person. I couldn't fault her when she made the choices she did because of the place she was in her life. Her naivety didn’t bother me because she was young and inexperienced, and she had to learn things on her own as she discovers who she is. And when Annie and Greg finally come together after the heartache they face, it is perfect. “Not all love is loud and assuming. Sometimes it’s silent, especially when it puts someone else’s happiness above its own.” I loved this book and cannot wait for more. I am so excited for The Sound of Silence, the next book in the Austen series featuring Annie’s sister, Elle.*ARC generously provided by the author*
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Staci Hart likes to kick people right in the feels, doesn't she? Just give 'em the old one-two punch and leave them teary-eyed on the floor. Thanks, Hart. Thanks.Okay, I'm going to just come out and say it. I loved Annie and Greg. I did NOT like the interloper, but...I'm getting over it. Slowly. Annie and Greg, however, were total sweethearts. Annie's reeling from the death of her father and she's determined to do all the things she's missed over the years. Things like learning to ride a bike an Staci Hart likes to kick people right in the feels, doesn't she? Just give 'em the old one-two punch and leave them teary-eyed on the floor. Thanks, Hart. Thanks.Okay, I'm going to just come out and say it. I loved Annie and Greg. I did NOT like the interloper, but...I'm getting over it. Slowly. Annie and Greg, however, were total sweethearts. Annie's reeling from the death of her father and she's determined to do all the things she's missed over the years. Things like learning to ride a bike and having her first kiss and getting a job.Honestly, she was sweetly adorable and it's no wonder Greg fell head over heels for her.Probably Greg's biggest hangup with Annie is her age. She's young. Barely eighteen and freshly landed in New York. She's the very definition of wide-eyed and innocent and he gets it in his head that he's too old for her. Silly man. Yet, the more time he spends with her, the more he comes to admire her and connect with her.But he hides it. And when the douchecanoe who shall not be named arrives in the picture, he thinks he's lost his chance.Silly, silly man.As usual, Staci Hart has created glorious, vivid characters who steal your heart and climb into your head. The douchecanoe who shall not be named being the exception to the stealing your heart part. Jerkface.With Annie's sister up next, I'm beyond excited. BEYOND!-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Anne Milne
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful sweet romantic feel good story that left me feeling all fuzzy inside.Annie has led a very restricted life due to her health when the family loves to New York she is determined to live her life to the fullest. Her fathers death has spurned her into making a list of everything she’s missed out on, some big some small. The story is poignant, Annie and her family are all trying to adjust to the change in their circumstances whilst grieving. Apart from Annie who was my favourite This was a beautiful sweet romantic feel good story that left me feeling all fuzzy inside.Annie has led a very restricted life due to her health when the family loves to New York she is determined to live her life to the fullest. Her fathers death has spurned her into making a list of everything she’s missed out on, some big some small. The story is poignant, Annie and her family are all trying to adjust to the change in their circumstances whilst grieving. Apart from Annie who was my favourite character little Meg was just adorable and I loved how her inquisitive nature was never stifled. This is a gentle coming of age story about a young woman finding her way in the world. We go on a journey with Annie as she asserts her independence with all the pitfalls life can throw at you. A story about family, life and love that will leave you smiling. reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhoodhttp://www.unratedbookshelf.com
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  • Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
    January 1, 1970
    IT’S FINE. It’s not like I’m a crying mess apt anything. Full review to come soon.
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing could have prepared me for Living Out Loud by Staci Heart- not Wasted Words and not even A Thousand Letters (the other Austen books) I was head over heels for this story and Staci’s words from the very beginning lines. Everything about this book was magic. Maybe it was Annie’s naivety that I fell in love with first, or maybe it was Greg finally getting his love story- as I’ve grown quite fond of him seeing in him in the Wasted Words bar/bookstore setting. (I know Cam loves a set-up and s Nothing could have prepared me for Living Out Loud by Staci Heart- not Wasted Words and not even A Thousand Letters (the other Austen books) I was head over heels for this story and Staci’s words from the very beginning lines. Everything about this book was magic. Maybe it was Annie’s naivety that I fell in love with first, or maybe it was Greg finally getting his love story- as I’ve grown quite fond of him seeing in him in the Wasted Words bar/bookstore setting. (I know Cam loves a set-up and she’s been trying forever to get him his own woman!!) *Side note- These books are stand alones- but they can be read as a series of sorts- where the characters all pop in to say hello at one point or another- and I just love that so much!!*Annie Daschle, the heroine, is 18 and has just moved to the New York to live after her father passes away- with her mother, Emily (who is now confined to a wheelchair), and her two sisters- Elle and Meg to live with Emily’s brother and sister in law. Annie has a huge list of things she wants to accomplish that she has never done before called “Living Out Loud- or things Annie Daschle Has Never Done and Is Ready to Do Already”. She is ready to complete her list and number one- is to get a job. Enter Greg Brandon. He legit slams into Annie the first time that he meets her. And he is hooked ever since, even though there is quite a bit of age difference- I found everything Greg did so endearing and lovely- you cannot not fall for Greg. It just sort of happens. Over the course of this beautiful, eloquently told story- you get to know these characters deeper and have a much better understanding of them- and it’s because of the way Staci writes. She is so wonderful and totally meant to be an author. One of my most favorite scenes is a scene where Greg takes Annie to the ballet- and I won’t say any more, but man *SA-WOON*- that scene absolutely touched my heart, and simultaneously broke it into a million pieces after it was over. Staci has this way of getting me really involved in the story- in Living Out Loud I was trapped there, for days after I couldn’t think of anything else- I even took a book break for a couple days (I rarely do that- usually I move straight on) This story is up there with A Thousand Letters which is my ultimate reread of Staci books. I feel like it must be really hard for people to continuously top themselves when it comes to writing a new book. And I can’t imagine the amount of pressure that puts on the author- but Staci somehow constantly generates brilliancy after brilliancy and I shouldn’t be shocked that this story comes out on top- yet again. Read this book, if it’s the last one you ever read- you will not regret it!
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  • Sara Koelsch
    January 1, 1970
    First can we PLEASE just look this cover? I mean, goodness gracious, I love every single aspect of it. Besides the colors and the font… her smile and his smile… the look on their faces as they look at each other, can we just recognize the fact that these people are real people? She doesn’t look like some fake Barbie, even though she looks gorgeous, she looks real. He looks like a real man. They look like they’ve spend a Sunday hanging out… no shaving, no showering, just lounging in their comfy c First can we PLEASE just look this cover? I mean, goodness gracious, I love every single aspect of it. Besides the colors and the font… her smile and his smile… the look on their faces as they look at each other, can we just recognize the fact that these people are real people? She doesn’t look like some fake Barbie, even though she looks gorgeous, she looks real. He looks like a real man. They look like they’ve spend a Sunday hanging out… no shaving, no showering, just lounging in their comfy clothes and spending the day together. I like that thought process, I’m not sure if that was Staci Hart’s hope but it’s how I perceive it. Just like "Wasted Words" and "A Little Too Late"… "Living Out Loud" needs to be on my book shelf with her sisters.I was so excited for another Staci Hart book. She writes from her soul or at least that’s how it feels to me. How else could her words touch me deep inside my heart? I am in love with the flow of her words and how she writes her stories. Annie and Greg are two characters that I felt an instant like for. Annie was so sheltered. It was a bit fun watching her live in the big city and checking things off her lists. I’m absolutely thrilled to see Greg again. He’s just perfect for Annie. He’s so patient and kind with her. Their journey is beautiful and one-of-a-kind! I almost felt like my child was stepping out on her own with Annie. Hart does a fantastic job of making her characters relatable, of making them people you end up caring for!Don’t miss this story; it’s just as beautiful as the cover! Staci Hart is an author that should be followed on her writing journey. It’s one that is going to take us far and wide with her at the helm!I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I will leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.Check out my Blog: Next Book ReviewCheck out my Facebook Page: Next Book Review Facebook
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful and moving story.4.5 starsI knew from the very beginning Living out loud would pull on my heartstrings and it did along with experiencing such a wonderful written mix of angst, humour, heartache, beautiful words and heartwarming moments. "She was an open book, her pages fluttering from one emotion to the next with an easy whisper".Annie was born with a heart defect and had experienced very little in her life and the simplest things like getting her first job was a life altering What a beautiful and moving story.4.5 starsI knew from the very beginning Living out loud would pull on my heartstrings and it did along with experiencing such a wonderful written mix of angst, humour, heartache, beautiful words and heartwarming moments. "She was an open book, her pages fluttering from one emotion to the next with an easy whisper".Annie was born with a heart defect and had experienced very little in her life and the simplest things like getting her first job was a life altering and happy moment. Annie believed in living out loud, living in the moment, she was a ray of sunshine on a dull day kind of girl. Annie had a wish list that included things like building a snow man, her first kiss, first boyfriend and Greg who had become her friend encouraged her to fulfill it even though he wasn't part of all her firsts. Greg.. swoon, as book boyfriends go he was ideal and he was instantly attracted to Annie and offered her a job when she first walked into the book/coffee shop. Greg was selfless, loving from a distance and was happy when Annie was happy even when she got her first boyfriend and his heart hurt. Greg friendzoned himself from the very beginning until he finally made a move and the journey to that moment was filled with anticipation. '"Not all love is loud and assuming. Sometimes it's silent, especially when it puts someone else's happiness above it's own".Living out loud is the kind of book you need to lock yourself away with and enjoy every moment. A story of firsts, hope, new beginnings and finding true love. "Even when we can't go on, we go on. Because the world keeps turning and the clock keeps ticking and our hearts keep beating even if we sometimes wish they would stop". Told In first person dual pov, contains one intimate sex scene and leads to hea. Arc gratefully received for review purposes http://www.bbbf-sizzlereads-bestbookb...
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  • Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book. So basically Staci Hart elevated my relationship goals with this book. Warning girls off of boys with two first names used to be a thing (I'm not sure if it still is...), but Greg Brandon (fictional character though he is) has single handedly redeemed these gentleman - or at least given cause to pause for consideration at least. Living Out Loud is like a breath of fresh air, sweet, unexpected, and inspirational in the best possible way. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book. So basically Staci Hart elevated my relationship goals with this book. Warning girls off of boys with two first names used to be a thing (I'm not sure if it still is...), but Greg Brandon (fictional character though he is) has single handedly redeemed these gentleman - or at least given cause to pause for consideration at least. Living Out Loud is like a breath of fresh air, sweet, unexpected, and inspirational in the best possible way. It made me introspective and desirous to live out loud in my own life. It made examine the people in my life to figure out who I need to cherish and hold more closely and those that need to be excised. It made me want to create my own list. Staci Hart was truly able to breath new life in to an old (but timeless) story and created a tale and characters so unique and memorable that they will truly stick with me for the long haul. 5 out of 5 wine glasses.
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    Living Out Loud by Staci Hart is the 3. book in The Austen Series. The other books are Wasted Words and A Thousand Letters. Every book can easily be read as a standalone."The World is Your Oyster." Thats the motto Annie lives for.Annie Daschle is a 18 year old girl, new in NYC and the only thing she can control at the moment is her list. Her home is lost, her father died and she and herv family had to move.Her dream comes true when she gets a job at Wasted Words. Annie is a bright ray of sunshin Living Out Loud by Staci Hart is the 3. book in The Austen Series. The other books are Wasted Words and A Thousand Letters. Every book can easily be read as a standalone."The World is Your Oyster." That´s the motto Annie lives for.Annie Daschle is a 18 year old girl, new in NYC and the only thing she can control at the moment is her list. Her home is lost, her father died and she and herv family had to move.Her dream comes true when she gets a job at Wasted Words. Annie is a bright ray of sunshine.Greg Brandon wasn´t on her list.Greg is a manager at Wasted Words and immediatedly smitten of Annie. She´s too adorable. While he´s set in his job and his life, Annie´s looking for her way in the world. They´re different and still they find to each other.I started reading and was in love. I love the heroine so much. She has to fight so hard for every little morsel of happiness and still she never loses faith and hope.I devoured this book. I read it in one sitting, I had to know what happens to the characters. The writing is brilliant and the story is beautifully thought out, beautifully told and beautifully written. I recommend the book and give 5 stars.
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. That's what I think. Sweet, mitten-wearer Annie. I adore her. Her innocence rings true to her but she indeed lives out loud. Not loud like you think you would. She lives loud in her own way. And seeing Annie's character develop throughout the chapter was amazing to read about. And then there's Greg. Gorgeous Greg. A fierce lover and protector. His only purpose is to make Annie happy. And her happiness comes first while he silently watches over her. This is more than just your average contem Wow. That's what I think. Sweet, mitten-wearer Annie. I adore her. Her innocence rings true to her but she indeed lives out loud. Not loud like you think you would. She lives loud in her own way. And seeing Annie's character develop throughout the chapter was amazing to read about. And then there's Greg. Gorgeous Greg. A fierce lover and protector. His only purpose is to make Annie happy. And her happiness comes first while he silently watches over her. This is more than just your average contemporary romance. This is more than boy meets girl. Staci never fails to impress me with her writing. I highly recommend this book
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  • Kimberlys
    January 1, 1970
    This book is, in one word. Amazing. I loved this book so hard. Annie is such an amazing character, she lifts you up when you are having a crap day. The writing was excellent, I felt like I was right there in the thick of things. I wish we had a book store like that around here, I would never leave. This is told in dual pov.
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  • Lesley Koke DeWig
    January 1, 1970
    Before I delve to deeply into my review I must say. This was the first book I picked up after experiencing a major loss. As I write those words that's not what you will experience with this story. Staci has such an amazing gift. I'm continually blown away with every new story she writes. Greg and Annie are simply amazing. My honest opinion her best book to date.
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