Jan 20

Living Out Loud by Staci Hart Review

5 Smooches


When Annie Daschel 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.
Stand in the middle of Times Square: Check.
Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.

Two things not on her list: Greg Brandon and Will Bailey. And just like that, 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.

*Standalone contemporary romance Inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.*


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.