Thursday, January 24, 2019

Book Review: Work in Progress by Staci Hart

Work in Progress
by Staci Hart
Release Date: January 24, 2019
Source: Blog Tour
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.

This book was not at all on my radar until early reviews starting coming in RAVING about the romance. When I finally read the synopsis and saw it was about a blogger and a writer getting married and THEN falling in love, I was definitely intrigued and had to read it. 

Amelia has never been kissed and feels crippling anxiety in any social situation she finds herself in. She's trying to push past it, though, and decides to go to Thomas Bane's book signing on assignment from her boss. The next thing she knows, she's agreeing to help Thomas write his newest book and marry him to save his reputation. In return, Amelia will finally land the job of her dreams. Little does she know, Thomas is even more charming than he is in the media and quickly finds herself falling for the caring, gentle man who might be falling for her too. 

When I first started reading this book, I definitely fell head over heels for Thomas's character. From the moment Amelia met him, I loved how honest and caring he was when it came to Amelia. And the fact that he's a writer!? SWOOOOOOOON. It was so fun watching Amelia help Tommy write and Tommy find so much inspiration from his relationship with Amelia. I loved how their relationship developed into something so much more as they started to get to know each other after their marriage of convenience. 

I was absolutely obsessed with this story for about 85% of the way though until the conflict arose. To me, the conflict was pretty obvious from the start and I was just hoping that wasn't going to play out the way I thought it was. It was a trope that I'm not a fan of and Tommy ended up being super hypocritical. Ugh. Once that was over, I do think the ending went on for a little too long and could have wrapped up a bit sooner. Until that point, though, this romance was EVERYTHING and definitely on the track to being a five star read! 

Overall, this was such fun book that I think every book lover will love. Who wouldn't want their own hot fantasy writer who is super caring and amazing?? Seriously, can Thomas Bane be a real person? Because I claim him as mine! I definitely recommend picking up this adorable romance!

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