Thursday, February 1, 2018


Title: Living Out Loud

Author: Staci Hart
Release Date: February 1, 2018

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.
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.*
Annie and Greg's story gave me all the warm-fuzzies. This is a book filled with complex emotions, spine-tingling attraction, and gorgeous prose. No one can give your heart the pins and needles feeling like Staci Hart can, she drowns her reader in every conceivable emotion, while her characters vividly jump off the page and become as close to tangible as a fictional being can be.

Every bit of this book is perfection. The growing up, the first taste of passion, the agony of loss, the emptiness of giving up. Living Out Loud offers readers the ultimate escape. This book has earned a spot on my to-keep-forever shelf. It's a one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking journey that left me full-hearted, but aching for more in the end. 

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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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