Sunday, January 28, 2018

REVIEW - Living Out Loud - Staci Hart

TITLE - Living Out Loud 
AUTHOR - Staci Hart

Released Feb 1st


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 her 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.

Johnaka's Review:

“Living life to the fullest, 5 stars”

Staci has a way of punching you right in the feels. You know when you one-click one of her books you’ll feel everything, and Living Out Loud does just that. She takes these characters and gives them real life problems that are not hard to imagine and makes you struggle right along with them. When they are happy, you're happy, when they are hurting you hurt. Its amazing what she can do with words.

Annie hasn’t had an easy life. She’s been sheltered due to her challenges and now she has the opportunity to do some of the things she has always wanted. Only when she set out to start checking things off her list she didn’t plan on Greg. Annie has this sweet, naivety like a child, that makes you want to strangle her yet wrap her up and love her. She’s genuine and real. Going from a small town to the big city of New York is definitely a change, one she willingly grabs by the horns no matter how much it hurts looking at her past.

Greg is the protective type. He’s all about his family, hates games, and loves what he does. He’s looking to settle down but hasn’t found the right woman yet, that is until Annie smacks straight into him. Only problem is she’s younger than he planned on. He doesn’t want to tie down the girl who is just starting out and has stars in her eyes. But sometimes love doesn’t give you a choice.

I loved everyone in this story, from the main characters to the secondary ones. If you’ve read Hart you possibly know some of the secondary and if you haven’t that’s okay. She gives us a mix of old and new and its glorious. I cannot wait to see what Hart does with the rest of the series.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

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