Living Out Loud (The Austen Series #3) by Staci Hart
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Cover Photo: Perrywinkle Photography
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nqxl9d
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.*
“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, your 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.
About the Author:
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. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.