With a Twist by Staci Hart | Review

February 15, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 11 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
With a Twist by Staci Hart | ReviewWith a Twist
by Staci Hart
Series: Bad Habits #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: July 16, 2015 by Promise Socks Publishing
Format: eBook
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2.5 Stars
Source: Purchased

Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker -- Lily’s long time crush -- is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.

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I love a good friends-to-lovers story so my expectations for this one were high. Sadly, they weren’t exactly met but it was still a some-what enjoyable read.

Lily and West have been friends for years but they put themselves in the friend zone because West had a girlfriend. By the time West was single, there was an unwritten (and maybe unsaid) rule that they would stay friends. Years later, Lily’s long-time crush is finally single and she feels like she has a chance. West is not happy about the idea of Lily dating someone and soon he comes to realize why.

I was already hers—I’d lost myself to her long before I even knew.

This story was cute and at times, fun. I loved the present feel of friendship, which have their own stories in the following books. Lily’s love for ballet could be felt through the book. She even said herself it never felt like a work even though it was full on exhausting—she’s doing what she loves. She’s a strong-willed character and very determined. I loved each of the characters individually. It did take me time to like Lily and West together. In the end, I did like them but it was a rocky start for me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: (may have spoilers for if the couple ends up together or not…kind of)

  • Lily’s and West’s romance didn’t happen quick (or slowly?) and this is where I had problems. I know I’m contradicting myself from what I said above but I’ll explain. Since this was a friends-to-lovers romance, I was expecting them to hang out a lot as friends and slowly come to realize what they were feeling but this wasn’t the case. Lily was so hung up on Blane for at least 60% of the story. And West did kind of started seeing her in a different light but it wasn’t until the 58% mark that he realized he was falling for her. After that, he just wanted to proclaim his love without taking into consideration that Lily really liked Blane. Then when shit hits the fan, Lily realizes she loves West. This just frustrated me a lot. It was like the romance was kind of pushed down the readers throats.
All this time you were right here […] in front of me. And I missed it.
  • Another thing I didn’t really like was the writing. It was rather sloppy and to be honest, I’m not one to really notice those things unless it’s such a powerful book where the author writes beautiful prose. So for me to notice the writing, says a lot.

Overall, the rest of the story was quick and enjoyable, like some of the banter between all the friends, their drunk conversations and how loyal they really are to each other. I enjoyed those added aspects to the story more than I did the romance.

About Staci Hart

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, even 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. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

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 sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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11 responses to “With a Twist by Staci Hart | Review

  1. I read this one and really really disliked it for the reasons you stated as well. I didn’t believe in their romance and it had the potential to be an awesome one, but they took forever to realize their love for each other. And yes the writing definitely felt very sloppy to me as well. I was also very frustrated by all the slut-shaming. It was gross.
    I’m sorry this wasn’t the best book for you, Gen! 🙁
    Great review!

    • Ugh yes! The writing was sloppy!!! Like I said, I don’t normally notice that but wow.
      The second and third book are much better though. I enjoyed the second book more 🙂

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