Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Piece of Work - Staci Hart

Piece of Work
by Staci Hart
Published: May 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.
And maybe my heart.
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5 Stars
Staci Hart is one of those authors that, when she has a new book release, I set aside every other book I'm reading and jump into hers. She always delivers and takes me on journeys I didn't even know I wanted to go on. Piece of Work was no different. Yes, I appreciate art and I have a long distance love for The Met, but I only occasionally reach for interoffice relationship novels. Here I am though, five starring Piece of Work, head over heels in love with cocky boss, Court, and wishing Rin was one of my best friends. I connected with this book, like connected as in I cried from 19% on and it wasn't even a sad, angsty book. I knew exactly what Rin felt like and reading about her journey and self-growth was just so emotionally satisfying for me. The characters were so perfect, the novel is both funny and romantic, and it is filled up with some of the best feminist, self-love inspiration.

"Nothing motivated me more than being told no." 

Told from the alternating perspectives of main characters, Rin and Court, Piece of Work follows the two as Rin takes on an internship role at The Met with Court and his assistant. What seems doomed from the start transforms into a tale of girl power, romance, and owning your future. Rin is like a butterfly, cocooned in the simple world of college and books, but destined for so much more. I really appreciated the thought put into Rin's changes, both in personal style and in her personality. Staci Hart put a lot of emphasis on the ability of a woman to be strong, smart, and beautiful for herself, not for anyone else. A lot of the personal things she went through in the novel I have been through myself, so I easily could put myself in her shoes. I loved Rin's thought process on her clothing and makeup and how she found positive power in the change. Court is as handsome, smart, and cocky as they come. He's sort of like every artistic girl's dream guy, only he's damaged and even the most perfect woman for him will change his mind. Oftentimes in rom-com the male character doesn't develop nearly as much as I'd like him to, his change too swift, not Court from Piece of Work though. He's cliche in many ways, with a meddling father and an awful ex, but his self-development throughout the novel is anything but cliche. His thought process was so fun to read and his embracing of Rin's newfound courage was fantastic. Their interactions were so perfect, even when they were doing things that made me roll my eyes or yell at them. Speaking of interactions, Rin has the best set of friends ever and Court has some epic villain family members. While Rin's friends are lifting her up, Court's family is tearing him down, and yet the two find ways to come together and be something more.

"I wasn't accustomed to-pride. It felt good, strong." 
"I didn't want to hide anymore. I wanted to be seen." 

Of course, it wouldn't be a review of an interoffice relationship novel if we didn't talk about Court's role as Rin's boss. He's the sort of boss that can't be ignored, both due to his looks and his presence. Those two hit it off from the start, though for once it's about their smarts and their shared admiration for historical art. It's forbidden, absolutely, but it makes for one of the best forbidden relationship storylines. There are so many sparks flying between the two and the romance heat is only turned up higher by the beautiful setting of The Met. With renaissance art everywhere, smut in the library, meddling coworkers, and friends that I'm positive are people I know in real life, it's a rom-com you can't ignore.

"So I kissed him instead and hoped."

I easily could go on about this book for longer, it is just that good. Piece of Work is one of those books I will read again and again. I highly recommend this one from Staci Hart, whether you've read every book she's written like I have or if she's a new-to-you author.
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. 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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