Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: Well Suited - Staci Hart

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well-suited-illustrated-sm (1).jpgWell Suited, the final standalone in the Red Lipstick Coalition Series from Staci Hart, is available now!
Chemistry is my love language.
I’ve always been able to separate feelings from chemosignals. A shot of dopamine, a dash of serotonin, and a sprinkle of oxytocin—and bam. You’re in love.
And when egg meets sperm, you’re pregnant.
I couldn’t even be surprised as I stared down at the little blue plus sign, because I knew exactly when and how, and with whom it happened.
When: approximately five weeks ago.
Who: one night stand.
How: prophylactic malfunction.
The upside? I don’t have to go looking for a suitable mate.
Genetically, he’s the cream of the crop. His musculature is a study in symmetry and strength, his height imposing and dominant. He is a man who thrives on control and command, a man who survives on intelligence and resourcefulness. A perfect male specimen.
And the whole package is wrapped up in a flawlessly tailored suit.
I’m having this baby, and he insists we’re well-suited to have it together. And what’s worse? He wants more, in the way of love and marriage.
But love isn’t real. It’s just a product of chemistry.
And if he changes my mind about that, we’re both in trouble.
5 Stars
Katherine is the sensible friend, the last one to even think about applying her RLC red lipstick and being bold, but when life stops going as planned the lipstick, and a bit of bravery, might be the only way to get back on track. Theo shook up her senses on night, but that was all he was meant to be, one night. One night has turned into 9 months though and pragmatic Theo, in his well tailored suits and endless patience, has an offer for her. Theo sees Kate, the girl behind the lists, the books, and the rock solid plan, he sees the lover and knows its up to him to bring it out in her, to give her the best partnership he can. He knows he can be a father to this baby and the best man for Katherine "not Kate," especially when that tempting red lipstick is on. They've got chemistry and they've got emotions, but they're views may not be well-suited.

"I should have realized right then that I was doomed, damned. But the novelty of her, the unexpected intrigue, the sheer sight and smell of her were too alluring to resist."

Katherine, who from here on out we shall call Kate, has had the best quips through out the Red Lipstick Coalition series novels, but despite knowing she's an all facts kind of girl I still wasn't prepared for her. She's the kind of no-nonsense girl with a wall 10 foot wall between her and anyone else, so thank heavens Theo is a tall man willing to scale it. She likes her books, she likes the explanation science can give her for everything, and she likes Theo despite her best intentions not to. Theo is quite a bit more charming than his brother, Tommy, who you might remember from Work in Progress, but he's also ten times more serious. He's always in a suit, he manages money well, and somehow he even manages to show Kate he's the guy to trust with the direction they'll take this partnership they're forming for their upcoming child. He's also the man who cooks, who offers the sun and moon, and who believes in love in the innocent way a child does. They may not be well-suited on paper, but my word I love when these two clash together. 

"Emotions were exhausting, and I had no practical use for them. But Theo inspired extreme emotions in me."

I am the most anti-baby romance reader ever, so it says a lot that I fell head over in heels in love with Theo and Kate. I had my fears, I've read plenty of bla-cliche versions of oops-baby drama, but this was nothing like that. There wasn't an oops feeling, there was excitement and sensibility, there was realistic tension and worries and fears. The romance, sure it was wanted and the fire burning between these two is always flickering, but there was a very realistic approach to an upcoming baby from Theo and Kate and I so appreciated Staci Hart giving us that story first. I love love loved their co-parenting approach and I appreciated Theo's sneaky way of using that to get just a little bit closer to the serious Kate. Plus, I had no idea how much humor could be put into a story about babies and practical partnership. Theo and Kate give us those swoony moments too and soon I was loudly (actually out-loud) begging Kate to give into the emotions she doesn't understand. 

"'We do so solemnly swear,' she recited, 'to use this shiny little tube of power to inspire braveness, boldness, and courage. We promise to jump when it's scary, to stand tall when we want to hide, to scream our truth instead of whisper our fears. may we be mistresses of our destinies, and to hell with anyone who tries to tell us otherwise.'"


Well Suited is the final novel in the Red Lipstick Coalition series and it has been such a pleasure spending time with these four best friends. Commonsense Kate, bookworm Amelia, awkward Val, and shy Rin have been each others protection for so long, but a pact to wear a shade of bold red lipstick has brought to them each newfound confidence, bravery, and the men they never thought they'd find. I have loved this series, I have felt like one of the girls at various points in my life, and in these books I have found a comfortable home. Putting my lipstick on alongside Kate as she faced her fears of emotions and relationships was such a joy and while I'm sad to see this series go, I am ever so thankful Staci Hart gave it to us in the first place. 
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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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