Book Review: Work in Progress by Staci Hart

50621366_10156346562868369_2348508896504578048_o   This is the fourth or fifth book of Hart’s that I’ve read. I absolutely love her writing. This book give a new twist to the author/book blogger relationship. I did have a few reservations while reading beginning with Amelia’s shyness disorder and lack of socialization issues. She has a circle of friends yet none of them assist her with her issues. Putting that aside…I loved the storyline and the premise behind why Tommy and Amelia came together. I also got the feeling that this is book three in the Red Lipstick Coalition series. I wish I would have read the first two, although that did not deter from Amelia and Tommy’s story. I loved the sneak peak into the last book of the series. I can’t wait for it! Hart’s books are always spot on! I read in one sitting…I couldn’t put it down.


Amelia has never been properly kissed. A peck on the cheek. Quick touch of lips. Never open mouth, tongue tied kiss let alone the soul-searing, toe curling , forget-my-name kiss. She hides behind her books and editing service from everyone but her circle of friends. Amelia has only been working for USA Times for a few months, reviewing books. She is asked to attend a book signing by the infamous Thomas Bane, the bad boy of fantasy fiction and known playboy to Hollywood circles. He became famous for dating and appearing with Hollywood starlets and pop artists instead of his writing.

Tommy has been the bad boy for a bit too long. The last few times, he’s gotten into trouble has been for good reasons. He was raised to take care of women not defile them. He has written numerous books, yet almost every one of them has been butchered by one blogger. Each time, she writes a scathing review–his book sales jump. Every book he writes is an attempt to satisfy or appease her–to try to address the issues that she finds with each book.

When he sees her at his book signing, it’s kismet. He asks her to help him with his current writing project. He needs help with his writer’s block and to strengthen his characters. He needs more than an editor…a muse…and something more. He also needs an image overhaul to prove to his publisher that he’s reformed or at least calmed down a bit. Amelia can help him with everything he needs and more.

Can their fake relationship be more real to one of them than the other?

What will happen if the media finds out that the relationship isn’t real?

Or worse what happens if both of them fall in love with each other?

How can they help each other?


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The hall bathroom door opened, consequently stopping the earth’s orbit and flinging me into space for lack of gravity.

Thomas Bane stepped out of the doorway in slow motion, propelled by a cloud of steam that licked at his glistening body like it wanted to taste him. His hair was black, wet, curling and dripping in rivulets down the planes and valleys of his expansive chest and abs and narrow hips. He had that thing, the trough of muscle bracketing his hips that caught sluicing water and carried it in an angle that would eventually reach that unknown terrain beneath his towel. I saw the ghost of that terrain, the long, cylindrical bulge that was substantial enough to clearly state its presence, even through the thick towel.

He smirked, dragging his hand through his wet hair. I salivated, watching droplets of water roll down his forearm and collect on the tip of his erotic elbow.

“You’re up,” he said.

I blinked, not knowing when I’d set my coffee down or how many minutes—hours? years?—had passed in the time I spent ogling his body.

He sauntered into the room like he wasn’t basically naked. I tried unsuccessfully not to stare at his knees, the place where his ropy thigh connected, the angular muscles of his calves, the curve of his ankle, the broad pad of his foot.

He was perfectly proportioned. Michelangelo would have carved him twenty feet tall, and women would have worshipped at his perfect feet.

Gus bounced when he saw Tommy, his toys forgotten. And when Gus took off running, Tommy stopped, eyes widening and hands splayed in front of him.

“Gus, no,” he commanded.

To no one’s surprise, Gus did not listen. He barked once, snagged the hem of Tommy’s towel, and whipped it off him in a single tug that exposed every inch of skin on Thomas Bane’s ridiculous body.

Thank God my coffee was already on the counter. I’d have gotten third-degree burns.

For a split second, Tommy was frozen there in all his natural glory, poised to run after his dog, his face drawn and eyes locked on the sweet, disobedient dog. He wasn’t paying any attention to me.

I, however, gave him my full and undivided consideration.

His thighs were a mass of muscle so hard and defined, the tops were planes that came to a notch at his knee and a point where it met his hip. My eyes caught that trough that had before disappeared and followed it where it pointed—straight to the thatch of dark hair and the member nestled there.

The very thick, very long, mostly limp member.

If I stared at it a second longer, I was going to faint—my vision was already dim, my pulse pumping so hard, I could feel it in my neck, at the back of which a cold sweat had broken.

But he shifted to run after Gus, who was galloping away, trailing the towel behind him.

“Dammit, Gus! Gimme that!”

Then it was the back of him I saw, his hair, the streaming water rolling down all the curves of his shoulders, his back, the valley of his spine, and down to the most perfect ass I’d ever seen in real life.

Well, the only ass I’d ever seen in real life that wasn’t my own, and even that I couldn’t get a good look at without a mirror.

Seriously, that ass. That perfectly sculpted ass, round and tight and curved in the sides, shifting from one side to the other as he ran after the damn dog. My gaze caught a tattoo on one ass cheek, and I squinted at it, trying to make it out.

Tommy bent to snag the end of the towel—I caught sight of his sack and almost dissolved through the floor in an acidic puddle of embarrassment—but when he pulled, Gus spun around, ass in the air and tail wagging as he growled, pulling back.

A string of obscenities left Tommy’s mouth, but I was still gaping and staring at his ass. I realized that I was laughing. It sounded like someone else in a different room.

I wondered absently if this was how it felt to have a stroke.

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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I love to read! I review books for contemporary fiction, young adult, and romance novels. I read the majority of my novels on my Kindle.

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