Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*
5 Star Review
Cam and Tyler are EVERYTHING! This friends-to-lovers story will have you swooning and wishing you could end up with a hot, sweet, former football player as your roommate. You love them from the beginning based on their friendship alone. If all I could have was just a best-friendship with Tyler Knight, you wouldn’t see me complaining.
I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for a main character like Cam. She’s the biggest bookworm, hiding behind her glasses and her matchmaking. She sees two people across the room from each other and sees all kinds of possibilities for a future together. However, when it comes to her own dating life, she doesn’t seem to feel she deserves much. She’s afraid to want something of her own, unsure she deserves it.
Tyler is Cam’s roommate. He’s been strictly friend zoned by her. From the beginning you see that he wants Cam. He’s afraid of rejection and has always thought she doesn’t like him like that so he constantly struggles and holds back. I LOVE seeing a male main character be so vulnerable while still being very much sure of himself. Tyler knows who he is, he’s happy with it, but he’s also afraid to put too much of himself out there, in fear of further bruising his heart.
“It doesn’t make sense that you’d want me.”
“Maybe not in your universe, but it makes perfect sense in mine.”
There was a tiny, brief moment, where I was not Cam’s biggest fan, and a separate small moment when I wanted to knock some sense into Tyler. This actually made me love them more in the long run. They are real, flawed characters, but they are also smart and genuine enough to know when they’ve made a mistake. They own up to their mistakes and work to fix them. That just made them more perfect in my eyes.
I’d do whatever it took to convince her I was serious about her,
that it wasn’t a passing feeling for me.
I LOVED the way they both put everything out there for each other. They took their hearts in their hands and offered them up saying, “Here’s all of me, please take it, please love it,” and how can you not absolutely, completely fall head over heels for that?
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.