Review | Piece of Work by Staci Hart

Title | Piece of Work
Author | Staci Hart
Series | Red Lipstick Coalition, #1
Pages | 296
Publisher | Quirky Bird
Genre | Contemporary Romance
Release Date | May 17, 2018

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, too. 

When I first stumbled upon Staci Hart’s work, I wasn’t one-hundred percent sure that they were for me. Reluctantly I read my first book by her and before I knew it, I was pretty much hooked. The simplicity yet depth behind these books always through me – Piece of Work was not an exception.

Following the lives of Rin and Court (whose quirky, unusual names definitely scored brownie points) as their paths collide and they fall into this heated romance had me absorbed. I will tell you right now, Rin is one of my favourite characters. She is a young Asian woman with her whole future ahead of her. [Side note: loving Asian representation in fiction.] Inevitably she finds her confidence and her empowerment is just too much to handle. Court on the other hand is definitely an arsehole, but you can’t help but feel for him. I love a character who is able to unravel and come out of their shell, or break away from their cold exteriors.

If you want to wear no makeup and shave your head, do it. If you want to clean house and take care of your kids all day, do it. If you want to work full-time and put your kids in daycare, goddammit, do the damn thing. Because that is feminism—the right to live your life however the hell you want regardless of whether or not you have a vagina.

Though the book is around thirty-two chapters long, it took me two hours to complete. I would argue it was more of a novella, or even a short story. The length of the book is very relevant however, as it isn’t dragged out. The story is short and sweet – just the perfect helping of romantic office drama. Pacing in the story is good too; at no point did I find myself bored. Staci Hart’s lighthearted romances tend to be books I enjoy more in the summer, when I’m too hot and flustered for something long and exhausting.

The overall plot of the story is pretty simple – it is a romance story after all. Boy gets girl, or boy and girl are never to be. Those are pretty much your two common endings. It was a breath of fresh air however, to see a book focused around romance within the art world. Reading YA novels, I’ve grown accustomed to stories about teenagers who find love in schools.

I’m keeping this review short and sweet, just like the book. The characters were adorable, the length and pace is suitable for a light read and the plot is adorable. However, this book is definitely not for the prudish. If you don’t really vibe from sexual scenes, or graphic sexual content then I’d advise you not to read the story. Overall, I give this story 4 out of 5: not perfect, but pretty damn near for a cute romance read.

Alternatively, here are a few fresh perspectives on the book:

Holly @ Page to Page Reviews says “I really loved this story. Rin is such an amazing character and I found myself really feeling everything with her as the story developed.”

Tweety @ Purplebass says “I will surely read another book by Staci Hart after this one because I think I’ll also enjoy her other titles.”

The Escapist Book Blog says “From silly to serious and everything in between, Piece of Work has just the right mix of humor, heart, and heat, and I loved it!”

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