Staci Hart is a new to me author and Well Suited sounded like it would be such a fun book. It’s the fourth book in the Red Lipstick Coalition series, but these books can be read as a standalone. Yesterday was the release day and today I am here to tell you what I thought of this book! Thanks to Social Butterfly PR and the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
Well 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.
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Well Suited is a feel good story that left me smiling when I read the last page. This is the fourth and final book in the Red Lipstick Coalition, but is a standalone. There are definitely minor spoilers if you haven’t read the first three, but they aren’t something that won’t make you want to pick up the first three books after reading this.
This was my first Staci Hart book and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Well Suited sucked me in from the start and the way it was written kept me hooked. In this story we follow Katherine, a librarian, who is very organized and follows quite a big set of rules. When she ends up pregnant after a one night stand, her rules go out of the window and she has to start dealing with the pregnancy and relationship with the father of her child.
I loved how much humor was in this book. Some situations could be seen as very relatable (meeting the boyfriend’s family for the first time) and made me laugh. Even if I couldn’t relate, the way it was written had me smiling anyway. Even though Well Suited isn’t a story we haven’t seen before, the characters and events leading up to everything felt original to me.
Katherine had a very free childhood and that isn’t something she handled well. That is a big part of why she follows a strict set of rules and doesn’t feel right if they aren’t followed. I think her emotional journey was my favorite part of Well Suited. A woman who is stuck in a certain routine had her world turned upside down after a one night stand. I loved reading about her quirks and how she really starts thinking about them as the story and her pregnancy develops. For me she was a very heartwarming character and it won’t be one I will forget very fast.
Theo is a family man. He takes care of his mother who has Parkinson’s disease, works for his brother (who is an author) and really just eventually wants to settle down. Meeting Katherine was like a whole world opened up for him. He knew it was her and that was that. Theo is definitely on my list of book boyfriends now. I loved how understanding he was when it came to Katherine’s rules. He was really patient with her and took everything one step at a time. Theo was her rock and that’s something she really needed!
On top of these amazing characters, Theo’s family and Katherine’s friends are so much fun. Definitely a group of people that just belongs together. I loved their appearances in this story. I have to say the family secret Theo has was a bit out of place for me. I understand what the author was doing, but for me it came and went a bit too easily for the attention it received. Not that I need more drama, but it didn’t completely feel like it fit this story.
I can’t forget to mention the romance in this story either. We get some steamy scenes, but also some really sweet ones. Them starting off with rules was really cute and seeing how they started feeling more for each other was very touching. Theo and Katherine are opposites in many ways, but work perfectly together! Well Suited showed us that love comes in many shapes and sizes, but it’s what you think and feel that make it love!
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 really enjoyed this book and even though it was my first one, I could still follow the story really well. I know for sure I’ll be picking up the first three very soon! Have you read this series? What did you think?