Title: With A Twist
Series: Bad Habits #1
Author: Staci Hart
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
Man, I liked this SO much. Seriously, it was so cute and funny and great. I really, really enjoyed it.
Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.
Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.
West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.
That is, until they do. And that realisation changes everything.
This is the first time I’m reading a book by Staci Hart, so I really didn’t know what I was getting into, besides reading the blurb, which sounded like something I would enjoy. So, here I am, writing my review 🙂 It was a really, really nice book. I actually read it pretty fast, because the book just got my attention from the second I opened it. I’ll admit, the plot itself is not anything new, but I thought it was really well done, the pace and the narration was super enjoyable.
So, we first meet Lily, who’s finally gotten the attention of her all-time crush. Let’s call him the worthless asshole. She’s liked him since she first met him, back in high school. Now, they’ve been partnered to dance together at the New York City Ballet and not only that, but it seems like he’s finally seeing her. Only, he may not be all she thought he would be. What I liked about Lily is that yes, she has the elegance of a ballerina, but she also has the mouth of a trucker. The things she said made me laugh or snickered, because seriously, I could totally relate. She also made me roll my eyes a couple of times, all because she was so blind when it came to the worthless asshole, but hey, that’s like my natural state.
Then, we have West and Lily’s other friends. They’re all super involved in what goes on Lily’s life, but only because they care. West, the most. He’s this super sweet guy, who genuinely cares for Lily’s well being and he’s there for her and you can see the big heart and how reliable he is. I just enjoyed reading and getting inside his head. I loved how loyal he was and how true he was to himself. It felt like he was just so aware of what he wants. He was just irresistible, if you ask me.
The rest of the group, well. I’m sure I’ll be reading their stories separately because they sure as hell got my attention. The history behind each of them made them all way too interesting and I just can’t wait to read it. Each had such a great role in the Lily and West’s story! I loved them all.
Like I mentioned before, the writing was great. I did think though, that the realisation may have happened a bit fast, like… I thought it could’ve happened slower and not so sudden, you know? I mean, sure, I knew it was coming and everything, but when it happened, it fell a bit rushed.
It didn’t make me like it any less though 🙂
Seriously, if you’re looking for something nice and cute and just something to distract you and get a couple of laughs out of you, you might want to check this one out. It has great characters and a good story line. It definitely left me wanting to read the rest of the books of this series.