Happy Pub Day to Well Suited by Staci Hart! This is the fourth, and final installment in her Red Lipstick Coalition series.
Rating: 🍆🍆🍆💧 (3.25/5)
Song to listen to while reading:
Katherine is rigid. Like block of steel rigid. She only believes in facts and science and emotions can just go ahead and piss off because they are just chemical reactions of the brain.
Theo is a slightly more flexible, much taller, version of Katherine. He believes in order and logic and taking things in stride while also being devastatingly gorgeous and 6’7″ (which is almost like, too tall? Just me?)
They both really like how the other smells and they have a one-night stand and Katherine gets pregnant (“prophylactic malfunction” as she put it, lol). The two want to have the baby and work out how to be a team of parents that aren’t romantically involved. Well, this is a romance so that lasts all of two chapters before BOOM, it’s bang city. But they are keeping emotions out of it. While totally falling in love.
The drama is centered around Katherine’s disbelief in the concept of love, not trusting it and chalking it up to an unsustainable chemical reaction, while all Theo asks of her is to one day use the word. Because she soooooo lurrrrrvs him but just doesn’t know that what she is feeling is love.
This book was cute, it really was. Theo is a big stinking dream-boat and is really just so sweet and patient with everything going on around him. I loved how he instantly felt connected to Katherine and didn’t try to fight his feelings or convince himself otherwise. One of my favorite character traits in a romance is when there isn’t this resistance to feelings but just the kind of “okay, I feel this way, now what do I do?” instead of the “Nooooooo I don’t feel this way arrgghhhhh.” He’s also instantly supportive of the baby and doing whatever it takes to be a great dad. I’m a huge fan of men excited to be fathers. It’s awesome and we need more of it.
As someone who hasn’t read the whole series, I can also appreciate the glimpses we get into the MCs of previous stories. I love positive representations of female friendships.
Overall, I thought it was a fun concept and a really unique look into modern types of relationships and parenting options.
So… this is where the “honest review thing” gets tricky. This was an ARC (thank you, btw😬), but it felt really unedited. Like maybe I was the first person to read it besides the author unedited. And this really surprised me because I follow Staci Hart on IG and I saw her posting about writing and editing and getting edits back from a copyeditor. Maybe the ARC version isn’t the final version? Hopefully?
With that being said, I know editing is all part of the process and I’m so here for different drafts, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting and I found it pretty distracting from the story as a whole.
The dialogue was pretty stiff and formal, which was definitely a character choice for the rigidity of Katherine, but it felt stiff to the point of almost unbelievable. I guess it just didn’t have that snappy dialogue and laugh out loud moments that make me turn to rom-coms time and time again.
I’m still going to read the other books of the series (they are free on Kindle Unlimited!) and see how the writing compares and really try to give this series a fair shot. Because I want to love it. If nothing more than because the covers are FREAKING ADORABLE.
I’m just going to… leave this… here