Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy. 

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

ellie's $0.02:

I'm pretty sure Staci Hart shits talent.  Especially after a tequila night in.... wait... what?  That was text messages.  PERSONAL.

Staci Hart sleeps, eats, and breathes talent. 

This book is no exception.  Each time a new Staci book is released, I devour it and declare loudly and proudly that it's my favorite book of hers to date.  Hmmm.  Guess I have to do it again.  But let me disclose.  Each book has a very original, unique and individual style.  You definitely don't get stuck in a style rut with this author from book to book.

So Bad Penny is the king book of dick jokes.  Obvi I LOVED.  Sex, sex, sex, jokes, jokes, jokes, everywhere all the time (okay, not every single word of the book, but you know what I mean).  Staci writes some fucking damn realistic characters.  

Penny's hitch in her giddyup was legit REALISTIC.  I'm spoiling it here.  Right here and now (dude, it's only a couple chapters into the book anyway and in the fucking blurb).  Why doesn't she fall in love?  Because she goes completely psycho.  Hmmm.  Any chick that denies she hasn't gone psycho while being in love is LYING.  So numero uno reason I love Penny is that she is FUCKING LEGIT and she owns it.  BOOM.  Love this.

Of course that, combined with an ice cream blow job and dick jokes galore, I was sold in like half a chapter.


Numbers were simple. They didn’t play games or lie — it was fact. You can’t argue with math. It’s unfeeling and logical and right.