Monday, July 8, 2013

Pinned Up Review + Giveaway

Pinned Up
Author: C. Michelle
Age Group:  New Adult
Event organized by: Good Choice Reading 
 The pumps are red satin with a peep toe, a shiny black contrast heel, and a ruffle detail at the vamp. The cat eyeliner with exaggerated lashes and the red lipstick on my porcelain face make the forties inspired look reach perfection.

I enjoy being a pin-up model… 

C. Michelle’s vibrant debut novel, Pinned Up is full of snappy dialogue, edgy humor, and a lot of heart. This fun look into the world of a modern-day pin-up model is one wild ride! 

Twenty-five-year-old Nina Moretti lives a double life of sorts. She’s a victim advocate during the day and as a side gig, lives out her 1940s fetish as a pin-up model in San Francisco, California. While she may not “do” serious relationships, she has fulfillment in her work and hanging out with her best friend, Kade—the greatest sidekick any woman could possibly want. All is well in Nina’s hectic, but satisfying life…

That is, until she meets Josh, a stunningly handsome man who has a notorious reputation as a ladies’ man. For his part, Josh is reluctant to commit to any woman, largely due to his loving, yet overbearing mother. Nina, however, sparks his interest in a way that no other woman has before. 

As they navigate the pitfalls of romantic entanglement, both come to realize their pasts are intertwined in ways they could never imagine. Perhaps, they have more in common than just their fear of relationships. What are two people afraid of commitment supposed to do?

I rated Pinned Up 3.5 leaves! This story was different than anything I’ve ever read before. So refreshing! At first, I was confused as to how the whole pin-up girl side job plays into the book, as it was only mentioned in the beginning and a tiny bit in the middle. But, just you wait… I mean that ending came out of nowhere! It all happened so fast, leaving me like wtf just happened?! It was intense. Wait, I’m jumping the gun a little. Let’s start at the beginning. Nina has her s*** together. I loved it. She was no nonsense, witty, sarcastic, guarded, commitment-phobic, and yet you know she has it in her to be soft, she’s just hiding it for some reason. Cue Josh. Our standard notorious playboy who is also into saving the environment and is definitely a mama’s boy. Watch out though because he definitely has some tricks up his sleeves. Somehow he manages to squeeze himself into her life, and quite quickly I might add. Like come on, car sex on the first “non-date”? Which brings me to my next point, the hot factor in the steamy scenes? Through the roof! Best part? There’s a whole bunch of those scenes *fans myself*. I’ll admit, some of the terminology during those scenes had me cringing, but it’s easy to overlook. They are so perfect together! They’re so sweet and they understand each other like no one else can. Their banter is hilarious. Of course, there are plenty of secrets revealed along the way, and I mean PLENTY. Only thing there’s more of is the drama. Nina and Josh aren’t all hearts and flowers the whole book, unfortunately. they have quite a huge argument, which took an obscene amount of time to get over. However, it is totally understandable because they are two people new at love and letting people in. Both have dark pasts and no relationship history. I loved the supporting characters! Especially Kade. Who doesn’t love a raunchy, bisexual best friend? The only issues I had with this book were some of the dialogue bits. Sometimes they say stuff that no person would ever say. Also, I’ll mention the ending again because it definitely threw me for a loop. The whole mafia aspect to the book kind of came out of nowhere, but overall this book is a fast read. I won’t say it was light because it definitely had one particularly gruesome scene. It is definitely a memorable book to say the least. Go pick it up for a change of pace!

C. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree while working as a probation officer and counselor. She has also served her community as a Victim Awareness Program instructor and an Aggression Replacement Training (ART) facilitator. Her love of all things funny and romantic led to the writing of her debut novel, Pinned Up.  

C. Michelle is currently writing her second novel and resides in northern California with her husband and three children.


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