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The Accidental Pinup

by Danielle Jackson

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"Rival photographers are forced to collaborate on a body-positive lingerie campaign, but they might have to readjust their focus when sparks fly. Photographer Cassie Harris loves her job-her company, Buxom Boudoir, makes people look beautiful and feel empowered with her modern twist on classic pinup photography. Cassie's best friend, Dana, is about to launch her own lingerie line and wants Cassie to shoot and direct the career-changing national campaign. But company politics and Dana's complicated pregnancy interfere, and Cassie finds herself-a proud plus-size Black woman-not behind the camera but in front of it. Though she's never modeled herself, Cassie's pretty sure she can handle the sheer underwear and caution-tape bralettes. She's not sure she can work so intimately with the chosen photographer, her longtime competitor in the Chicago photography scene, Reid Montgomery. But there's more to Reid's easygoing demeanor and flashy photo style. Their chemistry is undeniable on set, and feelings can develop faster than film..."--… (more)
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*I RECEIVED AN ADVANCE REVIEW COPY FOR FREE, AND I AM LEAVING THIS REVIEW VOLUNTARILY*

HELLO FELLOW READER,

THIS WAS A FUN BOOK. CASSIE, OUR MAIN CHARACTER IS SO HEADSTRONG AND AMAZING. SHE ALSO HAD SUCH GROWTH THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. WHILE SHE WAS A CONFIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER, EVENTUALLY SHE REALIZES THAT SHE IS ALSO A HOT, FREAKING FIRE MODEL. REID WAS AN OKAY GUY, HE HAS A BROTHER WHO NEEDS HELP SO HE HAS NO PROBLEM SWOOPING IN AND TAKING PHOTOGRAPHY JOBS FOR THE EXTRA MONEY. I AM HAPPY THOUGH THAT HE IMMEDIATELY SAW HOW BADASS AND GORGEOUS CASSIE IS.

THE SIDE CHARACTERS IN THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP WERE ACTUALLY INTERESTING. I THINK IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I'VE READ A BOOK WHERE THE SIDE CHARACTERS WERE JUST THERE TO PROGRESS THE PLOT BUT JACKSON MADE SURE THEY HAD DEPTH. I ABSOLUTELY ADORED SAM AND KIT. ALSO, FINALLY, A BOOK WHERE THE THIRD-ACT CONFLICT ACTUALLY MADE SENSE AND WASN'T JUST MINDLESS DRAMA TO SPLIT UP THE TWO LEADS. JACKSON ALSO DID A GOOD JOB PROMOTING BODY POSITIVITY, AS CASSIE IS PLUS SIZE BUT WASN'T HER WHOLE PERSONALITY.

OVERALL, AN ENJOYABLE ROMANCE. ( )
  latteslipsticklit | Nov 16, 2023 |
2.5 rounded down
Loved the premise but the actual plot fell flat for me and the male MC, was iffy in my opinion... ( )
  Ellennewa | Jun 1, 2023 |
Wasn't sure I'd like this book but the premise was intriguing and I ended up in love with the entire cast. I love when there isn't an obvious villain, just people doing the best that they can. And I could feel for all the roadblocks Cassie has to go through to make her career happen. I liked that the characters weren't afraid to say how they felt and worked to understand each other. Highly recommend. ( )
  mktoronto | Jan 25, 2023 |
Cassie loves being behind the camera. Her best friend, Dana is on the verge of launching a body-postitive lingerie line. Cassie is not only ready to be the photographer on set but the director of the entire campaign. Enter rival photographer, Reid Montgomery. Cassie has lost more than one photo shoot to Reid and with Dana not able to model the lingerie, Cassie has been asked to fill in for her. Will Cassie and Reid be able to work together? And will anything develop between them?

I enjoyed the storyline. I thought well written and original. A surprising debut novel. Cassie is a strong female lead, exudes confidence and sass. And in a diverse cast of characters and set of friends, you got yourself a nice contemporary novel. My biggest issue was the love interest and romance of the book. Reid's character was a bit flat and boring, which carried over into a lackluster relationship with Cassie. Overall it was fun and entertaining.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read and review honestly an advanced digital copy. ( )
1 vote tb0607 | Jul 19, 2022 |
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"Rival photographers are forced to collaborate on a body-positive lingerie campaign, but they might have to readjust their focus when sparks fly. Photographer Cassie Harris loves her job-her company, Buxom Boudoir, makes people look beautiful and feel empowered with her modern twist on classic pinup photography. Cassie's best friend, Dana, is about to launch her own lingerie line and wants Cassie to shoot and direct the career-changing national campaign. But company politics and Dana's complicated pregnancy interfere, and Cassie finds herself-a proud plus-size Black woman-not behind the camera but in front of it. Though she's never modeled herself, Cassie's pretty sure she can handle the sheer underwear and caution-tape bralettes. She's not sure she can work so intimately with the chosen photographer, her longtime competitor in the Chicago photography scene, Reid Montgomery. But there's more to Reid's easygoing demeanor and flashy photo style. Their chemistry is undeniable on set, and feelings can develop faster than film..."--

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