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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 dangerously dreamy 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 long-time competitor in the Chicago photography scene, Reid Montgomery. Their chemistry is undeniable on set, however, and feelings can develop faster than film...… (more)
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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. ( )
  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 dangerously dreamy 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 long-time competitor in the Chicago photography scene, Reid Montgomery. Their chemistry is undeniable on set, however, and feelings can develop faster than film...

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