Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pinned Up

Pinned Up 
3 of 5 stars false1/2 
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?


****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****
Nina is a victim’s advocate who moonlights as a pin-up model, after doing one of her shoots she meets Josh. Josh is a gorgeous playboy who hasn't had any interest in monogamy, until Nina. The two of them start a relationship, but both of them have secrets and not all of them are their own to tell. With jealousy and trust issues getting in the way this couple has to figure out if they can put it all on the line and make things work. Will they stay together or will things beyond their control tear them apart?  This was a good book, what made it such a fun read was the personalities of the characters and the way they interacted with each other. Nina was great; she was smart, witty and embraced her sexuality. She has a sad past and because of things that happened to her she has trust issues. Josh is a hot, funny and at times very sweet guy; he has issues with relationships because of his mother. Kade, Nina’s best friend/brother from another mother was my favorite character. He was sarcastic, made inappropriate comments, eavesdropped on peoples conversations, had no boundaries and owned his personality with the flaws  hanging out there, no apologies just this is who I am. Emme who is also Nina’s friend, I won't say much about her other than the fact that I think she is a scandalous trifling hoe bag and I wanted to punch her in the face at the end of the book. This book started out really good, with interesting characters and an entertaining dialogue, but about sixty-five to seventy percent of the way through it started to get slow and a bit repetitive. Once it gets to about eighty percent it picks right back up and throws you through a loop. Pinned Up was a good book, there is a ton of humor and a few surprises to shake things up.

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