Monday, December 5, 2022

Book Review: The Accidental Pinup by Danielle Jackson

Title: The Accidental Pinup
Author: Danielle Jackson
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: July 19, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Publishing

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…


*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.



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