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I absolutely love a book that has a perfect mixture of everything! Pinned Up was funny, sad, edgy, witty, stressful, happy, sexy, exciting, etc....I really had a great time reading it! - Julienne fromThe Bookaholix Club
C. Michelle weaves in witty lines and heart stopping moments with her more than sizzling romance to bring in a novel that is completely full of entertainment. And while this book was fun and flirty, it was not without darkness, betrayal, twists, and shocking revelations. - Jessirae from Words, Pages, and Books
So, we have a great setting, a diverse and interesting cast of characters, a bit of romance paired with a side of angst, and then come some surprising twists and turns that really bring this plot to life, providing intrigue and intensity. Overall, this is a quirky, romantic, exciting, and enjoyable read. - Gillian from Tattooed Book Review
I will say that if you liked Beautiful Bastard, Bared to You, Pieces of Lies, Tangled and Dark Light you'll like Pinned up! Why? Because Nina reminds me of the females in each of those books. Strong, smart, independent, beautiful and feisty! I love that about a female character And oh my God that mouth of hers, I LOVE IT! She speaks her mind and has no filter! - Akilah from the SMI Book Club
This book was funny, a lot of dark and witty humor (right up my alley), characters I absolutely loved, and a twist I wasn't expecting. I needed this book in my life. A MUST READ get on it when this book comes out. - Anjuli from Chi Chi's Corner - Books & Stuff
About the Author
C. Michelle was a high school drop-out who returned to school and eventually 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 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. She resides in northern California with her husband and three children.
Sorry, I can't finish this. The dialogue is snarky and the main character seems fun but I really cannot connect with the characters. Dialogue carries most scenes. "Cheesecake" swears she doesn't want a boyfriend or a serious relationship, then dives head first into one. The boyfriend is your typical, "I was a lady's man until I met you" scenario, but we don't see how the two connect on a deeper level. I was going to hang in there, give the story a chance, but the scene with the attempted rape in the parking lot was the icing on this cheesecake. The chick's entire reason for having trust issues and problems with real relationships is because she was raped as a teen and it has haunted her, even years later. Now she meets this guy who is a good lay and suddenly, it's all better? A man tries to rape her as an adult and instead of falling down that dark hole again in her mind, she is going down on her boyfriend ten minutes later? I'm not buying it. Mental scars like the ones she supposedly carried don't just go away overnight because a guy gives it to you good. It does not work that way. Please stop trying to make it seem like people with a mental illness or those trying to recover from a traumatic event just need the love of a good man to make it all better. This could almost get away as a silly fluff story if not for that slap in the face to real victims of a mentally debilitating trauma. That and the lack of real feeling and emotion between the two main characters, besides lust.
My View: You have Nina a beautiful part time pin up model, who is out going, loyal, and protective of her family and those she considers family. Them you have Josh who is a hot, rugged, " tree hugger " as Nina called him.. They seem to be drawn towards each other, Nina is afraid to trust any one because something horrible happens in high school. Josh doesn't want certain things because he resents his mother for taking certain things from him like his chance at pro baseball..... I love that they are so much fun and dirty all of the people can be! I really love the stalker tendencies both Josh and Nina have. There are things at play that neither one of them think is possible and one can only hope never happens... Things that neither of them new about their family that could blind side them and make them rethink their way of living and the things they want for them self's in the future.
I am super excited to see that there will be a book 2!!!!!!
Nina is a pin up model (for fun) and a victim's advocate (for a job). She meets Josh while on a photo shoot.
For various reasons Nina doesn't date, but Josh convinces her to go on non-dates with him, which of course are really dates. That was annoying.
Nina's got some serious issues in her past and, coincidentally, both she and Josh have issues with their non-existent fathers which come back to shoot them in the last 25% of the book and that's where this thing goes downhill fast.
There was too much going on in this story to make a lot of sense. The whole Josh/Nicole the slut story was ridiculous as was Nina's reaction. The climax involving two drug kinpins getting taken down (and both being their fathers) was weird. And, the action during the hostage/shootout was confusing -- everyone's using an alias and the description of who's speaking to whom and where and why just lost me. And the thing with Emme was creepy and there was no foreshadowing. While this was a twist it wasn't handled well.
This was a weird, overly dramatic, thriller of a romance that wasn't romantic. I did not like the phrasing of "she's my lady" -- completely cheesy. The dialogue was filled with cursing but the narrative was so stiff and formal that it was awkward.
Typos abound -- is the guy's name Dillon or Dillion??
Where do I start? After reading what I hoped would've been a good book, I was surprised the author turned this into a trilogy. It was a real SMH moment to learn that. It's unnecessary as the first book was a disaster.
There was no substance to this book. The characters sounded foolish and very young, somewhat of teenage status. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE speaks in that foul language. Overkill. At least not all of the time and if they do....another SMH moment.
I rolled my eyes more than I could count. I cringed obsessively over the drama, immature reaction by "Cheesecake"...Cheesecake? WTH is that? I think the author tried to be cute but sometimes trying makes things worse. Truth is, the characters were annoying and obnoxious.
This is not a book that I would recommend to anyone. Needless to say that I've not read any subsequent books from this author.
The only good thing about this book is the cover. Beautiful art. Kudos to the artist.
I needed a chalkboard to outline how each character was related to each other. I think there were too many story lines going on. I kept reading because of the dialogue. There is great back and forth banter and dialogue timing. I would have given this book a higher rating, but I felt like the author didn't believe in herself to pick a main storyline, build it up, and then add subplot where needed. I will buy this author's next book because of the wit and timing of dialogue in this is great and I am hopeful that she learns that a strong story may only need a few subplots.