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?
Pinned Up was an exciting and fun story about Nina, victim's advocate by day and a pinup model by night, and Josh, the owner of his own construction company. They meet at a photo shoot, where Josh's friend Damien was the photographer and there's instant chemistry. Nina is too busy to consider a personal relationship with Josh and so when he finally asks her on a date, she only allows him to take her on a non-date. A non-date that ends very hot and heavy and picks up day after day.
They quickly become close but both of them have a troubled past that they are reluctant to share. Nina eventually opens up but Josh is still keeping his secrets close to the chest. When Nina finds Josh in a compromising position, she does what she does best, cuts Josh off.
Josh though, is unwilling to let her go and continues to pursue her but when both of their pasts come back into their lives, everything they have is threatened.
There were a ton of surprises in this story and no one is truly who they say they are. And there were some definite hot scenes. I absolutely loved Kade, Nina's best friend and adopted brother. He was such an amazing BFF, always at her side, pushing her when she needed and supporting her when he couldn't do anything else. And the dynamic between Kade and Nina's other friend Emme was pure comedy.
Josh was also a special kind of guy. With his magical ability to twist anything Nina said to his dirty way.
C. Michelle 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 also 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 and resides in northern California with her husband and three children.