Sunday, April 7, 2013

BLOG TOUR: My POV of PICTURE PERFECT by Alessandra Thomas

PICTURE PERFECT Synopsis:
Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two. When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes. When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.
Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again. But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.
Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.
Rating:

My POV

I loved, loved, looooved the idea behind this book! The “I am a Real Woman hear me roar” is always a great subject to read when in fact I am one of these types of women.
I fell in love with the characters instantly, finding Cat’s vulnerability relatable and Nate’s shy nature adorable. I thought it was refreshing to see a ‘HOT’ male character take the lead and be just as desirable as all the sarcastic, Hotties that have taken over the #1 top selling spots. Don’t get me wrong. I love all those guys but Nate’s shyish disposition was nice for a little change. His nervousness and stammering is humbling and cute a hell!
Catherine ”Cat” has self-perception issues. I could sympathize with how she was feeling but was still a bit annoyed at her constant negative view of herself now that she has gained 60 pounds after her accident. I could tell by all the characters around her that she was still beautify and now that she wasn’t a stick figure as her former model self she looked perfect in her size 12-14.
Nathaniel “Nate” just transferred from USC leaving a mysterious passed behind. He has a body builder’s physique and a teddy bear personality. I couldn’t help but fall in love with him right away.
These two have great chemistry and you can see they belong together instantly. It was a great surprise to see that these two actually had a past in which they didn’t remember until talking about them self’s as children. That was a nice touch. This love story is not all peachy but it’s definitely fated. They both have issue to work through but they can’t deny the heart and soul connection.
The only issue I had with this book is that I would get caught up in a sentence for too long because I didn’t understand what the author was trying to say. It caught me off guard a couple of time and slowed down the flow. Then again I was reading an ARC. I’m sure those things have be changed. Other than that I thought the story itself was fantastic. In fact I wish it was a little longer. These two characters deserve more time together on paper and in my head.
Quote
"His voice was perfectly steady and so sexy-husky when he said, "Please tell me you're going to let me kiss you."
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"This is what a woman looks like. This is what made the masters so hungry to paint.They all knew better than the dumbass fashion magazines, Cat. Trust me. It's amazing how so many curves can all come together into something so absolutely visually perfect."

Author Bio
Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she's not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and
girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she's not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.
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