Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Release Blitz with Christie's review: Newly Exposed by Meghan Quinn

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Adam James is a corn-fed, Nebraska raised, piece of man meat with a chiseled body and baby face. He is in desperate need of a paycheck and will do just about anything to get one, including stripping down to his skivvies and lathering up in baby oil. Solo Cohan is a quirky hipster with a strong work ethic,raised by two gay dads who are head over heels in love with Harrison Ford and Star Wars, hence the name, Solo. She works for Teeg Model Management, the same modeling agency that decides to book Adam as their next up and coming model. Sparks ignite between her and Adam the minute her baby oil soaked hand connects with his practically naked body. Even though Solo can't stop thinking about Adam during photo shoots, she quickly and awkwardly, shows Adam her distaste for male models and her inability to engage romantically with them. Adam is captivated by her nerdy talk and peculiar tendencies and sets out to make it his mission to turn the Star Wars loving hipster to the dark side, where mingling with models is widely arousing.


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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!


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I came across this book completely by chance and the synopsis immediately intrigued me. It's the story of a male fitness model, Adam who is the opposite of every stereotype you could conceive of men in that profession. He's humble, he's modest, and looks like your typical boy next door. Oh, except with a bangin' body and dimples to die for. He's not one to focus on his looks, but they may just be his saving grace at a time when he'd just about do anything to raise money for his ailing mother. And that includes signing his life over to Teeg Model Management.

When he walks in to audition for the agency, the poor guy is like a minnow thrown into a shark tank. He has no idea how bizarre his life is about to get. I almost felt bad for him. When I wasn't outright laughing, that is. His interview questions were interesting, to say the least.

"You didn't answer your penis size, at an erect state."
"Is that a real question?" I asked, trying no to sound insulting.
"Mr. James, do I look like a woman who has time to joke around?"
"No, Ma'am."
"Then answer the question."

Solo Cohan was a unique and quirky heroine. What I liked about her was that she was comfortable in her own skin. She's a girl who likes her comics, sports a casual/hipster style without apology, and is sassy enough to keep a bunch of testosterone fueled, muscle heads in line. She's in charge of the models' social media accounts and assists in such tedious tasks as rubbing the models down with baby oil. I know, what a rough life, right?

When Adam comes face to face with Solo, things start looking up for him. This is where the book really hooked me. I absolutely loved nerdy characters in books. I just eat them up with a spoon. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that both main characters were as geeky as they come. They both shared a love of Star Wars that they immediately bonded over. Are you seeing a connection with the heroine's name? Yes, Solo was named after Han Solo by her two Harrison-Ford-obsessed gay dads.

These two were completely adorable with their nerdy banter. They had this instant connection and natural feeling comfort through the things they had in common. She wasn't afraid to be herself, because he seemed to be drawn to her even more so when she spoke her mind and put him in his place.

They were immediately attracted to each other, but Solo wasn't having any of it. She was burned by a model in the past and vowed to steer clear of dating any more, even if Adam is sweet, funny, and honest. Nothing like any of the other self-centered models she deals with on a daily basis. And as much as she tries to deny his requests for a date and his hot stares, he's gotten under her skin.

Adam's feelings did feel somewhat rushed for my taste. I loved his pursuit of her and his tenderness toward her, but I'm the type of reader that likes a more gradual and natural progression in feelings. Within a few days of meeting her, he was already pretty well obsessed with her. I was able to look past it for the most part because of how similar they were and how much they had in common. They were like the male and female version of each other, so it wasn't really past the realm of possibility that he would realize quickly they were made for each other.

This could have easily been a five star book for me but the heroine's excessive pushing away and her trust issues caused some unnecessary frustration. There were a couple points when I was not happy with her behavior towards him. I understand that she was hurt in the past, but here's this perfect guy who adores her, turns down every chance he gets to hook up with the women who flirt with him, and she can't get her shit straight.

I could see by the way the ladies were treated that none of the guys were into serious relationships, which was fine. I was just different. I enjoyed having a girlfriend, someone I could talk to, hold, and spoil.

Seriously, I wanted to shake her so hard at times!

When weighing the pros and cons, I could only take one star off in the end. My overall enjoyment far out shadowed my grievances. The humor was top notch, the story flowed fast and easy, and most of all, the plot was unique and addictive. If you're in the mood for a story about two sexy geeks who find love in the most unlikely place, then give this one a shot. I can't say I've seen any other book out there like this one, and that alone is worthy of praise in my opinion. Newly Exposed was fresh, frothy, and gave me a perma-grin for a large chunk of the book. I will definitely be checking out more from this author in the future.


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