Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Picture Perfect" by Janice Thompson

{{This is an updated review. Originally posted August 12th, 2014, it was updated on December 31th, 2018 to the Official Rating System.}}

About this book:

  “She’s trying to focus on her future. How can one man make everything feel so . . . fuzzy?
  Hannah McDermott has a successful photography studio. She’ll soon be featured in Texas Bride magazine. And she has a celebrity client whose Galveston ceremony will be her ticket to the top spot on wedding coordinator Bella Neeley’s list of recommended photographers. But it could all come crashing down around her because of one man: archrival and photographer extraordinaire Drew Kincaid.
  As the competition between Hannah and Drew heats up, Hannah is surprised to find that it’s not the only thing getting more intense. She can’t get the handsome man out of her thoughts—or even out of her line of sight—and the job of her dreams is turning into a nightmare. Will everything she’s worked for slip out of her hands? And can she see past her pride to find a picture-perfect love?
  With contagious humor and a cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives you crazy bridal-business drama, sweet romance, and a satisfying dose of laughter.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Weddings by Design” series. (Does feature characters from the author’s previous series, “Weddings by Bella” and “Backstage Pass”)

Spiritual Content- Matthew 20:16 at the beginning; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & discussed; Prayers; Talks about God, praying, & praising Him; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & a pastor; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of a cross necklace; A few mentions of a hymn; A few mentions of sisters/nuns; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of martyrs; A couple mentions of sins; A mention of a church’s worship team; A mention of mission trips; A mention of angels;
             *Note: a “There is a God and he loves me” is said once; Mentions of luck; A couple mentions of Hannah’s devilish side and angelic side (including a demon on one shoulder and an angel on the other); A mention of the devil; A mention of a man looking devilishly handsome; A mention of a devilishly smile.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘darned’, a ‘gave a rip’, a ‘heck’, a ‘holy cow’, two ‘gosh’s, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘sucker’s, and five ‘stupid’s; Eye rolling; Mentions of fighting & deaths; Mentions of a bird acting like a mobster & making gun-shot sounds; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of drinking, alcohol, & alcoholics/drunks; A few mentions of being arrested & jail time; A couple mentions of an ax murderer; A couple mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of gossip; A couple mentions of a drunk & a bar;
             *Note: Many mentions of singers, songs, actors/actresses, celebrities, characters, TV shows, movies, channels, & awards; Mentions of social media; A few mentions of & going to Starbucks; A few mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts.

Sexual Content- a fingers to lips touch, seven cheek kisses, a forehead kiss, an almost kiss, not-detailed kisses, five barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and three semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss; Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); a ‘sexy’, five forms of ‘hunk’, nine forms of ‘hot’; Mentions of kisses, kissing, & an almost kiss; Mentions of married couples kissing & embracing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of dating, boyfriends, & break-ups; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of winks & flirting/being hit on; Mentions of handsome guys & girls commenting on their looks; Mentions of guys being called gorgeous & yummy; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of catching two married people having an affair; A couple mentions of a guy looking up and down Hannah’s body; A mention of a guy dating another guy (the speaker is confused and says ‘ew’, it didn’t happen); A mention of a guy never dating the hottest guy in school; A mention of a pick-up line (that Hannah thinks ‘ew’ over); A mention of romance books with swooning heroines; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of menopause & hot-flashes (Hannah catches her mother standing in front of the freezer with her blouse unbuttoned); A few mentions of a biological clock; A couple mentions of a song about a man having three wives; A couple mentions of the lack of clothing on girl dancers & wardrobe malfunction; A mention of breast-feeding; A mention of a woman’s boobs; A mention of a buxom trio of women; A mention of a woman’s bra size; A mention of a girl’s period; A mention of a person being a pain in the backside; A mention of testosterone; A mention of fiber pills making someone move fast.

-Hannah McDermott, age 26
                                1st person P.O.V. of Hannah
                                                        326 pages

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My personal Rating-

As a photographer, I definitely enjoyed the photography aspects of this book and really liked Hannah, her family, and seeing Bella and her large bunch again. Like any Janice Thompson book, it was funny and I really enjoyed it! Probably still best for older girls, though, because of a couple kisses and slight comments.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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