Friday, July 27, 2012
Book Review of Picture Me Sexy By Rhonda Nelson
Author: Rhonda Nelson
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Type of book: Photography, soul-mates, shyness, romance, adult
Year it was published: 2003
You can't take the bed out of the boudoir...
Delaney Walker has a secret. The celebrated designer of erotic lingerie is actually too "nice" to wear it. But when her fiance says "I do" to someone else, Delaney decides to change her image. And she's going to start by going through with the boudoir photos she'd arranged for her groom-to-be. Only, little does she guess that once photographer Sam Martelli sets eyes on her, he'll insist on putting himself in the picture....
Sam has photographed hundreds of beautiful women, but none have affected him like Delaney. Even before she strips down to just a whisper of silk, casting off her inhibitions as well as her clothes, he has to have her. And thanks to a power failure, he does...again and again. But once the lights come back on, can Sam convince her that their one night was more than just a case of indecent exposure...
Although the female heroine is well drawn with insecurities, the male hero doesn't seem to have neither insecurities or fears that could cause the readers to relate to him. Delaney is a creative soul that loves designing lingerie, although she fears wearing it. The author barely mentions the problems that Delaney faced while growing up, or why in particular she was jilted twice. (There is mention but no emotional exploration.) The hero, Sam, loves photography as well as antiques and is described as controlled. Other than a brief fear of becoming like his male family members, he seems to have no imperfections and the only fear he possessed was dealt with a little too quickly.
You don't have to be a size zero model to find someone to love you. You don't have to change yourself either.
This is in third person narrative from Delaney's and Sam's points of views. The story flowed naturally and for me was a joy to read. I liked seeing that the main character has problems with modesty and is shy. I think there's a lot more focus on female heroine rather than the hero.
A Waldenbooks bestselling author, two‐time RITA®Award nominee andRT
Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice nominee, Rhonda Nelson writes hot romantic
comedy for the Harlequin Blaze line and other Harlequin imprints. With more
than twenty‐five published books to her credit and many more coming down the
pike, she’s thrilled with her career and enjoys dreaming up her characters and
manipulating the worlds they live in. In addition to a writing career she has a
husband, two adorable kids, a black Lab and a beautiful bichon frise. She and her
family make their chaotic but happy home in a small town in northern Alabama.
She loves to hear from her readers, so be sure and check her out at
I actually won this book few years back, and when it didn't arrive, I let the author know but she didn't have any extra copies, thus I had to find on my own. In all honesty, writing wise, this is a good novel and I could feel the chemistry between the female and male. I enjoyed reading it, although I felt that the male characters is a little too perfect.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)