Touch Up

J.A. Rock; Katey Hawthorne
Touch Up
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Release Date
October 2018
Book 2 of Rose & Thorns
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Last year, twenty-three-year-old actress Dina Gilbert snagged the lead in the summer's biggest blockbuster. It wasn't easy: she's black, openly queer, and has actual curves she refuses to let people Photoshop. Now, overwhelmed by sudden fame and homesick for Georgia, she's becoming someone she doesn't recognize. Maybe that's why she's out partying her face off most nights.

Enter Colleen Thomas, an ex-model turned photo editor whose issues with her own body are only surpassed by her issues with other peoples'. Colleen knows the rules but Photoshops Dina's magazine cover anyway, incurring the wrath of Dina and her fans. And, okay, maybe that cover image was unbelievably sexy even before Colleen's alterations. So what? Dina's not fooling anyone with that girl-next-door, I-eat-Snickers-in-my-Golden-Globes-dress BS. Colleen knows a train wreck when she sees one.

Tensions rise even more when Colleen and Dina have to work together at the Rose Social Club's annual charity gala. When they realize they have something in common, no one is more surprised than they are. The sexual chemistry doesn't hurt either. Their differences could either be a source of strength—a life raft in the heaving waters of Hollywood—or the makings of a titanic crash.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Oct 09, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
12 people found the following review helpful
Fame isn't as glamorous as it seems for Dina Gilbert whose difficulty to cope with it brings her to a dangerous path in this charming and captivating romance.

Dina Gilbert is a rising star becoming overwhelmed by the fame that is making her act in a way she doesn't recognize anymore. Colleen Thomas is a photo editor who had the task to do Dina's magazine cover, with a well-known rule of not Photoshopping that she decided to ignore. Now she has to face the wrath of the actress, while they are forced to work together at the Rose Social Club's annual charity gala. But the attraction they feel for each other starts to outweigh the constant disputes they get themselves into.

This was an amazing book. I wasn't expecting to like it that much, but there was something in the blurb that just got my attention very quickly. The book keeps a nice, steady pace. It is very well written and it's so enthralling that I just couldn't put it down. Dina and Colleen are both really charming characters. I loved how much contrast there was between them. Dina so self-assured and trying to be a positive role model to her fans, being a black queer and curvy women and Collen having so much issues with her body that didn't allow her to accept herself. Both fighting with their own demons in their own way. They make such a lovely couple. I loved the moments they share when they weren't fighting, it was so fun and sweet that it was easy to care for them as a couple.

Overall, it was a very charming and romantic book. I had a wonderful time reading it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a lighthearted and fun romance. It is F/F pairing, which is not exactly my favorite, but the book is so well written and so entertaining and the characters so beautifully made, that I simply loved it. It was a fantastic book.
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