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Goodreads Librarians are volunteers who help ensure the accuracy of information about books and authors in the Goodreads' catalog. The Goodreads Libra Goodreads Librarians are volunteers who help ensure the accuracy of information about books and authors in the Goodreads' catalog. The Goodreads Librarians Group is the official group for requesting additions or updates to the catalog, including: Avery.. I relate to her so much. The insecurities, the a**hole ex, the PITA (she’s a lot more than this but I don’t want to give anything away) best friend. She’s got a lot going for her - a good job, a long term boyfriend… then in the blink of an eye everything changes.

Camera Shy by Kay Cove begins on the FMC Avery’s 30th birthday, her golden year, according to the waitress at the fancy restaurant her long-term boyfriend Mason took them out to to celebrate. She thinks he’s going to propose – it’s not like she accidently found the ring in the drawer or anything – and is ready. She thinks. I mean, she’s happy. Right? They have a perfectly content life, own and run a business together, and have been dating for over 4 years. This is what should come next with Mason… isn’t it?Finn is one of my favorite book boyfriends. I love what he does for a living. Giving woman the gift of feeling empowered and confident through photographs. And I love it!! Even with everything that he went through in his past relationships, he didn’t let that change his view on women. Finn, the MMC, comes from money, but in his mind, it’s dirty money. It’s his family’s money. It’s his father’s money. And after the way his father treated his mother, hell if Finn wants anything from that man. His real source of income is the boudoir (and general!) photography studio he runs with his cousin Lennox, though the business is barely staying afloat. I just love how the two of them worked together to help each other improve different aspects of their lives. Her self image and his business. Authors, if you are a member of the Goodreads Author Program, you can edit information about your own books. Find out how in this guide. Mostly though, I had an issue with a lot of women vs women in this book. I HATE the catty jealous trope in books and it happened with every single woman except for his cousin in this book. Every woman the FMC interacted with was somehow fat shaming her, trying to steal the MMC from her, or treating her like shit. I know it was to create drama but it got old fast and really turns me off of a book.

But after a passion-fueled summer, I’m not sure of who I am anymore, and it’s clear that the worst heartbreak of my life might still be yet to come. And second, the bloated overuse of the women against women trope during Avery’s overall body confidence journey.My lesson is learning to love the body I have. In exchange, I'm going to save his business. I have exactly one summer to unearth the most confident version of myself before I go home and return to reality. Actually, let me talk about my two favorite things about this book first. If I had to base the rating on those alone, it would be an EASY 5 stars. Kay Cove is a masterful writer, her prose flows with ease and I never felt the overall tone of the dialogue lose its steam at any point. While yes, some word choices in the dialogue could’ve been better (ahem, queen), I enjoyed her writing, I really did. Even more than that, I really enjoy the way Kay Cove writes spice. It’s hot without going over the top, it’s sweet when it needs to be, in the best ways, without crossing the line to cringe, and when the kink started getting involved? Honestly, Kay Cove's writing shined during the spice scenes, she never missed (well, until one fateful scene).

When an opportunity arises to spend my summer in Las Vegas, I stumble upon my hot new neighbor and his photography studio. We strike a simple deal. Don’t ever forgive him for being in the presence of royalty and refusing to bow. You’re sexy, smart, kind, and loyal. You should be earned every day of your life. Don’t ever let any man make you question that.” Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God!?? That was the fastest I’ve read a book all year. Holy crap, this was good. This book was a true journey of self love. It has the “teach me sex” trope you have may have read in other books, but this book does it BEST. I love it because it wasn’t provocative, but rather, like I said, all about self-love, and finding the inner confidence to be yourself in a relationship and especially in the bedroom. It was heartwarming, inspiring, and HOT!! My rating speaks for itself. It was the easiest thing to read because it was spicy, romantic, funny and relatable, especially for any girlie (or guy) with insecurities.And that is what happened… and kind of not. I’m not sure I’ll be able to put all my feelings into words on this book. I think the most accurate to my feelings are that while I respect, admire, and appreciate the premise of a story like this, parts of the actual execution missed the mark. I’ll go deeper into the areas that affected me negatively later, but first a bit more on the story for context. Plus, Finn! I’ve found a new literary crush. Sincerely, I adore him. He truly cares about Avery and wants what’s best for her. Love for him just happens. During the day: If you have a flexible schedule, you may find it helpful to take breaks during the day to read a book. There is a lot of inner dialog, and the book dives pretty heavily into both the MCs' jobs. You see the FMC learn to love herself and become more confident. She is a badass girl boss, and I loved seeing her be confident about her job. I'd give the spice a 3, maybe 3.5, and personally I loooove the praise kink!! Like pheww, d!rty talk to me all day every day lol.

I found this book really moving at times. I also really appreciated how Kay tended to avoid describing Averys body type in too much detail, allowing us to picture her however we wanted (or in my case, self insert my own body type). I found it inspiring and cathartic, and I recommend this book highly. I related to Avery so much - Oh, and I wanna bitch slap Palmer. And all throughout the book, the more you get to know the characters, the more there is to them than just the obvious.

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I skimmed the next chapters and it’s never resolved that Cass hit all of the trigger points of Avery not wanting to be boring. She literally called Avery(FMC) “simple” because she wasn’t into a threesome. Then went talking details about how Finn (MMC) loves when the two women get started without him. The best time to read a book depends on your personal schedule and preferences. Here are some suggestions:

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