Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

by Alessandra Thomas

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Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes.

When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.

But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.

(This book contains sex and adult language.)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045460422
Publisher: Alessandra Thomas
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 126,824
File size: 234 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since that's sadly untrue, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time.

When she's not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.

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Picture Perfect 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Kristi_Cramer More than 1 year ago
Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4 of the book. Mostly. I do love the message of the ending, which can be boiled down to “True beauty really does come from within.” How much better would the world be if women never had to believe that their dress size was the only thing about them that mattered? I believe women should be encouraged to be healthy and strong, whatever that looks like for each individual. I believe women should be told from birth that true desirability comes from their soul, not from society’s definition of sex appeal. The end of Picture Perfect delivered that message. The rest of the story....I have also been overweight all my life, and body image was an issue in my life when I was younger. I really wanted to relate to this story. I think the final message is so very important. But I almost gave up before I got to it. I felt like too much time was spent gushing over the sex. Cat seemed to have a two track mind. One was her fat rolls, the other was sex. Being 45, I know that there is WAY more to life than sex. As someone whose self-worth was closely tied to whether or not men wanted to sleep with me, I know how much the idea that “sex equals love” can damage in the long run. Love and romance mean far more than just having sex with your partner. The author had glimmers of this idea. Cat doesn’t want to tell Nate she loves him during or after they have sex. Good. They ‘do other things’ like cooking together, talking, etc. Nice. But those instances felt like feeble, token gestures. They were told, not shown, and glossed over, drowned in all the “OMG he’s kissing all over my body, that must mean he loves my body!” And that leads me to the sex scenes. In general, I found the narrative to be so...what’s the word I’m looking for? Jumpy? Spastic? Convoluted? I don’t know. I just know that I found them to be anything but sexy, romantic, or exciting. I like a sex scene that makes me blush or daydream at least. At best it should inspire me to go find my husband. Why else put one in the book? These sex scenes did not deliver much of that for me. I would have liked to read more instances of Nate and Cat doing things other than having sex. The rock climbing was good. What about bicycling? Swimming? Canoeing? The author’s attention to the sex scenes almost to the exclusion of other activities shows, in my humble opinion, where the true focus of the story lies. Yes, this is a romance of sorts, but to me, true romance happens when clothes are on. I wanted more about Cat’s journey from “Nate makes me feel beautiful” to “I make me feel beautiful.” For me, THAT is where the meat of the story lies. All we are told is that Cat throws herself into her design work, and spends hours in the studio. Suddenly she knows she is comfortable in her own skin. I would have like to have been shown. There could have been so much more of a triumph to Cat’s journey of self discovery. What a missed opportunity. For me, Picture Perfect would be closer to perfect if: a) More emphasis was put on the romance than the sex. IMHO the sex scenes were not good enough to be erotica, which means the story would be better served if there was less of it. b) The whole manuscript gets run through the editing process by someone who is willing to be ruthless in order to make the writing more readable. To sum up: Picture Perfect has great potential, but ultimately falls short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! I could relate to cat because when I was 18 and getting ready to start college I got sick. I was a size two at the time. I ended up having to take some meds that made me gain weight. In a year time I went from a size two to a size ten! I know for some women that is not big,but for me that was a lot. I have since then learned to some what like my body, but after read this wonderful story I know I am still beautiful. I am married now and I have a wonderful husband who tells me all the time I am beautiful. Thank you Mrs. Thomas & Jim for writing a beautiful story. This is must read!
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Picture Perfect was a great read for me for so many reasons. Having had my own body image issues for years, I could totally relate to Cat. I understood her feelings, thoughts, and self-loathing. What I loved the most though, was seeing Cat learn to accept herself and that she was willing to take some chances. Nate...he was the icing for me. Absolutely perfect. Cat was a model and also a design student. After falling off her horse, she had to take some time off from modeling as well as school. During her recovery, she gained a considerable amount of weight. Now...she's tall, so in reality she was normal and healthy. But because she was so thin before the accident, she's suffering from severe body image issues. It didn't help that her ex-boyfriend dumped her. But really, that was just another trigger, in my opinion. As part of her therapy, she's signed up to become a nude model on another campus. There, she meets Nate.  Nate is gorgeous, fit, and is generally perfect. I loved Nate for those reasons, but what made him special is that he didn't see Cat as anything but beautiful. He loved her curves, but more importantly he loved her. They had an ease with each other that was really sweet to watch. Nate was also a great motivator for Cat. He wanted to show her that she could still be healthy and happy with who she was now. He didn't seem to focus on it necessarily, but he would plan activities around what she needed. He does have a past and has most definitely made some mistakes. I understood where Cat's anger came from and I would have felt and probably reacted the same way. But because Nate was such a great guy, I felt certain he had an explanation. Which of course he did. :) Nate truly was fantastic. Not to mention that they had absolutely fabulous sexual chemistry. It was pretty great!  I really love books that have messages like this one. I think the 20's are possibly the toughest time in life. You're learning how to move forward as an adult, starting careers, starting families, and sometimes you hit a lot speed bumps along the way. While I'm not minimizing the affects that her weight gain had on her emotional well-being, I was really glad that Cat chose healthy outlets of recovery. Speaking from experience, it's extremely difficult to overcome body image issues. It doesn't matter if you're 80 pounds or 280 pounds...those mental messages can hurt. It takes a great support system, a lot of self healing, and most definitely perseverance to recover or even change those thoughts. I was glad to see Cat have such a good support system and was happy to see her learn to accept and begin to love who she was. Learning to accept who she was also gave her confidence to go for what she wanted with her designs. Ultimately, she became her own inspiration. I loved that.  Overall, I loved this book. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I'll admit that I was a bit reluctant to read this book. Only because I knew it would hit close to home. Picture Perfect not only delivered a great story about a woman learning to love herself first and foremost, but this is also a love story between two people. It truly was captivating. If you like books that deliver a strong message and a great love story...check this one out! Quotes: ~Getting comfortable with how I looked was going to be tough, though, with the overwhelming feeling that all I wanted was to get the hell out of my body.-Loc 237 ~"Well, you were beautiful. I mean, you are beautiful. But you were really gorgeous with your clothes off. I mean, you're gorgeous now. I mean...oh God."-Loc 659 ~I didn't know how to be the girl I wanted to be, the girl I used to be. Especially in this body that didn't look, feel, and move like it used to. And I never would again.-Loc 815 ~I was beautiful, and he was gorgeous, but the most amazing thing about us was how perfect we were together.-Loc 2997
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the idea of the heroine facing her new 'me' after gaining 60 pounds and overcoming all the labels and prejudices in the process. In fact, I identified myself with her in many ways. Still, I could not connect with the heroine's characters. Her negativity and constant nagging just got on my nerves. She was too immature and selfish for my liking. The guy was really nice but his character and background were not developed in a very belivable way. The book could have been much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled at times with Nate's character, i understand it's fiction....but i just didn't buy his attraction to cat as it was written. And i also struggled with Cat's Debbie Downerness....good read with speed bumps that kept me from really loving the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for any and every woman. It's the story of how one woman fights to accept that life cannot be defined by your dress size. It's honest and real, and will break your heart while putting a fire inside your soul. And all that without mentioning the love story! I recommend this book for everyone, simply because of the powerful story of Cat--an EPIC heroine. However, Nate's a pretty good reason too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved that the woman in this book is not your typical thin perfect woman you read about in these new adult romance novels. I feel like most women, myself included, can relate to her. Her inner struggle with her weight and confidence is exactly what goes on in my mind about my weight and confidence. I hope we all find our own Nate, that will make us feel beautiful and loved on the inside and outside. And its such a super crazy coincidence that Cat is from Dayton, Ohio...because I am too! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I couldn't put it down. Read it all in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
SoutherenGirl More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book I hate that they make a size 12 seem huge but I guess going from a size 2 it would be. Nate has grown from his own weight issues and Cat trying to figure out is he an ass or really into her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I really enjoyed reading this! Very good plot and characters! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring and uplifting story. I loved it. And i hope every girl gets a chance to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way to much talk about her weight. Am so sick of authors writing bbq books to try and make girls feel bad about not being a size zero. With that said the end with its message saved the book but I will not read another book by this author.
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It is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cat was a little too obsessive over her weight. A size 12 is not big!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay story, nothing great. I didn't like the way Cat kept complaining about her wait. If she was always very thin and now that she put on 60 pound do something about it. It is hard enough when you grow up heavy your whole life and can't lose weight. When you are use to being thin she should stop eating and get moving more. Or learn to love yourself for who you are and not what you look like. I did enjoy the book, but not really one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story a must read.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
This story of Cat, Catherine finding her way back to loving herself was excellent. Nate had a huge influence with her in starting to believe in herself and her beauty again, just by treating her exactly as she was, beautiful. Picture Perfect is a really enjoyable story, especially if you are someone struggling to fit in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hiya. I would like a white cat ((or wolf, if thats okie with you)) with a deer skull instead of a normal cat, with burning, glowing orange eyes. He has bone sticking out along his back, too. He is sitting in the center of a pool of lava on a sheet of thin rock. His claws are unseathed, and one of his paws is alight with fire, but he is oblivious to that. He has a insane smile on his..uh..deer skull. Email is j a c o b s r o x y 6 0 @ g m a i l . C o m
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. You just got locked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want shardslash on a rock, staring down at a white cats body. His claws covered in blod with an evil grin. Hes black with blue eyes and red pawtips and red tail tip and a red underbelly. He has red ears and red above his nose. Send it to bentond@belleville.k12.wi.us
Anonymous More than 1 year ago