Picture Perfect


Title: Picture Perfect
Series: Weddings by Design
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Published: February 15, 2013
Pages: 336


Hannah McDermott has a successful photography studio and she’ll soon be featured in Texas Bride Magazine. She also has a celebrity client whose Galveston wedding ceremony will be her ticket to the top spot on wedding coordinator Bella Neely’s list of recommended photographers. Unfortunately it could all come crashing down around her because of her ability to always mess up opportunities and one man, her arch-rival and photographer extraordinaire Drew Kincaid.

With a past of coming in second, the last thing Hannah wants is to play second fiddle to someone else again. She’s determined to do almost anything to be considered the best and best her rival. However, it seems like the closer she gets to the wedding that can make or break her career, problems arise out of nowhere and she starts to realize that maybe coming in first isn’t as important as she thought it was.

As the competition heats up, Hannah is surprised to find that that’s not the only thing heating up. She can’t get her handsome competitor out of her thoughts or even line of sight and her dream job is becoming a nightmare because of it. When Drew offers his support and friendship, Hannah can’t help but start to view her competition as more of a confidante and maybe even more. If she let go of her pride long enough to let him in.

Will Hannah become number one like she wants or will she play second fiddle to Drew? Will Hannah become the top photographer on Bella Neely’s list or will Drew kick her down to second again? Will Hannah see that Drew isn’t her competition or will she forever dislike him because he excels at what he does? Will Hannah’s pride keep her from seeing that her picture perfect love is right in front of her or will she find out that love is more than possible for her?

I’ve read a book from each one of this author’s series, at least the ones printed by Revell, and I enjoyed each one. I loved the fact that she incorporated characters from each of her other series into this book, it allowed readers a new look at those characters and gave them a different viewpoint. That along with the humorous and cute romance made this an enjoyable book. I think this book was the best one from this author.

This romance is quite adorable. That seems corny to say so and probably makes it sound like two kids have a crush on each other, but it really was. It was sweet with minimal amount of physical touch and funny with some humor. Also, the fact that Hannah feels that Drew is her arch-rival and Drew doesn’t makes the story even better. This romance isn’t for lovers of passionate romances but for those that like nice, sweet romances this one is perfect.

The thing that I dislike most about this book and pretty much all of this author’s books, is the darn first person viewpoint. This author is better at first person than others but the things that I dislike the most about it is the fact that all I get is the main person. I would’ve loved to have had a section every now and again that was from Drew’s viewpoint, even if it was first person. Also, first person is difficult to get into because you don’t really get to draw your own conclusions, you get what the narrator or character wants to give you and that’s hard.

The storyline is great. I love the concept. A photographer falls for her perceived competitor. I also loved the fact that Hannah wasn’t perfect and had flaws and doubts and insecurities. Though I felt she was a tad bit too worrisome and fearful, I felt like her attitude was realistic just a bit too much. I also liked how the author resolved Hannah’s fears and worries.

This author has made me a fan with the first book in her Weddings by Bella series and each book since then have been even better. This book is no different, in fact I feel like this book is the best one yet by her and I look forward to reading the rest in this series. I recommend this author and book to anyone looking for a sweet romance without too many passionate scenes.

Overall, this is a good book. Despite its first person viewpoint, it holds your attention and is an enjoyable read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a typical Christian genre book. I think this book is perfect for adults, teens, and maybe a very mature tween. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*