Lia Carswell is good at what she does—even if it isn’t as glamorous as her old life in Manhattan. The popular waitress works hard in a small Salt Lake City diner, with the goal of easing her sister’s financial strain. And with her witty personality and good looks, she’s something of an enigma to the male customers who vie for her attention. Ever the professional, Lia keeps...more
Sometimes I'm in the mood to read something that's, shall we say, less demanding. Some of my GR friends call these books "palate cleansers." My palate cleansers of choice are romances, just for all the feelz. Melanie Jacobson writes delightful, clean, funny romances with intelligent characters who have just the right amount of snark in them.
Painting Kisses is less humorous than her other books, but a little deeper. The main character, Lia, is an artist who was once ...more
This was a pleasant surprise. I've been enjoying something of a Jacobson jag, lately, and this is the last on my pile. What a treat to end with! It's pretty different from her other books, with less humor and more heart, but I loved both protagonists so much I had a really hard time putting it down.
Lia is prickly, so I didn't warm to her right away. It ...more
Thoroughly engaging and even though I figured out what was going to be the deal with both Griff & Aidan pretty early on - it didn’t have that annoying sense of predicability that happens sometimes. It somehow didn’t matter that I guessed it, it just worked.
Great characters all around, well written though I am not a huge fan of ‘insta endings’ (I’m an epilogue kinda girl) it was a great one at that!
Melanie Jacobson is one of my favorite authors. Her books tend to have some fabulous dialogue and wit that always endears me to them as well as her characters. Painting Kisses is no exception. It is definitely a story I will re-read in the future.
I will say it is one of her heavier stories. There aren't the usual laugh-out-loud moments that some of her other books are filled with, but I appreciated seeing a different side of this author. Her characters ...more
**possible spoilers: I liked that Lia was willing to help her sister out. What a great way to give. I love the way she interacted with the guys at the diner. It made me lover her character. Her attitude however, ...more
Heaving bodices? No.
Awkward kissing? Yes.
Get it good kissing? Yes.
More to the plot than kissing? Yes.
Cringing because we all need to communicate better? Yes. --but then where would the chase be?
Read it in a day? Yes.
Book sugar. It's a thing and it's perfectly fine to indulge every now and then.
Lia is such a likable character. I just love her. I love how she ...more
I read this a week ago so I'll try to remember all my thoughts.
I enjoyed it. But from what I can remember I thought to much emphasis was put on her niece's preschool. Yeah, I'm sure a ton of kids would thrive in that kind of environment, but none of my kids have done preschool and they've all turned out great so far.
On a lighter note, I liked the two guys hitting on her (view spoiler)[although Griff turned out to be a loser getting all cozy with her, inviting her to dinner and then telling ...more
I like how there's a triangle but not really? (because those are tired at this point...) It was refreshing that the issue keeping them from being together was themselves and not a long lost whoever. You could actually see progress and change from both of them.
p.s. okay, one complaint. I need an epilogue for this one!!
Escaping her celebrity status of famous artist to caring for her niece and discovering a different outlook towards her painting, Lis’s story is short on romance. I am not going to say that this was not a love story but it definitively lacked what I thought this story would turn out to be.