Author: Melanie Jacobson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: October 2nd, 2014
Paperback: 240 pages
FTC FYI: Received a PDF from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lia Carswell is good at what she does, even if it isn't as glamorous as her old artist 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 her distance, with one exception. Aidan is a breakfast regular, and his gentle, clever teasing draws Lia's attention and builds an easy rapport between them, though Lia would never let their relationship get serious, especially since he's not the only one trying to catch her eye. Her handsome neighbor Griff has been hinting that he wants more than a neighborly relationship.
Then her old New York artist life comes knocking, and an offer is made for a series of commissioned paintings. Lia knows it would ensure financial security for her family, but she doesn't know if she wants that life anymore. When she undertakes one final project, she reawakens her heart and soul. And as she finds herself falling in love and needing an outlet more and more, she realizes her paintings might be her saving grace.
This book is darling. I instantly liked Lia. Her spunk and attitude were my favorite things about her. I loved how the author gradually introduced us to her life, not spilling all her secrets out in the first chapter. I appreciated Lia even more, getting to know her and those around her, and what she especially has gone through. I also loved the men in her life. As much as she didn't want them around at first, they came anyway. Aidan and Griff kept me guessing, I suspected something early about one of them. I turned out to be right, but I loved how it all came about. I also liked the turn the book took when Lia made her decision on who she liked and what to do with the news he shares. What I really enjoyed were Lia's painting scenes. Also a particular trip up to the mountains with a certain character. Lia came alive when she started painting again and it made a difference for those around her too. Her story is a sad one, but again, I loved how Melanie revealed it all. Melanie did a great job with these characters and as always, her writing is creative and fun. The relationships with Lia and her sister and especially Chloe were my favorite. I had a clear favorite guy for her, but don't want to spoil anything for ya, it will give it away. The romance and humor in Painting Kisses, as with Mel's other books, is spot on.
4 out of 5 stars. Another enjoyable book from Melanie Jacobson. Can't wait for more.