Painting Kisses

Painting Kisses

by Melanie Jacobson

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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 her distance—with one exception. Aidan is a breakfast regular, and Lia’s easy rapport with him draws her attention, though she 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781621088950
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 412 KB

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Painting Kisses 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lia is a snarky waitress at a roadside diner in Utah. She has walls built up around herself and it's for a good reason. She is very gruff, yet consistent, with the customers in the diner and they come to rely on her for that stability.Her sister and niece live with her and they work hard to make ends meet. Lia likes her job and is good at it--she's also good at avoiding the teasing and advances of the men who frequent the diner. She doesn't want to give out any personal information about herself, yet as time goes by, she starts to build a friendship with Aidan, who comes in often. But then there's Griff...her handsome and quiet neighbor. I loved the way Aidan was able to chip away at the walls and the banter that ensued between them. I also enjoyed the relationship that Lia had with her sister. I was completely captivated by Lia's art. The imagery used to describe her work and how she worked was amazing. In fact, I found myself going around trying to figure out what pumpkins sound like, what the sky tastes like, and what a feather sounds like. Ms. Jacobson's books are often light-hearted and hilarious, but this one was different. Yes, the humor was there at moments, but the storyline was a little more serious. Lia's secret past came out, little by little, which really pulled the reader into the story. As I mentioned earlier, there was a mini-love triangle going on, and I honestly felt torn between who I wanted her to choose. Even though this one is different, I found it to still be very good and well-written. I did not see the ending coming! Content: no language or violence; mild kissing. Clean!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just okay. I did not understand the main character at all. Why did she like one guy and then when he showed interest in her she was totally standoffish and rude to him like she did not want to be in any relationship. And then she would throw herself at another guy and that was okay. I always have a hard time with characters that are rude and play hard to get for no real reason when they really do like someone and the guy just keeps coming back for more punishment. She was not that attractive of character or personality. I had to skip many pages of this book. It dragged way too much.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
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 had some serious depth to them and had some former pain that they needed to deal with before they could open their hearts.  What won me over was the fabulous dialogue between Lia, the MC, and those around her, especially Aidan. I also came to love these amazing down-to-earth characters who were also so talented. I particularly fell in love with Lia's niece. She was such a sweet and tender little girl and I loved her relationship with her mother, her aunt, and others she gets to know. I also found the painting and how Lia gets lost in her art quite genuine and interesting. Towards the end my heart about broke, but then the ending made up for it all. I would highly recommend Painting Kisses to those who enjoy reading sweet romance that has some depth, witty dialogue, and likable characters. It was full of friendship, family, colorful and full descriptions (she is an artist), forgiveness, the risk of heartbreak, and love. I can't wait to find out what Jacobson will be writing next! Content: Clean Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
The detailed imagery in this book is AMAZING! And so is the humor! Your heart will also shatter along with the characters in a few places... It's all in, romance, humor, anger, frustration, hope, healing, etc... Lia Carswell used to go by the name of Leandra Tate, a famous New York artist. But when her paintings were sold to the highest bidder at any cost Lia realized they were only buying the paintings to claim they had one, not because they understood it. And on top of that her marriage was failing... So she ran from it all. Back home in Salt Lake City Lia is a waitress at a local diner and is helping her sister raise her niece, Chloe. Life seems to be content until they realize that the best school for Chloe to attend will take thousands of dollars. How can they can come up with that kind of money? Lia will need to paint again. But can Lia put her soul back onto a canvas? And what about Aidan and Griff? This book will leave you sighing at the end! SO. SO. SO. GOOD!