Book Review: Painting Kisses

October 24, 2016

Painting Kisses
Melanie Jacobson
240 pages
kindle edition

From the Publisher:

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.


I’ve heard lots of good reviews and things about Melanie Jacobson and her books, but sadly, I’ve never made the time to read any of her books before.  Bu then I saw the kindle edition of this book on sale a few weeks ago, so I decided to grab it and give it a try.

Painting Kisses was a cute little love story that was clean and enjoyable.  It had a little bit of substance to it as Lia came to terms with her past.  I loved reading about the different characters, especially the ones in the diner.  I did feel that some of the book was a bit predictable but I still didn’t mind it.  The book was quick and easy to read and I was able to read it over this weekend.  It has been fall break here, and we had a little stay-cation at a ski resort up one of the canyons in Salt Lake Valley – so it was fun to read this book at the same time and actually be in the setting while I was reading.

Now I totally understand why Jacobson has been recommenced to me before, this was a book that I enjoyed and I would recommend it too.  Now I just need to decide which one of her books that I want to read next.

Final Score:

5 stars

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