A friend with excellent taste recommended this one to me. I am beyond thrilled that she did! I am all for things, that is what makes my world go round. This one is definitely out there. An unconventional love story, but beautiful all the same. A spark is built between two friends, a spark that becomes much, much more. The beauty of it all is that neither one has to change who they are. They build their friendship based on the things they love about each other and then slowly develop a more romantic relationship that isn’t just fun and games.
Have you ever watched the HBO show, Girls? It’s one of my favorites. The heroine in this book, Fred, reminds me a lot of Hannah from Girls. The relationship she has with her roommate, Nora, is very similar to Hannah and Marnie in girls. The way Fred views the world is so open minded in fresh, yet she is still clean and kind of innocent. I connected with Fred. There were times when I thought she was kind of bitchy, but that just makes for more fun in the end.
Enough about the girls of the book lets to get to the man……ahhh yes, Nicholas. He is so in touch with himself. Or at least he seems to be on the outside. He isn’t ashamed of who he is and what he likes. He doesn’t hide or cover up. He keeps everything with Fred real, at least the parts that don’t involve his heart. He was just so open and honest and totally loveable!
There were times in the book when it was a bit slow. Some parts reminded me of Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I didn’t hate Wallbanger, but I didn’t love it simply because it took so long to “get there”. Painted Faces is kind of similar. The slow build in the beginning is needed so we can better know and understand our characters, but I seriously wanted some action!! The slowness of the story was well worth it in the end. Had it not been a slow building affair, I may have not liked it as much as I did. I often fuss about how fast books move that I don’t get the feeling for the character. Crazy me, now I am fussing about the opposite, I guess I will never be satisfied, lol.
No matter what I say, I will always be a total contradiction. The slow parts of the story really did a number on me and almost made me want to stop from boredom…but the good parts are really good. That was enough to keep me going. I recommend reading this one. If you want something funny and witty that includes a dark hidden past but also has a Queen that will make you swoon….get this! 4 Star.