Tuesday, November 5, 2013

30 Days of Book Love - Day 5

30 Days of Book Love

Day 5 is here!

Favorite Quote From a Great Book

This book is one of my all time favorite books.  I bullied a bunch of people into reading it, cause I just knew they'd love it as much as I did.  And I was right!  Everyone I recommended it to gave it high praise.

So, why do I love this book so much?  Well, L.H. Cosway has a witty sense of humor and it plays out through her MC, Freda, aka Fred (because she likes "to be economical with her syllables.") and Nicholas, aka Viv.  Naturally, this is also one of those unconventional boy meets girl stories.  I like out of the box; coloring inside the lines is too much for me, especially when reading is concerned.  This book is a perfect blend of out of the box and good romance.

Fred isn't a bombshell blonde with a great body, like her roommate, Nora.  Fred is more full figured, and she's okay with her curves.

"If Nora's metabolism is an Olympic gold medal runner, mine is one of those slugs that you step on by mistake when it's cold and damp out."

She works at a thrift store, she bakes cupcakes for a local coffee shop, and she's honest about life.

"I might not have a boyfriend, but I have cupcakes, and those tasty bastards haven't let me down yet." 

She's also honest about her friend, Anny, who is not at all particular with whom she takes home at night.

"... I know good and well that Anny will f&#k a doorknob with enough alcohol in her system."

Then she meets Vivica Blue, who is dark haired and blue-eyed gorgeous.  She couldn't resist his wicked good looks.

"I've never been in love.  It's sad but true.  I think the most I've ever been in has been low grade lust."

Fred lives next door to Viv, and he likes the charm and character of their apartment building, which is located is a  lower class neighborhood in Ireland.  Viv doesn't see his view on it.

"If by lived in, you mean an aged whore with cracked skin and dome sort of downstairs infection she can't get rid of, then you're right, this building has plenty of character."

After Fred and Viv spend some time together and he flirts with her mercilessly, she falls...

"Isn't that what every girls wants?  To be loved by someone uniquely, to make a man feel something he hasn't yet felt for anyone else?"

"I want his smiles and his teasing, his smouldering look.  His sad eyes when he thinks nobody's watching.  Most of all, I want his heart."

So, if I give you any more of my highlighted quotes (which is half the book), I'll give away the whole story, and I really want you to read it.

I'm going to leave you with one more though, just because I can't help myself.

"I've never understood the appeal of sleeping in the nude, but slim people seem to be mad about it."

Seriously, go buy it, and then beg L.H. to write some more about Viv and Fred.

Amazon link:
Painted Faces

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