I started reading this series by the third book, Amelia's, Work in Progress and I loved the characters, the friendship between these four girls is absolutely beautiful. They start this coalition in this book, based on the power and confidence that are based on a simple lipstick.
"I hereby call the first meeting of the Red Lipstick Coalition to order. We do so solemnly swear to use this shiny little tube of power to inspire braveness, boldness, and courage. We promise to jump when it's scary, to stand tall when we want to hide, to scream our truth instead of whisper our fears. May we be mistresses of our destinies, and to hell with anyone who tries to tell us otherwise."
I loved it! Every second of this book is sweet, funny, sexy and entertaining. I've never before read a book with an art background and it was so amazing! I fell in love with the history behind it and the passion that they shared. Court was a closed man. He protected his heart at all costs because of betrayal. But it's how they say it, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Rin was sweet, optimistic and had a beautiful heart, giving more than taking, she didn't have a clue of what was expecting her at her new internship. I identified so much with Rin because I was always the tallest in every room and that messes with our heads sometimes but, reading this, I felt so good, I felt represented by this amazing character. It got me smiling through the whole book. I loved it. This is quickly becoming a favorite series. I recommend it to anyone that loves a sweet book that will put a smile on your face the whole time while reading it. It's worth the read, I promise.
Rin tries to go through life in the most invisible way possible. Shy, clumsy and incredibly tall, she is not comfortable in her own body, her height attracts attention, and so she hides behind loose, shapeless clothes. Upon landing an internship at the Met Museum, she does not make a good impression on her new superior and so ends up confined in a distant room doing research and learning nothing at all. Court is the curator of the museum, incredibly determined, as handsome as his works of art, a powerful man who exudes sex appeal. All his focus at the moment is on his new project: bringing Michelangelo's David to spend a season in the museum. With so much work and a tight deadline, the new intern can be a help at that time, after all she is intelligent and capable. Too bad she's always so scared and shy. Rin's dream job is turning into a nightmare. She does not understand the hostility she receives from Bianca, does not understand Court's glances, or why someone would deliberately try to get her to fail. Unwilling not to be invisible anymore, she has the help of her friends and a fairy godmother, and in new clothes, a new haircut, makeup and a red lipstick, the shy girl turns into a powerful woman, a woman who exudes confidence and who finally has the courage to show herself to the world. Court has one rule: do not get involved with employees. But the new intern little by little is attracting his attention, to the point that he can not get her of his head. If the quiet girl had charmed him already, the sight of her with the red lipstick made him lose his mind. And amid artworks, a trip to Italy, a statue of David, a jealous co-worker, a controlling father and a secret from the past, the two will cross the line between work and pleasure. Rin is the epitome of the awkward girl. She is very intelligent, very competent in her work, but she has a very great insecurity on account of her body. Her height is a big problem for her, her self esteem is affected by it. When she finally decides to give herself a chance and embrace the beautiful woman she is, she discovers that much more than esthetic this transformation has given a voice to her, has given her the ability to really impose herself and show the world her full potential. Do not confuse this change in the protagonist with futility, Rin is much more complex. Court got hurt a lot in the past. It is shocking when the reader discovers what actually happened, but it serves to understand the character and understand his behavior in some situations. He takes time to accept that he is falling in love, but when he acknowledges, he takes no pains to show how sincere he is. The antagonists were important, each with its motives. Bianca was the personification of interest, that person who has no scruples to achieve what she wants. Court's father and stepmother were despicable. Rin and Court irritated me in a few moments, but nothing to compromise the story. His ultimate idea for saving her was not his best decision. Good thing he fixes the damage. We have the story of the ugly duckling who finds an enchanted prince. And beautiful works of art on the backdrop.