Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: "Sweet Thing" by Renee Carlino

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing
(Sweet Thing #1)

Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old cafĂ©, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker.

A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.

4.5 - 5 Stars 

"...sometimes we figure things out and then life changes and we have to figure it all out again."  

I am in love and his name is Will Ryan!!! 
This guy is the PERFECT! I promise you, perfect! Hot, artistic but not in the hippie kind of way, a talented musician yet not the bad boy rockstar, gentle yet not a wuss, and a true romantic!!! Very swoon worthy!!! Trust me. 

"To love is brave and Will was the bravest person I knew."

Now that I got that out of the way, let's talk about this awesome book.
Mia's life suddenly changed when her father unexpectedly passed away. She moves to NY to live in her father's apartment while running his cafe. On the plane ride to NY, she meets Will..

Couple of weeks (I think) later, they see each other again. Looking for a roommate, Mia offers the extra room to Will since he coincidentally, was looking for a new place. So yeah, he moves in. Lucky girl!!!!!!!! If only Mia wasn't so stubborn! She wants to keep a strictly-friends type of relationship with Will even though she is very much attracted to him. She has her life "planned out" and wants someone by her side that can offer her the stability her father couldn't offer her mother. So the fact that Will is a musician, brought them closer but at the same time, kept them apart. You see, Mia too is a musician and a very talented one, so  they easily bonded and connected through their love and passion for music. 

Like the synopsis states, this is a "story of self-discovery."  We're taken through Mia's journey full of ups and downs, making decisions based on information she thinks she knows.  She's grieving the death of her father while trying to figure out everything in her life and realizing that things aren't always as they seem. 

"It's pure pain and pure surrender when your soul cries without any fight from your body.."

Her 'friendship' with Will goes back and forth. Their feelings for each other complicate those "life plans" she has and makes her question everything. Oh, did I mention his nickname for her??

"Happy New Year, sweet thing."

"Mia, I'm crazy about you."

*swoon* I swear, Will is the best! He never pissed me off... never! Mia on the other hand, did.  There were moments where she really frustrated me, but I get that it all comes down to her being scared. I mean, life literally pulled the rug right from under her without so much as a warning. 

Something I truly loved about "Sweet Thing" was how music played such an important role in the story line. It was really amazing and made the connection between the characters that more intense and special. 
Okay, another thing I LOVED was the ending!!!! I was kind of scared for a while there, but everything just came together perfectly. Awesome! 

Overall, this is a phenomenal book. I wanted to give it the full 5 stars, but Mia's hesitations sometimes really threw me off. So it's somewhere in between 4.5 and 5 Stars ... leaning more towards the 5 though. 

I recommend this book!!!  

"Never let me go." 
He tightened his grip as his mouth moved to my ear. "Never". 
"Where have you been?"
"Waiting for you."

** A copy of "Sweet Thing" was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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About the Author:
Renee Carlino 

Renee CarlinoRenee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. 
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