Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Sweet Thing by Renée Carlino

5 stars Sweet Thing by Renée Carlino.

So the saying goes "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never is". As it is, Sweet Thing revolves around the power of love and learning to let go. It is a soul searing, beautifully written story of self-discovery and friendship.

Renée Carlino is truly an artist. She paints pictures in my mind with words and her characters live and breathe. Reliving Sweet Thing through the eyes of Mia makes me feel like having gone on an intense emotional rollercoaster ride. I smile and laugh; sob and cry all the same. Likewise, the love scenes are steamy but they stir emotions rather than my libido. And that is what I really appreciate in an exceptionally good love story.

I love the way Mia and Will's relationship develops and evolves, and how it affects and changes each of them. I am hooked on every page, every sentence, every word from beginning to ending from the moment I start reading. The prologue and epilogue are penned in such an unusual way that makes them very original and remarkably unique as this is the first time I have read them as such.

This is one of the best debut novels that I have read so far and I will definitely be looking forward to more from Renée Carlino.

Publisher: Renée Carlino
Publication date: 14 Apr 2013 (first published 17 Mar 2013)


“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She’s an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions-for him, for music-but her father’s legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

*Blurb from author's website*

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