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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

A Contemporary Romance
Blog Tour: July 24-August 2
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 café, 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.
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*Sweet Thing will be on sale for $2.99 the two weeks of the blog tour so get it while it's cheap!
Sweet ThingSweet Thing by Renee Carlino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*4.5 Stars*

“Sometimes it takes the love of others to show us who we really are.”

Sweet Thing is more than just a story. It’s a book about self-discovery and the bumps that we endure on that journey.

“Sweet Thing –I think I love you.”
That pretty much sums it up for me. This book was beautifully written and very enjoyable. The ranges of emotions that you experience vary from chapter to chapter. I was elated one minute, crying the next, and laughing a little bit later. I found myself completely engrossed in the story. I couldn’t put it down.

I usually give a synopsis of the story in my reviews, but I am not going to do that. This story really doesn’t need that. I will say what I thought of the characters. Mia was at a precipice unable to take that leap of faith into the unknown. She was going through a very rough period. Mia tended to over analyze anything and everything to the point of dissection. She was unable to accept things for what they were, even when they were staring her in the face. I sometimes found this a bit annoying and frustrating to the point where I wanted to shake her, but I still enjoyed her as a character.

I really enjoyed Mia’s friend Jenny; she was up front and honest. Where Mia over complicated everything, Jenny simplified it to the root. They balanced each other out very nicely.

Martha gave some of the best cryptic advice. She was full of one-liners that made you think, but fit so perfectly. Like this one…
“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Okay, Will. Will was perfection. There really is not a better word for him. He was talented, attentive, caring, and patient. He really deserves sainthood for being so patient with Mia allowing her to figure out what it was she needed and wanted. Did I mention that he was a musician and had tattoos? Yep! He was so very hot and sexy. I would give anything to see his talking to god look.

This book is a must read immediately. Don’t wait you will not be disappointed.

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1. The Smirks- Ask
2. Muddy Waters- I'm your hoochie coochi man
3. The Allman Brothers- Little Martha
4. Tori Amos- Icicle
5. Gymnopedie No. 1
6. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
7. The Divine Miss M- Do You Want to Dance
8. Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam- Yellow Ledbetter
9. T.I.- Live Your Life
10. Van Morrison- Sweet Thing
11. Etta James- At Last
12. Jon Schmidt- All of Me
13. Willie Nelson- Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground
14. The Adolescence- I Hate Children
15. Nina Simone- Sinnerman
16. Bob Dylan- The Girl From North Country
17. Patti Smith- Horses
18. Rolling Stones-Wild Horses
19. Rolling Stones-Schoolboy Blues
20. Sinead O'Connor- Nothing Compares
"I couldn't say the words because the feeling had unearthed a new sensation that I had no experience with in a relationship...fear. It's a plaguing, unruly affliction that clouds any happiness born from real love. It's a fool who thinks love will set him free. Love equals a morbid and relentless fear of losing the other person. It's a freak-accident fear, a piece of space junk falling from the sky and obliterating him, leaving nothing but his smoking boots. It's the unfortunate-organ-defect fear--suddenly, on his thirtieth birthday, the little crack in his heart that's been there since birth will rear its ugly head and take him in his sleep while he's spooning you. It's the only way to know you're really in love, when you ask the question would it be harder to watch him die, or to know he'll watch you die? Is there more mercy in being the one who does the watching or being the one who does the dying? It's when you realize what mercy-killing actually means, it's when you actually care to the point of tormenting worry. It's not roses and white horses, it's fucking brutal and it can send a person running for the hills. To love is brave and Will was the bravest person knew."

Author Bio
Renee'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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