Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Giveaway and Review: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

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 Star Review
“What are my hopes and dreams?...I have them, Mia. That’s all you need to know.” Will

 Mia is a 25-year-old who likes to be in control and only makes the “right” choices. Who defines what is the right choice? Your heart or your mind? She has the fear ingrained in her that by being a musician or falling in love with a musician is not the sensible thing to do. She was the prodigy of a father who lived freely and enjoyed the music and arts and a mother who needed structure in her life. Her parent’s relationship didn’t survive so why would another musician in her life be able to provide the hopes and dreams of her future?

Mia is moving back to New York following the death of her father. She is a graduate of an Ivy League college with a degree in business. She is living in her father’s apartment and running his business while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. Will is a musician living in New York playing from bar to bar. His and Mia’s first encounter is hilarious. I know from this meeting that Will is somebody that I will like. He’s a free spirit, but we get a glimpse at his neurotic tendencies when he’s uncomfortable. I loved Will’s sense of humor and the witty notes he would leave Mia. Will and Mia make sweet music together. They are so much alike and have the same passion for music. Why can’t Mia see that what is right in front of her is who she belongs with? She doesn’t belong with “Banker Bob” but according to Mia, Banker Bob is the right choice. Mia is so scared to get involved with Will because she doesn’t feel that being a musician playing in the bars and renting a room is stable enough for the future. She feels that Will has no hopes or dreams for his future and just lives day to day. That’s not Mia, she needs to be in control of her future.

Will is offered a huge opportunity and he tests his feet in the water. He makes a decision that Mia doesn’t agree with and Mia speaks out from her head and not her heart.

“You ruined me.” Will **wipes tears away from my eyes**

I loved Will…I’ll say it again…I loved Will. He was a breath of fresh air with his humor. If you read How to Kill a Rockstar and enjoyed Paul you will enjoy Will. Mia, Mia, Mia…I can’t even count how many times you frustrated me with your sensible thinking and how your words hurt Will. For all the angst lovers, this book does not disappoint. The last 15% I spent reading swallowing back a painful lump in my throat.

“…Share your love, your passion, your fears
your hopes, and your dreams
…Share your special soul with me
and I promise to
give you all of mine.” – Mia

 Are Mia’s words enough or has too much time gone by before she spoke with her heart instead of her head?

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  1. I absolutely loved this book! Crossing my fingers that I get a signed copy!


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