Title: Sweet Thing
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets
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.
“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 me die? Is there more mercy in being the one who does the watching or in 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 I knew.”
About the author...
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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This story was unique, beautiful and I absolutely loved it. There were times I wanted to scream in frustration but I could not put this book down.
Mia decides to move to New York City after her father passes away to take over his coffee shop. On the flight there she meets Will. He is seated next to her on the plane and he is so not a good flier. She spends the entire flight trying to occupy him so he doesn't flip out.
Fast forward a bit and Mia is looking to rent out a room in her apartment. Will ends up being her roommate. He is attracted to her right away. She on the other hand wants a man who is financially stable, more of a suit and tie kind of guy. Will does not fit the bill. Not that she doesn't find him sexy as hell, she just refuses to act on it. He is not only sexy but so damn sweet to her.
I was not a big fan of Mia through out most the story. I thought she was immature and very shallow. I did change my tune closer to the end. She wanted him, she didn't want him and I just wanted to scream make up your damn mind for the love of all that is holy!! Although I didn't like Mia at first I believe her imperfections enhanced the story line.
I think the reason I loved this story so much is because it wasn't your typical cookie cutter romance. It had depth and insight into the characters emotions that so many other stories lack. Well done Renee Carlino! You now have one more stalker..I mean fan.