January 31, 2014

Title: Sweet Thing
Author: Renée Carlino
Series: Sweet Thing #1
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Published: April 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: “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.

**I received a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster,

but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 5 huge puffy stars and hearts What a beautiful love story, all the sad parts, the hurting words…every single bit made for a fantastic heartfelt read.

Plot, Pacing, and Style: This is the story of Mia finding herself. She’s done well for herself, but questions what she truly wants to do with her life. Her father passed away and left her his cafe in NYC. She decided this was the push she needed to move ahead with her life and makes the move to Manhattan. She never expected that crossing paths and becoming friends with Will would be so important. While their attraction is immediate, Mia fights it so that she can remain friends because it would be so much simpler. Will was right when he told her that she was one of the most guarded people he had ever met, she truly really never let anyone into her heart…this story showed how Mia was able to break down some of the walls she kept up and finally find happiness.

The pacing was good, but frustrating because I was dying for more to happen!! Luckily sometimes 2 weeks would pass so we were able to move ahead. The story was told from Mia’s POV, and I actually loved being only in her head. However, we did get a bit of a bonus at the end. Thank you, Ms. Carlino!

Main Characters:  I loved Mia and I loved Will, but sometimes Mia frustrated me. Now, just because she frustrated me doesn’t mean I didn’t like her. I felt like Jenny. I still loved her, but wanted her to know that she messed up big time…several times. No one is perfect, and I loved Mia in spite of the things she sometimes said to Will, and the way she pushed him away. I was nearly shouting at my kindle, “just let him in, let him love you!!!” But I loved every second of it.

Now Will was delicious and my is new book boyfriend. I loved everything about him. He was hot, talented, funny, and had a temper. Oh yeah, I loved his temper because it made him so real and f*cking hot. He was thrown a lot of crap, but he kept going, surviving. Like I said, I loved him so very much.

Romance/Chemistry: BRUTAL in a really good angsty, USTy kind of way. Yeah, I know what you are thinking but don’t. It was fantastic. Also, Will had the patience of a saint. The smexy wasn’t overdone either, which was awesome. Sometimes less is more, and it was perfect the way it was done here.

Title/Cover: *sings* I love the title!!! It was amaaaazing, pretty baby. The cover, well, I saw a different one on GR and I guess I don’t really love either. I don’t know, nothing struck me, but both are still pretty. I feel like neither are “wow” and the book might get passed over often…and it shouldn’t.

Heart-wrenching level: Oh Mia, what did you do? Will left Mia many, many notes during this story, but one note in particular was a top level heart breaker. Hold me.

Ending: I loved it. I feel complete, like my heart is bursting. This is a stand alone novel, but Ms. Carlino has a novella about what happens after, Sweet Little Thing. I think I might explode with happiness just thinking of all the feels I’m going to have.

Gripes/suggestions: I needed one more really good cuddle/love scene. I waited so long and just felt like I needed to be rewarded for all my patience. What can I say? I’m greedy.

Final Thoughts/Rec it? A million billion trillion times yes. Loved. it. This story is going to stick with me and in my heart for a long time.

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