Monday, March 10, 2014

Review | "Sweet Thing" by Renee Carlino

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino
New Adult Romance published January 7, 2014
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

"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.
My Thoughts...
I loved this book and I will say that I think it was one of the better books I have read in this genre.  I gave this book 5 stars and I have to say that all 5 stars go to Will Ryan...he is my new book boyfriend.  There is no doubt that he is the best part of this book even though it's told from Mia's perspective.  I really wish there had been alternating chapters with at least some of it from Will's POV. 

This story is essentially about Mia and how she thinks she knows what she wants, but how she has to learn to deal with the fact that things don't always work out the way you plan.  Mia is a young woman with a passion for music but a head for business, when her father dies unexpectedly she moves to New York City to take over the cafe that he left to her.  She meets Will, initially, on the plane to New York and they had an instant connection, but lost touch for a time once they landed.  They meet up again and she tells him she is looking for a room mate so they end up living in the same house.  Will is a bit of a wild one, he's a musician who is pretty much a genius with any instrument he picks up, but he's in a band where he is in the background.  After a time he ends us out on his own and playing his own music which is pretty awesome.  

All this time, while it's clear they have feelings for each other, they keep their distance romantically.  This is all Mia's doing though.  She is the one who set the ground rules for their relationship, but it's clear she has feelings for him as well.  They become closer as friends while dating other people, which is hard since they are both jealous.

Ok, I had a really hard time with Mia for most of the book.  I got tired of her attitude toward Will and how she treated him.  I felt like she needed to stop being so self-centered and spend some time actually thinking about how she was making him feel.  I got that she was grieving the loss of her father and the life she thought she wanted, but she needed to learn to be more flexible and considerate of the people who loved her.  For a time she alienated everyone who cared about her because of how selfish she acted.  She did learn from her mistakes and she eventually became a better and much happier person, but I felt so bad for all her friends while she was working through it all.  I guess that was kind of the point of the story though!

I really did love the book, they story was wonderful and I can't wait to see what Renee has in store for us in her next book!  This is a New Adult book and does have some pretty intense and steamy love scenes.  If you like a good New Adult read then I can't recommend this book highly enough!

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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