Review by Sophie ~ Sweet Thing & Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino



Ever wonder what happened after the final pages of Sweet Thing?

From his candid and sometimes neurotic point of view, Will tells all in this musical and sexy follow-up novella to Renée Carlino’s USA Today Bestseller.

Life is pure bliss for Mia and Will.  They have a puppy, a loft in Brooklyn, and a new music studio on the rise.   It seems things couldn’t get any better for this talented couple when life decides to throw them a sweet little curve ball.

They quickly learn that things don’t always go according to plan.  Sometimes happily ever after is one giant leap of faith away.
With the help of good music, good friends, and one eccentric old lady, they overcome a few of life’s little bumps to find the sweetest thing of all.

Watch this duo grow in more ways than one in SWEET Little THING.

Available March 4th


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♥ ARC was provided in exchange for honest review ♥

I love it when I come across an author that latches on to your soul and sucks you in.  You know that whatever they may write you will buy the book and read it without knowing what it is even about.  Their talent leaps off the pages and owns you.  I have discovered an author in the past year that has totally owned me.  I first read Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino last year and immediately became a huge fan.  Mia and Will quickly became one of my favorite book couples and I felt like I was part of their family.  So when the opportunity to review Sweet Little Thing – a novella continuing their story – I literally jumped for joy!  Oh, did Renee not disappoint me.  Sweet Little Thing was AMAZING!!!  Just what I needed.  It was so nice to get my Mia and Will fix plus get a few little bonus surprises.  I swear I was meant to live in this story.  I just want to pack up and move to the village and make beautiful music.  This is a one sitting read and you will not want to be interrupted.  You need to seclude yourself a way and enjoy the story. Thank you Renee for allowing me the opportunity to review and I can’t wait to see what  you have up your sleeve next.


♥ Sophie



“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.

A “heartbreaking and romantic” (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.

♥ AMAZON ♥ B&N ♥


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♥ ARC was provided in exchange for honest review ♥

Atria Books gave me the opportunity to read the paperback book of Sweet Thing and I think I love the book even more than the first time I read it!!

“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… then you’ll hear the sound of your soul”

Sweet Thing is definitely one of the best books I have read this year.  Such an amazing story of personal growth, love and loss. Beautifully written, and such a heartwarming story, I couldn’t put it down.  It was one of those books that you wanted to know what happens yet you don’t want the book to end because you love the characters so much.

Mia… Even though she thinks she has her life planned out before her, her father’s death is a catalyst for change.  He represents the free-spirited, music loving person hidden in Mia and when she loses him Mia can’t fight her true inner self.  I could visualize the East Village, his coffee shop, the eclectic cast of characters that play a huge role in Mia’s life.  I felt like I was right there experiencing everything with them.  Even though there were times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and slap Mia silly for fighting her true self, I still loved her.  I felt such a connection to her and really wanted things to work out for her.

Will… He is such a beautiful person, inside and out. I loved this character and god I wanted to have lots of babies with him….. He is such a care free, honest, hunk of man and the way Renee wrote his character, he just jumped to life off the pages.  Hot musician, heart of gold, what more could you want.  The spirit he brought to the book (and Mia)  was truly magical.  I rooted for him every step of the way. It is so nice to have a male lead that you don’t want to throttle at times. He was strong but real and it really is a nice change.

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

I loved the way music was incorporated into this story and it has an awesome playlist.  My music collection definitely rivals my book collection and quite a few of the songs are songs that were already important to me.  This book made me want to move to the East Village and find my own inner music goddess and my own Will, but unfortunately I have no musical talent what so ever.

All in all this is just an amazing read and is beautifully written. I must say I did shed quite a few tears and I was shocked to find out this is Renee’s first novel. I look forward to reading everything else she puts out.  Renee is a master storyteller for sure.

5 *****

♥ Sophie

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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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