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Promo/Reviews: Sweet Little Thing: Renee Carlino



Sweet Little Thing (Sweet Thing 1.5)
Renee Carlino
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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.



All I could think about was Mia. I saw, like in a  film reel flashing in front of me, the last year of my life. I watched the heartache and the happiness and the moments of unrelenting bliss when we were in each other's arms. I thought about every mundane moment that makes up that gray area in a person's life...Mia turned the most unremarkable moments into moments I cherished.

We followed the roller coaster of a courtship of Will and Mia in Sweet Thing. Their relationship was complicated by fear, miscommunication, insecurities, and drama. And I have to admit that there were times I wanted to shake Mia or just run off with sweet Will myself. But they finally came together. This novella begins after their happy ending and is an extended epilogue into their future. 

What happened with their careers? Did they get married? Start a family? What about Tyler and Jenny?

While the first  was full of angst, this novella was sweeter and happier despite some challenges they faced. 

I loved Will all along and really enjoyed his point of view. He is adorable, funny, caring and devoted. He makes me laugh and swoon. Mia took me longer to warm up to in the first book due to her indecision, but she grew on me once she figured out what she wanted.  And together they are so compatible and so real. They have a witty rapport, share similar interests, passion, a deep connection, and feelings. They have really grown and matured together. I enjoyed seeing how their lives and relationship progressed and how they faced issues together. 

We were always so in sync that I felt like we'd been together for centuries, but in a good way. I was convinced we had lived twenty thousand lives, and in each one, we had found each other, like two tiny magnets in a drawer the size of the universe. She and I fit and moved together with such ease, I couldn't imagine ever being with anyone else. 

This was funny, heart warming, emotional and definitely sweet. There were some touching, humorous, and heart felt moments that made me smile. This was a perfect little treat to end to a wonderful love story. Well a couple of good love stories actually. I enjoyed seeing where Will, Mia, Tyler, and Jenny all ended up. I like their eclectic group of friends and family and the way that they love and support each other. These characters just kind of burrowed into my heart and I will think of them fondly.

"We have everything we need right here, between us..."

Thanks to Renee Carlino for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 



Will and Mia are back in Sweet Little Thing. This novella picks up after the resolution of the back and forth that was Sweet Thing and gives us a taste of what’s next for Will, Mia, Jenny, and Tyler.

I strained to listen to the sound I’ve heard so many times before when I’m in Mia’s presence. It’s quiet, but if I tune everything else out, I can hear it. It’s the divine sound of my soul. It’s the sound I hear when I know everything is right in my world. 

Will is such a sweet man. He knew what he wanted in Sweet Thing and wasn’t afraid to take risks to make his dreams a reality. Now that he’s got Alchemy Sound Studios up and running, he has a whole new set of musical challenges to overcome, including a pretty faced artist with no writing ability who needs a chart topping album. And the challenges with Mia aren’t over either. Add a mischievous puppy, June, to the mix, and Will is kept on his toes throughout Sweet Little Thing. 

Mia is much more stable and confident now, which was so much easier to read than her indecision of the past. She finally knows what she wants. Well, she knows she wants Will. The rest of the future still causes her indecision, but at least the running is done. 

They are such a real couple. Their internal conflicts are honest and true, and I love the way they work through the challenges that face them in Sweet Little Thing. Their reactions are true to their characters but also show the growth that they’ve both experienced since we saw them last. 

“It means the beauty and wonder that I see in you every day colors each page of my life and makes it more vibrant. You make my experiences more meaningful.” 

Because of the growth they’ve both made, this book was less angst filled than the first. It was a wonderful, quick glimpse at the future Mia and Will can look forward to. Jenny and Tyler are back too, filling those best friend roles perfectly -- pushing, supporting, and complementing Mia and Will throughout. I’m so glad we have this novella to get the answers of what’s next for Will and Mia.

Thanks to Renee Carlino for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 


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"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.



Renee Carlino Website/Facebook/Twitter



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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