Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Sweet Little Thing (Sweet Thing #1.5) by Renee Carlino

So, so, so excited for the release of Sweet Little Thing and it was everything I hoped it would be.  Such a fabulous conclusion to Will and Mia's story - you won't want to miss it!!

Read on for an Excerpt, my review and be sure to enter the giveaway where you can win a signed copy of Sweet Little Thing and a $20 Amazon Gift Card!!

Title: Sweet Little Thing (Sweet Thing #1.5) 
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2014

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.

Copyright © 2014 by Renée Carlino
“I have a complaint.” I said.

She climbed up next to me and cuddled her face up to my bare chest, then she used her index finger to trace a line down my happy trail to the belt on my jeans.

“What sort of complaint, Wilbur?” Ah, Mia’s sexy voice.

I reached down and ran my hand up her thigh. “You should not wear these pants around that horny little High School Musical kid.”

She popped up and looked me straight in the face. “He totally looks like Zac Efron, huh?”

“Mia, he practically shot off a load just staring at your ass.”

She punched me in the chest. “That is vulgar, Will Ryan.”

“It’s true. You can’t dress like that around him.” I tackled her back down on the bed and hovered over her.

“I thought you liked these pants.”

“I do.” I began kissing my way down her body. I lifted her shirt and kissed the swell of each breast before moving down the center of her body. “But you know what I like better than you in these pants?”

“Me out of these pants?”

“Am I that predictable?” I said as I quickly peeled them off her body.

“Yes.” She sighed.

I sat back on my heels. “You’re beautiful.”

Holding her leg from behind her knee, I kissed my way up the inside, from her calf to her thigh and all the way up to her panties. I peeled the lace from her hips with my teeth and then down to her ankles as slowly as possible. She lay there naked from the waist down, watching me gaze at her, hungry for her. Her skin was pure white and it contrasted so strikingly against her dark eyes and hair. She was an authentic beauty. I leaned over her body, putting my weight on my hands, which were placed on each side of her head. Her eyes were searching mine. She whimpered and then tried to lift her face up to kiss me.

I drew my head back. “Uh uh, I don’t think so.” I nuzzled my nose into her neck and trailed kisses to her ear. I whispered, “Stay just like this. Don’t go anywhere.” I planted a swift kiss on her lips and jumped off the bed. “I’m goin’ to play B-ball with Tyler. Be back in a few.”

As I left the room, I glanced over my shoulder and saw her lying there completely still, her mouth open in shock. I got halfway down the hallway before she finally yelled, “Asshole!”

I bent in the hallway and patted June’s head. She rolled over and then got back on her feet and trotted off toward our bedroom.

Before walking out the door, I called back to Mia, “Who’s predictable now, sweet thing?”

As a huge fan of Sweet Thing I had been waiting, waiting for the release of Sweet Little Thing and jumped straight to it as soon as I received my copy. I fell in love with Will when I read Sweet Thing. He was sensitive, creative, considerate, sexy ... well you get the picture and I was thrilled at how quickly I reconnected with him in this book. Where Sweet Thing was more so Mia's story Sweet Little Thing is more Will's. It is primarily told from Will's perspective and provides further insight to his character - which I just loved.

Carlino has an absolutely gorgeous writing style. Her characters have depth and substance and I loved the interactions between them. Where it took some time for Will and Mia to finally come together in Sweet Thing their connection is undeniable in Sweet Little Thing. They are so in tune with each other, it is almost as if they are an extension of one another.
"We were always so in sync that it 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."
Where Mia had frustrated me significantly before, she has absolutely found herself and it shines through in Sweet Little Thing. There is a confidence about her, a comfort in her relationship and she and Will rise to every challenge they are presented with ... together.

You absolutely must read Sweet Thing before you read Sweet Little Thing - and if you've read Sweet Thing I don't think you'll need any encouragement to pick up this next installment in the story. It provides a wonderful extension of the original book and I loved the conclusion to Will and Mia's story.

5 out of 5 stars

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