REVIEW – Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

 

You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.

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“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.

“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”

“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we

“We were practically naked every second of the day.”

“I like that.”

“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”

“What are they like? Our children.”

“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”

Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?

His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.

“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be.”

I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”

 

Whitney’s Six Star Review

I have a lot of wishes related to this story…

I wish the book hadn’t ended.
I wish I had my own Adam.
I wish I had my own Seth.
I wish Renee was a super human and could publish a book every month so I never had to wait for her magic again!

Charlotte’s story with Adam and Seth is beautiful, heart breaking and life affirming. Renee’s books have always held a bit of magic for me. The way she develops her characters, the slow burn you feel as the story come together, the inevitable angst, and of course, a happily ever after. I haven’t decided yet if Wish You Were Here will replace Sweet Thing as my favorite of hers yet. Guess I’ll have to re-read them both and then figure it out. Oh darn, another Renee re-read. Someone save me. Hopefully you can see my eyes rolling and feel the sarcasm there because seriously, we all know Renee’s books are better the second time around!

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of her books before, you will love this one too. It’s contemporary and though the blurb implies a love triangle, it’s really not. Charlotte’s journey with both of the wonderful men in this book make sense once you get to the end. You’ll just have to cry a little to get there. Or a lot in my case since I woke my husband up at 1am while crying about this book. Whoopsie!

It’s hard to express the things I most enjoyed without giving the storyline away but I will say that I was conflicted a few times regarding Seth and Adam. I was even a little conflicted on the storyline and where it was going. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, it just made me feel so many emotions that I went back and forth. I think for those that believe in Fate or that there is a reason for life turning out the way it does, this book will speak to you. When I reached the end of the story, every tear I cried and every chuckle was worth it and made sense. Charlotte goes on the journey she’s meant to, as do Adam and Seth. The connections between them all were meant to be and that really gave me a true sense of happily ever after.

Thank you, Renee, for another fabulous book! I can’t wait until the next one.

 

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

 

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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

 

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Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

 

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Whitney’s Five Star Review

Renee Carlino is good at breaking hearts. Every book she writes makes me cry at some point but I think Lucian Divine might take the cake as far as angst goes. And the thing is, it’s not actually a sad book. There are a lot of lighter and funny moments as well.

At it’s heart, Lucian Divine is about star crossed love. Lucian, a guardian angel, breaks all the rules falling for his charge, Evey and even more so by telling her. Their love is not meant to be and this line is probably what caused the most tears:

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together…”

Argh!! See what I mean? I don’t want to spoil anything but the story has it’s ups and downs emotionally. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. Lucian is so adorable neurotic and so sexy. Evey is a sweet heroine and the pain she and Lucian go through to try and be together is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Renee did a great job developing the characters and throwing in some light moments like the Star Wars Bar. I totally wish that was real! I won’t lie, the emotional upheavals were frustrating at times but I love angst so it really worked for me. This story isn’t pretty but I loved it.

This is contemporary fantasy because of the Guardian Angel aspect so keep in mind you have to suspend belief a bit. I love fantasy and paranormal so again, not an issue for me. But if you’re a fan of this author don’t expect something exactly like her other books. Renee took a risk with this and for me, it paid off. Highly recommended!

 

Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

RELEASE BLITZ – Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

 

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I can’t wait for everyone to meet Lucian!  My first top read of the year.  — Whitney

luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

Blog Tour and Review-Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

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ABOUT SWEAR ON THIS LIFE:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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I absolutely loved Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino. Renee has a way of pulling you in from the very beginning and not letting go until the very end. This is a beautiful story about two childhood friends that reconnect later in life in a very unusual way. This book does contain a love triangle so please read with caution.

Emiline and Jase grew up next door to each other. They both grew up with single parents and not with the most ideal living conditions. They were always there to support each other until one night when one of them goes through something horrible and ends up in foster care. Years go by and both Emiline and Jason move on with their lives and they never hear from each other again.

Emiline is now working on publishing a book and is working as an assistant professor of writing. She is struggling with her writing so her friend gives her a book by best-selling author J. Colby. As she begins to read the book she feels like she is reading her life story. She does some research on the author and soon realizes that it is her childhood love Jase. She can’t believe that he wrote and published a book about their childhood. She isn’t happy with some of the things he wrote in the book so she decides to go and confront him at a signing. What will happen when these two see each other for the first time in years? Will they still have the same spark they had all those years ago or will they both be happy with the current relationships they are in?

“We can’t always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can’t be scared to do it.”

I loved the deep connection between the two main characters. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I loved the emotional rollercoaster this story took me on. I can’t wait to see what Renee is working on next.

**4 Stars**

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Renée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. 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 her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

 

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Spotlight Review – Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

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SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renée Carlino

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When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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Sometimes you come across a book that just resonates with you. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing that stood out because everything about the story enamored you. Swear on this Life is one of those books for me. It’s been nearly two weeks since I finished and I have yet to really move on from Jase and Emiline.

Renee set the bar pretty high for me with Before We Were Strangers and I am pleased to report this book is of similar caliber. Deep rooted emotion, rich character development and a heartbreakingly beautiful love story fill the pages of Swear on this Life. It was difficult to read at times because my heart ached for all these two encountered and endured. But I was renewed by their determination to rise above their circumstances.

It was quite the experience to see the two stories unfold in parallel. Traversing the separate but related storylines was relatively seamless and I applaud Renee on a job well done. If you enjoy love stories that are brimming with emotion and that will stay with you beyond the final page, I highly recommend Swear on this Life.

*I was provided a complimentary copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Renee Carlino pictureRenée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. 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 her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

 

 

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Cover Reveal-Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

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Renée recently revealed the cover of her newest novel, SWEAR ON THIS LIFE, on Vilma’s Book Blog!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Renée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. 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 her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renée Carlino

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Spotlight Review – Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Before We Were Strangers

by Renee Carlino

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

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Before We Were Strangers is an extraordinary story of second chances that will resonate in your soul, fill your heart and make you believe in the resiliency of love.

Sweet Perfection – those two words embody exactly how I feel about this book. With characters that will latch onto your heart and burrow in your soul, you can’t help but cling to the hope that love is strong enough to overcome anything. Even now, weeks later, I cannot stop thinking about Matt and Grace and the mark they left on my heart.

Their college years were fun and reminiscent of my own carefree college experience. Watching them fall in love was simply beautiful. While I adored the younger version of Matt and Grace, I fell head over heels for their older and wiser characters. I know that we would be fast friends in real life and there is a slight void left in their absence.

I experienced quite the emotional rollercoaster with this book in just the perfect doses to ensure that I will not forget these characters or this story. It’s definitely sitting at the top of my favorite reads for 2015. Though it was my first book from Renee Carlino, I can assure it will not be my last.

*I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating: 6 STARS – This book is everything and then some.

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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women’s novels. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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New Release and Review – Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Before We Were Strangers

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

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Whitney’s Six Star Review

A masterfully crafted novel, Before We Were Strangers is Renee Carlino’s best work yet.  This book is probably my favorite of 2015 so far and deserving of more than 5 stars.

Everything about Matt and Grace’s story drew me in.  Their characters are people you might live next door to and be friends with.  As college students, they have a vibrancy and silliness to them which is refreshing and real.  The build from friendship to love moved at a perfect pace and I enjoyed how the story moved from the present, to the past, then back to the present.  I’d say the majority of the story is told from Matt’s POV but Grace has her fair share of chapters as well which helps to connect the reader to both of them.

Their break up is heart breaking and I definitely shed a few tears over the mistakes and misunderstandings of their young love.  Sometimes the timing just isn’t right and that is what really happens to Matt and Grace.  Luckily, 15 years later they have another chance at love if they can move beyond the pain they have caused each other.

There is no way my review can do this book justice.  Every chapter is important, every word meaningful.  I laughed, I cried, I shook my head in frustration… everything!  Renee’s writing has a magically subtle quality to it that I always find refreshing.  Yes, she mixes in some steamy moments and sexual tension but really she relies on character development and weaving a beautiful story.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

**This is a stand alone second chance romance

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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women’s novels. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW – After the Rain by Renee Carlino

We are excited to spotlight Renee Carlino our on Facebook page all week and even more happy to bring you her new release, After the Rain.  Please stop by our page HERE where you can check out all of Renee’s books and enter a GIVEAWAY where you can win signed paperbacks and ebooks!

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AFTER THE RAIN by Renee Carlino

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Paperback | On sale: November 11, 2014 | ISBN: 9781476763996 | 304 pages | $15.00

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

In AFTER THE RAIN, eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, not knowing that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her.

A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces.

Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word. As he discovers the details of her devastating past, Avelina teaches him more about matters of the heart than he ever knew before. But can they trust each other enough to put everything on the line?

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Whitney’s Five Star Review

Renee has outdone herself with After the Rain. All of her books have a very emotional quality to them but ATR was absolutely gut wrenching.  This is a beautifully dramatic story of one young woman’s journey to love and forgiveness and the man who needs to be saved just as badly as she does.

Avelina falls in love quickly at a young age with her handsome cowboy. Life is perfect for a short time but when tragedy strikes, she is left to mourn the life she will never get back.

Nate is also struggling personally and professionally when he comes to hide out on the Montana Ranch so different from his usual California lifestyle. He is immediately drawn to the standoffish but beautiful Avelina.

Despite her painful past, she can’t but help let Nate in. These two vastly imperfect characters have a beautiful friendship that turns to love. But love isn’t always enough and these two characters soon realize this.

This may be a story of two people learning to love each other but most importantly it is a story of two people learning to love themselves despite their past mistakes and imperfections. Only when you truly love yourself can you really love someone else. And this is the biggest battle for Nate and Avelina. Loving each other is much easier than loving themselves.

So WOW! Just WOW! I love Renee’s books and I had a feeling this one was going to tear me apart and it did. Although Renee’s writing style is evident in her beautiful words and amazing character development, ATR is a bit darker, more emotional in a “I needed an extra box of tissues” way.

This author is all about the character development and the stories she weaves. She can really paint a picture of not only faces but scenery as well. I love how the book journeys over many years which I think really adds to the development of the story and lets us know our characters even more.

Avelina is a complicated but likable heroine and she undergoes a wonderful transformation as the story continues. Nate is amazing but for every five times he makes you swoon, there will be a time you want to slap him as well. I love that though, it makes him much more realistic.

I highly recommend this book. It’s contemporary with a lot of sexual tension and definitely some steamy scenes as well. But as always with Renee, the focus is the story and the characters which is what put her in the “I’ll read anything she writes” category of authors for me.

Five Wonderful Stars!

Meet Renee Carlino

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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. She is the author of Sweet Thing, Sweet Little Thing and the stand alone, Nowhere But Here. Find Renee online at http://reneecarlino.com/

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SPOTLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT & GIVEAWAY – Renee Carlino

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We are excited to welcome Renee Carlino to our Spotlight Feature for the week of November 9th.

Please tune in to A Literary Perusal as we spotlight Renee:

 

Monday – Meet the Author

Tuesday – Teasers

Wednesday – What’s Next

Thursday – Thank an Author

Friday – Fun Facts

 

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