Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino: 5 Star Review



A jaded Chicago reporter in her twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius in this rich and deeply satisfying contemporary romance by the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing.Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery. Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.biz/Nowhere-but-Here/Renee-Carlino/9781476763965#sthash.WbtcdKvv.jHYOo64w.dpuf


Clare's Review:
Well I am currently a great big soppy mushy romantic mess right now. Words cannot express how sweetly romantic this book is! I loved every single moment.
I loved Katy's (I call her Katy) quirkiness and vulnerability and I loved Jaime's...well I loved his quirkiness and vulnerability too! Plus, his arms...abs....tattoos....anyway...
This is a story of two very real, lost souls finding each other and realizing that life has so much more for them. Or it could if they would let it.
Jaime is proof that not all book boyfriends have to be crazed alpha cavemen (not that I mind those). He's written into a man who takes your breath away because he feels so strongly and is so secure in who he is or maybe in who he has become. And he does all this while still being so sexy and masculine. In short, I heart him. I lust after him.
Kate is a little bit of a mess with what life has thrown her way, and she's just muddling through. But deep down you can see her strength through her self deprecating humor and in her growth. Throughout the story she grows as a person and she grows her relationships with her friends. It's a thing of beauty.
Eh, I could go on and on but really you should read it for yourselves. I devoured it in less than a day and came out of it feeling happy, fully romanticized, and wanting wine. Okay, I'd already had wine. But I wished I was drinking it in Napa. In a vineyard. With my husband. And...ahem.
In my short history (but hopefully long withstanding future) with Renee Carlino's books, I find the stories and the characters so identifiable. They continue to be refreshing and fun, heartfelt and emotional reads and ones I will always be sure to pick up right away.
(Oh!! And you get a little revisit from Sweet Thing's Will and Mia, which completely made my day...because we are still friends.)
Absolute 5 stars. I love loved!

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And actually, the cover alone makes me smile and while I don't typically squee....I find myself doing it every time I see it...



About Renee:
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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