Book Review: Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino (Playlist!)


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.

Back when I read Sweet Thing, it had been my first "power-read" of the year. I had looked up at the clock once to debate whether I should go to bed or not, but ultimately the time was irrelevant and the all-nighter inevitable. I just could not let go of Will and Mia. So when I finally had the next part of their journey in my hands, it was no surprise at all that I consumed every single page in one sitting!

This time around, Will's voice tells their story. And what an eccentric, passionate, and thoughtful voice it is. Sweet Little Thing is the big happily ever after that the first book left us all desperate for!
"Mia, I promise that I will never stop loving you, laughing with you, playing music with you, crying with you. I promise I will never stop dancing with you and cuddling you and bringing you chocolate and wine." I wiped away the tears that fell from her eyes. "I'm yours forever..."
I was so deliriously happy reading this book. My smile-muscles got a workout, the butterflies were kicking in full force, and it was all perfect. Will made me laugh. He made me melt. There was no ripping my heart to pieces and putting it back together again. That was done. Over. This time, my heart was able to blissfully beat along with the rhythm of their sweet, sweet story.
"I'm sorry. I just needed to be sure that you weren't..." I swallowed.
"What, Wilbur? That I wasn't what?" she said with a playful smirk.
"I needed to make sure that you weren't fucking with my heart again, you little tease."
The first few chapters were like meeting up with old friends and receiving a warm bear hug. After each smart-ass, yet completely affectionate remark, I wanted to shriek, "I've missed you guys!" Will walked up to Kell's at one point and compared the cafe to a childhood home, a safe place. It put me right back there again. I even found myself noting artists and songs, left and right, all over again. Sweet Little Thing had all of the charm from the first book and then some.

This was mostly thanks to Mia not making things so difficult and getting in her own way. We get to see an entirely different side of her through Will's eyes! I thought of all the obstacles they hit in the beginning of their relationship...and all of the heartache *I* went through ;)...and truly believed that this was the reward for that heavy price.
"I'm so in love with you because you are the most genuine, kind, and loving human being I have ever met." She leaned in and whispered. "And you have nice abs." We both chuckled and then she continued. "You're the smartest, coolest, and most talented guy I know. I promise that I will worship you better than any groupie ever could."
You felt the mystical alchemy! For all of Will's quirkiness and enthusiasm, Mia matched him. As in...Will would leave her post-it notes every morning on the tea kettle...and she turned those post-its into a bikini top for a selfie...Uh, yup! You're going to adore her. (*cough* Also, striptease. *cough*) There was zero trace of that cruel, shutdown girl from book one, and I loved seeing that shift in her character!

And, speaking of changes...*grins even wider*...Will and Mia go through two life-changing milestones in this book: a wedding and a pregnancy. I had a "Whoa..." moment towards the end, where I realized just how far these two have come.
The swooshing and thumping of our baby's heartbeat was the most beautiful music Mia and I had made so far.
This novella is overflowing with precious moments. When everything fell into place, it happened in a way that was unique to their personalities and their relationship. I squeed so hard, laughed out loud, and wanted to burst into the happiest kind of tears!
Jenny tried to soothe Mia with words. "Visualize your body opening like a lotus flower."
"Shut the fuck up, Jenny!" Mia screamed at the top of her lungs.
After I turned the last page of Sweet Thing, I couldn't help but wonder how Will and Mia would handle getting married and having a baby, so I was so glad to see their best friends at their side throughout that journey! I already admired Jenny, but I loved that Tyler got some time underneath the wing-man spotlight too! This story is rich with vibrant characters, and I could never get enough of them.

And, once again, the ending tugged at my heartstrings and hit all of the right notes. The ending was surprising, yet what I was hoping for...that feeling all over again. It started out in a flurry...a hilariously chaotic, yet exciting flurry that only Wilbur Ryan could pull off in fantastic fashion...Then, everything suddenly got real. I felt each emotion that Will went through.  I could sense his depth of love for Mia and his level of devotion. Beautiful.
"We have everything we need right here, between us," I replied.
Mia looked up at me, her eyes still full of tears. "We're a family now."
I kissed her lips softly. "Yes, baby."
There was absolutely nothing that I would change about this I lived, laughed, and loved with Will and Mia. Author Renee Carlino managed to reach out and touch my heart and soul with another beautiful masterpiece. Sweet Thing and Sweet Little Thing will go on my bookshelf as two of my favorite books ever!



Track 01. Little Green Cars - The John Wayne
Track 02. The Hollies - Long Cool Woman (in A Black Dress)
Track 03. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane 
Track 04. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child
Track 05. Guns N' Roses - November Rain
Track 06. The White Stripes - Ball and Biscuit
(*Here's a live version, too. Because Jack White playing the guitar? Yes.) 
Track 07. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
Track 08. James Blake - Retrograde
Track 09. Ray LaMontagne - Shelter (Link is for a live version)
Track 10. Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
(*Here's a cover performed by Ellie Goulding!)
Track 11. Selah Sue - Mommy
Track 12. Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
(*Here's a cover performed by "Omar and Fenn", with acoustic guitar and a lap steel! It makes me think of all the instruments that Will and Mia can play!)