My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician. Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker. A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.
Sweet Thing is an amazing, emotional story about love, revelations, and self-discovery. On the flight to her new life in NYC, Mia meets Will – a man who reminds her of her late father. They become roommates and what ensues is a friendship that may or may not develop into a relationship. He definitely wants more, but it all hinges on whether Mia is willing to follow her head or her heart.
There was so much that I enjoyed about this book – from sweet, funny, wonderful Will to the music that plays such a big part of both characters’ lives. It was also wonderful to see Mia’s journey. There were moments I became really, really frustrated with her, and 99% of the time it had to do with how she treated Will… but it’s necessary to see the growth and change in her.
As for Will, he’s everything you could want in a man! I couldn’t stand it when he got hurt and part of me hoped he’d move on. But the heart wants who the heart wants and Will wants Mia, so I found myself simultaneously rooting for him and crossing my fingers that she would get her act together. When the two of them finally become a couple, it’s like magic. Beautiful magic that made me so happy 🙂
The only reason Sweet Thing doesn’t get a full 5 hearts is because it took me a little while to get into the story. It wasn’t until I got ¼ of the way through that I got “lost” in my reading, but from that point on, I was hooked and couldn’t put my Kindle down! I will admit that the prologue confused me initially, but once I finished, it was like my internal lightbulb went off and I wanted to bow down to the author. Just trust me and keep reading – it’ll all make sense in the end! I gladly give Sweet Thing 4½ hearts because it was a lovely story and I highly recommend everyone read it!
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.