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Review Tour: Wish You Were Here By Renee CarlinoWish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
Published by Atria Books on August 15, 2017
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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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.


Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino Review

Renee Carlino is one of those authors that I know I want to read her book without ever reading the blurb. She is an amazing writer and crafts a story that pulls you in and makes you feel like you are part of the story. From the start, I knew I was going to speed through Wish You Were Here. It was easy to read and Charlotte was very easy to connect too, even though she was the complete opposite of me.

However, I figured out the twist early on. I felt like 50% of the book was depressing. While I couldn’t put this book down, I was kind of not feeling the “Me Before You” vibe and wanted to get to the end…to the happy ending. In the end, the story was bitter-sweet. I feel like there could have been just a little bit more but I couldn’t tell you what.


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About Renee Carlino

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women's novels and new adult fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. 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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