Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review: Nowhere But Here by: Renee Carlino

Release Date: May 5, 2014 from Atria
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.

USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino explored love and heartbreak in her beautifully written debut Sweet Thing, and her newest novel does not disappoint. For fans of Colleen Hoover, K.A. Tucker, and Katja Millay, Nowhere But Here is a stirring and satisfying romance that you won’t want to put down."

My Thoughts:

This book stole my heart and I may never get it back. This is the kind of book that can give you a book hangover for days. I fell in love with the story and I never wanted it to end. I felt such a sense of loss when I finished the last page, but I was also so content in the way the story went. I never wanted it to end but at the same time I wanted the conclusion.

Kate is our main character and I really liked her and felt for her so much. When we meet her she feels lost and alone, but at the same time she thinks she is content. Kate has basically lost her spark and she thinks that being alone is best; that you only have yourself. It was a bit heartbreaking because you can tell that Kate has a lot to offer the world and she just can’t see it. I loved watching Kate start to open up and see that there can be more to life if she is brave enough to reach out and take it. When we hit the point where the floor falls out, I didn’t know if Kate could handle it again. And while she may not have reacted how I wanted her to, she proved that she could take it. In a lot of ways Kate needed the floor to fall out so she could see what she wanted from life.

Our love interest is Jamie and I am a little bit in love with Jamie. He is just wonderful and damn near perfect. Okay, not true. Jamie is not perfect. He makes mistakes and he is real but I really loved him; so in my head he is perfect. There is a lot I want to say about Jamie, but I also don’t want to say much because I feel like everyone should just go meet Jamie for themselves. Also there is some spoilers surrounding him and while I admit to guessing his secret correctly, it did not lessen the pain when it was brought into the light. I loved everything from his charm to his wit, he is gorgeous but he also has a gorgeous personality. Also he is persistent and goes for what he wants.

The chemistry between Jamie and Kate just feels so real. You can see the connection as clear as day between them. They have some truly tender and sweet moments and they also have some off the chart steamy moments. I completely got caught up in their whirlwind romance.

Nowhere But Here also delivered a great set of secondary characters. I have a real soft spot for Jerry and Dylan. Both of them were such helps to Kate. They told her what she needed to hear but were also there when she needed to fall apart. I also need to mention that Will and Mia from Sweet Thing make a cameo. Normally I wouldn’t mention something like this, but being that their cameo brought on feels and tears I thought it was necessary. I thought it was the perfect touch and addition to the story. Also I love Will Ryan and will take any opportunity to talk about him.

Nowhere But Here was a heartwarming read and one I easily fell in love with. Jamie and Kate are great characters and they are great together. I just loved them and their story and just everything about the book. It’s a beautiful story and I highly recommend reading it.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I liked it too, despite my having some issues with it. It was still a cute read though and I did love Jamie. He was such a great character and he was just what Kate needed!

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  2. I adore books that have you never wanting it to end but hungry for the conclusion! Great review.

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  3. Kate sounds like a personality I could especially relate to. Thanks for review since I haven't heard much about this one.

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  4. Oh, you know I love me a good romance novel and I really love that cover. Gotta check this one out then!

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  5. Romances like this are like food for the soul, anything that makes you feel good is always a great sign

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  6. This was a very good story! I didn't love it as much as Sweet Thing, but I adored Jamie and Kate. RC writes such great guys!
    I'm so happy Nowhere But Here blew you away. Great review!

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    1. She does write great guys! I think Sweet Thing is still my favorite of hers as well, but this one holds a special place in my heart too.

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  7. oh gosh wow so many of the blogs I follow seem to like this one a lot, I never read her previous books but I think i would adore this.

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  8. I fell in love with Nowhere but Here! Jamie was pretty close to perfect in my eyes too! I agree with everything you said! This was a 4.5 star read for me! Great Review Teresa!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  9. I'm gonna have to buy this one. I love this cover and I know how much you love this author. *heads to Amazon*

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  10. I love your reviews of Carlino's books, Teresa. They really make me want to read them. :) And since I still have some bday $$, I'm going to one-click this one. :)

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  11. YAY! For this one! I just love the sound it of, and the sound of Jamie :) oh girl! It really does seem like a book that will stick with you for days and give you a book hangover! I love the sound of it and it does sound like such a beautiful read!!

    Great review! I know I'll be picking this one up when I can!

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  12. Aaaaaaaah!!!! This review!!! As if I wasn't already chomping at the BIT to get to this one!!! I'm thinking some TBR rearranging is needed! "I felt such a sense of loss when I finished the last page" -- that is BEAUTIFUL, and I'm ready to have my heart stolen and mooshed. Fabulous review *squish*

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    1. YES! Rearrange that TBR ASAP! I know you are going to love Jamie!

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