WISH YOU WERE HERE
By: Renee Carlino
Release Day: August 15, 2017
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.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Charlotte Martin lives a messy life. Her love life needs help. She has the worst taste in men. Her job is a waste, but needs it to pay her bills. She hasn’t quite found her purpose. Or career. And her twenties are almost over. One night, her best friend Helen forces them to go out after she too had her heart broken. Again. They literally run into Adam Bramwell. Her soul catches fire at the sight of this man. He’s mysterious yet fascinating. They embark on a night together. The chemistry is crazy. Intense. Overwhelming. Magical. So when they wake up and Adam is confused and brushes Charlotte off. She is left bewildered. And even though they just met, she is shattered.
Months later she can’t shake Adam. Even after she meets someone. The way he made her heart soar with just one night. The way he made her want to live. Instead of simply existing coaxing through life. But Adam. Everything about her wants him, but the idea of Adam holds her back. This is NOT what you think. There is no love triangle. The secret literally hits you like a freight train. I sat there on the couch in tears. Shaking. From the very beginning, I felt that something was off. There are clues as the story unravels, but nothing prepares you for what comes to light. And for what comes after.
You lit up my night...my fucking life, Charlotte."
Riveting. Poignant. Absolutely earth shattering, this is a romance I’ve never read before. The author is a master is weaving together a love story no one could ever execute. The writing electrifies you. The prose keeps you engaged from beginning to end. The characters inspire you. The author challenges you to understand love in a way that only she can present to the reader. Exhilarating. Gripping. This story consumes you. I was left absolutely breathless.
"As long as there is love in this world, we will be a part of it."
My only qualm about this book is that everything happens SO fast. Charlotte. Adam. Him. But can’t love exist without thought? It’s about emotions. FEELINGS. Why do we have to think in love? Don’t we fall in love? And that right there is why I love this author so much. Even when I have issues regarding the storyline, it happens to be something I adore in her writing. Love isn’t forced. Love is fate. Love is happenstance. Predestined. Loves goes against time and circumstance. Unique and unforgettable, once again Renee Carlino pens a compelling love story that will leave a mark on my heart now and for a long time to come.
Read an Excerpt
“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.
“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”
“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we
"We were practically naked every second of the day.”
“I like that.”
“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”
“What are they like? Our children.”
“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”
Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?
His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.
“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be."
I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”
About the Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com
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