Review & Giveaway: Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

Posted August 9, 2016 by Holly in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Swear on This Life by Renée CarlinoSwear on This Life by Renée Carlino
on August 9, 2016
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
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From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m soooooo excited Swear on This Life is finally out in stores for everyone to pick up, and pick up you must! Keep reading for my thoughts as well as a giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy <3

The best way to describe Swear on This Life is summed up in this quote from the book:

“It’s like reading a good book. The kind where you don’t want to skip pages to see what happens at the end. Each moment is a story in itself.”

Renée wove this second-chance romance in an incredibly unique way. We learn about our heroine and hero’s past through the pages of “J. Colby’s” All the Roads Between. I loved the feel of the story within a story. At twenty-seven percent I was in tears for the childhood these two had to endure, and a few pages later I was still crying but I was crying a little happier tears because Emi and Jase had each other to lean on. I’m convinced Renée sits at her computer plotting ways to pull at my heart and rip it open because she does it effortlessly. She caused me to ugly cry, laugh, and hold my breath anxiously with every page I swiped because I was never certain of how their story would end. AND I LOVED THAT! I love how she kept me wondering about the outcome. Yet again she’s earned a place as one of my must-read authors.

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About Renée Carlino

Renée Carlino 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 book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit


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