Review: Nowhere but Here by Renee Carlino


Nowhere but Here

By: Renee Carlino

Paperback, 320 pages

Published July 8th 2014 by Atria Books


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.




Nowhere but here is the Story of Kate, A young journalist who believes she has lost everything after Rose, the woman who raised her, passed away. Kate has a handsome boyfriend name Stephen but Kate soon realizes that she and Stephen, after two years of dating, are going nowhere. Her boss Jerry wants Kate to find the spark she lost after the death of Rose and decides to send Kate on a job in Napa to interview tech genius/recluse/wine maker R.J. Lawson.

R.J. Lawson is an impossible man to even sit in the same room with. Kate ends up turning to Jamie, an employee at the winery who seems to know more of what’s going on around there than R.J. Lawson himself.

I had a really hard time getting into the first few chapters of this book. The book started out a bit strange at times I wasn’t sure what was going on. But by the 4th chapter things definitely turned around and the moment we were introduced to Jamie I was hooked! He is definitely a very charming individual.

There is a bit of a mystery behind the mysterious R.J. Lawson that I had figured out within the first 15% of the book. I wish the clues would have been much more settle, but it is what it is and if you read the book you will probably catch on quickly as well.

I don’t usually do insta-love books, this book is definitely an insta-love in its truest form, but it was so sweet I was able to look past it. I enjoyed that this book focused more on the story and the relationship forming between the two. A lot of NA books are more like reading porn. While this book had a few graphic scenes, it was exactly that just a few and one were too detailed at all.  

I loved being in Napa – The Wine country. It was a very romantic and personal setting. Can we please have more books with this setting?!? I think being with Jamie in Napa made his character even more charismatic. Just the perfect setting, especially since Kate needed to slow down and find herself after losing so much.

Speaking of Kate she was probably my least favorite character. At times she was a mature woman I could totally picture Jamie with, but then other times she was a mess. She was immature and handled herself very poorly. How Jamie wanted her after she trashed the vineyard based on personal feelings beats me. She was pathetic and wallowed way too much in her own sorrows. Not the lead female you would expect.

Jamie on the other hand was perfect which definitely saved the book for me. He was smart, caring, poetic, and did I mention smart? Yeah he is definitely worth reading this book for.

I’m not really sure if I would recommend this book to my friends. While I loved Jamie, Kate really ruined this book for me. The beginning was slow and confusing and the ending was rushed and just totally ridiculous (yes all because of Kate).

3 out of 5 stars


3 thoughts on “Review: Nowhere but Here by Renee Carlino

  1. Great review! I usually hate insta-love but occasionally it’s done pretty well and too cute for me not to love, glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I think this insta love worked because I dont know how to explain this right but I will try. They only spend a matter of days with eachother, but in the book the days seem unrealistically long. Like seriously there were times I wondered if they had gone to the next day and I just wasnt aware. So the length in the days and the things they did made it seem like much more time passed than what really did. I hope that makes sense!

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