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Nowhere but Here: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Renee Carlino
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Book Description

A jaded Chicago reporter in her twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius in this rich and deeply satisfying contemporary romance by the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.

Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery.

Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days.

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"Nowhere But Here is the whole package! A must-read romance." ---A. L. Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Ren�e 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. Visit her at

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials, and she also coaches and teaches dialects.

Zach Villa is a bicoastal stage, film, and television performer. Classically trained in acting, Zach's audiobook work includes The World Without You by Joshua Henkin, and Butterfly Winter by W. P. Kinsella.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2220 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (May 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EB9Z902
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!!!! May 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book!! Beautiful writing, beautiful story, beautiful message.

I was hooked from the first page. The writing just drew me in and made me desperate to keep turning the pages. As an avid reader of romance novels, I found it especially interesting to see how strongly I was drawn in even before any hint of the love story was introduced. Like the actual backdrop of the story alone was enough to keep me riveted and I found myself curious to find out more about RJ Lawson.

But I'm getting ahead of myself here. The story is about a young journalist, Kate, who is granted an exclusive interview with a wealthy, mysterious, and reclusive tech genius turned winemaker, RJ Lawson. Being at particularly low point in her life at this time, she jumps at the chance to discover what sent this rich and brilliant man completely off the radar... "Imagine if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had disappeared at the peak of their power. It's a huge story" ... and she heads off to the Napa Valley to meet with him at his award-winning vineyards.

What she doesn't expect is to be swept off her feet by one of the workers at the vineyard, Jamie, who took it upon himself to be her tour guide. But when Jamie mysteriously disappeared towards the end of her stay, it left her reeling and questioning everything... until a revelation hit her that made all the puzzle pieces fall into place.

I felt like I was transported away to the Napa Valley as I read. I could practically taste the wine, and feel the wind on my face, it felt like I was right there. I was swept away in the romance, intrigued by the mystery, and caught up in the whole story.

This story actually had a very strong "movie-quality" to it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Author Renee Carlino did it again with Nowhere but Here. She wrote a timeless, romantic, funny love story which makes you want to believe in true love.

The story of Kate and Jamie is a romance found in the picturesque Napa Valley. Kate is sent on assignment to interview a reclusive boy-genius-all-grown-up. When she meets the recluse, she is appalled by his behavior. But it is Jamie who insists she visits longer, to forget about the owner and find out what makes Lawson Winery so successful. As Jamie continues to show Kate all he can, he also proves to Kate that living day to day, enjoying a simple life, is what real living is about.

While many novels are laced with macho, alpha men, Renee Carlino proves that a hopeless romantic, like Jamie, is just as desirable. Yes, we get some steamy love scenes, but nothing completely unrealistic. Nowhere but Here is a book I am going to keep around as a go-to read, on a rainy day, when I need a pick me up, or because I want to read a true love story. Do not miss the wonderful, romantic story of Kate and Jamie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooohs and aahs from start to finish May 6, 2014
By Anne W
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"Life takes you to unexpected places.
LOVE brings you HOME."

Renee Carlino has captured the pure essence of what propels a book from being the normal or standard into a level of extra special and she's included all the finest elements in doing so. Nowhere but Here -- will you meet two more engaging and thoroughly beguiling characters in a beautifully written and unforgettable story of the uncertainties of love between friends, lovers, and soul mates. The quality in the attention paid to the myriad of little details adds so much charm and dazzle in arousing delight and admiration for this author's unique writing style.

Traveling along side Jamie and Kate on the road to happily-ever-after was a truly genuine and refreshingly delightful escapade. Jamie's wooing alone catapults this story to off-the-chart romantic status with so many "ooh and ah" moments attributable to the sweet and unforgettable symbols and expressions of affection he bestows upon Kate. Included also is a strong secondary cast of fascinating characters that lends a helping hand in keeping the momentum running full speed ahead.

Yes, it's one of the best love stories in contemporary romances I've read in a long, long time but it's not without some angst-ridden "sour grape" issues that must be overcome. Trust stands on shaky ground for a big part of the story. There's a twist to the story that proves keeping secrets causes more harm than anything else in a love story. Although the twist plays a major factor in the story, it's hidden in plain sight and most readers will spy it long before our poor heroine does. I don't believe that the author ever intended otherwise.

Additional bonuses included: Will and Mia Ryan from "Sweet Thing" make a melodious appearance! And secondly, this is a standalone - absolutely no cliffhanger in sight.

I adored and treasured every moment of this reading experience. It is such a terrific read from start to finish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait! May 8, 2014
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I have been waiting and waiting (and waiting) for this novel to come out. Even since I read Sweet Thing (Renee's first book), I've been stalking her just anticipating another great read. Nowhere but Here was so worth the wait! I read this straight through in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.

Renee's writing has improved even more and I thought it was great to begin with. Her character development is what really sucks me in though. She can truly tell a story and make you fall in love with her characters. Jamie is a bit mysterious and kind of a perfect guy really... a touch of alpha male, a bit of geek, and a whole lot of hot! Even though Kate, our heroine, has some emotional issues dealing with grief and loneliness, she's still feisty and funny.

She and Jamie fall quickly for each other while she is on a brief writing assignment for job. Having been sent to interview the reclusive owner of a winery, the two of them immediately butt heads and she is left to spend the rest of her time hanging out with Jamie, the handyman and jack of all trades, while he shows her the winery (and ahem... other things). As their week draws to a close, their 'relationship' blows up from secrets, lies and the past coming back to haunt them.

There is some angst to this book definitely but it's actually a fairly light read with an HEA. I did cry some at one point but mostly I just had the warm fuzzies from Jamie! Even though lot of the story takes places over a four day period, it doesn't feel like it. There is a lot of emotion packed into that time and the rest of the book extends enough into the future to make the storyline more believable. One of the best parts... Will and Mia make an appearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, heartfelt story. I loved it!!!
I. Loved. This. Book!!! God Renee writes a beautiful story that touches your heart like no other. This was an amazing story that was beautifully written. Amazing. Simply Amazing! Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Christina
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Published 5 days ago by Ariana Lopez
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Beautiful book! I read it in two days and literally couldn't put it down.
The first half of the story was amazing. Original, romantic and just about perfect. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Patricia Lacerda
5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to love?
Even better than her debut novel. This story is heartwarming and a bit gut wrenching at the same time. Jamie is a sweet sweet man. His dog Chelsea's got character! What...?? Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lilian
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Such a great story about finding love in the darkness. Can't wait to read other books by her! I loved it!
Published 25 days ago by usafwife3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!!!! Beautiful story!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Eugenia Tafoya
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this read
really enjoyed this read, couldn't put it down!

it started off kind of slow and there were parts that i got frustrated in, but the writing was good! Read more
Published 1 month ago by megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Pass This Book Up!!
I can't choose which book I like best, this one or 'Sweet Thing". They are probably a tie. These characters are so adorable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Renee Carlino books. All of them. Can't waith for another
Published 2 months ago by Mari
5.0 out of 5 stars The whispers
Absolutely enjoyed reading this. First Renee carlino book I have read and I think i see more in my future.
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More About the Author

Renee's first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven't gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she's a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80's movies starring Molly Ringwald for that. 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 the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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