Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

Posted August 12, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, In Review / 2 Comments


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Renée Carlino’s newest novel, Swear on This Life! Oh, the emotional journey this book took me on. Read my review – and enter the tourwide giveaway – below.


Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Swear on This Life by Renée CarlinoSwear on This Life by Renée Carlino
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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?


In Review My Thoughts

I feel like I can always count on Renée Carlino to take me on an emotional journey with her books and Swear on This Life is no exception. This book was a wild ride for sure. My goodness. It was not for public consumption, as I quickly found out as I was reading it on a plane. My feels had feels.

I loved the concept of this book. I’m also going to be very careful not to spoil any of it for you. It might be a little tough to read at times because of the emotions it brings forth – at least if you’re an emotional reader like I am – but it’s worth just experiencing it unspoiled. Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good second chance romance and this was definitely that and more. I loved Emiline and connected with her on a deep level. I felt everything she was going through as she was experiencing her past – painful parts and all – after discovering the book written about her. I loved how the story was told from both her perspective in present day and in the past, with creative liberties of course, through the words of the actual story written by her childhood friend.

I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. Whereas Emiline was resistant to finishing the book, I couldn’t get it done soon enough. I needed to know how it all worked out. This was a total emotional roller coaster and I loved it. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for feels.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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If you can surrender to the idea that there might be a plan, instead of reducing every magical moment to a coincidence, then love will find you. It found me.

“You ruined me that night, and you’re ruining me again with this book.”

I thought loving someone meant letting go, but by the time I learned that loving someone means fighting for them too, it was too late. 

I don’t know much about fate, but I know something brought me back there. Maybe I fought that force for too long, or maybe everything happened exactly the way it was supposed to.


About Renée Carlino

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 staring 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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2 responses to “Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

  1. Great review! I also couldn’t put this down when I was reading it but I didn’t love it. I did not like the Trevor story line and found it a bit unnecessary — her misery with him and then basically no reason to ever be with him let alone continue being with him just felt so off to me. And the addiction was so convenient for her to drop him. I did love Jase and their past though!

    • Kim

      I agree with you about Trevor. I didn’t really see a point to their storyline at all. It was obvious neither of them were happy. I all but ignored the pages with him on them and I didn’t mention him at all during my review. He seemed superfluous.