Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

Two weeks ago I opened my email and I swear I thought Christmas had come early. Because there in my inbox was my ARC of Sweet Fall by one of my all time favourite authors, Tillie Cole!! As you can probably imagine I didn’t go to bed until the early hours that night, but it was totally worth it! Before I start gushing like a teenage girl at a One Direction concert, here’s the blurb…

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Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

From the USA Today Best Selling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Fall; a tale of heartache, beating the odds and finding strength in the most unlikeliest of places.

We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve.

When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track.

But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman—a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 17 and up.

*CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL*

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Firstly I just have to say a massive thank you to Sweet Fall’s amazing author Tillie Cole for giving me the ARC and also for writing this story in the first place. This book is very personal to Tillie and I know from her Facebook that it was very difficult to write but I’m glad that she struggled through and got it published because this book is truly incredible. I’d only got through the Foreword from Tillie and was close to tears, because even if you’re not the emotional type I can guarantee this book will get to you.

From the previous two books in the series we know that Lexi is both a goth and a cheerleader…not the most obvious combination. She’s also Cass’s best friend and becomes a part of Molly’s new circle of friends when she arrives. As for Austin he’s Rome’s teammate from the Crimson Tide and best friend. Heavily tattooed and with a background with Italian gangs he’s the Tide’s bad boy. Both of them have dark secrets and pasts – pasts that, if they cross, could be devastating.

We learn at the very beginning of the book that Lexi struggles daily with inner demons – demons which threaten to destroy her and her new life. I battled over the decision on whether to reveal what Lexi’s demons are in this review but I decided that as it’s revealed at the very beginning of the book, it’s not really a spoiler. Lexi suffers from anorexia, one of the most devastating and horrific disorders around. What I found so brilliant in this book was how Tillie has written Lexi’s internal struggles down with this male voice telling her not to eat, that she’s so close to perfection if she loses a few pounds etc etc. By writing every detail of her emotions and internal monologues you come to understand both Lexi and her disorder so much better – it becomes more relatable, more real and because of that your heart breaks right along with her because you feel everything she feels. Her make-up is her mask, to hide what she really feels inside from everyone around her and herself.

Austin wears his scars in a different way. Growing up him and his two brothers only ever had each other and their Mum. When their Dad left, leaving them behind penniless, their mother did everything to make their lives happy and full of laughter but everything changed when she became ill. With no money for pain medication let alone for health insurance, the boys do the only thing they can and turn to the worst gang of them all – The Heighters. After escaping their hold of him Austin joined the Tide with dreams of the NFL draft and changing his family’s life for the better. But when the Heighter’s business finds him on campus once again, he has no chance of turning away this time.

Austin and Lexi know each other from both the field and as the friends of Molly & Rome. But one night Lexi sees something she shouldn’t and Austin has to warn her off, but by doing so he reveals a side of himself she hasn’t seen before….one that scares her half to death. Along the way though, an unlikely friendship forms and as they discover that they’re just as broken as the other, their feelings start to grow. But as they share the darkest side of themselves, can they fix one another or will it do more harm than good.

Their story is one packed full of emotion and one that really struck a chord for me. It’s just so beautifully written and the story is so packed full of emotion – so heart-wrenching and devastating – that you can’t help but feel everything along with them. Every tear, every break-through and every dark thought seem to resonate and when the last page is read your mind is reeling, your heart racing and I can assure you you’ll have the mother of all book hangovers for the next month – I read it two weeks ago and just thinking about it gives me shivers! I can’t speak highly enough of this book and if you didn’t pre-order or 1-click it already you have to go and do so RIGHT NOW!

Your mind will race, your heart will ache and every inch of you will feel the emotion jumping off the page. You will fall in love with the pair of them – every broken piece of them.  This book will ruin you, consume you and yet at the very end it’s all too bittersweet as you close the book smiling but with tears in your eyes. This has to be the best Tillie Cole book so far and if you haven’t bought it yet you’re an idiot. Thank you Tillie for giving the world a truly beautiful, heart-felt read.

Excerpt

Walking into the empty locker room, the smell of hairspray, perfume, and fruit-scented body wash seemed to hang like a veil in the air. I moved to my locker, taking out my wash bag and pulling out my cosmetic remover wipes, made my way to a mirror.

For a moment, I just stared. My green eyes were rimmed with black, my face pale with my light powder, and my lips were bright red, as red as the freshest of drawn blood. This was me now. This dark makeup defined me. My mask. And removing it at night was the worst part of every day.

With each swipe of the cotton cloth, my inner strength waned. My white-and-black makeup gave way to the pink skin of my natural face. All of my insecurities came flooding back. They always did.

As I dropped the caked wipe into the small trashcan at my feet, I inhaled. My armor was gone.

My eyes were firmly focused on the bright-white porcelain of the basin, but I forced myself to look up. Dr. Lund had taught me this process was an important part of my recovery.

The instant I lifted my head and faced my reflection, I had the same reaction I’d had for too many years—my heart proceeded to plummet to my stomach and all I felt was disgust.

There she was. Lexington. Lexington Hart. The girl with too many imperfections to ever be pretty. Everything unattractive, from her less-than-flawless complexion to the ugly spray of freckles on her nose.

She was disgusting.

She was fat.

We can improve this, Lexington. Just let me in. We can reach perfection.

My hands balled to fists on the lip of the sink as I fought the demon lurking within.

Reaching behind me, my eyes dipped as I unzipped my skirt, slowly working it over my hips and my feet. Next came my top and my underwear, until I stood naked.

Until I was again weak.

Tears fell from my eyes as I stood rock still, gazing at the tiled floor. It was the hardest thing to do. Facing the real me.

My cured body.

One… two… three… four… I counted internally, bracing myself for what I’d see today. Would I look better? Fatter? Thinner? Worse than ever?

Snapping open my pale-green eyes, I met my bare refection and just stared. My eyes swelled with water and my hand instinctively lifted to my collarbone. It was plumper than it should’ve been. It was once the most favorite part of my body, protruding, defined… visible. But not anymore.

Not anymore…

My fingers walked to the top of my arm, and my thumb and index finger pinched at the flesh of my bicep. I had to stifle a sob at how much fat I could pull.

Once all I could pull was skin. But not anymore.

Not anymore…

From out of nowhere, I heard faint laughing and my head whipped around to scour the room. There was nobody there, and chills ran down my spine as I realized who it was.

That is right. It is me, Lexington. No one else is here. Just me, looking at how much weight you have put on. And you, you are seeing the ugly effect of your gluttony too… I can see it in your eyes.

I physically froze.

Let me get you back to where you should be. To where you know you want to be. Just let me back in. Give me the reins. Hand yourself to me. Give yourself over to perfection.

As if being controlled like a puppet, my hands ran over my ribs. One, two, three, four, five, six… My fingers began tapping frantically at the skin. There was too much fat. I should be able to feel up to ten ribs, but I could only feel six. No! I could only feel six.

My hand dropped lower, my fingers prodding the excess flesh of my stomach. Lower still. No, no, no! My hips! My hips were not protruding, not angled or defined. There was too much fat. I’m too fat. Not again! Please! I… I—

Stop!

Lexi… fight it! I said to myself with urgency.

Panting hard, I came back to myself with a jolt. My pale, naked skin was peppered with red marks where I’d been hitting at my bones. Hives had broken out on my neck and chest, and my eyes were red with aggravation and stress.

Seven minutes.

Seven minutes and thirty-two seconds.

Seven minutes and thirty-two seconds until I could move again.

Until I could breathe right again.

Until I could fight the voice in my mind, trying to make me fall.

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Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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This Week’s Hot Reads

So Today I’ve decided to share what I’ve read throughout my week and my mini review of it. Enjoy!!

1. Opposition (A Lux Novel ) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is the last book in the Lux Series 😦 In the final epic battle between Luxen, Arum and Mankind, we finally get to know whether Katy and Daemon will have their happy ending – will they ever be free of Daedalus or the Luxen? And after the major cliffhanger at the end of the previous book where Katy is left with 2 Origins and a pregnant, slightly crazy, Hybrid after her Luxen family are pulled away by their invading kind – I was dying to know what happens. And I wasn’t disappointed – I mean how could you when Daemon Black is concerned?! One of my all time favourite series and a finale well worth the wait – 5 Stars ∗

2. Precarious (Jokers Wrath MC #1) by Bella Jewel

As a die-hard Bella Jewel fan I couldn’t wait to read this! At first set in a prison, Ash is working as a prison guard and is one of the best. When she hears a biker is coming in for shooting a family she’s intrigued to see what he’s like as she hasn’t really encountered one before. At first he won’t talk but she senses that there’s more to Krypt than meets the eye. But after being caught in the crossfire of his daring escape, Ash is taken by Krypt to his MC and hidden away. He’s a criminal, albeit a very hot one, and a murderer too, but he’s the only thing keeping her alive – the question is, will she be able to resist temptation when it’s just the two of them locked away in the mountains? I’m a big fan of MC books and this one didn’t disappoint me, it was gritty and HOT – and the storyline was awesome. Yet another 5 stars

3. Breathe With Me (With Me In Seattle #7) by Kristen Proby

The With Me In Seattle series has been going on for a while now, usually after 7 books I’d start to get a bit fed up but with each book focusing on a different couple as well as the gorgeous Williams and Montgomery men this series has had me coming back for more. In book 7, it’s Mark Williams’ turn after he’s reunited with his childhood sweetheart Meredith Summers. We know from previous books that Mark is a bit of a player, but we never really understood why. It turns out that whilst in high school he gave his heart away to Meredith, a hopeful dancer, but when it’s time for her to go off to dance school she ends things to focus on her career. After a painful event brings them together, can they forgive and forget and start a new life together? I love the characters in this series – they’re funny, relatable and so damn hot! I loved the book, but as it’s not my favourite story in the stories it has to be 4 stars

4. Sweet Fall (Sweet Home Series #3) by Tillie Cole     (ARC for Book Blog Tour)

This book I can’t talk too much about as I was given a review copy for my special review post next week as part of the official release book blog tour! This is Lexi and Austin’s story – we know from the previous books that Lexi is the gothic cheerleader and Cass’s best friend, and Austin is the tattooed bad boy of the Crimson Tide. Both of them have secrets – secrets that could kill them both. Lexi’s story is heart-breaking and I felt honoured to be reading something so personal to author Tillie Cole, who I think is nothing short of AMAZING by the way! With their problems trying to tear both of them apart and destroy their lives, can they finally find peace and save one another? This book is just something else, I think my heart broke at least a dozen times and I definitely cried a few times too! If I could fall in love with a book, this would definitely be the one!! I can’t wait for you all to read it when it’s released next week and stay tuned for my special review on Friday 29th. 5+ stars it’s so bloody good I had to add the + on – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

5. Loving Cara (Love Under The Big Sky #1) by Kristen Proby

As you can see from my reading list this week, my love for Kristen Proby had me coming back for more! Loving Cara is the story of small town teacher Cara and ranch hand Josh. Josh’s twin brother Zach is away with the army when his soon-to-be-ex-wife comes to the ranch to dump their teenage son Seth who she no longer wants. Seth is difficult and moody so Cara is hired to tutor him over the summer. Having gone to school together Cara and Josh waste no time getting to know one another again. After a series of events Cara and Josh find themselves stuck together and growing closer by the day, but is it really going to be that easy? A really sweet enjoyable read, perfect for the summer holidays but not particularly fast paced nor heart racing so 4 ½ stars +

So those were the books on my kindle this week – all of them are great reads and I’d definitely recommend you go and check them out! Stay tuned for the end of the week where I’ll tell you what I’ve been reading this week!

Have you read any of these? Or do you want to? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Clouds That Were by Addison Footit

This week is the official blog tour for Clouds That Were by Addison Footit and she kindly provided me with a free copy of it so I could be a part of it! First things first, here’s the blurb….

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Clouds That Were by Addison Footit

Have you ever had a nightmare only to awake and find your life is worse than a nightmare?

A child conceived by mistake, born because there was no other option.

Your life is hell. You can’t succeed, you can’t be happy, you can’t even be sad. You can’t be anything.

I never thought I would make it to my eighteenth birthday, I figured I’d be dead by then. I just wanted to make my mother happy, and I always knew the only way to succeed at that was by ceasing to exist.

And then I met Chase. He saved me. From her, from myself, and in the end, from death.

My life was so dark and cloudy for so long, I never thought I would see the sun. But with Chase, they were merely clouds that were.

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First off, for those of you hoping for a happy bit of light reading then this isn’t going to be the book for you. It’s a deep, heart-wrenching and dark read – a story of psychological abuse and depression that’s really quite thought provoking.

Tenley has spent her life completely alone with only her psychotic mother for company. Constantly told she was never wanted, that her mother wished she was aborted but was only kept to keep the control that her mother craved, life was already bad enough. But never being allowed out, to have friends, boyfriends or even to finish her homework in the house because her mother doesn’t want her to have anything, or achieve anything, that she never could supposedly because of Tenley, her life is nothing short of miserable.

Used to living in the shadows, of being completely invisible, Tenley isn’t prepared for when the new boy Chase takes notice of her and completely turns her life upside down. In a whirlwind romance Tenley finally lets someone in and allows herself to dream about a life so very different from her one so far – one full of love, hope, dreams and peace…one where she finally feels like she’s wanted and loved. But is Chase’s love and support enough to pull Tenley out of a life of depression and hurt?

This story is not like your average teenage romance novel – it’s so deeply touching and utterly heart-wrenching. The life that Tenley has lead is just so horrific it brings you to tears and some of her internal monologues have you sobbing. Her struggle and her emotions leap off the page and her relationship with Chase is nothing short of beautiful. He’s not the dominant alpha male we’ve come to expect in our romance novels nowadays – he’s sweet, caring and determined to rescue Tenley and fill her life with the love she deserves…in other words he’s truly wonderful.

There are only a couple of ‘negative’ comments I can make and to be honest they’re not really negative. When I say that Tenley and Chase have a whirlwind romance I really do mean a whirlwind – they basically pronounce their love for one another after a few days which some may say is unrealistic but sometimes that’s all it takes, and after a completely loveless life you can understand why Tenley fell as hard as she did…so I’m going to let that one go ;). Secondly the ending…what a cliffhanger!!! At first I didn’t think there was a sequel and was utterly enraged until I turned the page and discovered there was more! There are so many questions left unanswered and it’s almost like the story is just cut short. But I guess that’s just going to encourage us back for more!

With emotions that leap off the page, that make you feel Tenley’s hurt, anger and despair deep in your soul this book is nothing short of beautiful, touching and heart-breaking. So exquisitely written with main character’s you can’t help but adore, this is a story which will shatter you completely and yet fill you with hope that even in the darkest of hours, there’s always a glimmer of hope.

Dying for more? Well Addison sent me this excerpt just for you…..

“This weekend is going to be harder than most. It’s homecoming weekend. Since I’m only a freshman, it’s not like it’s a huge deal; but still, everyone else is going, and it’s difficult, to say the least, for me to have to be home for no reason. Well, the actual reason is that my mother didn’t get to go anywhere when she was my age because she was pregnant, so since I am the reason she couldn’t go, she doesn’t let me go either.

However if you ask my mother why, the reason would be that I lied. I didn’t lie, but she thinks I did because she never can remember the way things really happen, so she kind of just, I don’t know, makes it up I guess. The truth is, though, that it wouldn’t matter. I can’t do anything right in her eyes, so by now I just live my life under the assumption that even if I haven’t done anything wrong yet, I will. So I don’t plan things.

That’s the worst part. I wouldn’t go to homecoming anyway. I don’t have any friends, and certainly not a boyfriend, all thanks to her. So why would I go? It would be nice if the choice could be mine though.

It’s difficult for me to understand the way the girls all carry on about dresses and shoes and who is doing their hair. I can’t even imagine a world where those would be the most important things on my mind. Instead, I think about what kind of mood my mother will be in when I get home. How many extra chores am I going to have to do this weekend because of some imaginary thing I did wrong? And most often my thoughts are consumed with simply surviving another day. I have never thought about shoes for more than the time it takes me to put them on in the morning, and even then, I have a hundred other more important things on my mind.

It takes everything I have, every day, just to make it through. I keep to myself, try to stay off of the radar. I used to try to fit in, be as normal as possible, but it was just pointless. If I got close to someone, my mother just looked at that as something else she could take away from me to make me miserable.”

Want more? Check out Clouds That Were for yourself…

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About Addison Footit

Addison Footit

Hello I am Addison! I grew up in the great state of Wisconsin and am a Wisconsin girl through and through, although seriously, it’s not a bubbler, it’s a water fountain. Anyway, I fought being a writer for 33 years before finally giving it to it, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am a wife and a mother to three kiddos! When I am not watching them play soccer, or baseball, or basketball, I enjoy photography, reading (of course) and I am learning to love landscaping. 

It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

So I’ve reached the last book to review in my Tillie Cole series! (At least until Sweet Fall is released at the end of August anyway!!) And this book is a little different to those I’ve reviewed before….There’s still heart break, despair and a hottie to get your blood pumping…. but this time around? There’s a Biker MC and a religious cult thrown in the mix too…

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It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.

Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

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When I first read the blurb for this book I was both intrigued and wary – having read some MC books before, I was wondering how Tillie Cole was going to pull it off as her previous books are nothing like this! But I should never have doubted Tillie’s writing ability because once again it’s utterly flawless and completely compelling.

In the opening scenes we meet a young boy named River who accompanies his MC President Dad to bury a body. Wandering away from the car he comes across a high metal fence around a large compound of some kind, and sitting at the edge is a young girl who must be either his age or younger. Seeing she’s crying he tries to talk to her but River suffers with an awful stutter and apart from his dad and best friend Ky he has to use sign language to talk to everyone else. But somehow he manages to talk to this girl making her his number three. This girl, though she barely speaks a word, enthrals River with her long dark hair and wolf eyes – she’s also his first kiss. His dad calls him away before he finds out her name and for years since he tries to find the compound again and the girl with the wolf eyes but he never does and the rest of the club believe he dreamt it all.

Salome (or Mae as her sisters call her) has lived in the commune her whole life – one of the four Cursed women whose beauty is believed to cause others to sin, she’s spent most of her life in solitude, locked away and treated abysmally for supposedly being created by the devil himself. Along with her two blood sisters and her best friend Lilah she’s suffered sexual and physical abuse since a young age but unlike her sisters Salome was chosen to become Prophet David’s (the leader of the commune) seventh wife on her 23rd birthday but after a horrendous event Mae manages to escape the commune but badly injured and finds herself outside the Hades Hangmen MC.

River, now known as Styx, has recently become the club President and finds Mae outside covered in blood and on the verge of death. Seeing her eyes he realises this may be the wolf eyed girl he discovered all those years ago and doesn’t hesitate to take her in. The rest of the story describes Mae’s new life in the world outside the fence, a world she was only taught is full of evil but now she realises she truly knows nothing about. She struggles with outside customs, the MC and her growing relationship with Styx – but can she ever really escape the commune’s clutches? And what about her sisters she left behind?

This story is full of grit and also tackles so many issues that I previously didn’t know anything about. Mae’s religious cult is something else – and the ‘Lord’s Sharing’ as they call the sexual abuse Mae suffers is horrifying, especially as the stories shared are based on true ones Tillie was told during her University studies. Again with Styx’s speech impediment, I really loved watching his journey as he slowly tries to find his voice for Mae. Much like all of Tillie Cole’s characters you can’t help but love those found in this book. Mae’s sweet naivety and determination to find herself a better life mixed with Styx’s strength and adoration of Mae makes for a great read.

Along with the fab characters, Tillie always adds a great twist into the story and boy is there an absolutely brilliant one in It Ain’t Me, Babe!! I loved her take on a biker MC book and the depth that the cult added to the story – it was completely compelling. It’s dark, gritty and hot as hell – with some hunky bikers to boot! Yet another Tillie Cole bestseller to add to your collection!

To read It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole for yourself check out…

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

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What did you make of It Ain’t Me, Babe? Let me know in the comments below!

Bring on Book 2!

Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole (#2 Sweet Home Series)

As a follow up to my review of Sweet Home I thought I’d do a quick review of Sweet Rome the next book in the series, telling the original story from Rome’s point of view.

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Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole

You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone.

It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn’t possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn’t we? She became my whole life, didn’t she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they’d dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don’t exist in their eyes.

Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to let you in on more of our story too.

Sweet Rome is a New Adult Companion Novel to Sweet Home—contains adult content, sexual situations, and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

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In Sweet Rome we revisit the original story found in the first book but this time around we get to read it from Rome’s point of view. As I’ve already described the main story in my previous review I thought I’d spend some time talking about what’s new and my opinions on it all. As you already know I’ve never been too keen on reading alternative POV books but I have to say that Sweet Rome managed to pull it off and keep me interested.

Molly and Rome’s story is one filled with such emotion and depth that reading it from Rome’s POV only added to the story and your emotions whilst reading it. Yes there are the inevitable repeated scenes and conversations you read in the first book but this time round you get to read Rome’s thoughts on each and feel the run of emotions he feels. The addition of these to the scenes keep them fresh and keep you engaged. There are also some bonus conversations thrown in which were an added bonus!

The first time I read this story I was, quite frankly, an emotional wreck, but after reading it again from Rome’s POV with his depth of emotion and pain it was utterly heart breaking. I fell in love with Rome in the first book but I still managed to fall harder after reading this one! You feel his pain, despair and heart ache – but at the same time you also feel his joy and happiness when he finally finds his happy ending.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again Rome’s parents are just so horrendous – the way they treat Rome is completely devastating and when Molly miscarries their baby because of Rome’s mum….those scenes are hard to read without watery eyes, especially as you now get Rome’s take on it all. This book is just packed with so many emotions, with the addition of Rome’s feelings it’s heart breaking. At the end of the book there are some extra scenes from Molly and Rome’s future which I really loved! I’ve always been a sucker for finding out where a character’s future is going and I was so happy we got to read Rome’s happily ever after with his Molly Juliet.

Sweet Home left me an emotional wreck yet still salivating for more, but Sweet Rome? A whirlwind of emotion, packed full of heart ache, steamy scenes and a leading man who will ruin you for all book boyfriends – it’s a deep, swoon worthy, full on sobbing and laugh out loud tale which will leave you reeling for weeks after reading it. And Romeo Prince? If you don’t fall madly in love with this romantic hunk of muscle there is clearly something wrong with you!!

Read Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole for yourself at…

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Or visit Tillie Cole’s Goodreads or website for more about her new books

Don’t forget Tillie is releasing Sweet Fall, the third book in the series, at the end of August! Stay tuned to hear all the latest news about the release….

Eternally North by Tillie Cole

In the next of my Tillie Cole reviews, the focus is on Geordie RomCom novel Eternally North. As an English girl myself Eternally North has to be one of my favourite stories purely on the amount of British humour it contains and the absolutely fabulous characters, particularly Tash and Tink….you can never have too much glitter!

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Eternally North by Tillie Cole

Natasha Munro is your typical twenty eight year old girl, well, your typical twenty eight year old Geordie: curvy, fun and a whole load of fab-u-lous. Her life is all going to plan — good job, great friends, close family and a loving boyfriend — until an unexpected event turns everything on its head.

Nursing a broken heart and decked head to toe in tasselled chaps and rhinestones, Natasha and her flamboyant fairy of a gay best friend, Tink, uproot from their Northern nest, throw caution to the wind and embark on a new life together in Canada — the land of Rocky mountains, Maple Syrup, oh, and an ‘in-between movies’ Hollywood mega-star.

Enter infamous bad-boy of the big screen, Tudor North.

Bonafide hunk and actor-extraordinaire.

Tudor is big, brooding and gorgeous and is harbouring a deep secret. Tudor’s cold and intimidating demeanour successfully keeps everyone at bay, that is everyone but a certain Ms Munro. It soon becomes clear, what with her smart mouth and lusciously ample arse, that Natasha proves more than a match for the emotionally distant star.

Will Natasha and Tink settle into their new life abroad?

Will Natasha ever find her fairytale happy ending?

Can a movie star and an ordinary girl ever really make it work?

Or will the secrets lurking in Tudor`s past threaten her chance at happiness?

Addictive, hilarious and heart warming. A fast paced comedic journey of self discovery, unyielding friendship and of course, a suitable dose of slap and tickle.

Warning: contains a foul-mouthed voluptuous Brit, a self-named ‘Friggin’ Fantastic Fairy’ and an abundance of bulging muscles and tattoos.

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If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted and completely lovable book this summer then you’ve just found it! Written about a couple of fabulous Geordies who move continents to start afresh, Eternally North is a fresh new take on the old fashioned RomCom with bags of glitter, quirkiness and British sarcasm.

Natasha (Tash) Munro is a secondary school teacher with a low-life boyfriend. After catching said boyfriend in a… err *cough* compromising position, Tash packs her bags and asks the universe for a sign on what to do next. A Jane Austen quote and a run-in with a homeless man later, Tash finds herself at her best friend John’s house – or as he’s more commonly known as Tink! As you can probably guess Tink is quite fabulously gay, and has been Tash’s BFF since they both were forced to join the victims of bullying group at school. I have to say at this point how amazing Tash and John’s nicknames are – Wilbur and Tink! Tash was fat in school and John was gay, causing them to name each other Wilbur (as in the pig character from Charlotte’s Web) and Tinkerbell (as in the fairy from Peter Pan)!! Some of the pig and fairy related terms of endearment thrown around had me laughing all day – the humour in this book is amazing! But back to the story…

Tash tells Tink all about her now ex boyfriend and his antics and vows to live her life to the full from now on. After several drinks of Tink’s concoction they come up with the brilliant idea to move abroad for a year – if they like it, they stay but if they don’t they return to Newcastle. They let the television and fate decide and end up moving to Calgary, Canada.

Tash gets a great job at a posh school and though her classroom decorations were looked down on (who doesn’t love a mini henry hoover for your desk?!), she’s soon asked to take charge of some problem girls after school using performing arts to conquer their problems (cue the Lady Gaga dance routines!). In this class she meets the shy but lovely Boleyn Jones, who she helps to bring out of her shell.

One fateful night Tash and Tink decide to paint the town red meaning a whole lot of fake tan, short skirts, fake eyelashes, hair extensions and glitter descended onto Calgary. Meeting Tink at the restaurant he works at, Tash enters at the back greeting the staff with her usual drunken antics, only to discover her student Boleyn is there eating with her family, and unfortunately, wants her to join them! And who just happens to be Boleyn’s big brother? None other than Hollywood’s own Tudor North, brooding bad-boy and gorgeous hunk of a man! After a couple more run-ins (literally) Tash and Tudor soon become inseparable but after a series of events regarding Tudor’s past and how he’s dealing with it things become strained. Eternally North tells the tale of Tash and Tinks’ adventure in the cold climbs of Canada and their new found love of their home and the men they find there. You play witness to both Tash and Tudor’s growing love affair and Tudor’s secrets – but the question is, will Tudor ever tell Tash the truth? And will their relationship survive the fallout?

There are so many elements to this book to fall in love with – the story, the language, the characters. Each character in this book you can’t help but fall in love with, whether it’s because their so relatable or just down-right hilarious! Tink the flamboyant fairy BFF comes out with the most amazing comments sometimes – and the pig related names (“my little pork scratching, pork chop…”) are so ingenious I found myself laughing like a loon! Tash is just so Geordie! With her love of fake-tan, drinking for England and her witty humour, she makes for a fab-u-lous heroine. I really enjoyed reading her thoughts and her dialogue – she’s such a refreshing female lead with her no bullshit attitude. Her parents are equally as brilliant, especially her overly Scottish Dad! As for the Norths, Tudor is just what you want in a hunky book-boyfriend and his secret just makes your heart melt for him! The rest of Tudor’s family are pretty great too, especially Boleyn and Tate (who I’m classing as Tudor’s family!) who are both so sweet and completely lovable.

I guess the main reason I’m in love with this book is the way it’s written. With such witty sometimes sarcastic commentary, and other times rather Geordie language and humour you can’t help but fall in love with them all – though for those non-Brits amongst you fretting about not understanding the jokes, don’t worry this book will still have you laughing out loud and definitely will not disappoint. At the end of this book I was near ready to bow down to author Tillie Cole for her pure writing skill and awesome use of language! The story itself is pretty brilliant too and would make for an amazing summer holiday read with its refreshing humour and yumminess.

Eternally North is sheer brilliance – with witty humour, relatable quirky characters and a storyline which will have you gripped and begging for more, this is a book I can’t recommend enough. So lather on the fake tan, stick on your eyelashes, and get ready to slut drop in a whole lot of glitter because this is definitely a must read!

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Check out some more reviews on Goodreads and to find out about Tillie’s other books visit her website

Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

This month I’m loving all things Tillie Cole! To be honest I love everything she does all year round but this month in honour of her new book release I’m dedicating the majority of my posts to her. Sweet Home is the first book in Tillie’s series entitled the same, and tells a modern day spin on the classic Romeo and Juliet story…

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Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn—she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…

Mature New Adult novel—contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up

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Molly Shakespeare has spent most of her life alone, with no family left she stuck her head into books and graduated from her English secondary school a year early. Now studying for her Masters degree, she follows her teacher to the University of Alabama both to be her teaching assistant and for a fresh start. When she arrives she gets roomed with locals Lexi and Cass who instantly become her closest friends. Having spent most of her life studying, Cass and Lexi are determined to make sure Molly actually has a social life in Alabama.

On her first day as a TA Molly finds herself running across the quad (or campus for my fellow Englishmen), and manages to drop her papers everywhere. And who should be the one to help her up? None other than the Crimson Tide’s (‘Bama’s Football Team) star QB (that’s quarterback in football speak by the way) Romeo ‘Rome’ Prince. Being British Molly has no clue about American Football or the players so doesn’t know who Rome is, but he certainly leaves an impression. And as luck would have it Rome also happens to be in her teaching class…. but so does Queen Bitch Shelly, as I’ve now named her, who you just know is going to be Molly’s evil nemesis throughout the book and boy is she ever!

After her first day of classes Molly reluctantly goes to a sorority initiation with her new besties, as Lexi (a goth) has a dream of joining the cheerleading squad and apparently this is her only way in. But surprise surprise, guess whose in charge of the sorority? Yep you guessed it, Shelly. For their initiation they have to kiss a member of their brother sorority whilst blindfolded and guess what food they’ve just eaten – I don’t know about you but I certainly couldn’t do this! Molly ends up going last and Shelly pairs her with the most disgusting brother, who she can practically smell a mile off. But there’s a commotion and the stinky guy is replaced by one who smells of man and mint. After a very (VERY) passionate kiss her blindfold is removed to find Romeo Prince, and it’s from here that Molly and Romeo burgeoning romance unfolds.

Their main trouble comes in the form of Rome’s parents, who can I just say are horrific!! Their attitude and treatment towards Romeo is just awful and your heart breaks for him over and over. I love how Romeo was given his name and I also loved the ties to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet story, particularly their names – obviously Romeo Prince but also Molly Juliet Shakespeare – and how Rome climbs up to Molly’s balcony to see her. They also face the expected trouble from fellow classmates as Rome is a famous QB and Molly is just the nerdy English girl. Now I know that this is a typical young adult romance storyline but in Sweet Home it isn’t the main storyline and rather than being an annoying side I really do think it adds to the story.

It’s both sweet and light-hearted but at the same time it’s filled with so much angst, heartbreak and depth. It tackles issues that many can relate to such as parent trouble, loneliness and abuse. You will laugh, hold your breath, stay up until the early hours and cry a bucket of tears. Rome’s parents’ involvement with Molly at the end just ruined me, you will definitely need a massive box of Kleenex (that’s tissues for those outside England) and maybe some Ben & Jerry’s! Having said that there were many times where I caught myself smiling or laughing along with the characters. Molly and Romeo’s relationship just felt so real, their chemistry was incredible and I loved them as both a couple and as characters.

“I don’t remember Romeo being this pushy with Juliet!”…..He arched his eyebrows meaningfully. “And look at how that worked out for them. My way is better—less death, more orgasms.”

Knowing nothing about American Football myself, I really enjoyed the big football presence in the book and how it was used to tie storylines together – Rome’s teammates, his fame, his dreams and his parents’ for him and of course probably my favourite thing ever ‘The Lucky Kiss’! I won’t ruin it for you but at the first of Rome’s games Molly attends a lucky tradition is started which runs throughout the book creating some of most beautiful dialogue I’ve ever read at the end of the book, I cried, a lot! Another personal thing I loved about Sweet Home was just how English it was! Molly is a brilliant character who I found I could relate to a lot and the amount of English humour was amazing! Often I find when I’m reading a book, whether it’s written by someone English or not, sometimes they fail miserably to portray a true English character but Tillie Cole has done no such thing – so thank you Tillie!

As well as Molly and Romeo, the other characters in the book were equally as good, each adding something different to the story. I really loved Rome’s teammates and Molly’s best-friends and I can’t wait to read about their individual stories, particularly Sweet Fall (Austin and Lexi’s story) which we are celebrating the release of later this month! (Check out the cover reveal here)

Sweet Home is heart-wrenching, heart-felt and heart-breaking – when the characters cry, so will you. You feel their pain and their happiness, their joy and their sorrow, the characters so real you hold your breath along with them. With hidden depths, this is a story worth smiling about and you’ll definitely feel the heat in the steamier scenes! But when it comes down to it, this truly is a modern day story of Romeo and his Molly Juliet.

To read Sweet Home by Tillie Cole for yourself get it from…

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“It only took Romeo one look at Juliet and his fate was sealed. Maybe I’m just like my namesake, and maybe you’re just like yours.”

Remy (#3 The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

So I’m sad to say that this is the last book in the REAL series so far – at least its the end of Brooke and Remy’s story – and it’s their whole story, from REAL to MINE, all from Remy’s perspective…of course there are a couple of extra scenes and some new ones from 4 months after we left them at the end of MINE, but we get to hear the whole story again with a whole new perspective and come to understand the events that unfold more through another character’s eyes. Here’s the blurb…

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REMY by Katy Evans

New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans expands upon the intense love story begun in Real–this time from Remington “Riptide” Tate’s point of view in an engrossing novella length.

Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there’s been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he’s ever had to fight for.

 

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I’d firstly like to thank Katy Evans for writing Brooke and Remy’s story from Remy’s POV! Usually I’m quite wary about reading the same story from a different character’s perspective as it can sometimes be quite samey and not as exciting as you know what to expect. But as Remy is such a complex character, mainly due to his bipolar, and with the addition of new scenes we either knew occurred but only heard about or completely new ones we haven’t read about before, REMY was still a fast-paced and enthralling read much like its precursors, REAL and MINE.

The majority of the book focuses on the events from the first book, describing what Remy felt like when he first saw Brooke and what he was thinking as she slowly broke down all his walls and let her in. After every chapter or so, there’s a chapter set in the present, which is 4 months after Brooke and Remy had baby Racer and got married. It’s set on the day Remy gets to marry Brooke properly with the church, flowers and white dress – everything Brooke has ever wanted and what Remy wants her to have with him. In these chapters Remy is getting ready to go the church, reminiscing about how they met and how they got to this point- the chapters from the past are his flashbacks as he remembers where it all began. I really liked how the book was interspersed with these chapters from the present – I felt they kept the book moving and your interest still captured. Though I still would have probably enjoyed a book entirely set in the past all from Remy’s POV, with the addition of the new present day chapters it added something different to the story so as you read it again it came across as a fresh new read with parts you still didn’t know about and were desperate to hear. Personally I just wanted to read more about their baby boy, Racer – he’s so cute!! I love how he only has one dimple and not two like Remy, because as Brooke puts it, he’s only half Remy’s.

Clamping my jaw, I pat Racer’s head and he grins at me. He has one dimple, not two. Brooke says it’s because he’s only half mine. I contest he’s all mine, and so is she.

I found it great to hear the story told by Remy, both when he was black and blue. Not knowing all that much about Bipolar, I found hearing about how he felt, what he thought, when he was black a really interesting read. Hearing about how even though he knew Brooke needed him and he needed to get up and train or fight, but sometimes he was stuck in such a depressed state he couldn’t bring himself to move from the bed, to do anything, how there was no escape from his dark thoughts, made you connect more with Remy’s character – seeing his vulnerabilities and how his mind worked added a new level to each scene you read about. I read once that to write a good book you should “flaw your heroes” which I think Katy Evans has done very successfully – Remy is a strong fighter most of the time but he battles daily with his mind, his own dark thoughts. I know not everyone likes to read about a flawed hero/male lead and prefers the perfect all-American guy but, what I can say, I’m a sucker for the vulnerable but strong ones!

In the previous books you don’t fully grasp Remy’s insecurities and his reasoning when it came to taking things slowly with Brooke. In REMY, you can feel his pain, confusion, hurt – his emotions are palpable and your heart breaks along with him as you read his story. Even now, when I re-read the first two books I see them in a new light because of Remy’s POV in this book and you can’t help but fall in love with Remy even more…if that’s even possible!

If I’m honest I could probably write pages on how amazing these books are, especially REMY, but really the books speak for themselves. Katy Evans is such an amazing author, I can’t wait for the next book in the series ROGUE which is Mel’s story, something that’s hinted about in REMY as she turns up to the wedding with her new mystery man…But until then I shall just have to get my Remy-Fix by re-reading all three books over again!

If you’re looking for a new series for your Summer Reading list I completely and utterly recommend The REAL Series – it’s heart felt, enthralling, passionate and so much more than you average love story. And if you’ve read the first 2 books but not REMY yet, you must read it! Katy Evans described Remy’s bipolar so well in the previous books but its not until REMY that you really appreciate everything he goes through and I guarantee that afterwards, Remington Tate will be one of your favourite book boyfriends, he’s certainly mine.

To read REMY by Katy Evans for yourself head over to:

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And to read more reviews and about Katy Evans check out her Goodreads page

Katy’s new book ROGUE book #4 in The REAL Series hits the shelves July 29th – to read more about it check out Katy’s website.

There will be hundreds of days in my life that I won’t remember.

But this is one day that I will never forget.

Today I marry my wife. Brooke “Little Firecracker” Dumas.

I promised her a church wedding. And a church wedding is what she’ll get.

MINE (#2 The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

After reviewing the first amazing book in the REAL series I thought it only fair to review the second book too – plus it means I can gush some more about how awesome it is! I still get a book hangover from it even after re-reading it so many times!

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MINE by Katy Evans

I will do anything to make her MINE.” –Remington Tate

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Riptide” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.

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In this the second book in the series we find Brooke once again travelling with Underground fighter Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate as he starts the next fighting season in a bid to take back the title.

At the end of the last book Brooke had run back home after Remy allowed Benny the Black Scorpion to beat him to a bloody pulp to win the title, which landed Remy in hospital. Brooke, not knowing the truth, left him because she thought he allowed Scorpion to hurt him on purpose, that he was suicidal because of her, so thinking he would be better off without her and not wanting to watch him kill himself, she left him a letter telling him she loved him but couldn’t watch him do this and left him in his hospital bed. A month later Remy came back to her with her sister Nora who had been in Scorpion’s clutches. As it turns out Remy had given up the championship title in order to free Nora and get her back to Brooke.  Remy gives Brooke 3 days to come back to him – to take her job back for the next season – which of course she does. And this is where we find ourselves at the beginning of book 2 – two months on from the day Brooke came back into Remy’s life.

Now we’re on book 2 of the series I can finally talk about Remy’s bipolar! In MINE Brooke finally understands Remy in terms of his moods and actions – him being black or blue. It really explores more aspects of his bipolar and how it affects their daily lives – how Brooke thinks and acts slightly differently to adapt to his ways. I really loved this storyline, it really adds another dimension to the series – it’s not just another alpha male love story. This book also explores Brooke’s feelings after she left Remy and Remy’s insecurities about her leaving him again, that he’s not good enough for her.

There’s not a lot about the second book I can talk about without revealing lots of spoilers but the story revolves around them and their life as a couple in the new season and the difficulties they face. With Scorpion watching their every move and trying to provoke Remy by threatening Brooke, their lives were already quite stressful. But then something happens with Brooke which means she has to return home once again for another 2 months before she can travel with Remy again. After promising herself and Remy that she would never leave him again, this forced separation hits them both hard.

It also revisits the storyline with Remy’s parents and we learn more about what his life was like with them and the devastating consequences they caused him back then as a child and now as an adult – his parents are just so horrible, still can’t get over how horrendous they were! There are a couple of really quite emotional and intense scenes which focus on how bad Remy’s bipolar can get and what Remy is willing to do for Brooke. This is another reason why I love the bipolar storyline – it creates these really touching and gripping scenes which pull you in and you can’t put down.

I want him more than any one of these screaming women wants him.

I want every fragmented part of him. I want his body. His mind. His heart. His beautiful soul.

He says he’s mine, but I know that there’s a part of Remington Tate nobody will ever have.

I am his, but he is untamable and unconquerable.

The only one who can defeat Remington Tate is himself.

Much like the previous book there are some rather steamy scenes – it’s passionate, intense, obsessive and gripping. So definitely a book for the adults! Katy Evans manages to maintain this level of emotion and intensity throughout the book, caused by their problems and Remy’s bipolar, yet she keeps it light-hearted with some truly hilarious moments. I loved the complexity of their story and the characters – the brotherly relationship between Pete, Riley and Remy, Mel’s (sort-of) relationship with Riley, how Brooke and Remy use music to express their feelings (some of those scenes just make you melt!) and also the reason why Brooke had to go home for 2 months, I really liked how this affected their relationship. I also can’t not gush about how adorable and amazing Remy is once again – he’s this amazingly strong fighter on the outside, fighting to protect those he loves but inside he’s constantly fighting himself, to stay blue, to stop doubting himself and Brooke’s love for him. It doesn’t hurt that he’s just so HOT either! Yum.

If you read the first book and loved it as much as I did, then you definitely need to read MINE – it’s soul-shaking, emotional, steamy and grips you until the very end. There are twists and turns, highs and lows – their love will be tested to the limit. You get to know Remy more as a character, understand him and his feelings. Brooke faces new challenges and you get to watch her come to terms with her new life with Remy and his condition. This book is absolutely brilliant, I loved every minute of it – I cried, laughed and got so involved with their story I had a major book hangover afterwards! Definitely one for your summer reading list!

To read MINE by Katy Evans yourself check out:

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Or take a look at some of the other reviews on Goodreads.

To find out more about Katy Evans’ and her books take a look at her website.

Real (The REAL Series) by Katy Evans

There aren’t many book series that I can safely say kept me hooked until the very end. Usually  the first is brilliant, the second is no where near as good and the third either pulls it back or is a complete flop. But, Katy Evans’ debut series REAL does no such thing – it’s intense, passionate, gripping and so damn HOT you practically combust!

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REAL by Katy Evans

An indie phenomenon and New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, the first in a heartwrenching New Adult series about a beautiful young sports rehab specialist who can’t fight her attraction to a dangerously sexy underground fighter.

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents…

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

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I warn you now these books will have you fan-girling after the first page…why? Two. Words.

Remington. Tate.

Remington “Riptide” Tate

Remington F**king Riptide Tate

Remy. Riptide. RIP.

Oh. Holy. Yum. Your other book boyfriends will pale in comparison to this one man – trust me.

But you can’t have an incredible man without a pretty awesome girl for him to chase…

Brooke Dumas has just graduated from her masters degree  and is now searching for a job as a sport rehab specialist. She once had Olympic dreams as a sprinter but after a serious injury her dreams were shattered and she was laughed away from the track. Fast-forward to 2 weeks after graduation and Brooke finds herself sat in an Underground Fighting Arena with her best friend Mel. Melanie has been telling her how amazing these Underground fighters are and how they’re such “sexy beasts”. But there is one fighter in particular who takes “sexy beast” to a whole new level and it’s him Mel has dragged Brooke to see. As she looks around she sees women everyone in various stages of undress, wearing red with Riptide painted on their practically naked bodies.  Brooke has never felt so out of place in her sophisticated shirt and black pants, but then she forgets everything and realises what all the fuss is about…

She sees him. Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate, the Underground’s bad boy and favourite fighter. Dressed in a red robe he’s the hottest thing Brooke has ever seen…that’s until he takes the robe off. Piercing blue eyes, dimples, dark rumpled hair and ripped muscles are all Brooke can see as he surveys the fans all screaming at him in the crowd – including Mel.

“Remy! Remy!” Mel shouts hysterically at my side, hands cupped to her mouth. “You’re so fucking hot, Remy!”

Thoroughly amused Remy turns in their direction and spots Brooke, cocking an eyebrow at her, he winks and then turns to his opponent with a grin. The fight starts and Brooke watches as he pummels his opponent – her pulse goes haywire, her skin flushes and butterflies fill her stomach as she watches him, and when he turns to fix her with a hot stare after the fight, she’s completely lost. As he starts the next fight, she makes her way to the bathroom to calm down, when she hears an almighty crash and a commotion behind her. Someone grabs her arm and turns her around, her face level with a sweaty male chest – and the glowing blue eyes of Remington Tate. He asks for her name and when it’s clear she’s too shocked to answer, Mel (whose caught up with them by now) tells him her name and her number.

He steps forward, and his damp hand slides into the nape of my neck. My pulse skitters as he lowers his dark head to set a small, dry kiss on my lips. It feels like he’s marking me. Like he’s preparing me for something monumental. That could both change and ruin my life.

“Brooke,” he growls softly, meaningfully, against my lips, as he draws back with a smile. “I’m Remington.”

After this intense meeting Brooke runs home, only to be sent tickets to his next show a few days later with her 3 closest friends. When the fight is finished they’re taken upstairs to Remy’s suite where Brooke thinks she’s about to agree to a one night stand, but instead Remy offers her a job as his rehab specialist for the next 3 months of the season. After some negotiating she agrees and the next day finds herself on a private jet with the rest of his team jetting off to his next fight. From here the story continues, their relationship growing as they move from city to city for Remy’s fights and his secrets and past are revealed.

Now if you’re thinking this is just another alpha male smutty story then you are SO wrong!! I can’t tell you why otherwise I’d be revealing a massive part of the storyline but Remy isn’t your typical alpha male, there are reasons for his actions and behaviour. And I have to say I absolutely love it! I love the complexity of Remy’s character, how he won’t sleep with Brooke until she knows him because he wants to be her REAL, not just “another fuck”. And I’m glad that Brooke stuck with him until he eventually admitted his baggage to her and finally made her understand why he’s the way he is. For Remy he’s so used to people only wanting him for his fame and money, not even his parents wanted him until he hit the big time, for him to finally find Brooke who only wants him for him, it’s understandable he’s obsessive with her.

Now I know I said the book wasn’t you’re typical smutty tale but it does have some rather naughty scenes and a whole lot of sexual tension so this is definitely a book for the adults! But if you want more from a book than just the smexy stuff then you still won’t be disappointed. Brooke is a strong female lead but is still completely relatable and down to earth and Remy may be obsessive and difficult sometimes but he can be gentle and protective, and some of the things he says to Brooke just make you melt! And the other characters in the book are brilliant too and really add to the story, especially Remy’s team who have been the only family Remy has ever known.

I can’t tell you how much I love this series enough, it’s an all-consuming story with two lovable but complex characters which takes you on an emotional journey that’s still able to make you laugh. I cried like a baby, laughed out loud and stayed up until the early hours to finish this book and have since read it over and over again. If you haven’t read the series, READ IT NOW! I can’t say too  much more without spoilers so you’ll have to read my review of book 2 for more. As for Katy Evans, after a series like this I can’t wait to read more from her, if you can write such an exciting and popular debut series such as this then just imagine what she’s capable of next…

To read Real by Katy Evans for yourself go to:

Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (USA)

And for more from Katy visit Goodreads or her Website