Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole

YES The Excitement is Real!!! Sweet Hope by the bloody brilliant Tillie Cole is finally here and what’s more we finally get to find out who the mysterious Elpidio is!!! Book 4 in the Sweet Home Series tells the tale of Ally and her mystery man who was hinted at by Austin at the end of Sweet Fall…having read it for myself I can safely say you will NOT be disappointed!

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Synopsis

From the USA Today Bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Hope.

My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.

When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.

But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.

I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.

It just never seemed like I would get it.

For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.

I needed a new beginning.

I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love…

My real life fairytale come true.

But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.

New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

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Review

I have been waiting for this book with eager anticipation and with not a lot of patience! The mystery of who Ally’s mystery man is has captivated us for a long time now but finally we get to know the truth! But don’t worry I won’t say who I’ll just refer to him by his other name, Elpidio.

Its been several years since we last left the guys in Sweet Fall, all of our favourite couples are loved up and married but Ally Prince is still single. Now doing well as an art curator she’s making a life for herself but when she looks at her best friends in love and happy she can’t help but feel like there’s something missing. Flying to Seattle she’s about to interview for her dream job – curating the infamous Elpidio’s marble sculpture collection. She’s never met him, doesn’t even know what he looks like, but his sculptures speak to her in ways nothing else ever has.

When she gets the job she’s over the moon and what’s more she gets to live with Rome and Molly whilst she’s there. One night while she’s setting up the sculptures she notices a man lurking in the shadows…Elpidio. Worried about his anonymity he shies away from her but after a while he finds it hard to stay away. Each night he meets her at his exhibition they grow closer until one day their chemistry becomes too much.

Ally is falling hard and fast for the man that captured her even before they’d met. But she only knows him as Elpidio, the man who makes beautiful emotional sculptures which speak to her on every level…the man whose given her some of the best nights of her life.

Elpidio has a past which has left him damaged to his core, it inspires his tortured artwork and riddles him with guilt and sorrow each and every day. He’s finally found a small piece of happiness with Ally but what will happen when she finds out the truth?

I’m going to warn you now I spent the majority of this book with tears in my eyes and the rest of it full on sobbing. And not gentle tears running down my face I mean full frontal ugly sobbing surrounding by dozens of tissues. The emotion in this book? God it just makes your heart ache the entire time. It’s just so beautiful and heartfelt and the raw pain Elpi feels is excruciating. I devoured this book, there is no other way to describe it. It was mesmerising and intense and just so God Damn Good!! I loved reading about all the gang again especially Rome and Molly! I won’t say who else so you can’t guess who Elpi is but I just love all of the Sweet Home gang!

I could quite literally go on and on about how incredible this book is! I can’t recommend it to you enough. Knowing it’s written by the amazing Tillie Cole automatically tells you you’re in for one hell of a book with an even bigger emotional rollercoaster! You will not be disappointed with this one let me tell you!

Sweet Hope is a beautiful, emotional, heartfelt story full of hope and above all love. You will be held captivated from start to finish and crying your heart out is almost a guarantee. I’m not sure I will ever get over my book hangover from this, and to be honest I’m not sure I want to.

Read Sweet Hope for yourself…

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Excerpt

As the curtains closed behind me, I jumped in surprise when I caught movement ahead.

My eyes slowly traveled upward to a pair of legs clad in black jeans, to a sculpted waist and torso covered in a short-sleeved black shirt splashed in what looked like marble dust.

My heart was in my throat as I drank in large arm muscles, sculpted and pronounced under heavily tattooed olive skin. My gaze drifted to a muscular tattooed neck, partially covered by a dark short scruffy beard and shoulder-length dark brown hair.

Elpidio…

I had to blink to believe the man I’d wanted to meet for years was really standing right in front of me. I forgot how to breathe. I forgot how to speak, move, or anything else that should come naturally to a human being.

Elpidio’s head was down, avoiding my gaze, but I knew he knew I was there. Every inch of his body was taut, as if ready to spring.

My voice failed to work as I watched his broad chest rise and fall. Then, with deliberate slowness, he exhaled harshly through his nostrils and lifted his head.

I nearly staggered back.

He was… dark. There was no other adjective I could think of to do him justice. Dark, aggressively tattooed, and absolutely yet unconventionally… beautiful.

Elpidio was as inspiring to look at as his sculptures, and when his almost-black eyes pierced mine, I released a pent up shuddering breath.

I thought my legs would give way as I watched those curious onyx irises rove all over my body. I trembled under his scrutiny, knees weak, heart fluttering.

Italian, I thought. Austin had been right. Elpidio definitely looked Italian.

It felt as though minutes passed in silence as we stood motionless, not knowing what to say.

Trying to salvage a modicum of professionalism, I snapped out of my stupor and stepped forward, timidly holding out my hand.

“Hello…” I said in a cracking voice.

Elpidio’s stern gaze never once drifted from mine, his dark eyes stabbing. “I’m Aliyana. You… you must be Elpidio?”

In a second, I witnessed paleness spread on his cheeks and his eyes dropped to the ground, his shoulder-length brown hair falling to cover his face. He was protecting his anonymity. Vin had told me how uncomfortable he was with any acclaim or recognition. His mentor clearly wasn’t lying.

“It’s okay,” I rushed out. “I’m the curator of your exhibition. Your being here stays with me. I’m ethically bound to protect your anonymity if you so wish.”

Elpidio’s shoulders seemed to relax some at that, and sighing reluctantly, he raked back his long hair from his face and raised his head.

This time I could see him more clearly. He was ruggedly edgy, and on his left cheek, he wore a tattoo of a black crucifix just below his eye. He simply screamed danger. His eyes were unnervingly assessing as though he had no trust in me, or toward anyone else for that matter.

Suddenly, Elpidio reached forward and encased his hand in mine. When our hands touched, I lightly gasped, the heat of his palm searing. I’d forgotten I’d been holding my hand out to greet him, too entranced by his unrefined looks and silent temperament.

“Aliyana,” he said gruffly. My heart skipped a beat on hearing his husky drawl.

About Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole Author PicAmazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, 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.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’ and ‘lush’ years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and “just bloody do it!” For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing — yep, there’s more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl… Ye-haw!

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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…

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

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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.”