Published on: March 29th 2015
Published by: Self Published
Series: Sweet Home #3, Carillo Boys #2
Genre: NA Romance
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Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #3, Carillo Boys #2)
Sweet Soul (Sweet Home #4, Carillo Boys #3)
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.
I remember finding the first book of this series, Sweet Home, on amazon over a year ago and thinking “This looks alright, I’ll give it ago.” Fast forward 4 books and 16 months later and the series that has completely over taken my life has come to an end. It’s one of those bittersweet moments: I couldn’t wait to get a hold of it, but at the same time I didn’t want to read it in fear of how I would cope after finishing it!
Now I’ve finished it and my eyes are read and puffy, my nose is running and my heart feels like it has been ripped out smashed apart, put back together and shoved back into my chest. I have no idea how I am going to find the words to review this book, I am so completely speechless. It was just beautiful.
So, why do I love this book?
So first things first, the Mystery Man (otherwise known as Elpi). Don’t worry, I’m going to be good and I’m not going to spoil it for you, I know how mad I would have been! But I still have to mention him. I had my thoughts before reading this book about who Elpi was going to be, and I was very happy to be wrong because the guy that Tillie picked to be Elpi was so much more of a better choice then who I had thought it was going to be! It has been one of the best kept secrets and I’m really glad it was done that way, because the anticipation of waiting to find out who he was just made the count down to this book even more exciting! (Plus, as if you didn’t already guess, Elpi is so damn HOT!)
“He was living, breathing poetry. Not love poetry, but the poetry which tears out your heart, rips it to shreds, pushes it back into your chest, and makes you question what the hell just obliterated your soul.”
She has been in the previous books but we have never really gotten to know Ally all that well. She has been the friend, the family, the support, but she has never had her moment. In this book she gets just that and I loved learning more about her. We never got to see it before, but she is a such a special character. She is caring and sweet (which we already knew), but in this book we learn about her ability to see through the rough exterior, the damaged man with the horrific past and totally accept the person in front of her. Who in this case was a man who loves so deeply, so unconditionally that he will do (and has done) anything to protect those that he loves. She has this unique ability to make people see their worth, which made her the perfect match for Elpi, and it also made her such a loveable character.
“I always wanted this. I always wanted this kind of love, this intense love… I just never realised it could be so much more…until you.”
Ahhh the romance. I’ve already mentioned that Elpi is hot, but the chemistry between him and Ally, well that is NUCLEAR! We all know that Tillie can write sexy time, but these moments are just so much more then anything we have ever experienced! I would recommend finding your fan, you are going to need it! But of course it’s not all about the steamy moments, and there were plenty of the sweet and totally swoon-worthy ones too. The romance is gorgeous and the amount of times my tummy did that swoopy butterfly feeling was defiantly a new record! Ally gives Elpi the feeling of self worth he has never had and the belief that he is a better person then he thinks. This is not just a romance, it’s a story of guilt, moving forward, redemption and above all hope.
“The most beautiful art is often born from the most desperate of circumstances.”
I’ve never been all that crazy about art, I mean sure I will appreciate a nice painting or sculptor or something but reading this book made me want to go and check out art. Hearing the MAN’s reasoning and inspiration behind each sculptor, I could imagine them perfectly and imagine the experiences that caused him to create them. I’ve never really thought about the stories behind art, I’ve always just seen them as art, so this book really opened my eyes to it all. Plus, I have never read a book so focused on art and especially sculpting, so it made a really nice change. Also, I have to mention the soundtrack here, especially “Kiss In The Rain”, which features quite heavily, and is the PERFECT song for this book and the moments in which it features. I would definitely recommend listening to it, it’s just beautiful.
“Hope is a fervent, silent wish, that everything will turn out just as you dream…”
I can’t finish this review without mentioning the group that we have learned to love so much: Rome, Molly, Lexi, Austin, Cass, Jimmy Don, Ally and Elpi. We have been there with them through the good and the bad, the heartbreaking and the heart warming. It was only right that we got to see them at the end, and it sound really soppy, but I was so proud of them all. They got through it together and now they get to live their happily ever afters.
“What I’m trying to say is that the day I took a chance with the move to Alabama was the best thing I’ve ever done…because it brought me to you guys. I love you all so much that some days it’s almost too much to contain.” Raising a glass, Molly announced: “A toast… to taking a chance, because that chance taken may be the very path that leads you to your happily ever after.”
It was the perfect ending. I finished it days ago, and still I am thinking about it. This book was emotional, it was raw and poetic and I found myself emotionally exhausted after finishing it. It has it’s sad moments but it was also so full of hope and love. This review has to be one of the hardest I’ve ever written because there are no words to describe how incredible this book and series is, and how much it has meant to me to have had the honor of reading it.
Re-Readability: YES! (you couldn’t keep me away from it!)
I would recommend this book to fans of: Tillie Cole, the Sweet Home Series, healing romances, not-quite-so bad boys, books that feature art.
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.