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SWEET HOPE – SWEET HOME BOOK #3/ CARILLO BOYS BOOK #2 by TILLIE COLE

Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #4) by Tillie Cole

SYNOPSIS

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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Sweet Hope Tillie Cole

***PLEASE NOTE***
***YOU SHOULD READ
SWEET FALL BEFORE READING SWEET HOPE***

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
**Spoiler free review**

✯✯✯✯✯ ‘There really aren’t enough ‘Stars

‘Lei era speranza…She was hope. La mia luce…my light.’

Sweet Hope is one of those stories where if we could give it an infinite number of stars we would. This book is perfection and on an emotional level we don’t read and experience often. The writing is once again of the flawless and evocative calibre that is the signature of Tillie Cole. She grabbed our hearts once more with her words right from the onset and still hasn’t let go. We will never forget this story Sweet Hope has left an incredible impression on our hearts. No words we say can possible do Tillie Cole any justice here.

“You’re not the villain in this story, you’re the beautifully flawed hero. You’re the dark hero who has been sacrificing himself all along.”

Now; we are very aware that this story can be very easy to spoil for future readers. Tillie Cole herself has asked for non-spoiler reviews and we wholeheartedly agree. What a shame it would be for readers not to go into this one ‘blind’. So; we will not talk about the story in any detail, instead we will tell you how we felt. After all we read to feel and be shocked, surprised and overcome with emotion. That is the very essence of why we read and so it should be.

“The most beautiful art is often born from the most desperate of circumstances.”

We had so many phone conversations whilst reading Sweet Hope; it’s the kind of raw almost poetic story that swallows you up and spits you out emotionally exhausted at the end. We both sat reading with constant tears in our eyes and cried on the phone to each other. Many coffees were consumed and yeah both of us got stress headaches from the crying. Did it ease up? No, the emotion overwhelmed us right till the end building steadily to a crescendo that had us on our knees unable to breathe. And you know what? We’d read it again just to feel the power of Tillie Cole’s words.

‘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.’

Her characters have such depth and intensity we’ve taken them into our hearts in an everlasting embrace. What a way to finish a series with an epilogue that had us smiling, laughing and crying in equal measure. Heartbreakingly beautiful in every way possible. Surprising and astounding as every single character from this series had us riveted and remembering moments whilst experiencing thoughts and feelings all over again. THIS is why we read – pure book magic.

“…with you…I feel…I feel…everything, every-fucking-thing…right here…”

Ally is without question one of our favourite heroines in fiction. Her understanding, compassion, intelligence, maturity and capacity for love is immense. She’s a fighter and displays such strength emotionally it was an awe inspiring experience. Her loyalty and passion is unwavering and her beliefs cemented and fought for.

‘She was fucking perfection. She was light. A blazing golden light. When you’re locked in perpetual darkness, you’ll do anything to fucking chase that light.’

When Ally gives her heart it is not done half-heartedly. Ally finds the love she’s been waiting for in the most unlikely of places – she falls for the passion and soul of another. She sees him before being faced with the man himself and it was incredibly powerful.

‘I wanted to forget who I was for a while…at least for tonight. Forget it all. The last few weeks, the last few years…everything…just for a fucking while.’

Elpidio the dangerous and intense mystery, the artist – the broken man who speaks from his soul through his hands. A man with a past so tragic and violent. Our hearts bled for him. His place in the world is one he no longer understands, his past a constant darkness surrounding him. A darkness he doesn’t take lightly and accepts as his fate. His karma. This man stands in the face of adversity – a storm in which he is the eye, knowingly feeling the weight of his actions and their consequences. But this man carries within him a heart-breaking acceptance, a loyalty so fierce brought on by a devoted love and protection. Elpidio brings his entire heart to the table as well as his penance.

“His work….it’s my soul. It’s life, death, love, tragedy, and everything in between, every human condition….everything.”

This love did not come quietly. This love came like a ferocious storm which picked up all the pieces and changed fates forever. A love that spread its wings and enveloped more than just Ally and Elpidio. It was an incredible experience that will stay with us forever. THIS…..this is how you bring your readers to their knees and reminds them why they love to read! A standing ovation by us to Tillie Cole.

“He’s my more, my bolt of lightning, the one I’ve been waiting for all my life.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

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  THE SWEET HOME SERIES 

  THE SWEET HOME SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Sweet Home Series

 Sweet Home Book One : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
 Sweet Rome Book #1.5 : amazon us amazon uk | our review

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SWEET HOME / CARILLO BOYS SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Carillo Brothers

 Sweet Fall Book#2 (Carillo Boys #1) : amazon us | amazon  uk | our review
♥ Sweet Hope Book #3 /Carillo Boys #2 : amazon us  amazon  uk | our review
Sweet Soul Book #4 / Carillo Boys #3 : amazon us | amazon uk

**MORE TB RECOMMENDED READS by TILLIE**

 ETERNALLY NORTH
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eternally

 

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THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

souls

♥ RAZE – BOOK ONE
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♥ REAP – BOOK TWO
Pre order for 10th November release
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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES

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Hades HANGMEN
♥  IT AIN’T ME BABE – BOOK ONE
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♥ HEART RECAPTURED – BOOK TWO
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♥ SOULS UNFRACTURED – BOOK THREE
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♥ DEEP REDEMPTION
Releasing 2015

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SOARING – A MAGDALENE NOVEL #2 by KRISTEN ASHLEY

Soaring

SYNOPSIS

American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.

Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.

Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.

The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.

Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.

But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.

She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

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Soaring Collage

Guest Reviewer

✯✯✯✯✯ Perfect Stars 

What does reading a Kristen Ashley novel mean to me? The short answer? EVERYTHING. I have release dates scheduled in my phone, and appointments are scheduled avoiding those release dates. I have teaser chapters downloaded. Heck, she even has her own folder on my kindle! KA is the absolute Queen of transporting you totally, completely and utterly into her World; and I have been fully transported to Magdalene over the last few days. The detail she uses in her books to describe, not only the setting, but everything from a room, to an outfit to a bowl just puts me in reading heaven. Soaring is 654 pages of pure bliss from the supreme best!

I am in love; perfect booklove. Soaring was KA at her very best. An epic love story that will be re-read and re-read. Soaring tells the love story of Mickey Donovan and Amelia ‘Amy’ Hathaway, but it is also so much more than that. This is the story of two broken families coming together. Something that happens all over the world, every day. KA stories are relatable; they feel real. Yes, we have the whole hot, knicker melting alphas that I don’t often come across in real life but I allow myself to be indulged!

It had been almost a year since we were last in Magdalene, and it was fabulous to be back. What I especially love with the Magdalene series is how the characters are older, usually divorced and already have children. Amelia is 47 and has two children from her first marriage to Captain Knobhead, Conrad; Auden and Olympia (Pippa), who were total little rat-bags to their mum at the start. Mickey is 48, and has two children Cillian who was adorable, and Aisling, who had heart-breaking issues of her own going on.

“You have absolutely no idea what I need. And the sad part about that is that you didn’t notice you’d already given me everything I’d ever need just letting me sit at your dinner table with your family.”

I felt incredibly emotional reading the first few chapters of Soaring. As a mother, to read about Amy’s broken relationship with her children was absolutely heart-breaking; and I loved how KA made the love story between Mickey & Amy a simmering, slow burn so these other issues could be handled.

“You know that’s bullshit. There’s something here. Something strong. Something I tried to fight but couldn’t. Something that draw’s us to each other. Something we’re both old enough and smart enough not to ignore. And there’s something you don’t even know that makes it more.”

There was some angst involved during the first part of the story, and because of this angst, I have to say I didn’t completely warm to Mickey straight away, but Mickey had his reasons which was an on-going under current throughout the story. However, when the moment came that I fell for Mickey, I fell HARD! Amy however, I loved from the start, and I was completely rooting for her. There were times reading when I wanted to high-five my kindle, but well, that would have been daft! I would go as far as to say she is one of my favourite KA heroines ever. She was spirited, humorous, a great mum, and completely selfless. I want to be like Amelia Hathaway when I grow up!! I want to shop at Wayfarers, and have burgers at Tink’s and work at Dove House. Oh and a hot fire-fighter / boxer would be a bonus!

“I am who I am. I have what I have. And one of those things I got that I wanna keep is you.”

Kristen Ashley writes with a humour that is just perfect. Mickey & Amy’s banter / bickering had me smiling big. Mix into that some funny kids, and some even funnier old folk and you’ve got yourself a winner.

“I’ll warn you, might make me crazy, might make me a dick, don’t give a shit, but I get off on goin’ head to head with you. So if you feel like keepin’ your gloves up, baby, bring it. ‘Cause I know after doin’ it for a while and then getting’ that kiss from you, you keep doin’ it, when I finally fuck you it’s gonna wreck you.”

As with pretty much all KA’s we come across previous characters in the series, with Josie and Alyssa being perfect friends for Amy. Alyssa, and her one liners had me cracking up. I would recommend that you would read the first book in this series; The Will before reading Soaring, as Josie and Jake’s back story is referred to occasionally.

Soaring was just perfect, with a sublime epilogue that was pure KA. Equal parts smiling and equal parts tears in my eyes (I had tears in my eyes A LOT during this book). Every loose end is tied up, and a couple of teasers dropped in for the next book in this series. I can’t wait!!

THE MAGDALENE SERIES by KRISTEN ASHLEY

Magdalene Series

THE WILL – BOOK ONE
Our Review
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SOARING – BOOK TWO
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