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RAVAGE (Scarred Souls #3) by TILLIE COLE

Third book in a continuing series. To be read in order.
Gritty, raw, brutal and powerful love story

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SYNOPSIS

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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Ravage

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

 ‘As the years passed, I became a ghost in the night. I became the deliverer of death. I was torture.

I was pain. I was the fucking nightmare that no one ever saw coming…until it was too late.’

It’s no secret that Tillie Cole is one of our favourite Authors. Her command of the written word as well as her versatility is second to none. We absolutely love this series for its dark and gritty ongoing storyline, which this Author excels at. Her tragic violated –killer- heroes and her strong compassionate heroines.

“You are in pain. Your life has not been your own, is still not your own. Just like mine.”

From the first page to the last we were compelled by Ravage. A story about a young boy and his younger sister stolen in the night and condemned to a life of torture, violence and slavery. Slaves for a Mistress who is literally beyond your worst nightmare.

“I’m not only scarred on the outside, Kotyonok; I’m scarred on the inside: my mind, my heart, and my soul…… I am your Tbilisi monster…”

The boy, Valentin is drugged and conditioned to kill, being offered video evidence of his sister who’s an entirely different kind of slave. It’s heart-breaking and so upsetting and definitely not for the fainthearted. 194 – the monster killer who still remembers, yet knows no love – expects no love – feels no love. How could anyone love a scarred and evil monster? How could you not? Through flash backs you get to see 194’s human side and through memories; snapshots of a sweet protective boy who loves his sister dearly and is facing a daily fight to protect and keep her alive at the forefront of his mind. It’s no easy task, when given the job of killing Zaan, ending up kidnapping Zoya, the sister everyone thinks to be dead. And this is where the journey for Valentin and Zoya begins, slam bang in the middle of an existing war which is reaching a pinnacle but is yet to be fought and won.

 “I am remembering you. I am remembering how you feel, how you smell, how you look, so when I don’t have you anymore I can still remember it all. So I don’t confuse it with a dream.”

Depravity, imprisonment, tested loyalty, war, terror, barbarity, torture and tragedy. This series is one hell of a grim addictive ride that will grab your heart, make you cry, give you horrified shivers and perhaps even make you have a few nightmares. Evil vs Live. Whilst we loved Ravage, it sadly wasn’t our favourite in this series. We can’t argue the fact that Tillie Cole had our hearts beating out of our chest once again, she truly did. Her attention to detail and her evocative writing was once again perfection, especially in Valentin’s flashbacks. However, we did feel that certain aspects in regard to the love story felt rushed and perhaps a tad convenient. We also would’ve loved more from Zaal- to hear his thoughts and voice, we felt this was the biggest thing missing as it would have reinforced the sibling connection which we struggled to connect with at times, it could have been so powerful. In some respects this aspect felt almost sacrificed for the love story when in fact plays a huge part. Saying this though, we absolutely love this series and are beyond excited for 152, Valentin’s younger sister, Inessa’s story. This promises to be something a bit different and will hopefully bring it to a crescendo. We can’t wait!

“Our people have been hiding from Jakhua for over twenty years, some found and killed in the most horrific of ways. Our people need this; they need us to be strong again.”

4. 5 Stars


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

Raze Book – One

                    

Reap Book – Two

                    

Ravage Book – Three

                    

Riot Book – Four

                   

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DEEP REDEMPTION (Hades Hangmen #4) by TILLIE COLE


5 STAR REVIEW :: DEEP REDEMPTION by TILLIE COLE

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Dark contemporary series to be read in order – ongoing storyline

SYNOPSIS

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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Deep Redemption

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“A pure soul always finds love. Even through hate, they will always find the ability to claim love.”

How is it possible to still be completely and utterly compelled by a series, by characters that have become like family and a world so at odds with itself? How can you still be as consumed and addicted by the end of book four and experience every emotion all over again, as if new, despite a continuing storyline which develops into something you never saw coming rather something more sinister and heart-breaking? How can you still be surprised by twists and revelations? Tillie Cole tells a tale that is so overwhelmingly disturbing yet has such strong elements of realism. A harrowing realism we know is a possibility in the society we live in, a misguided and destructive element of human behaviour and extreme beliefs tweaked to fit.

“You have been perfectly created for a single sinful purpose- to tempt pure and God-fearing men. Your name is nothing, just as you are nothing.”

Once again Tillie Cole shows us her unique and masterful story-telling. Her vivid imagery and extreme depth of character once more astounds us. Whilst you could argue that many of her characters possess a similar emotional aspect and character detail you cannot argue that they each bring something so different to this epic journey.

‘The pure prophet with the conflicted heart. A heart I believed could be saved. Even if mine was already damned.’

As each book comes to be, you’re taken deeper and deeper into the world of the Hangmen and Zion and you sit and read with tears in your eyes and a pain so deep in your heart you’re left wondering when will it all end. Where will it all end?

“You arrived when I needed a friend most. Someone to trust, when I believed there was no one out there that I could ever let in again.”

After everything that has come to pass in this series we knew this was going to be a hard one to read emotionally, after all this is Cain. Cain who’s stood for everything we’ve hated and despaired at. A man who’s brought evil and forces hands, people and devastation. We knew where we started with him and we knew how we’ve felt throughout so far.

“I’m lonely,” I said brokenly. “I’m so damn lonely that I can barely breathe.”

A gifted storyteller takes a much hated character and shows you a man riddled with moral imperfections and unjust behaviour- then she shows you his heart. The heart is what truly tells a story with every beat. We knew part of his journey and the tragic shadow of a man that he is and Deep Redemption truly was- a redemption. So much so we were left feeling incredibly torn on what we’ve stood for and those we’ve loved, and faltered at the words we had to swallow, as moments of raw passion and horrific violence played out. For a moment we came to love what we hated and we came to hate what we’d once loved. But we understood. It had to be.

‘I wanted so badly to be the man she believed me to be.’

Love, hate forgiveness. Power, violence and despair. A brotherhood, a sisterhood and family bonds. Everything is tested as we follow a man truly struggling to find himself- his place in a world. A man who expects nothing and demands nothing in return. A man plagued by guilt and abhorrence of who he is and what he’s stood for.  A man who can never be free no matter his atonement. That is until he’s shown the way and somewhat powered by a healing heart- a soft hand hiding strength, understanding, compassion and ultimately a pure love- reaching for his. A woman with her own demons, trials and injustice. A woman who stands up to be counted and perseveres, though afraid, and who loves under adverse and hostile conditions. A woman who brings a voice to others.

‘I loved that man. I loved him with a breathless, soul-shattering intensity.’


THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
Contemporary Dark romance – Must be read in order

It Ain’t Me Babe Book One
                    

Heart Recaptured Book Two
                    

Souls Unfractured Book Three
                    

Deep Redemption Book Four
                    

Damnable Grace Book Five
                    

I Do, Babe Book #5.5 Novella
          


**TB ALSO RECOMMENDS by TILLIE COLE**

A THOUSAND BOY KISSES
A deeply moving and epic love story
Available to purchase below:
our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

a thousand boy kisses


THE SWEET HOME SERIES
An football theme romance full of sweetness and emotion

Sweet Home Series

Available to purchase below

Sweet Home Book #1 : 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
A beautiful, moving, heartwrenching series of love, loyalty and sacrifice.

Carillo Brothers

Available to purchase below:

 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 | our review


 ETERNALLY NORTH – STANDALONE
A funny and heartwarming romcom that will tickle your ribs!

Available to purchase below
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eternally


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES
A Russian Mafia romance series that’s dark, gritty and addictive reading!

Scarred Souls

Available to Purchase below

Raze Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk |our review
Reap Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Ravage Book #3 : our review  |
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Riot Book #4 (releasing 7th March) : Pre Order
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A THOUSAND BOY KISSES by TILLIE COLE

Standalone YA
Epic! Beautiful. Extraordinary Love Story!
A THOUSAND BOY KISSES by TILLIE COLE

Buy now!
AMAZON US : AMAZON UK

a thousand boy kisses

SYNOPSIS

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come. 

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.

ATBK

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
***Our Spoiler Free Review***

10 ‘and our hearts are bursting’ stars

‘Rune pressed a kiss just below my ear and whispered, “Sleep, baby. I got you.” And he did. He had me. Just like I had him.’

Yet another genre and yet another winner from the supremely talented and versatile Tillie Cole. Not just a winner, but now our favourite of all her books and that’s no easy feat considering we have loved everything this author has written. From the funny to the gritty, from the emotional to the uncomfortable, we’re convinced there is NOTHING this lady can’t write and both agree when we say this is THE most beautiful, emotional and stunningly written love story we’ve ever read. This book is as special as special can be.

‘Kiss eight hundred and nineteen was the kiss that changed it all. The kiss that proved that a long-haired brooding boy from Norway and a quirky girl from the Deep South could find a love to rival the greats. It showed that love was simply the tenacity to make sure that the other half of your heart knew he, or she, was adored in every way. In every minute of every day. That love was tenderness in its purest form.’

We’ve enjoyed books, we’ve been moved by books and we’ve cried over books but never and we mean NEVER have we been left so emotionally wrought yet so completely satisfied after finishing a story. We found ourselves talking, sobbing and reliving every exquisite moment, of which there were numerous. And so it was with swollen eyes and overflowing hearts that we chatted into the early hours of the morning never wanting to relinquish our feelings for Poppy and Rune.

‘She knew she had me, just as much as I had her. We were all we needed.’

There wasn’t a page that wasn’t highlighted as this book penetrated our souls and left us feeling so unbelievably thankful and privileged to have experienced this unforgettable story of love in its most beautiful, searing and epic form.  A book such as A Thousand Boy Kisses doesn’t come along often, so when it does, we possessively hold each word in our hearts and treasure every single emotion as we did with Rune and Poppy’s story. This story encompasses everything that makes us passionate about reading.

“I used to know a boy, a boy I loved with my whole heart, who lived for a single moment. Who told me that a single moment could change the world. It could change someone’s life. That one moment could make someone’s life, in that brief second, infinitely better or infinitely worse”

Poppy Litchfield and Rune Kristiansen created a bond of friendship at five years old that would blossom into a love story to rival the greats. They truly were two parts of one heart in every sense of the word. Despite their tender years, their love was extraordinary and it was epic and there is no doubt this came across in Tillie’s story as we lived and breathed the enormity of their feelings.

“I’m half a heart. This, who I am now, was due to a life devoid of you. This darkness, this anger, was born from you not being by my side. Poppymin. My adventurer. My girl.”

Tillie Cole doesn’t have to force emotions from us, they are elicited spontaneously from the natural fluidity of her writing. This lady writes from the heart and not only were our tears falling freely on the pages, but we also felt hers in every word as she brought us the sweetest girl; an old soul with a perception of life that belied her years, and the brooding boy who moved into her street and into her heart. She taught him what it was to love and feel and together they created something that went beyond mere love.  Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe their story. Heartbreaking is an understatement. Uplifting doesn’t do it justice. There really are no words to do this story justice.

“Maybe we’re like the cherry blossom, Rune. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out.’

From the innocence and exuberance of childhood to the confusion and pain of youth, we lived it all. We fought their battles and lived through joy and heartbreak with them yet we haven’t even scratched the surface of their story, you couldn’t imagine for one minute how this story plays out. We know we didn’t.

‘I was going to do this for her. I was going to do my damnedest to make her happy. I’d win her back. I’d win her back as the Rune I was now. There was no choice. This was us. This was our new adventure. ‘

 Told in dual POV for optimum effect, there is so much to experience in A Thousand Boy Kisses and we cannot stress enough that you must go into this story spoiler free and experience it all as the author intended. Don’t ask, just feel.

We do love YA stories however we know some readers evade this genre. To those readers we would urge you to still pick this book up. The nature of the story and the delivery from this author is well worth putting those thoughts aside to experience something so positively beautiful.

 

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OUR TOP 20 SERIES for 2015

2015 saw us falling in love with some amazing new series, feeling conflicted as we said goodbye to some characters we’ve loved yet eager to know how their journey’s would end!
We also read some continuing series and can’t wait for more in 2016!

2015 Fave Series

These are the Top 20 Series that have left their mark on us in 2015
(in alphabetical order)

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BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J R WARD

Black Dagger Brotherhood Books

Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

Dark Lover : amazon us | amazon uk
 Lover Eternalamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Awakenedamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Revealedamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Unbound : amazon us | amazon uk
Lover Enshrinedamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Avengedamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Mineamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Unleashedamazon us | amazon uk
Lover Reborn : amazon us | amazon uk
Lover At Lastamazon us | amazon uk
The Kingamazon us | amazon uk
The Shadowsamazon us | amazon uk

 

BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES by CORA REILLY

Born in blood chronicles

 Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

Bound by Honor : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Dutyamazon us | amazon uk 
Bound by Hatred amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Temptation : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Vengeance : Releasing 2015 – No pre order

 

CUT & RUN SERIES by ABIGAIL ROUX

Cut & Run Books

Series reading order and links

 Cut & Run Book #1amazon us | amazon uk
Sticks & Stones #2  : amazon us | amazon uk
 Fish & Chips Book #3amazon us | amazon uk
 Divide & Conquer Book #4amazon us | amazon uk
 Armed & Dangerous Book #5 : amazon us | amazon uk
 Stars & Stripes Book #6amazon us | amazon uk
 Touch & Geaux Book #7amazon us | amazon uk
 Ball & Chain Book #8amazon us | amazon uk
 Crash & Burn Book #9amazon us | amazon uk 

 

GAME ON SERIES by KRISTEN CALLIHAN

Game On

Series reading order and links

The Hook Up :our review| amazon us | amazon uk 
The Friend Zone our review| amazon us | amazon uk
The Game Plan : our review amazon us | amazon uk 

 

HADES HANGMEN SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Hades HANGMEN

Series reading order and links

It Ain’t Me Babe Book #1  : our review amazon  us | amazon  uk
Heart Recaptured Book #2 : our review amazon us | amazon uk
 Souls Unfractured Book #3 : our review amazon us | amazon uk 

 

HEARTS SERIES by L H COSWAY

Hearts Series

 Series reading order and links

Six of Heartsour review | amazon us | amazon uk
Hearts of Fireour review | amazon us | amazon uk
King of Heartsour review | 
amazon us | amazon uk
Hearts of Blue : amazon us | amazon uk

 

IN OTHER WORDS  SERIES by M K SCHILLER

In other words

Series reading order and links

The Other C Word : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
The Other F Word : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
The Other P Word : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

 

JACK & JILL SERIES by JEWEL E ANN

Jack & Jill

Series reading order and links

End of Day Book One  :: amazon us | amazon uk
Middle of Knight Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk
*Dawn of Forever – final book releasing Feb 2016*

 

NO MERCY SERIES by LEA GRIFFITHS

No Mercy

Series reading order and links

Bullet to the Heart Book #1 : our review |amazon us | amazon uk
Arrow to the Soul Book #2 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
  Bone Deep Book #3 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
 Kiss of a Blade Book #4 – Expected Publication Early 2016

 

OFF CAMPUS SERIES by ELLE KENNEDY

off campus series

Series reading order and links

The Deal Book #1 : our review amazon  us | amazon uk
The Mistake Book #2 : our reviewamazon us  | amazon uk
The Score Book #3 :  Pre Order amazon us | amazon uk
Releasing 11th January 2016

 

ORIGINALS SINNERS by TIFFANY REISZ

Original Sinners

Series Reading Order and Links

The Red Years Quartet Reading Order
The Adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and Erotica Writer

The Siren        : amazon us amazon uk
 The Angel       : amazon us | amazon uk
 The Prince      : amazon us | amazon uk
 The Mistress  : amazon us | amazon uk 

The White Years Quartet Reading Order
The Adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, Submissive

White Years

 The Saint    : amazon us | amazon uk
 The King     : amazon us | amazon uk
 The Virgin  : amazon us | amazon uk
 The Queen : amazon us | amazon uk 

 

RUTHLESS PEOPLE by J J McAVOY

Ruthless People

Series reading order and links

 Ruthless People Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
 The Untouchables Book #2 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
American Savages Book #3 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

 

SWEET HOME SERIES by TILLIE COLE

Carillo Brothers

Series reading order and links

 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 :  our reviewamazon us | amazon uk 

 

THE ACES MC SERIES by NICOLE JACQUELYN

The Aces

Series reading order and links

Craving Constellations Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Craving Redemption Book #2 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
 Craving Absolution Book #3 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
 Craving Resurrection Book #4 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

 

THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

florentine series

Series reading order and links

 The Prince Novella #1.5 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
 The Raven Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
The Shadow Book #2 : Pre Order: amazon us | amazon uk
Releasing 2nd February 2016

 

THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES by EMMA CHASE

Legal Briefs

Series reading order and links

Overruled Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk | our review
Sustained Book #2:
 our review amazon us | amazon uk
Appealed Book #3 : Pre Order : amazon us | amazon uk
Releasing 17th January 2016

 

THE THREE SERIES by KRISTEN ASHLEY

The Three

Series reading order and links

 Until The Sun Fall From the Sky Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
With Everything I Am Book #2 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Wild and Free Book #3 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

 

UNTAMED HEARTS by KELE MOON

Untamed Hearts (2)

Series reading order and links

 The Viper Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
 The Slayer Book #2 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
 The Enforcer Book #3 Coming Soon!
The Boss Book #4 –
Coming Soon! 

THE BATTERED HEARTS SERIES by KELE MOON
It’s recommended to read The Battered Hearts Series first as their are interconnecting characters:

Battered Hearts

Defying the Odds Book #1 : amazon us | amazon uk
Star Crossed Book #2 : our reviewamazon us amazon uk
Crossing the Line Book #3 : our review |
 amazon us | amazon uk 

 

UNYIELDING SERIES by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding series

 Series reading order and links

Perfect Chaos Book #1 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Perfect Ruin Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk
 Perfect Rage Book #3 : Releasing February 2016

THE TEAR ASUNDER SERIES
It is recommended to read the Tear Assunder Series before Unyielding.
(TB Reviews)
BOXED SET INCLUDES
With You (Prequel Novella), Torn From You Book #1
Overwhelmed by You Book #2
amazon us || amazon uk 

Tear Asunder

 

WINSTON BROTHERS by PENNY REID

winston brothers

Series reading order and links

It is recommended to read Beauty & The Moustache Kitting in the City #4 before Winston Brothers
amazon us | amazon uk
Truth Or Beard Winston Brothers Book #1 : our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Grin & Beard It Book #2
Releasing 21st July 2016
Beard Science Book #3
Releasing 2016 

 

HAPPY READING! ROLL ON 2016! 

 

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SWEET SOUL : SWEET HOME #4 :: CARILLO BOYS #3 by TILLIE COLE

Series to be read in order.
Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope should be read before reading Sweet Soul as the characters and story thread through this book.

Sweet Soul cover

SYNOPSIS

One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up

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Sweet Soul

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ resounding stars!

“You’re my kind of extraordinary. Levi Carillo, you’re the sweetest of souls.”

*sniff, sniff* Just give us a minute while we wipe the away the copious amount of tears we shed whilst reading this profoundly heartfelt story. Sweet Soul didn’t just tear at our heartstrings…Elsie and Levi brought us to our knees and their story exceeded ALL our expectations.

“I want the world for you, mia luna. And I pray that the girl who claims your tender heart is just as sweet as you. Someone to care for your fragile soul. Someone to cherish the gentle gift that you are, when I am not here to do so…..”

Sweet Soul again (and again, and again) demonstrates what a standout and creative genius this author is. We firmly believe there is nothing Tillie Cole can’t write. Her talent continually amazes us. It was only  last month she had us squirming uncomfortably through the gritty and raw, Reap and now she’s reduced us to sobbing wrecks whilst experiencing one of the most beautiful and soul searing love stories we’ve read this year.

“You’re stealing my soul, Levi. Like a thief, you’re taking my soul and making it your own.”
“I think you already have mine.”

There are so many reason why this book worked for us and why it affected us so deeply. The sheer magnitude of our feelings weren’t only evoked by the stunning writing, or the breathtakingly beautiful and mesmerising love story between Levi and Elsie, nor the crushing pain and overwhelming protectiveness we felt for two people who hurt, and hurt terribly , but also through the struggles of the Carillo brothers which came to a peak in Sweet Soul as we lay witness to the love and heartbreak they’ve shared or shouldered on their own, the bond between these men is soul deep and unbreakable and is what made this book particularly special.

Sweet Soul is the culmination of their journey and is the reason we implore you to read the complete Carillo Boys portion of this series (Sweet Hope and Sweet Fall) in order. There will be those who haven’t experienced their story who may pass Sweet Soul off as a standalone. We say: don’t listen because it is the relationship of the brothers that is woven throughout the three books that makes Levi’s journey such a deep seated emotional experience,  heightened by following the boys through each of their books as they heal and find love to arrive at the point they have in Levi’s story.

Luckily we had plenty of tissues on hand for the moments between Levi and his brothers because they cut straight through our hearts. We can’t even begin to describe the feelings these scenes elicited from us. We sobbed and we mean….sobbed during their interactions throughout Levi and Elsie’s story.

“Please don’t break his fucking heart. Seeing that kid so closed in, pained me every damn day. I won’t see him destroyed by the first person he’s ever let in.”
“I could never hurt him, he means too much to me.”
“Good.”

 Levi and Elsie. How can we possibly convey the purity of their feelings, the honesty of their words, and the innocence in their hearts?  We can’t because their story needs to be felt. Their love is breathtaking, mesmerising, spectacularly heartfelt and crushingly beautiful. You’d have to have a black hole for a heart not to be affected by Elsie and Levi and their love story. Our hearts soared with them, and plummeted with them as they were forced to face the painfully sad moments from their pasts.

“You make it easy to forget all the bad.” Elsie
“You make it easy to only see the good.” Levi

Our handsome, gentle, timid, shy and beautiful Levi who bore the emotional scars left from losing his beloved Mother at only 14, such a young and impressionable age, carrying the guilt from the choices he made in his youth was one of the kindest, sweetest and most loving characters we’ve ever met. Where others see flaws, Levi sees beauty and we’re so happy he nagged Tillie to tell his story.

‘I felt like I was in heaven – high in the sky; safe, fed and warm, with the sweetest kindest boy who accepted my biggest flaw.’

The sad, lonely and brave Elsie who’s had so much heartbreak in her past. So vulnerable but so unbelievably strong, despite what she may think. This girl was so pure of heart provoking an overwhelming need in us to shield her from all the ugly and hurt in the world.

“Words are the worst kind of ammunition, Levi. Physical pain fades in time, but bullets of cruelty forever penetrate the soul.”

What we love so much about Tillie’s work is that it’s HER heart we see on those pages, free of any outside influences to mar her words. We are in complete awe the way she deals with the issue at hand and has us feeling part of something real. Her words are THAT powerful! The issue brought to life in Sweet Soul is so relevant today and one we’ve seen played out many times through Social Media, exposing the damage words can cause and it’s handled sensitively in this book. This is a story of survival, strength, hope, family ties and most of all love. It’s a story with a powerful message. Tillie Cole summons us all to be a little kinder, a little more tolerant, to comfort and support those who need a hand and to open our hearts to all the beauty in life to find our happiness and what better message could there be?

“It’s okay.” Two words, two simple everyday words rescued me from dark thoughts; spoken by the sweetest boy I’d ever met’

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  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

✦     ✦     ✦

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

Hades HANGMEN

  IT AIN’T ME BABE – BOOK ONE
amazon  us | amazon uk |  our review

 HEART RECAPTURED – BOOK TWO
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 SOULS UNFRACTURED – BOOK THREE
amazon us | amazon uk  |our Review

DEEP REDEMPTION
Releasing 2016

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