Blog Tour + Excerpt + 2 Giveaways: Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sweet Home - 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*

My thoughts:
Sweet Home was such a lovely read. It truly was worthwhile. It had the classic tale of the tragic star-crossed lovers with a happily ever after. I would not say that it was all romance-filled; no, they were overcomed by such obstacles and tragedies. Yet, it would leave a reader feeling happy, saddened and nostalgic the moment you finished the book.

One thing I loved most was the concept about it: the use of their names and how it was reflected on how their story would be. Yes, sort of the modern-day Romeo and Juliet. I thought it would be like the YA book of Rebecca Serle’s “When You Were Mine”, which was another Romeo and Juliet retold, but it was not. This story was different, which I immensely enjoyed. The familiarity yet had its own twists.

The prologue already made me teary-eyed. Such a sweet angel facing those tough times but still was this sunshine in the midst of all that darkness. Molly was such an optimist and that was admirable. Then, look at that cover, that bokeh effect made the simplicity have that feeling of surrealism and ideal love. Plus the flow of the story was spontaneous but with a plot, whatever was happening led somewhere.

I was amazed on how the author delved into the characters sans making it forced. They met, they talked and they got to know each other. There were secrets but most were already laid out blatantly and somehow impliedly on the first few chapters. Rather than guessing what had happened, the characters were already showing who they were not postponing or keeping it a secret (with the excuse of Rome).

It was mostly of drama but it got amped up by Molly’s incredulous friends. She has these other lovely 3 ladies and some hottie guys and they were also such a support system. I could babble about these awesome genuine and very-ultimately-super-hilariously crazy friends of hers and Rome but I would keep my mouth shut. You would enjoy their company, I swear. Intense profanity awaits both in verbal and literal form.

Molly was such an inspiration. She had to go through a lot of things, beyond her past were her present dilemmas then another future pains. But all of these made her strong and proud. She accepted her weakness then went back strengthened. She was bullied but she did not waste her time picking those fights, she had a firm ground even though every backlash was a cut through her stomach… she was that admirable. She was still proud of her heritage and her family – this run deep; she got shattered every time she remembers them. And aside from these, she had her physical charms: her beauty and that accent. That accent that envied more than anything. The British English never ceased to amaze me.

Then the Bama QB Hottie, Rome (Romeo). He was sorted and known as the typical player-bad-boy yet he was Molly’s knight-in-shining-armor. He was not only a jock but he had his own intellect residing beneath his exterior. Yes, he was hot. The typical quarterback that girls never fail to swoon over. Like Molly, he had a secret on his own yet delayed in the process of unraveling. He knew how to deflect, and in all honestly, that really pissed me off. But then I knew why, he was manipulated by his overtly-business-first parents and he had that past that he should follow his parents because he owed them (something to look out for, why). And let me share my favorite part about him, as much as he was passionate and threw lines that were simply shivering-worthy, I loved that moment when he referenced Romeo and Juliet, like him and Molly.

But these two couples were just drawn to the love at first sight. They had their chemistry and went for the “unlabeled” relationship then put a much more suitable to their unwavering love for each other. Their love, their relationship was something being jealous of.  Their relationship, as much as it had given me a complex, was refreshing. I had created such a paradox, didn’t I? Well, even if they fumed, they did the normal make-out stuffs but they never passed without talking about it afterwards. They took the time to know each other, well mainly Molly. Little questions here and there and answers that were answered precisely or not at all. Oh before I missed, there was a lot of sex. Yes, tons. Which made the story work on the spontaneity of it. And during these scenes, Molly wanted to be controlled with the commanding Mr. Alpha-male, no worries, not in the BDSM sort of way. Molly did tell why she wanted to be controlled and I understood her. She wanted to feel dependent on someone, even just for a short time.

On a personal note, though I had never gone to Alabama (okay truth be told, I had never gone anywhere outside the country I reside) but I felt the aura and the “country” feel of Bama. Also, during the football games, I felt like I was there, cheering and lost in the sea of people.

The ending was well-deserved. They went through a lot together. Their relationship was put to the test, countless times. There were the antagonists that were so persistent to break them off. Then they had their tragic event and my heart just shattered. Yet they seemed to have another shot to a brighter future, with those past as their crutches to move forward.

Overall, I really just thought it was the Romeo and Juliet love affair that would include the famous tragic ending. As I had mentioned awhile ago, not to worry, it was a HEA. We do not want any tomato-throwing or heartbreaks out there. It just left me feeling overwhelmed by the passion and love the couple had for each other. The relationship that was worth envying. This couple was each others’ life-support; they just needed each other to make it through. And like the story always retold from Shakespeare: no matter how twisted the story would go, Romeo will and would always find and have Juliet. They were meant for each other, plainly: meant to be.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

So if you wanted a story that has Romeo and Juliet-theme yet having that happily ever after, swooning over british accents and southern drawls, purchase your copy and read this!

BTW, if you were to read this, make sure that after THE END swipe some more and it would lead you to a Bonus Chapter from Rome’s POV! Enjoy!


Romeo’s nostrils flared and he stepped closer. “You want to know all about my sexual past, all the sordid details? Fine! I’ve fucked a lot of girls, in many different ways, in many different places. They’d throw themselves my way and I’d give them what they wanted, and they’d fuckin’ love it.”

Before I knew what’d happened, I’d struck his face with my hand, the loud slap amplified by the tinny acoustics in the boxy room.

Blood scolded my veins, my chest pounded, and Rome turned a dark shade of purple.
“Did that feel good? Have you got it outta your system now?” he bit out, rubbing his hand along his cheek.
Tears swelled in my eyes. I didn’t mean to hit him, but no one had ever evoked such a reaction in me before. I was physically shaking with the sudden rush of adrenalin.
Romeo leaned against the opposite wall, lowering his head. “They fucked Bullet. They only ever fucked Bullet!”
My breath paused with hurt. “Nice, Rome. Real nice. Is that what you’ll do to me? Let me fuck the great Bullet Prince, give me what I want, and move on?”
He stormed forward, forcing me back so my spine was flush against the cold steel shelves, his arms bracing me in a cage on either side. “Not at all, Shakespeare, but hear this. I’m gonna fuck you, but I’m also gonna make love to you too. I’m gonna own every goddamn piece of your soul, and I’m never gonna let you go. You’re gonna scream my name over and over until it’s permanently lodged in your fuckin’ throat. You’re not gonna be just a fuck to me, Mol—you’re gonna be my fuckin’ salvation!”
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Author Bio:
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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Ellen Alwaysyaatheart said...

Great review. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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