Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Sweet Home’ by Tillie Cole.
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Title: SWEET HOME
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Sweet Home Series
Publisher: Independently published
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Synopsis for ‘Sweet Home’:
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 realizes that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ of the Novel ‘Sweet Home’:
When I first began reading the ‘Sweet Home’ novel by Tillie Cole, I honestly will admit that I giggled at the names of the main characters. It came across as both a little humorous and some kind of poetic jest but as I kept reading, I realized that the two main character’s names, Molly Shakespeare and Romeo Prince, would actually be quite beneficial to the story itself. I’m a fan of football(American) so that was a nice bonus to the story. Here’s a story of two self-proclaimed star-crossed lovers who would find that their secret dark pasts, that still linger and haunt their present, would find the chance at love and a sense of peace with each other.
Molly Shakespeare was a definite bookworm, introvert, who seemed to keep her mind off of the pain of her past sad life experiences by studying and working hard academically. She comes across as almost virginal yet not quite naive, except for the topic of American football. That isn’t a shock since she’s from England and now attending college in Alabama, U.S.A. She wears her thick framed glasses, dresses comfortably and not really caring about being stylish, and keeps her hair usually up. Her life has simply been to eventually get her PhD and become a professor of philosophy and that has been her main focus. She has a couple of friends who are a nice contrast to herself and each other and makes another good friend after joining a Sorority hesitantly.
There is always a nemesis and one of Molly’s, is a fellow student who has her heart set on being her tormentor and Romeo’s love interest, while others are introduced after Molly get’s closer to the young QB football star named Romeo Prince.
Starting quarterback and college football star, Romeo Prince, seems like an all around super star in the world of college football and with the ladies. His dirty blonde hair, fit physique with slightly tanned skin and handsome good-looks seem to make him the perfect catch. Also the fact that he’s the son of a rich oil tycoon and a talented athlete aren’t downfalls either to everyone on the outside. But inside Romeo, who prefers to be called ‘Rome’, has dark secrets that tear at him everyday of his life. Those dark secrets seem to be the reasons behind his occasional hot temper and explosive reactions towards people who rub him the wrong way. Romeo has that Alpha-male personality that you can love one minute and then get frustrated by, but when you see why he is the way he is, you begin to understand what he’s about. This was the life of Rome Prince, up until he met ‘nerdy-esque’ Molly Shakespeare.
Two lives collided in a way that seemed hard to ignore for Rome. Molly couldn’t understand why she had this growing need to get to know Rome just about as much as he was obsessing with the same thoughts about her. As much as they started feeling a connection with each other, there would be strong interferences from others who wanted nothing more than to keep them far apart, no matter the consequences. I do highly recommend this New Adult genre novel for readers who enjoy a story about triumph over tragedy, learning to love again and realizing that family isn’t always who you expect it to be. I really enjoyed this novel and will definitely continue the ‘Sweet Home Series’ as the stories continue.
★★‘Sweet Home’ is the 1st novel of the ‘Sweet Home Series’. What’s to come in the series:★★
SWEET ROME – The story in ROME’s POV. Book #2 of the ‘Sweet Home Series’ (Release date: January 30th, 2014)
SWEET FALL – Austin and Lexi’s story. (Mixed POV’s) Book #3 of the ‘Sweet Home Series’ (Expected release in 2014)
SWEET HOPE – Rome’s cousin Ally’s story. (Mixed POV’s) Book #4 of the ‘Sweet Home Series’ (Expected release in 2014)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘SWEET HOME’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined Molly and Rome while reading ‘Sweet Home’! (Rome would of course have a little bit longer hair, but you get the idea)
From the Author’s Playlist:
Broken – Jake Bugg
Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magentic Zeros
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘SWEET HOME’★★★
Molly to her friend Cass: “I came to college to study, Cass, not to whore myself out to drunken frat boys!”
Molly and Rome: “Thank you for stopping to help me. It was very nice of you.”-Molly.
“Nice? Not normally what people say when they’re talkin’ ’bout me.”- Rome.
Molly’s friend Lexi: “You, Molly Shakespeare, have just publicly made out with the most desirable guy on campus. A guy that never commits to anyone. A guy that other guys are shit scared of and girls would gladly give up a lung for.”
Molly’s thoughts: It felt nice that he cared and strangely soothing to let someone in after years of silence. Not just anyone, it felt good to let… him in. The college bad boy. I congratulated myself. Only I would let in the guy who breaks hearts for fun.
Rome to Molly: “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.” -Rome.
Rome and Molly: “I’m stayin’ with you. I’m kinda becomin’ addicted.”-Rome. “Addicted?”-Molly. “That’s right. To you and how you make me feel.”-Rome.
Rome to Molly: “I like the way you are with me. I like me when I’m with you. I feel like I could tell you anythin’, that I could bear my fuckin’ black soul..”
Molly to Rome: “My body recognizes you as something that’s good for me. My mind recognizes you as someone who’s right for me, and my soul recognizes you as someone who is meant for me.”
Rome and Molly:
“You gonna give up that lucky sweet kiss?”
“If that’s what you want.”
“It most definitely is.”
Rome’s thoughts: There went my usually black heart, daring to feel something again.
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