Book Review: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

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Sweet Soul Book Cover Sweet Soul
Sweet Home, #4
Tillie Cole
New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
December 15th 2015

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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 MY REVIEW:

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Sweet small kind of perfect! Tillie Cole writes an amazing books. But the Carillo brothers overpower each other and everything else. The most beautiful story, that you never want to end.

We perfectly know Levi Carillo from previous parts. I’m sure that even then he stole many hearts, but now in his 20 year old, he is no longer a helpless child, but shy teenager with a good heart. After all what he survived as the youngest of the brothers, not quite able to get on with his new life. He sticks to himself, studying and plays amazing football. He is not very interested in girls. Still struggling with the past.

“I was drowning in life. Drowning in my own shyness. Being kept down by my past.”

Levi meets Elsie in very unusual circumstances. She is homeless, sick and living on the street. Levi with his incredible heart, can not be indifferent to this. He wants to help the girl. But she hides many secrets and problems, which overwhelm the strongest.

“The darkness it smiles, the weak they can’t cope, Then it moves to the next, to victor cruelty, not hope.”

This is one of the most beautiful and best series I’ve ever read. Masterfully written, as usual with this author. This story consume you entirely. Be ready for a lot of tears. It is emotional, wonderful and touching. I did not want to end this, even though my heart aching.

“My mom brought me the stars. Levi Carillo, you bring me the moon.” I held my breath , then whispered back, “Then you bring me the shine.”

The story is unusual, unbelievably beautiful, led and build from the beginning to the end. These heroes is impossible to not love. And meet again characters from previous parts is just a bonus prize. I really would love to have their story never ended. But if must be ending, this book is just perfect for that.

“Once a Carillo cracks his hard shell and lets you in, once you see them look at you like that, you’re toast, and you’re theirs. You never really had a choice.”

I would have been able to write and write about the benefits of this book, but it’s just a good read yourself. If you have not met this incredible group of friends and family is the best time to make up for it. I swear, it’s worth it. Probably every book of the author is worthy of attention and it never disappoints.

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

I also have to say something about the song Take Me Home, Jess Glynne, which in fact the author herself has set as a soundtrack of the book. I think that this song is perfect for the book. As if written to it. This is my kind of perfect.

  • Quick Review (can be spoilers):
  • Series: The fourth part of the Sweet Home series. The third part of Carillo Boys series.
  • Grade/Tag Tabs: New Adult. Sports Romance.
  • Release Date: December 15th, 2015.
  • Main characters: Levi Carillo, twenty year old, studying and playing football on University of Washington. Elsie Hall, nineteen year old, homeless.
  • Secondary characters: The Carillo brothers. Molly and Rome. We have here all the characters from previous parts.
  • Location: Seattle, Washington.
  • Steamy: Yes. We have here a young heroes, but hot moments are very sweet and emotional.
  • Sensitive topic: Yes. Bullying.
  • Love triangle: No.
  • Cheating: No.
  • Cliffhanger: No.
  • HEA: Yes.
  • Next in the series? Unfortunately no. This is the last book in the series.


Excerpt

“Carillo. You got twenty more sprints, then you can hit the showers,” Coach shouted, as I took my place back on the field. Putting my head down, drawing myself down to focus, I got it done.

Twenty sprints later, I threw a wave to Jake and Ashton who were still hitting their sprints. I made my way inside. I always finished first. Football was my life. It was what I did best. It was the only constant I’d ever had; I could trust football, I could trust the routine.

It never let me down.

It never left.

My cleats tapped on the tile floor of the locker room as I toweled off sweat from my face. I hit the showers, and in less than five minutes under the boiling spray, with only a towel around my waist, I headed into the locker room. I entered the change area, just as a movement caught my eye, right in front of my station.

A girl. A petite, thin girl—scraggly long blond hair sticking out of a pulled up hood; dressed in dirty black jeans, chucks riddled with holes, and a scuffed black leather jacket.

I froze, startled by what the hell a girl was doing in here, in the football locker room. Then my eyes widened when I realized exactly what she was doing. Her left side was to me, her rail thin body showing me most of her back.

Her hands were in my bag.

Instinct kicked in and I stepped forward. “Hey!” I shouted. But the girl didn’t move. I shouted again, my heart beating fast. It seemed like it took her a minute to hear me. She froze, and flashing me a quick glimpse of her shocked dirty face hidden under her black hood, she pulled something to her chest and sprinted out of the locker room, then straight outside.

I stood rooted to the spot, completely shocked, until I remembered that my bag was wide open. I rushed forward and looked inside. At first I didn’t think anything had been taken, then I noticed my wallet was missing from the inside pocket. I began throwing my clothes and sports crap out onto the floor, searching the entire bag. But as I reached inside the hidden compartment, there was nothing.

Nothing.

She’d taken my wallet.

Great!

Standing straight, I ran my hands through my wet hair. My eyes darted around the room. I questioned how the hell she’d gotten in here? In a secure room?

I breathed out through my nose, trying like hell to calm down, when shards of ice sliced, like spears, down my spine. Every part of me stilled as a further realization kicked in. My wallet. My wallet not only contained all my cards and ID, but also the one thing that mattered the most to me—in my whole life.

The rosary.


 

Tillie Cole Author PhotoAbout the author:

Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, 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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