December 14, 2015

Review - Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole



Title: Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult

Genre: Contemporary romance

Release date: 15th December 2015



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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.


AUTHOR BIO 

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 farmers daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.



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GIVEAWAY INFO

Tillie is giving away a Kindle Fire

MY 5 STAR REVIEW

I have no idea how Tillie seems to break and heal my heart with each book she realizes, but she does. This women is so insanely talented and her stories always deliver the feels!

Sweet Soul is one of her heaviest books and truly broke my heart over and over again. We all know know the youngest Carillo, Levi, but this book had me falling in love with the sweet, shy young man. Levi is in college now and playing for the Washington Huskies. He is talented and his family is well off thanks to Austin’s success, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. It was so refreshing to read about a college football player who was shy and had a heart of gold. 

I wasn’t good with words. I wasn’t good with any of the dating crap. I played ball, I studied, and I kept to myself.



Elsie and Levi meet or cross paths when she is caught stealing from him. Despite Elsie’s questionable actions Levi immediately can tell she is homeless, starved and dirty. So when he sees her days later he chooses to help her instead of turn her over the police. By this point Elsie is seriously ill and has no place to go. With Lexi’s help they take Elsie in and nurse her back to health. 

I swear this story, it’s so emotional and had me balling off and on throughout the story. I loved these characters and absolutely loved them together. Elsie is a compassionate and caring, but completely broken. She has had years of verbal abuse and her self-esteem has suffered. She didn’t have a real childhood or knew love, so it’s hard for to accept and trust Levi. 


I have absolutely no complaints here, I loved the tenderness and warmth in these characters. I absolutely freaking loved the epilogue and I love that these two damaged souls could help heal each other. I also loved catching up with the other characters. It was so nice to see how these broken, damaged people are giving back and doing more to help others. I know I sound crazy, but these characters feel completely real to me now. This series started out with a hot football player and they shy studious girl, but has turned into a series with so much depth and heart. I highly recommend Sweet Soul and this whole series if you haven’t started it yet. 


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

EXCERPT



Moving my hand, I ran my fingers over the brown beads. “Why do you hold these, Mamma? You always have them with you. Right now, you’re clutching them real tight.”
Mamma sighed and brought the rosary to her chest. “I use them to pray to Mother Mary. She gives me strength, mia luna. I pray to her for strength.” Mamma’s voice cracked again and I tried to think hard. I tried to think why she needed strength.
Blinking, a thought came to me and I asked, “Is it Austin and Axel? Do you pray for them? Because of the Heighters?”
Mamma sighed and ran her finger down my cheek. “Always, mia luna. I always pray for them. For what they do each night for that gang.”
I shook my head, knowing there was something else. “But what—”
Shh,” Mamma whispered. She then held up the rosary and placed it in my hand. She curled her hand around mine and pressed the beads into my palm. “Levi, you take these now. I want you to have these. I want you to keep them for strength. For the strength you will need someday soon.”
I frowned and shook my head. “No, Mamma. They’re yours. I’m strong with you around. I don’t need these.”
Mamma’s head dropped, and she took a deep breath.
Mamma?” I questioned. She was acting real strange.
Mamma wiped her cheeks and a sad smile spread on her lips. “Va bene, mia luna. I’ll keep them for now. Grazie. Always thinking of your mamma. But one day, when… when I’m not here, you keep these with you. I want you to remember that these are yours. You are not your brothers, Levi. You are kind and shy, not hard and boisterous, ready to fight the world. You are my quiet baby boy. My sweet, sweet soul.”
I’m not weak,” I pushed, hating that I wasn’t like my brothers. Axel and Austin were strong and tough. I wanted to be just like them.
Mamma pressed a kiss to my forehead. “Never, Levi. You are a Carillo boy after all. But you are different from Austin and Axel. They are alike in so many ways—hot headed and tough, hard on the outside until they let you in. You are the timid one, the gentle brother—inside and out. You are the one to carry his heart on his sleeve. You are the one who watches silently from afar and loves with all his soul. ” Mamma huffed, and said, “Whoever you end up with, my son, whoever claims your heart, will be a very special girl indeed.” Her finger stroked my cheek. “So much love, mia luna. You will love with your whole being, and it will be forever. You could not love in any other way.”




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