Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #4) by Tillie Cole

My name is Ally Prince and I've always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.

When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I've ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of 'just' being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.

But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed... And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.

I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world... of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance... I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.

It just never seemed like I would get it.

For the past few years I've thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.

I needed a new beginning.

I wasn't expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn't expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn't expecting to fall for him... heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love...
My real life fairytale come true.

But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul... I just didn't know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.
5 Speranzoso Hopeful Stars
I have a girl crush. I’m crushing on Tillie Cole. I get to meet her in August and when I do, I’m going to tackle her and fan-girl hardcore.
I LOVE Tillie Cole’s writing and I LOVE Sweet Hope!!!
Lei era speranza… She was hope. La mia luce… my light.
Sweet Hope is a standalone and is part of the Sweet Home series.
Ally Prince is Romeo’s cousin.  All of her friends are married and in love and Ally is still single. She has one passion and its art. She’s a museum curator and goes to Seattle for her next assignment. It’s also where her friends and family lives.
Elpidio is new artist. He creates exquisite marble sculptures. He’s a tortured artist with a gift. He literally hammers his frustrations and agony into his pieces.  He doesn’t understand why there’s so much buzz centered on his work. His passion is creating. He’s not obsessed with his work.  It’s his form of outlet.
Elpi is the Hero and Villain all in one.
You are worth your weight in gold, Elpi. You are someone, someone real special
I love Elpi. I love his darkness, I love his discomfort and I love his reaction towards people. Elpi struggles with moving forward when his past haunts him daily and it’s constantly reminding him of his past actions. He’s recluse, broody and sexy as heck. People should fear Elpi. He doesn’t look like the nice guy, but Ally sees past all that.
How do you exist in this world without having to fight? Without pain?
The connection between Ally and Elpi is indescribable.  There is not a lot of angst but plenty of tension.  It’s an emotionally filled book, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoyed the inner monologues. I wanted to know what Ally was thinking. I wanted to feel Elpi’s pain and remorse.
I can’t stress how much I enjoyed Ally and Elpi’s interactions.  Ally brings the light towards Elpi’s gloom.  I love Ally. She’s a strong Heroine.   She stands by her man no matter what and it’s refreshing to see such a resilient character.  
She was …perfection. She was light. A blazing golden light. When you’re locked in perpetual darkness, you’ll do anything to …chase that light. La mia luce...
As far as I was concerned, I deserved to spend the rest of my life miserable for what I’d done. But here, deep inside the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, the woman who just got me, I was bartering with God to let me keep her
I love the pace.  Sweet Hope reads well.  It reads straight forward with a few memories sprinkled throughout. I wouldn’t call them flashbacks, but just tiny moments.
You also get plenty of the gang, Romeo, Molly, Austin and Lexi.  They all play a pivotal role in the story and I’m happy to read how much the couples have grown.  It’s super cute. 
Sweet Hope is a beautiful story about regrets, guilt and redemption. I crave these books. I long and lust for these books. Thank you Tillie Cole for writing this brilliant piece. It was perfection.


An Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review

Sweet Home - AMAZON | REVIEW
Sweet Rome - AMAZON

Other Books by Tillie Cole

Eternally North - AMAZON | REVIEW
It Ain't Me, Babe - AMAZON | REVIEW
Heart Recaptured - AMAZON | REVIEW

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.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!

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