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.
New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
Sweet Hope is book #4 in the Sweet Fall series by Tillie Cole, I have read and adored each of the books in this series and I have been incredibly lucky to be gifted an ARC to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
This review is going to be completely spoiler free because knowing anything about this plot would completely ruin this amazing story.
This may be a sort of standalone but seriously don’t do it read the full series and your reading experience will be a million times better.
When I sit back and think about the story now I’ve finished the book it all completely makes sense!! This series sort of does a complete circle and I absolutely love that!!!
Tillie Cole is an absolute genius to my knowledge I’ve read everything she has published so far and every single book has been a 5 star read!!!
Sweet Hope does not let the side down, it’s an emotional rollercoaster of guilt, redemption, fear and hope all mixed and shook up into a brilliant narrative that’s touching and poignant.
I always liked Ally and I’ve always thought it was sad that she never found her happy ever after. I think that it’s actually really perfect that Ally is older and more mature when she meets her guy. Because I’m not sure they would have coped with each other had they met at a different time in their lives.
Elpi is dark and pained and I felt it, I felt his desolation and his tormented soul. I kind of fell in love with him, and to be completely honest it shocked me that I fell for him in this way because his sins definitely out weigh his other more redeeming qualities. I could list all the horrible actions he has undertaken and it should make him contemptable and until this book it did, but looking at things from his perspective makes it all more heartbreaking rather than evil.
I think what makes him appeal to me is that he is trying to atone for his sins, his pain is so clear that I empathised with him. I wanted him to find some absolution and his sculptures were heartfelt and hell a brooding dangerous artist well hell that’s hot!!!!
And yes I fell for his brooding charms in fact he’s almost on a par with Rome (almost but not quite #TeamRome lol)
When it was revealed who Elpi was I actually shouted out loud, I was stunned in the absolute best way. This romance is quiet and almost slow, it creeps along but it almost seemed inevitable, simply fate playing her hand.
This book is beautifully written, I was completely enthralled and once I started it I carried my kindle round with me and read whilst I did everything, I simply wasn’t prepared to put this story down.
I’m so upset that this series is finished now, it ends perfectly but I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters.
Yet again Tillie Cole has written a brilliant book simply put I loved it.
Sweet Hope gets an easy 5 stars from me.
Elpi sat up on the bed, the sheet riding low on his hips as he lit up a cigarette and held it between his lips, looking like a darker, more disturbed version of James Dean.
He was living, breathing poetry. Not love poetry, but the poetry which tears out your heart, rips it to shreds, pushes it back into your chest, and makes you question what the hell just obliterated your soul?
I couldn’t tear my gaze away from him as I pulled up my dress over my breasts, his man bun seductively awry, his ripped tattoo-covered abs tensing as his arm moved up and down to hold his cigarette as he inhaled. When he blew out the smoke, small lines etched round his eyes; the severe effect screamed danger. I was completely infatuated with this man.
Elpidio caught me staring as he scratched his nails over the skin on his broad chest. His eyes lit with blatant desire, and he flicked his chin. “Get the fuck outta here or you won’t be going nowhere.”
Exhaling a shuddering breath at his curt demand, I strode to the bed, where Elpi balanced the cigarette on his full bottom lip—an action that was beginning to destroy me at how damn sexy it was.
When I stopped a foot away, Elpi reached out his hand to grip my hips, then jerked me closer until I lay sprawled over his body. Releasing one of his hands, he moved his cigarette from his mouth and blew out the smoke, the thick cloud billowing past my face, the rich tobacco scent mixed with his natural musk eliciting a groan from the back of my throat.
“You’re fucking coming back tonight,” he growled, making sure I knew to obey his command.
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!
Tillie is giving away a $150 Amazon gift card.
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