Title: Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 15th December 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.
“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.
She’d taken my wallet.
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.
Going into Sweet Soul, I must say I went in with a bit of skepticism, I fell in love with Austin’s story and really enjoyed Axel’s as well but would Levi’s be just as good, as amazing as the rest of the books in the series were I wasn’t really sure the author could pull out a fifth book that was just as amazing. After picking this one up, it didn’t take long for my skepticism to disappear.
Levi Carillo, is the shy sweet youngest Carillo Brother who has never had an easy life till now, but even then it’s still not easy as he struggles daily with the loss of his mother and his past. Like his older brother Austin, he plays football and he does it well. But Levi keeps to himself, head buried in his books and wants nothing to do with the girls, that is until he meets Elsie. Like Levi, Elsie lost her mother when she was younger and life has never been easy for her. She’s alone and homeless until Levi finds her very sick and helps her out. Instantly these two connect, it’s a connection that is so strong you can’t help but feel the emotions between them. Both Levi and Elsie struggle with their demons but as their feelings grow, they begin to help heal each other but can they make it work.
I fell in love with Tillie Cole’s writing the moment I picked Sweet Home. This author has a way of pulling you instantly in to her stories, making you feel so very connected to her characters and has you feeling every emotion they experience. Her writing is beautiful and her story telling is beyond amazing. All of her books in this series has taken me such an amazing emotional roller coaster. She has created a phenomenal cast of characters that has left me loving everyone one and struggling to choose a favorite. Those Carillo brothers are hot, sexy and just absolutely perfect with all their imperfections.
Levi instantly stole my heart, I couldn’t help but have my heart break for that little boy who loved his mother so very much, the little boy who felt he was slowly forgetting his mother. He truly was a sweet soul and my heart broke for him so many times to see the heartache and the baggage and guilt he constantly carried with him from his younger years. He was truly broken but watching him be healed and become the man we could see he would be was such an amazing journey.
Like Levi, Elsie broke my heart with all that she had been through and all that she had suffered. She was so strong and I loved that as she and Levi strengthened their connection, it only further healed them as well as strengthening them individually. Both these characters were absolutely perfect, and the emotion and the bond they shared was truly phenomenal, you couldn’t help but feel it, feel their struggles and their heartache.
Overall, this was another phenomenal 5 star read written by this author that has only further solidified for me that she is a definite one click author for me now. This book was such an emotional rollercoaster that at times had me in tears with what these two had to endure during their very young lives. The journey the author took us on in this book and this whole series was heartbreaking but also so very beautiful and it truly warmed my heart to see these two lost souls find each other and begin to heal from their past. With each book I read by this author, I fall further in love with her writing, she just a way with creating such amazing stories that you can’t help but feel part of. This entire series is a fabulous series but I must say the books that focused on the Carillo brothers were A-MAH-ZING and were my absolute favorite part of the series, now deciding which Carillo brother was my favourite would be very difficult. So if you haven’t read any of these books, you must do so and ensure to read them in order, you won’t be sorry.
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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