This the season for college football so I was in the mood for a fun, sizzling new adult romance by a new to me author. I have heard good things about Sweet Home and the series of stories that follows so I eagerly snatched this one up.
While definitely quintessential New Adult in flavor and plot, I was definitely in a right mood right time place for this Cinderella- Shakespeare-esque story blend.
Brilliant Molly Shakespeare comes to the University of Alabama with her mentor in Philosophy so she can work on her thesis and work as a TA. She has been left alone by the deaths of all those closest to her and struggles to engage with life around her. Entry into college and sorority life at the hand of her new roommates and best friends is quite the plunge, but the biggest plunge of all is when she draws the attention of the biggest football god on campus, star quarterback, Rome Prince.
Rome’s interest in her boggles her mind. He is a playboy with anger issues, he comes from old Southern money, and his name is on everyone’s lips as a shoe-in for a number one draft into the NFL. Molly does get another side to him when he inexplicably opens up to her and wants to be with her. It is Molly who has to trust in Rome that he is done with his past and ready to be with her. With abandonment issues, the plotting of Rome’s family and a girl who insists Rome is hers, and the pressures of life, Molly has to be strong and reach for the happiness that can be hers for the first time. But her MO is to run when things get tough and her feet are itching even now.
Sweet Home is blends of a tender yet passionate young romance with darker tones. Both Molly and Rome are dealing with heartwrenching baggage. There is an overwrought tone to the story and the characters which pushed my sensibilities a bit because it edged into feeling too much angst at times, but the author kept it in check enough for me to engage with this story and it’s characters.
The story is all from Molly’s first person point of view, but it’s not hard to understand the characters around her. Rome is volatile and has a need for control in the bedroom though, that said, he’s an alpha male all the time. His need for control stems from the fact that even though he is Football royalty, he is under pressure to follow his dad into the family oil company and marry for business merger purposes. He also has a sweet side and once he is all in; he is all in with Molly. It’s Molly who needs to get her act together and believe him. Granted, I don’t blame her for her abandonment issues, but it was sad to watch her push away time and again.
I enjoyed the fun and quirky circle of friends who supported them and kept the two main characters on an even keel. I’m glad they are further teased out in their own stories in the series.
So, all in all, this was a strong and engaging New Adult opposites attract sports romance that I can easily recommend to those who enjoy the NA Contemporary Romance genre.
Romance Roundabout #340 NA
New to Me #130 author/series
Mt. TBR #104
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