Review: Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

Review: Sweet Home by Tillie ColeSweet Home by Tillie Cole

Series: #1 Sweet Home
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on October 13, 2013
Pages: 401
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #340 NA
New to Me #130 author/series
Mt. TBR #104

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    I’m not usually up for all the drama thons of NA but this looks good. Thanks Sophia Rose Happy Election Day!

    • I’m rather picky about my NA for the same reason. This one was borderline with the drama for me, but the series just got better after this one and this one was rather good.

      Thanks! Happy Election Day to you. I was shocked and got through the line in twenty minutes. Very nice!

  • I don’t usually love NAR but this one sounds like a great read, especially if it has a lot of drama (haha, I’m usually a drama queen). Great review Sophia Rose!

    • This one brings the drama, but it’s also the kind that felt real so I enjoyed it, too. Hope you get the chance to read it, Vanessa. 🙂

  • I don’t think I’ve read an NA yet but this does sound like an interesting one.

    • They do have a more youthful feel (obviously), but they also tend to me more heart on your sleeve and impulsive with the characters. I lean more toward ones that don’t focus on the college setting, but this series is one of my exceptions. 🙂

  • Hmm, I haven’t read an NA book in a while, and while there is drama it seems to be a little tampered.

    • Yes, exactly. It was angsty, but the angst was tempered b/c it made sense for the situation and the situations were big struggles and not unrealistic stuff blown up for conflict’s sake.

  • I heard about the author a few days ago. I haven’t read her novels but I saw a friend loving A Thousand Boy Kisses so I confess that I’m curious to discover a little more! I want to try this one as well now

    • I think I saw this one reviewed on a blog last year and got it on a sale and then didn’t read it right away. I want to read her other books, too.

  • wish i didn’t dislike NA so much lately >.< maybe it's because I read so many bad books in that genre, bt glad to hear you loved this one. College football can be a fun subject to write about

    • I am reserved about how often and which books I pick up in this category, too, Lily. I don’t like the shallow and angst-filled ones. I need the angst to reflect an issue with substance if it’s going to be present and many of the NA ones don’t.

      Yes, this was neat how it brought out the fun and interesting part of college football, but also told a good story overall.

  • I think I only have read one NA sports romance so far, but I don’t read many sports romances in general. Although i do like the ones I’ve read. The cover gives off a sweet feel, but from your review it does sound like it’s passionate and a bit dark at times as well. I am not always a fan of the angst either, but it sounds like it wasn’t too much in this one. Great review!

    • This year I didn’t read much NA b/c over the last few years I figured out that in general, it wasn’t my thing. But once in a while, I come across one that entices me. This one promised a more mature story because of the heroine. And yes, the angst made sense for their situations and they didn’t do dumb things to cause it so I liked the story. It has darker elements because of their pasts and his awful parents, but the characters themselves are not dark.

      I ended up reading the whole series with the exception of Sweet Rome (that was a retelling of this one from his point of view) which I might go back for eventually.

  • I’ve been curious about these but haven’t had the chance. Sounds like I need to make some time!

    • I had this one sitting on my Kindle for a long time and finally got motivated when Audible offered me the series for review. I’m iffy on NA books, but though these were angsty, the characters were mature and I could appreciate the conflict and romance development.