Title: Sweet Hope
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 29th March 2015
💜 💜 SYNOPSIS 💜 💜
From the USA Today Bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Hope.
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.
💜 💜 EXCERPT 💜 💜
“Elpidio, I didn’t think you were coming,” she said, all flustered, her hand over her chest.
Fuck me, she was gorgeous. I’d thought so last night, but now, like this…?
I held her stare, watching as her chest began to rise and fall under my attention, it went faster and faster the longer we held gazes. Long dark lashes fluttered in nerves and my fists involuntary clenched together against my chest at the action.
“Elpi,” I reminded her icily.
Aliyana’s eyes flared with embarrassment and her face flushed even more than before. She reached up to play with her hair. At the sudden movement, her partly unbuttoned shirt gaped at the neck, allowing me to glimpse her tan skin and the top of her firm tits under her white lace bra. I almost groaned at the sight, but I was rooted to the spot, just fucking dumbstruck by this chick.
“I’m sorry, Elpi,” she rushed out. “You did remind me about your name last night. I wasn’t thinking.”
I immediately felt like a dick on hearing the apology in her soft voice, but I stayed silent as Aliyana hurried to switch the music off.
I remained frozen to the spot as she took a long deep breath, her back to me, shoulders tensed as a deafening silence hit us both. But she pulled herself together and turned to me with that beautiful smiling face of hers.
“I’m so happy you made it,” she said, moving toward me. Her dark eyes ran down my body, from my messy long hair to my clay-covered black shirt and black ripped jeans. Aliyana’s full pink lips twitched, two deep-set dimples on either cheek popping out. Hesitantly, she reached up her hand toward the ends of my hair. Every part of me froze and my breath clogged my throat as I watched her swallow nervously.
It’d been years since a woman had touched me. And never one that looked like her.
As her slim finger drifted past my cheek, I caught her scent… jasmine. Mamma used to burn jasmine incense in the trailer. I didn’t know if that was the reason, but for the first time in a long time, I felt myself relax around someone. Strangely, it felt like home.
Aliyana took a piece of my hair between her index finger and thumb. Her pink lips parted slightly and her warm breath spread all over my face.
I… liked her this close… touching me.
A second later, Aliyana pulled away her hand and she held it up in front of my eyes for me to see.
“Marble,” she whispered, her dimples deepening as her lips gently pouted, eyes narrowed in suspicion. “You must have been real busy today. You’re covered.”
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💜 💜 A FIVE SWEET STAR REVIEW FROM KFF 💜 💜
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
This is a crushing read. The first pages of the prologue kindled strong emotions; however, I was given a little breathing space when Ally is introduced in the first chapter with all her enthusiastic traits. Despite this distraction being more than welcome, throughout the read, I always felt that something ominous was lurking just around the corner and would come back to bite me with a vengeance. And I can honestly assure you that I wasn’t in the slightest bit ready for the fallout. Oh, my god! What a storyteller Ms Cole is! She managed to provoke such dismay, so many conflicting feeling in me, that I was either sobbing my heart out, shouting out loud at the protagonists, or cleaning my steamed up reading glasses! There is no doubt in my mind that Sweet Hope is the perfect title for a novel that does instil ‘hope’. You have to have it because otherwise you’ll be a blubbering mess.
I can’t possibly reveal who quoted this as it took me quite a while to put two and two together but it’s extremely relevant to the story. Quote: “Protect them… always protect them… please… please…”
Aliyana Lucia is a breath of fresh air. Generous of heart and soul, modest, loyal to her friends and an expert museum curator, has the opportunity of a lifetime; organise the first exhibition of a sculptor who has never wanted to publicly display his works of art for reasons to be revealed in the story. Not only can she believe she’ll be responsible for the design of the gallery of the best sculptures in her dreams, but also be staying with her beloved cousin, Rome and his wife, Molly— her best friend, in their home in Seattle. I. Fell. In. Love. With. Ally! What a woman.
Quote: Ally ~ “His work, it’s… it’s…it’s my soul. That’s the only way I can explain it. It’s life, death, love, tragedy, and everything in between…”
Even though she’s from a family with money, she has got where she’s got through hard work and dedication earning a reputation which caught the eye of Vin Galanti. His crafty persona made me smile more than once. He has been Elpidio’s mentor and now, by commissioning his talented protégé, a challenge for all parties evolves.
Quote: Vin ~ “I have a very good feeling about this partnership, Ms. Lucia. A very good feeling indeed.”
Elpidio is convinced he doesn’t deserve the title of artist. Every sculpture he creates tells his story of his guilt, hurt and suffering. Forgiveness doesn’t come into the equation. He doesn’t want redemption, he wants self-punishment for all his past actions. And by expressing his feelings in his work is the only way he knows how to survive. I balled my eyes out, I prayed to God that his shattered being would be able to mend; to find peace. And he does find it for a while. Hiding behind his beard and long hair isn’t enough though. Ally…
Quote: Elpidio ~ “You… you ever felt guilt like that, Aliyana?”
Ooh, Ally, Alley, Aliyana! If she is beautiful, Elpidio more. Eventually she meets the artist who has her curiosity piqued to a level of utter obsession. There is no doubt whatsoever that both are highly attracted to each other. But why is he so intensely dark and secretive? What happened to make him so hopelessly sad? He knows that she should keep well away from him for her own good. Nevertheless, Ally slowly but surely breaks down the barriers he’d built to protect himself and anyone else around him. Blinkin’ heck! There are some hot, sizzling scenes and as they fall deeply in love, as Elpidio’s life unfolds, I cried and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Quote: Elpidio ~ “… I’m your sun, but I’m the damn opposite! I’m midnight! I’m a fucking eclipse that steals the light!”
I just loved learning about how Ally’s friends’ lives from previous books unfurled. There are a lot of happy moments which made me so grateful to the author. There are some very disturbing times too which broke my heart… like for the fiftieth time. This is a highly emotional read but it’s worth its weight in gold. Then the epilogue! I can honestly say that it was the perfect ending to an incredible series. And wait for it; the author has a surprise or two in store for you! What can I say? I’m going to miss all the characters a hell of a lot and the best word to sum up this novel is simply ‘BRAVO!’
Fav quote: Aliyana ~ “The most beautiful art is often born from the most desperate of circumstances.”
Just a personal note from KFF’s reviewing team. The book covers from this series are stunning. Guess what? We’re all real suckers for them. Especially Rachel! And I just have to add a note, too! I was really and truly blown away by your writing Ms. Cole. Thank you from the bottom of my 💜 for allowing me the luxury of being able to review this book for KFF.
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💜 💜 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 💜 💜
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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