Series: Sweet Home, Book 3
Genre: New Adult
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We all have secrets.
Secrets well buried.
Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.
Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.
Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?
New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
Can be read as a stand-alone novel.
WOW!! I do not think that I am eloquent enough to be able to share with you what I felt whilst reading this book. This was one of those moments where I wonder why I let a book sit so long on my TBR pile. Far out what I fool I am for overlooking this absolute GEM of a book.
If you have read the other books in this series then you would have already met both Austin & Lexi. Lexi is seen as a happy go lucky cheerleader that has everything going for her – a great set of friends and an awesome loving family. Whilst on the other hand, Austin is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks trying his best to get out from under it and make something of himself. On the surface they are complete opposites. But, as you discover what lurks beneath the surface you get to know the real Austin & Lexi and the brokenness of their souls. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, because you really need to experience the emotions of this book as they happen. But this is a story of what happens when two damaged souls find one another, draw strength from the other and are finally able to be honest with someone.
Tillie Cole does a magnificent job of weaving together her words so that you live the emotions of the characters with them, as if you are part of the journey. The woman is a literary genius at pulling at your emotions. Lexi & Austin, like the characters in her 3 other books that I have read, are real and flawed. The journey to love is paved with real challenges. And to me, the best part of this book was the self redemption and strength that Lexi & Austin were able to find through each other.
I cannot recommend this book enough. The writing is flawless and the journey towards the end inspiring. It is about conquering demons and loving unconditionally. Tillie Cole had me from the foreward and gripped me until the last line of the epilogue. Please, if you have not yet read this book, I urge you to do so today.